The Centre for Work, Organisation and Society
Director - Professor Philip Hancock
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.
- Promote and advance critical, social scientific research,
across both the University of Essex and beyond into:
- Contemporary working lives and those
organisational practices that both constrain and
- Those methods and strategies applied to the
research of work and its organisation.
- The relationship between work, organisation
- Encourage and support the formation of both long and
short-term research initiatives concerned with the investigation
of such issues.
- Provide a public outlet for research findings and
intellectual reflections on such issues.
- Act as a contact point for external agencies, organisations
and funding councils, as well as extend the visibility of the
work of its constituent members and research clusters.
The origins and spirit of CWOS are to be found in
the now disbanded Essex Management Centre, which was
originally formed in 1998. While much has changed
over the last 15 years or so, the guiding values of
the two centres remain the same. Namely, that we
- Driven by curiosity
- Fuelled by imagination
- Led by critique
- Informed by practice
Membership of CWOS is not restricted to members of Essex Business School.
Associate Members are always welcome to join us providing they share our
interests and values. Currently the members of CWOS have a national and
international reputation for applying leading edge critical scholarship to the
understanding of organizational processes, the contours of work and the
relationship and practical implications these have for society as a whole.
Current members include:
- Aanka Batta
- Dr Brigitte Biehl-Missal
- Prof Steffen Boehm
- Prof Christian De Cock
- Prof Philip Hancock
- Dr Martin Harris
- Patrick Hitchen
- Prof Heather Hopfl
- Dr Casper Hoedemaekers
- Dr Marjana Johansson
- Dr Chris Land
- Dr Marina Michalski
- Sandra Moog
- Dr Noelia-Sarah Schnurr
- Dr Stevphen Shukaitis
- Dr Martyna Sliwa
- Prof Melissa Tyler
- Dr Christina Volkmann
- Prof Sam Warren
- Dr Ceri Watkins
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