Management, marketing and organisation
The Centre for Work, Organisation and Society
Director - Dr Martyna Sliwa
Welcome to the web site of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society at
Essex Business School. Here you will find information about who we are and the
work we do.
- To advance and promote critical, social scientific research,
across both the University of Essex and beyond into:
- Contemporary working lives and those
organisational practices that both enable and
- Those methods and strategies applied to the
research of work and its organisation.
- The complex and dynamic nature of
contemporary society and within it, the broadly
understood processes of organising.
- The relationship between work, organisation
- To encourage and support the formation of both long- and
short-term research initiatives concerned with the investigation
of such issues.
- To provide a public outlet for research findings and
intellectual reflections on such issues, and for highlighting
relevant research findings and their impact.
- To engage with external agencies, organisations
and funding councils, as well as extend the visibility of the
work of its constituent members.
The values of CWOS are a continuation of the
intellectual tradition established by its
predecessor, Essex Management Centre.
Our research is driven by curiosity, fuelled by imagination and conducted in
a spirit of exploration, multiplicity and critique. Key to what we do is
dialogue with practice. Our understanding of and reflections upon work,
organisation and society enable us to be actively engaged and harness practical
insights within and beyond academia.
CWOS consists of a diverse group of Essex Business School academics and
Associate Members who share our research interests and values. The members of
CWOS have a national and international reputation for applying leading edge
critical scholarship to the study of organisational processes, the contours of
work and the dynamic nature of contemporary society, coupled with a complex
understanding of the ways in which work, organisation and society are
Current members include:
See our upcoming seminars for the Centre on
our seminars page.
Essex Business School's Centre for Work, Organisation and Society member
Chris Land will be convening a stream at the 5th
Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies (LAEMOS)
Colloquium in April 2014, entitled 'Constructing Alternatives'. Further
information is on our
news page for the Colloquium.
An exploration of structured fun - Professor Samantha
Professor Philip Hancock from the Centre took part in
a special episode of Thinking Allowed on BBC Radio 4,
looking at our construction of Christmas tradition. To
listen to the episode on iPlayer and read more about
Professor Hancock's research, see the 'Santa's
little helpers: how do they do it?' news page.
Christmas, work and organisation - Professor Philip
If you are a prospective student, practitioner or fellow academic who is
interested in what we do here and our research interests and activities
please contact us.