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Professor Philip Hancock

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EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Professor Philip Hancock
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    +44 (0) 1206 873923

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    EBS.3.75, Colchester Campus

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Biography

Philip Hancock is a Professor of Work and Organisation, and the Head of the Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management Group, at Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK. His research interests include the work of critical schools of organisation theory, organisational aesthetics, the spatial and architectural management of work, emotional and aesthetic labour, the historical and contemporary organisation of Christmas, and the intersubjective importance of recognition within the workplace. Philip began his working life in the NHS before taking a CNAA degree in Social Sciences at the then Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham (UK). After completing an MA in Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Warwick (UK), he took up a part-time PhD place at Keele University (UK), completing his thesis entitled 'Aesthetics and Organization: A Critical Engagement' in 2004. He held academic positions at University College Scarborough (UK), Glasgow Caledonian University (UK), and the University of Warwick (UK), before joining the University of Essex in 2011. He also holds a visiting professorship at the University of Lapland (Finland) and has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney (Australia). He has published widely on his research in academic peer-reviewed journals including Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Work, Employment and Society, Organization, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Culture and Organization, Critical Sociology, Sociological Review, and the Journal of Organizational Change Management amongst others. He is a co-author of 'Work, Organization and Postmodernism: a Critical Introduction' (Sage), and a co-editor of 'The Body, Culture and Society' (Open University), 'The Management of Everyday Life' (Palgrave), and 'Understanding Corporate Life' (Sage), as well as having contributed chapters to numerous edited books. Philip has been a guest editor for a number of journals, a stream convenor at conferences such as CMS and GWO, and is a member of the editorial and review boards of a number of international journals including Academy of Management Review, Work, Employment and Society, Organization, Organization Studies and Human Relations. His work on the organisation of Christmas has been reported on by the Sunday Times, The Guardian, the BBC, ABC and host of international news agencies and outlets. He has also regularly contributed to outlets such as The Conversation on issues pertaining to his research interests. Philip is always happy to receive enquires from potential PhD students considering research in one of his areas of interest and expertise.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Social Sciences - CNAA Nottingham Trent University,

  • PG Dip Research Methods University of Derby,

  • MA Philosophy and Social Theory University of Warwick,

  • PGCPCE (HE) University of Warwick,

  • PhD Management Keele University,

  • CMgr MCMI

  • AFCIPD.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

The Colonisation of Everyday Life Through Managerial Discourse and Practice

Open to supervise

Critical Social Theory (Marxist and Post-Marxist) and Organisation

Open to supervise

Critical Approaches to Recognition at Work and in the Labour Market

Open to supervise

The Uses and Abuses of Organisational Culture, Art, Aesthetics and Symbolism

Open to supervise

The Management and Lived Experience of Organisational Space and Architecture

Open to supervise

The Organisational and Economic Dimensions of Christmas and Other Festivities

Open to supervise

Vintage Production, Consumption, and its Organisation

Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Garcia-Rosell, JC & Hancock, P. 2016 'You Cant Eat Rudolph!Laplands Reindeer - Between Carnal Cultivation and Magical Symbolism'.Submission toThe 34th Standing Conference on Organizational SymbolismThe Animal, University of Upsalla, Sweden.

2016

Hancock, P. (2016) 'A Necessary Invention: Christmas, Work and Organization'. Paper presented to the Hull University Business School Seminar Series, Hull University, UK.

2016

Hancock, P & Tyler, M. (2015) 'Recognition and Meaning at Work'. Paper presented to WORK:2015, Turku School of Economics, Turku, Finland.

2015

Hancock, P. (2015) Purity and Abjection in the Christmas Arctic. Paper presented to the MTI Seminar Series, University of Lapland, Finland.

2015

Hancock, P. (2015) Organizing Christmas. Guest Lecture presented at Newcastle University Business School, University of Newcastle, UK.

2015

Hancock, P. (2015) Zat You Santa Claus? Becoming the Biggest Brand in the World. Paper presented to Business, Marketing and Management Research Seminar Series, Bangor Business School, Bangor University, UK.

2015

Hancock, P. (2013) 'Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me: Recognition, Work and Sexuality'. Paper presented to the Work, Employment and Society Conference, Warwick Business School, Coventry, UK.

2013

Hancock, P. (2011) 'The Greatest Story Ever Sold: Transfiguration and the Santa Claus Labour Process'. Paper presented to The Standing Conference on Management and Organizational Inquiry, Philadelphia, USA.

2011

Hancock, P. (2010) Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas Visual Narratives and the Organizational Nexus. Paper presented to SCOS XXIIX Vision, Lille, France.

2010

Hancock, P. 7 Spicer, A. (2009) Organizing Places of Learning: Pedagogical Space and the New Spirit. Paper presented to The Standing Conference on Management and Organizational Inquiry, Orlando, USA.

