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University of Essex

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 constrain them.
    • 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 and society.
  • 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.

Our values

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.

Our members

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 interrelated. 

Current members include:  


See our upcoming seminars for the Centre on our seminars page.

Current research

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 Warren

Media engagement

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 Hancock

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.