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Professor Christian De Cock

Position in departmentHead of Management, Marketing and Organization Group
Staff positionProfessor of Management
Telephone01206 873813
RoomEBS 3.27
Office hoursby email appointment

Prior to joining the Essex Business School Christian worked as a research fellow at Manchester Business School, as Lecturer at Royal Holloway College (University of London), as Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter, and Professor of Organization Studies at Swansea University.


Lic. T.E.W. (Antwerp)

MSc, PhD (Manchester)

Current research

De Cock, C. (forthcoming, 2015). ‘Of No Interest Except in Economic Terms: Benjamin on Business’ (review essay), Organization, vol.21. 

De Cock, C. & Nyberg, D. (forthcoming 2015). ‘The Possibility of Critique under a Financialized Capitalism: The Case of Private Equity in the UK’, Organization, vol.21. [doi: 10.1177/1350508414563526]

O’Doherty, D. & De Cock, C. (forthcoming 2015). ‘Management as an Academic Discipline’ in A. Wilkinson, S. Armstrong and M. Lounsbury (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Management. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

De Cock, C. (forthcoming 2015). ‘Done and To Be Done: From Creativity to Imagination with Cornelius Castoriadis’ in T. Beyes, C. Steyaert and M. Parker (eds.). The Routledge Companion on the Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education. Oxford: Routledge.

De Cock, C. (2014). ‘How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Finance’ (review essay), ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 14 (3), 563-569.

De Cock, C., Murray, J., Vachhani, S. (2013). ‘Putting into Question the Imaginary of Recovery: A Dialectical Reading of the Global Financial Crisis and its Aftermath’, Culture & Organization, vol.19 (5), 396-412. [doi:10.1080/14759551.2013.815618]

O’Doherty, D., De Cock, C., Rehn A. & Ashcraft, K., (2013). ‘New Sites/Sights: Exploring the White Spaces of Organization’, Organization Studies, vol. 34 (10), 1427-1444. [doi:10.1177/0170840613499654]

De Cock, C. (2013). ‘Imagination and Organization: A Review of Cornelius Castoriadis’s The Imaginary Institution of Society’ (review essay), Scandinavian Journal of Management, vol. 29 (4), 406-408. [doi: 10.1016/j.scaman.2013.01.002]

Wright, C., Nyberg, D., De Cock, C. & Whiteman, G. (2013). ‘Future Imaginings: Organizing in Response to Climate Change’, Organization, vol. 20 (5), 647-658.
[doi: 10.1177/1350508413489821]

De Cock, C., O’Doherty, D., Rehn, A. (2013). ‘Spectres, Ruins and Chimeras: Management and Organizational History’s Encounter with Benjamin’. Management & Organizational History, Vol. 8 (1), 1-9.

De Cock, C., Rehn A. & Berry, D. (2013). ‘For a Critical Creativity: The Radical Imagination of Cornelius Castoriadis’ in J. Chan & K. Thomas (eds.), Handbook of Research on Creativity. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. p. 150-161.

Research interests

Political Economy of Organization
Cultural Political Economy
Creativity and Organization
Finance Capitalism
Discourse / Literary Theory and Organization
Management and Organizational History
Future Imaginings of Organization
'White Spaces' of Organization

Teaching responsibilities

BE 465-7: Creativity and Organizations (MSc)

BE 865-7: People and Organizations (MBA)

PublicationsLink to publications for Christian De Cock
Additional information

External examining:

Manchester Business School (University of Manchester), Cass Business School (City University), Aarhus University (Denmark)

Editorial Work:

2003 – to date: member editorial board Journal of Management Studies

2004 – 2012: member editorial board Creativity and Innovation Management

2009 – to date: member editorial board Culture & Organization

2009 – to date: member editorial board Organization

2015 – to date: member editorial board Finance and Society

Conference Stream:

Together with Sheena Vachhani, Daniel Nyberg and Christopher Wright I will organize the stream “Dwelling in the Ruins of Management” at the 9th Critical Management Studies conference, University of Leicester, 10-12 July 2015.


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