2009

Hancock, P. (2009) Christmas as Organizational Nexus. Paper presented to the ARCIO Seminar Series, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.

2009

Hancock, P. (2009) Organizing Christmas: Bringing JOY to the World. Paper presented to the Essex Management Centre Seminar Series, University of Essex, UK.

2009

Hancock, P. (2008) Organizing Christmas: Bringing JOY to the World. Paper presented to Organizing Christmas: A Festive Symposium, Warwick Business School, Coventry, UK.

2008

Hancock, P. & Spicer, A. (2008) Creating an Image of Business in the New Library'. Paper presented to Imagining Business: Reflecting On The Visual Power Of Management, Organizing and Governing Practices, Said Business School, Oxford, UK.

2008

Hancock, P. (2008) Architecture, Design, and the Constitution of the New Model Worker'. Paper presented to the Workshop on Architecture and Social Architecture: Disturbing Notions of Structure in Organizations, Brussels, Belgium

2008

Hancock, P. (2008) The Sleeper Awakes: Organization, Consumption and the Value of Sleep. Paper presented to the Centre for Culture, Organisation and Markets Seminar Series, Keele University, UK.

2008

Hancock, P., Williams, S., Boden, S. and Tyler, M. (2007) Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go': Sleep, Organization and the Everyday. Paper presented to the 23rd EGOS Colloquium 'Beyond Waltz - Dances of Individuals and Organization, Vienna, Austria.

2007

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M. (2007) One Iron In The Fire? Posters, Popular Media and Organization. Paper presented to Aesthesis and Organizations in the Popular Media, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

2007

Hancock, P. (2007) The Sleeper Awakes: Organization and the Value of Sleep. Paper presented to the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies Seminar Series, University of Sydney, Australia.

2007

Hancock, P. (2007) Were Definitely Not in Cambuslang Anymore: AKA Shona Comes to Babel. Paper presented to the Leicester Management School Seminar Series, University of Leicester, UK.

2007

Hancock, P. & Tyler, M. (2006) Mass Mediated Managerialism and the Colonization of the Everyday. Paper presented to the 22nd EGOS Colloquium The Organizing Society, Bergen, Norway.

2006

Hancock, P. (2006) The Organisation of Aesthetics in an Aesthetic Economy. Paper presented to the 3rd Art of Management and Organisation Conference, Akademia Pedagogiczna, Krakow, Poland.

2006

Hancock, P. (2006) Sleep, Work and Organization. Paper presented to the ESRC Sleep and Society Seminar Series, University of Warwick, UK.

2006

Hancock, P. (2006) Management of Everyday Life. Paper presented to the Reflecting on Organisation Theory Seminar Series, University of Lancaster, UK.

2006

Hancock, P. (2005) Fear and (Self)Loathing in Coleridge Close: Management in Crisis in the 1970's Sitcom. Paper presented to Towards a Cultural Studies of Organisation Conference, Leicester, UK

2005

Hancock, P. (2005) The Aesthetic Mediation of Organizational Space-Time?: A Critical Semiotic. Paper presented to the 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Cambridge, UK

2005

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M. (2005) Women, Managerial Knowledge and Change Management: A Critique Based on Simone de Beauvoir. Paper presented to the 5th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations, Rhodes, Greece.

2005

Hancock, P. (2004) The Iron Rose: Mackintosh and the Psychodynamics of Organizational Design. Paper presented to the 2nd Art of Management and Organization Conference, ESCP-EAP European School of Management, Paris, France.

2004

Cohen, L., Hancock, P. & Tyler, M. (2004) The Office in Focus: Aesthetics, Photography and Organizational Abjection. Paper presented to the 2nd Art of Management and Organization Conference, ESCP-EAP European School of Management, Paris, France.

2004

Hancock, P. (2004) Phenomenology and the Embodiment of Ethics. Paper presented to the 2nd Art of Management and Organization Conference, ESCP-EAP European School of Management, Paris, France.

2004

Hancock, P. (2003) Embodied Ethics and Organizational Intersubjectivity. Paper presented to The Aesthetics, Art and Management : Towards New Fields of Flow Second EIASM Workshop on Aesthetics ad Organization, Nice, France.

2003

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M. (2003) The Tyranny of Corporate Slenderness: Understanding Organizations Anorexically. Paper presented to SOCS XXI: Organizational Wellness, Cambridge, UK, July.

2003

Hancock, P. (2001) Documenting Corporate Aesthetics. Paper presented to the ESRC Critical Management Studies Research Seminar on New Organizational Thinking, Manchester, UK

2001

Hancock, P. (1999) The Management of Everyday Life. Paper presented to the 1st International Critical Management Studies Conference, Manchester, UK

1999

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M. (1998) The Look of Love: Gender, Work and Organization of Aesthetics. Paper presented to the 16th International Labour Process Conference, Manchester, UK.

