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Module Reading List

Management, Work and Organisations, 2021/22, Semester 1
Zinovijus Ciupijus
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Reading List

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General Texts

No textbook is needed for the module. Some useful general books:

Alvesson, M. (2002) Understanding organizational culture, London: Sage

Clegg, S. Kornberger, M. and Pitsis, T. (2008) Managing and Organizations- An introduction to Theory and Practice, London- Sage  

Noon, M. and Blyton, P. (2013) The Realities of Work, Basingstoke- Palgrave

Thompson, P. and McHugh, D. (2009) Work Organisations, Basingstoke- Palgrave 

Parker, M. (2002) Against management : organization in the age of managerialism, London: Polity Press

There is no one set text for this course. Most of the readings on the course are articles from periodicals or chapters from books avilable online vie, and can all be found in the West Building of the Brotherton Library and/or in the Edward Boyle Library.

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Week 1: Introduction and post-colonial organisation theory

Kamoche, K. and Qixun Siebers, L. (2015) ‘Chinese management practices in Kenya: toward a post-colonial critique’, The International Journal of Human Resource Management26(21)

McKenna, S. (2011) ‘A critical analysis of North American business leaders neo-colonial discourse: global fears and local consequences’, Organization18(3)

Frenkel, M. and Shenhav, Y. (2006) ‘From binarism back to hybridity: a postcolonial reading of management and organization studies’ Organization Studies27(6)

Yousfi, H. (2014) ‘Rethinking hybridity in postcolonial contexts: what changes and what persists? The Tunisian case of Poulina’s managers’, Organization Studies35(3)

Nkomo, S. (2011) ‘A postcolonial and anti-colonial reading of ‘African’ leadership and management in organization studies: tensions, contradictions and possibilities’, Organization18(3)

Ulus, E. (2015) ‘Workplace emotions in postcolonial spaces: enduring legacies, ambivalence, and subversion’, Organization22(6)

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Week 2: Organization theory: from modernism to postmodernism 

Burrell, G. (1988) ‘Modernism, post-modernism and organizational analysis’, Organization Studies. ISSN: 0170-8406, 9(2)

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M. (2001) Work, postmodernism and organization : a critical introduction ISBN: 9781847876461 (e-book), London: Sage, Chapter 2

 Clegg, S. (1990) ‘Modernist and post-modernist organization’ in Pugh, D. ed. (2007) Organization Theory: Selected Classical Theory, Penguin Books pp577-615


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Week 3: Skills, 'soft' skills and the class ceiling in organisations

Friedman, S. and Laurison, D. (2019) The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to Be Privileged, Bristol: Policy Press

Cockburn, C. (1983) Brothers- Male Dominance and Technological Change, London- Pluto (Introduction and Chapters 1, 7 and 8)

Grugulis, I. (2007)Skills, Training and Human Resource Development: a critical textPalgrave Macmilan, Chapter 7

Lafer, G. (2004) 'What is 'Skill'? Training for Discipline in the Low Wage Labour Market' in Warhurst, C. Grugulis, I. and Keep, E. (eds.) The Skills That Matter, Basingstoke- Palgrave


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Week 4: Culture management 

Willmott, H. (1993) 'Strength is ignorance, slavery is freedom: managing culture in modern organisations’, Journal of Management Studies, 30(5)

Grugulis, I. (2007) Skills, Training and Human Resource Development: a critical text, Palgrave Macmilan, Chapter 7 (the chapter available electronically on Minerva for LUBS2000 – click on ‘reading’, then click ‘on online reading folder’ – this book is on the bottom of the page)

 Fleming, P. and Sturdy, A. (2011) ‘Being yourself’ in the electronic sweatshop: New forms of normative control’, Human Relations64(2)

 Ogbonna, E. and Harris, L. (2002) ‘Managing organizational culture: insights from the hospitality industry’, Human Resource Management Journal12(1)

 Fleming, P. (2013) ‘Down with Big Brother’: the end of corporate culture’, Journal of Management Studies50(3)

Grugulis, I. et al. (2000) Cultural control and the ‘culture manager’: employment practices in a consultancy’, Work, Employment and Society14(1) 

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Week 5: Power and Politics in organizations

Ackroyd, S. (2002) The Organization of Business, Oxford- OUP (Chapter 4)

Ackroyd, S. and Thompson, P. (1999) Organizational Misbehaviour, London- Sage (Chapters 1 and 4)

Clegg, S. Kornberger, M. and Pitsis, T. (2005) Managing and Organizations- An introduction to Theory and Practice, London- Sage, Chapter 5

Taylor, P. and Bain, P. (2003) 'Subterranean Worksick Blues- Humour as Subversion in Two Call Centres', Organization Studies. , 24(9)- 1487-1509.

