Professor Gibson Burrell

Gibson BurrellProfessor of Organisation Theory

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I am a Professor of Organisation Theory at Leicester and was the head of the former School of Management from 2002-2007. I was elected an Academician for the Social Sciences (AcSS) in 2005. Previously at the Universities of Essex, Warwick and Lancaster, in each of which I undertook a number of administrative roles, and now teache critical management perspectives at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have been a Visiting Fellow or Visiting Professor at Universities in Australia, Poland, Sweden, the UK and the USA. I am currently Section Editor for 'Business Ethics and Sociology' in the Journal of Business Ethics. I was also recipient of the 2014 American Academy of Management OMT Division’s biennial Joanne Martin ‘Trailblazer’ award for lifelong contribution to the area, awarded at the 74th Meeting of the Academy, Philadelphia, USA in August 2014. I'm also Staff Development Lead



'Critical Perspectives on Management' at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.



Burrell G 2013 ‘Styles of Organizing: The Will to Form’, Oxford University Press 281 +x pp.

G Burrell and M Parker (eds.) 2016 For Robert Cooper: Collected Work Routledge, New York, pp 330

Refereed journal articles

Burrell G 2016 Review of ‘The Poetic Organization’ by A Pitsis Organization 23; forthcoming

Burrell G 2014 ‘A Book at Bedtime’ Preface to Special Edition on ‘Sexuality and Organizational Analysis - 30 Years On’, Organization 21:3, 312-3.

Burrell G 2013 ‘Book Review Symposium: Lash and Urry’s ‘The End of Organized Capitalism’’ Work, Employment and Society 27:537-8.

Dale K and Burrell G 2013 ‘Being Occupied: An Embodied Re-reading of Organizational Wellness” Organization 21:2 159-77.

Bresnen M and Burrell G 2013 ‘Journals a la Mode’ Organization 20: 1, 25-37.

Burrell G 2012 Review of ‘Bits of Organization’ by Pullen A and Rhodes C, Copenhagen Business School Press in Ephemera 12:3.

Dale K and Burrell G 2011 ‘Disturbing Structure: Reading the Ruins’ Culture and Organization 17:2 107-121.

Burrell G 2010 ‘In Praise of ‘Warfarin’: A Response to Parker’ Critical Policy Studies 4:4 418

Chapters in books

Burrell G 2015 ‘Organizational Sociology’ in Rhodes R and Bevir M (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Interpretive Political Science Routledge pp 282-295

Dale K and Burrell G 2015 ‘Leadership and Space in 3D: Distance, Dissent and Disembodiment in the Case of a New Academic Building.’ in Ropo A, Salovaara P, Sauer E and De Paoli D (eds.) Leadership, Spaces and Organizing, Edward Elgar pp 217-41

Burrell G and Dale K 2014 ‘Space and Organization Studies’ in Adler P, du Gay P, Morgan G and Reed M (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents, Oxford University Press pp 684-706

Dale K and Burrell G, 2010 ‘All together, altogether better: the ideal of community’ in Yanow D and Marrewijk A, (eds.) Space, Meaning and Organization, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar pp 78-126

Burrell G 2009 ‘Handbooks, Swarms and Living Dangerously’ in Alvesson M, BridgmanT, and Willmott H (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies Oxford, Oxford University Press.


Architecture, space and organisation.


Social theory and organisation theory.


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