1998

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M. (1998) Flight Attendants and The Management of Gendered Organizational Bodies. Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association, Edinburgh, UK.

1998

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M. (1998) Creating Heavenly Bodies: Corporeal Management of the Female Flight Attendant. Paper presented to the University of Portsmouth Gender in Employment Research Group Seminar, Portsmouth, UK.

1998

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M. (1997) Managing Subjectivity and The Dialectic of Self-Consciousness: Hegel and Organizational Theory. Paper presented to the 1st International Organization Conference on Modes of Organizing, Warwick, UK.

1997

Hancock, P. (1995) Modernity/Postmodernity: Power and the Human Resource Complicity. Paper presented to the 2nd European Conference for Sociology, Budapest, Hungary.

1995

Hancock, P. (1995) Citizenship or Vassalage? Organizational Life and the New Middle Ages. Paper presented to the Ideas of Community Conference, Bristol, UK.

1995

Hancock, P. and Webb, S. (1995) Labour Process Theory as the Politics of Paradox. Paper presented to the EGOS 12th Colloquium, Istanbul, Turkey.

1995

Hancock, P. and Webb, S. (1995) Textures of Human Resource Management or How To Play Pinball With a Bouncer and a Geisha Girl. Paper presented to the 13th International Labour Process Conference, Blackpool, UK.

1995

Hancock, P. (1994) The Critical Realism of Roy Bhaskar. Presented to The University of Derby Social Sciences Research Seminar Series, Derby, UK,

1994

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Introduction to Management and Marketing (BE400)

  • Philosophy of Management and Accounting (BE952)

  • Independent Study Project: Management/Marketing (BE938)

Previous supervision

Frances Catherine Hyde
Frances Catherine Hyde
Thesis title: Death, Dying and 'Difficult' Marketing: An Ethnographic Study of Marketing At an English Hospice
Degree subject: Management Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 7/6/2018
Amir Elmi Keshtiban
Amir Elmi Keshtiban
Thesis title: Leadership, Leaderlessness and Leaderless Groups. the Case of the Occupy London Movement
Degree subject: Management Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 7/3/2018
Magdalena Joanna Twardowska
Magdalena Joanna Twardowska
Thesis title: 'Dashed Hopes, Bruised Egos': Professional Identity in Investment Banking in the Context of the 2008 Financial Crisis
Degree subject: Management Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 30/6/2016

Publications

Journal articles (26)

Duffy, K., Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2017). Still Red Hot? Postfeminism and Gender Subjectivity in the Airline Industry. Gender, Work and Organization. 24 (3), 260-273

Hancock, P., (2016). A Christmas Carol: A Reflection on Organization, Society, and the Socioeconomics of the Festive Season. Academy of Management Review. 41 (4), 755-765

Hancock, P., (2016). Recognition and the Moral Taint of Sexuality: Threat, Masculinity and Santa Claus. Human Relations. 69 (2), 461-481

Cutcher, L., Dale, K., Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2016). Spaces and Places of Remembering and Commemoration. Organization. 23 (1), 3-9

Hancock, P., Sullivan, K. and Tyler, M., (2015). A Touch Too Much: Negotiating Masculinity, Propriety and Proximity in Intimate Labour. Organization Studies. 36 (12), 1715-1739

Hancock, P., (2013). ‘Being Santa Claus’: The Pursuit of Recognition in Interactive Service Work. Work, Employment and Society. 27 (6), 1004-1020

Hancock, P. and Jewkes, Y., (2011). Architectures of incarceration: The spatial pains of imprisonment. Punishment & Society. 13 (5), 611-629

Hancock, P. and Rehn, A., (2011). Organizing Christmas. Organization. 18 (6), 737-745

Hancock, P. and Spicer, A., (2011). Academic architecture and the constitution of the new model worker. Culture and Organization. 17 (2), 91-105

Hancock, PG. and Rehn, A., (2011). Organizing Christmas: an editorial. Organization. 18 (6), 737-745

Chugh, S. and Hancock, P., (2009). Networks of aestheticization: the architecture, artefacts and embodiment of hairdressing salons. Work, Employment and Society. 23 (3), 460-476

Zhongyuan Zhang, Spicer, A. and Hancock, P., (2008). Hyper-Organizational Space in the Work of J. G. Ballard. Organization. 15 (6), 889-910

Hancock, P., (2008). Embodied Generosity and an Ethics of Organization. Organization Studies. 29 (10), 1357-1373

Hancock, P., (2008). Fear and (Self) Loathing in Coleridge Close: Management in Crisis in the 1970s Sitcom. Organization. 15 (5), 685-703

