Professor Hugo Letiche

Professor of Care, Complexity and OrganisationLETICHE_Hugo

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 223 2790
  • Office: Room 210, Level 2, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office Hours: By appointment only


Hugo studied for his first degree, in culture studies, at The University of Chicago.  He did his Drs. in Conflict Psychology at Leiden University (NL). His PhD, a study in the role of ideology in higher education, was awarded by the Vrije Universiteit (Free University) Amsterdam. Before coming to Leicester, Hugo taught at the Universiteit voor Humanistiek, Utrecht (NL) where he was Research Professor and Director of the part-time PhD program. Before that, he taught at RSM (Rotterdam School of Management) Erasmus University (NL), the MEd, of the University of Amsterdam (Nutsseminarium) and in the Department of Labor Relations of the Utrecht Polytechnic (de Horst). Further teaching roles have been: Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Osaka City University, L’Université de Montpellier-2, Durham University and the University of Essex; and External Professorships: at Lancaster, Keele and UWE. Hugo joined the School of Management in 2012.

Research Interests

His research interests centre on the humanization of organisation, focusing on the ethnography of complex (emergent) organisation(s) and the post-phenomenological interpretation of ‘organising’. The ‘turn to affect’ in ethnography is important to his work. Hugo’s research interests are philosophically and ethically informed and include CSR / business ethics, organization & aesthetics, ‘care’, coherence and emergence. He is currently pursuing these themes through investigation of ‘critical communitarianism’, ‘demos’ and new forms of critical practice.

PhD Supervision

Hugo currently supervises the following part-time PhD research students via the Universiteit voor Humanistiek, Utrecht (NL): Ben Berendt, Bea v Bodegom, Albert Cath, Marja Creemers, Caroline v d Linden, Martin Loeve, Philippe Mairesse, Samir Marakem, Jose Middendorp, Veronica Millan, Temi Mutia, Pieter Polhuis, Ashwin Rasmcharan, Jacqueline Rietveld, Marte Rincke, Karen Sikkel, Wim Snijders, Soheil Torkan, Kim Tsei and Maarten v Veen.

He co-supervises for Utrecht University (NL): Lizet Donkersgoed, Hilda Ham, Maaike de Jong, Ann Maanen, Joshiko Suzuki and Elvin Zoet.

Most Recent Publications

The Relevant PhD (with G Lightfoot) New York : Peter Lang (forthcoming).

Belief & Organization, (2012) London Palgrave (ed. with P Case & H Hopfl). 

Coherence in the Midst of Complexity: Advances in Social Complexity Theory (with M Lissack), New York: MacMillan-Palgrave (publication, (UK) December 2011/ (USA) January 2012).

Full Listing of Publications


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