We are a multidisciplinary group of researchers and educators at Royal Holloway.
Professor Elena Giovannoni, Centre Director
The Centre for Critical and Historical Research on Organisation and Society (CHRONOS) actively provides an interdisciplinary, international and inclusive forum to discuss and develop the plurality of ways in which ‘critical’ and ‘historical’ research into organizations, markets and society can be conducted.
The guiding belief of critical research is that it should uncover the social and cultural dimensions and implications of any subject matter, interrogating and questioning mainstream approaches and practices as a way to make a positive difference for organisations, markets and society. This, in turn, needs to be grounded in an in-depth awareness of the origin, historical heritage and evolution of social phenomena, using historical perspectives as a way to delve into present and future trajectories of organisation and society. In this way ‘critical and historical’ research prompts social and cultural awareness and wise judgement among policymakers, organisational leaders and employees while informing public debate within broader society. What is therefore excluded is research concerned with purely technical, asocial and/or a-historical approaches to organisation and management.
Our strengths and key research areas
- Research into the nature and implications of critical studies, exploring the meaning and implications of critical research within and outside academia
- Interdisciplinary perspectives on space and time within and across organisations, researching the material, spatial, visual, and temporal/historical nature of organisation and organising phenomena
- Research into identity and diversity, as a way to reconceptualise differences, categories and divisions, provide fundamental critique, reformulate established phenomena and call for transformation and change
- Research into critical consumption and politics of markets, including, studies on consumer activism; geopolitics; marketplace cultures; socio-historic patterning’s of consumption; classed resistance; business-politics relations; justice, law and markets
- Research into accountability and control in diverse settings (global market, corporations, NGOs, charities, arts organisations and creative industries, education, etc).
We hold regular seminar series and other events. Take a look here.
Professor Elena Giovannoni, Centre Director
- ‘Critical research: past, present and future’, Professor Helen Tregidga
- ‘Interdisciplinary perspectives on Space and Time’, Professor Robert Fitzgerald
- ‘Identity and diversity’, Professor Fiona Moore
- ‘Critical consumption and politics of markets’, Dr Chloe Preece and Dr Mikko Laamanen
- ‘Accountability and control in diverse settings’, Dr Alice Bryer and Dr Leonardo Rinaldi
Paul du Gay
Gül Berna Özcan
Sukanya Sen Gupta
Courtney Hagen Ford
Farahiyah Haji Kawi
CHRONOS welcomes distinguished visiting academics to foster interdisciplinary and international research collaborations in any CHRONOS research area:
Professor Riccardo Mussari, University of Siena, Italy.
For information and expressions of interest, please contact Professor Elena Giovannoni.
CHRONOS draws on existing skills and resources to:
- Extend the success of the School of Management’s Critical and historical perspectives (CHP) research group across a number of disciplines
- Expand national and international collaborations. Our aim is to expand research collaborations to other prestigious institutions and bodies within different countries
- Facilitate larger research projects and grant applications from members and affiliated research groups
- Sustain research impact and boost visibility of research output. Provide members with enhanced opportunities for public engagement, boosting the visibility of research outputs and impact of their research on society.
- Sustain early career researchers, as well as all members, through a productive environment, boosting research culture and fostering professional development
Research network and partnerships
UK research networks and partnerships
Cultural Research Group of Birmingham Business School, UK
International research networks and partnerships
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Department of Business and Law, University of Siena, Italy