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2008). Beyond the Confines: Management, Colonization and the Everyday. Critical Sociology. 34 (1), 29-49

Hancock, P., (2008). Cultures of sleep: organization and the lure of dormancy. Culture and Organization. 14 (4), 411-424

Hancock, P., (2008). Critical Management Studies: An Introduction. Critical Sociology. 34 (1), 9-14

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2007). Un/doing Gender and the Aesthetics of Organizational Performance. Gender, Work & Organization. 14 (6), 512-533

Carr, AN. and Hancock, P., (2006). Space and time in organizational change management. Journal of Organizational Change Management. 19 (5), 545-557

Hancock, P., (2006). The spatial and temporal mediation of social change. Journal of Organizational Change Management. 19 (5), 619-639

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2005). Gibson Burrell: Diabolical Architect. The Sociological Review. 53 (1_suppl), 46-62

Hancock, P., (2005). Uncovering the Semiotic in Organizational Aesthetics. Organization. 12 (1), 29-50

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2004). ‘MOT Your Life’: Critical Management Studies and the Management of Everyday Life. Human Relations. 57 (5), 619-645

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2001). Managing Subjectivity and the Dialectic of Self-Consciousness: Hegel and Organization Theory. Organization. 8 (4), 565-585

Hancock, P., (1999). Baudrillard and the metaphysics of motivation: A reappraisal of corporate culturalism in the light of the work and ideas of Jean Baudrillard. Journal of Management Studies. 36 (2), 166-175

Hancock, PG., (1997). Citizenship or Vassalage? Organizational Membership in the Age of Unreason. Organization. 4 (1), 93-111

Books (5)

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2009). The Management of Everyday Life. Palgrave

Carr, A. and Hancock, PG., (2009). Work and Organization: The Aesthetic Dimension. ISCE Publishing

Hancock, P. and Spicer, A., (2009). Understanding Corporate Life. SAGE Publications Ltd. 1412923832. 9781412923842

Hancock, P. and Carr, A., (2003). Art and Aesthetics at Work. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 0230554644. 9781349428663

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2001). Work, Postmodernism and Organization A Critical Introduction. SAGE. 1847876463. 9781847876461

Book chapters (11)

Hancock, PG. and Tyler, M., (2018). Make Do and Mend? Working Postfeminism and Vintage. In: Postfeminism and Organization. Editors: Lewis, P., Benschop, Y. and Simpson, Y., . Routledge. 181- 196. 9781138212213

Hancock, PG., (2011). Aesthetics. In: Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies. Editors: Tadajewski, M., Maclaran, P., Parsons, E. and Parker, M., . Sage Publications Ltd. 11- 15. 9781849205696

Hancock, PG., (2011). Dialectics. In: Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies. Editors: Tadajewski, M., Maclaran, P., Parsons, E. and Parker, M., . Sage Publications Ltd. 100- 104. 9781849205696

Hancock, PG., (2011). Organizational Change: The Aesthetic Dimension. In: The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change. Editors: Boje, D., Burnes, B. and Hassard, J., . Routledge. 521- 534. 9780415556453

Hancock, PG., (2009). Aesthetics and Aestheticization. In: Understanding Corporate Life. Editors: Hancock, PG. and Spicer, A., . Sage Publications Ltd. 46- 63. 9781412923842

Hancock, PG., (2009). Management and Colonization in Everyday Life. In: The Management of Everyday Life. Editors: Hancock, PG. and Tyler, M., . Palgrave Macmillan. 1- 20. 9780230524798

Hancock, PG., Williams, S. and Boden, S., (2009). Managing Sleep? The Colonization of Everyday/Night Life. In: The Management of Everyday Life. Editors: Hancock, PG. and Tyler, M., . Palgrave Macmillan. 74- 91. 0230524796

Hancock, PG., (2008). Functionalism. In: International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. Editors: Clegg, SR. and Bailey, JR., . Sage. 529- 531. 9781412915151

Hancock, PG., (2008). Communicative Action. In: International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. Editors: Clegg, SR. and Bailey, JR., . Sage. 9781412915151

Hancock, PG. and Tyler, M., (2008). Emotion at Work. In: Contemporary Human Resource Management. Editors: Redman, T. and Wilkinson, A., . FT/Prentice Hall. 472- 491. 9780273716334

Hancock, PG. and Tyler, M., (2007). It's All Too Beautiful: Emotion and Organization in the Aesthetic Economy. In: The Emotional Organization: Passions and Power. Editors: Fineman, S., . Wiley-Blackwell. 202- 217. 9781405160308

Grants and funding

2009

Affective labour at Christmas: performing Santa Claus

The British Academy

Contact

phancock@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873923

Location:

EBS.3.75, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

You can find details of Academic Support hours on the EBS UG and PG information page on Moodle or by calling EBS Student Services on 01206873911