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Critical and historical perspectives on management


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The Critical and Historical Perspectives Group provides a forum to discuss and develop the work and thinking of those interested in such approaches. The identification of this as a key theme for research reflects a long standing and continuing intellectual commitment at the Royal Holloway University School of Management. The group is deliberately broadly conceived, recognizing the plurality of ways in which ‘critical’ and ‘historical’ research may be conducted, but seeing as its common core the interrogation of established and mainstream approaches to management research. Similarly, members of the group have a wide range of empirical interests upon which they bring to bear critical and/or historical analysis.

The group's past activities are reported here: 2012-132013-142014-15 and 2015-16

Previous research seminars, workshops and other events 2016/17

Monday, 26th September 2016. Annual planning meeting. 

Wednesday, 2nd November 2016. Research seminar by Prof. Yiannis Gabriel , University of Bath. Title: “Nostalgia old and new – Contrasting the sentimental with the xenophobic faces of nostalgia”. 

Monday, 28th November 2016. R&R (Revise&Resubmit) paper development session, by Prof. Christopher Napier, Royal Holloway University of London. Title: “R. J. Chambers and Securities and Obscurities: Making a Case for the Reform of the Law of Company Accounts in the 1970s” (co-authored with Martin Persson). 

Tuesday, 10th January 2017. 'One-day workshop of the CHP group'. 

Future research seminars, workshops and other events 2016/17

Thursday, 23rd February 2017. Speaker: Professor Yuval Millo, Warwick Business School. Title: "The Weakness of Strong CEOs: the Social and Organizational Roots of Anglo-Iris Bank's Downfall" . Time: 12:00 to 15:00, Venue: Founders Large Boardroom. All welcome.

Wednesday, 15th March 2017. Speaker: Professor Laura Empson, Cass Business School. "Leading insecure-overachievers: the comforts of social control in professional service firms". Time: 13:00 to 15:00. Venue: Moore Annexe, Room 34. Lunch available from 12:30 in the Moore foyer.  All welcome.

Thursday 6th April 2017. Speakers Dr Santi Furnari (Cass Business School) and Professor Mairi Maclean (University of Bath). "3rd Space and Time Sub-Group Workshop".  Time:11 am to 16:00. Venue Founders Large Boardroom.  For more details and registration contact elena.giavannoni@royalholloway.ac.uk

Wednesday 7th June 2017. Speaker Dr Todd Bridgman, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Title: "Triangulating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: The construction of management’s famous pyramid".  Time 13.00- 15.00. Venue Moore Building 0-08, lunch available from 12:30. All welcome.

Thursday 22nd June 2017. 5th Annual Distinguished Lecture. Professor Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria, Canada. Title: "Craft, Magic and the Re-Enchantment of the World". Time: 16.00-17.30. Venue: The Picture Gallery. All welcome. Followed by drinks and dinner (limited places available by registration only with chris.grey@royalholloway.ac.uk


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