University of Essex

Academic Staff

Professor Christian De Cock

Position in departmentHead of Management, Marketing and Organization Group
Staff positionProfessor of Management
Telephone01206 873813
RoomEBS 3.27
Office hoursYou can find details of Academic office hours on the EBS UG and PG information page on Moodle or by calling EBS Student Services on 01206873911

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

My research is broadly aligned with Critical Management Studies (CMS): a type of inquiry into management practices that seeks to understand  the social and historical conditions of contemporary organization. I have a long standing interest in the interface of the humanities and organization studies. Using a conceptual lens inspired by the work of Walter Benjamin, Fredric Jameson, and Cornelius Castoriadis I look for clues and traces of temporal actions and strategies that point to novel engagements with the past, the future and our contemporary (organizational) situation. Recent examples include:

Beyes, T. & De Cock, C. (2017). ‘Adorno’s Grey,Taussig’s Blue: Colour, Organization and Critical Affect’, Organization, vol. 24 (1), 59-78. []

De Cock, C. & O’Doherty, D. (2017). ‘Ruin and Organization Studies’, Organization Studies, vol. 37 (1), 129-150.  []

O’Doherty, D. & De Cock, C. (2017). ‘Management as an Academic Discipline?’ in A. Wilkinson, S. Armstrong and M. Lounsbury (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Management. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p.461-480 (ISBN 978-0198708612)

De Cock, C. & Nyberg, D. (2016). ‘The Possibility of Critique under a Financialized Capitalism: The Case of Private Equity in the UK’, Organization, vol.23 (4), 465-484.  []

De Cock, C. (2016). ‘From Creativity to Imagination with Cornelius Castoriadis’ in T. Beyes, C. Steyaert and M. Parker (eds.). Routledge Companion to Reinventing Management Education. Oxford: Routledge. p. 234-248 (ISBN 9780415727372)


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 472-7: Foundations of Management and Marketing


Please see the University of Essex Research Repository for links to my work. 


Additional information

Editorial Work:

  • 2003 – to date: member editorial board Journal of Management Studies
  • 2009 – to date: member editorial board Culture & Organization
  • 2009 – to date: member editorial board Organization
  • 2016 – to date: member editorial board Organization Studies

Links to my work on on the web:

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