Centre for Work, Organisation and Society (CWOS)

Part of Essex Business School

We are the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society

The Centre for Work, Organisation and Society (CWOS) is a leading centre for innovative and critical thinking about different aspects of the relationship between work, organisations and society.

Based at Essex Business School, we're a hub of interdisciplinary research with scholars drawing on ideas from the humanities and social sciences, and enriching study of management, marketing and organisations through bringing in perspectives from disciplines such as cultural studies, history, literary theory, philosophy and sociology.

Our work

We produce critical, social science research in areas such as:

  • contemporary working lives and those organisational practices that both enable and constrain them
  • 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

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Visit our event calendar

Essex Business School run regular seminars, lectures and events. We invite many guest lecturers and City practitioners to speak. Visit our Department's event calendar and discover our series of upcoming events.

Visit the Department's event calendar

Our highlights of research


Our archived events


  • 14 June - A Re-evaluation of the Concept of Power - Professor Iain Munro, Newcastle University
  • 24-25 May - CWOS Research Symposium - Histories of the Present
  • 17 May - Two Moral Orders of Professionalism - Dr Simon Carmel, Essex Business School
  • 30 March - Future directions for feminism in management and business schools - various speakers
  • 22 March - A Theory of Workplace Dignity - Professor Matthijs Bal, University of Lincoln
  • 14 March - Using the Press and Social Media to Tackle the REF - EBS Impact Academy event
  • 8 March - Contesting the Individualism of Flexible Work Negotiations: Employers, Right-to-Request and the Older Workforce - Dr Jane Parry, University of Southampton
  • 23 February - Essex employer workshop on promoting positive mental health at work - Dr Maria Hudson, Essex Business School
  • 22 February - Occupational Segregation, Identity and Adorno - Alison Clarke, Essex Business School
  • 15 February - Reconciling Free Movement, Territorial and Social Cohesion Policies in Rural Areas - Dr Philomena de Lima, University of Highlands and Islands
  • 1 February - Exploring the Rhetoric and Reflexivity of Workplace Recognition - Professor Melissa Tyler and Professor Phillip Hancock, Essex Business School
  • 18 January - The GENOVATE Model for Institutionalising Gender Equality in Higher Education - Professor Uduak Archibong MBE, University of Bradford
  • 2016

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    Centre for Work, Organisation and Society (CWOS) University of Essex
    Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
    Essex Business School Univcersity of Essex
    Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
    Telephone: 01206 873333