Thompson, P. and McHugh, D. (2009) Work Organisations, Basingstoke- Palgrave (Chapter 21)

Lloyds, A. (2019) 'Harm at Work: Bullying and Special Liberty in the Retail Sector', Critical Criminology, Apr 2019, pp.1-15.

Richards, J. (2008) ‘The many approaches to organisational misbehaviour: A review, map and research agenda’, Employee relations. , 30(6)


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Week 6: Ethnicity in organizations

Vershinina, N. et al (2011) ‘Forms of capital, intra-ethnic variation and Polish entrepreneurs in Leicester’, Work, Employment and Society, 25(1): 101-117

Jones, T. and Ram, M. (2007) ‘Re-embedding the ethnic business agenda’, Work, Employment and Society, 21(3): 439-457

Ram, M. et al (2008) ‘Forms of capital, mixed embeddedness and Somali enterprise’, Work, Employment and Society, 22(3): 427-446

Holgate J, Keles J, Pollert A, Kumarappen L. 2012. Workplace Problems Among Kurdish Workers in London: Experiences of an 'Invisible' Community and the Role of Community Organisations as Support Networks. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 38(4), pp. 595-612

Dana, L.P. and Dana, T. (2008) ‘Collective entrepreneurship in a Mennonite community in Paraguay’, Latin American Business Review’, 8(4): 82-96


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Week 7: HRM and employment relations in small and medium sized organisations

Ram, M. (2001) ‘Family dynamics in a small consultancy firm: a case study’, Human relations.ISSN: 0018-7267, 54(4): 395-418

Baines, S. and Wheelock, J. (1998) ‘Reinventing traditional solutions: job creation, gender and he micro-business household’, Work, employment and society.ISSN: 0950-0170, 12(4): 579-601

Mullholland, K. (1997) ‘The family enterprise and business strategies’, Work, employment and society.ISSN: 0950-0170, 11(4): 685-711

Mulholland, K. (1996) ‘Gender power and property relations within entrepreneurial wealthy families’, Gender, work and organization.ISSN: 0968-6673, 3(2): 78-102

Holliday, R. and Letherby, G. (1993) ‘Happy families or poor relations? An exploration of family analogies in the small firm’, International small business journal.ISSN: 0266-2426, 11(2): 54-63

Ram, M. and Holliday, R. (1993) ‘Relative merits: family culture and kinship in small firms’, Sociology.ISSN: 0038-0385, 27(4): 629-648

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Week 8: Gender in organisations

Acker, J. 2006. Inequality regimes gender, class, and race in organizations, Gender & Society, 20(4), pp. 441–64.

de Klerk, S. & Verreynne, L. 2017. The networking practices of women managers in an emerging economy setting: negotiating institutional and social barriers, Human resource management journal. , 27(3), pp. 477–501.  

Durbin, S. & Tomlinson, J. 2014. Female Part-Time Managers: Careers, Mentors and Role Models, Work, employment and society. , 21(4), pp. 308–320.  

Stainback, K., Kleiner, S. & Skaggs, S. 2016. Women in Power - Undoing or Redoing the Gendered Organization? Gender & society. , 30(1), pp. 109-135.  

Williams, C. L. 2015. Crossing Over: Interdisciplinary Research on “Men who do Women’s Work" Sex roles. , 72(7–8), pp.390–39

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Week 9: Emotional labour

.Ashforth, B. and Humphrey, R. (1993) 'Emotional Labour in Service Roles- The Influence of Identity', Academy of Management Review, 18(1)- pp. 88-115.

Bolton, S. (2004) 'Conceptual Confusion- Emotional Work as Skilled Work' in Warhurst, C. Grugulis, I. and Keep, E. (Eds.) The Skills That Matter, Basingstoke- Palgrave

Bolton, S. and C. Boyd (2003) 'Trolley Dolly or Skilled Emotion Manager? Moving on from Hochschild's Managed Heart' Work, Employment and Society 17-2.

Curley, C., & Royle, T. (2013). The degradation of work and the end of the skilled emotion worker at Aer Lingus: is it all trolley dollies now? . Work, employment and society.27(1), 105-121.

Hochschild, A. (2012) The Managed Heart- Commercialization of Human Feelings, Berkeley- University of California Press (Chapters 1, 3 and 6)

Lopez, S. H. (2006) ‘Emotional Labor and Organized Emotional Care: Conceptualizing Nursing Home Care Work’. Work and occupations., 33, 2: 133-60

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Week 10: Concluding lecture: module review

Presents an overview of the course (no special reading; further sources to be provided in the lecture)

This list was last updated on 29/09/2021