Seminar Invitation: Prof. Martin Parker on ‘Against Management: Auto-Critique’

Wednesday 30 June 2021

As part of the RSB Lab’s Subversive Seminar Series we are delighted to announce that Professor Martin Parker from University of Bristol will join us to talk about his latest paper in which he critically reflects on his Against Management: Organization in the Age of Managerialism (Polity Press) in its 20th anniversary. In particular, his “provisional manifesto for the School for Organizing” promises to culminate in a fruitful and inspiring discussion.

Please see below for the abstract of Prof. Parker’s seminar.


In this review I consider the 20 years that have passed since the publication of my book Against Management. I begin by locating it in the context of the expanding business schools of the UK in the 1990s, and the growth of CMS in north western Europe. After positioning the book within its time, and noting that the book is now simultaneously highly cited and irrelevant, I then explore the arguments I made in the final chapter. If the book is of interest for the next two decades, it because it gestures towards the importance of alternative forms of organization, which I continue to maintain are not reducible to ‘management’. Given the intensifying crises of climate, ecology, inequality and democracy, developing alternatives must be understood as the historical task of CMS within the business school and I propose a ten-point manifesto in support of that commitment.


We are looking forward to seeing you!!

30 June 2021, 16.00-17.00 (35 min talk & 25 min discussion)


Meeting ID: 898 8528 1642

Passcode: 297439

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