Professor Martin Parker

Professor of Organisation and CultureMartin Parker

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I am Professor of Organisation and Culture, and worked at the University of Leicester School of Management from 2003-10 before returning in 2012. I have previously held posts at Staffordshire, Keele and Warwick universities, and my background is in anthropology, sociology and cultural studies. From 2008 - 2012, I was joint Editor in Chief of the journal Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society.

Research Interests

My research and writing is an attempt to widen the scope of what can be properly covered by the business school, whether in terms of particular sorts of organisations (the circus, the worker co-op, Apollo space programme or whatever), or ways of representing organising (in art, cartoons, films etc). My recent writing has been about ‘alternative’ organisation in two senses. One is work on co-operatives, worker self-management, alternative finance and so on. The other is on different ways of thinking about what ‘organisation’ means, so I have written about angels, shipping containers, art galleries, as well as a book on outlaws. I am also very interested in how academics write, and how they might cultivate new audiences for their ideas, and I blog for the School and write for The Conversation regularly. My plans for the next few years include work on James Bond, zoos, and comic book villains. A full listing of my publications can be found on my personal website at


I am currently supervising Matteo Ciccognani, Marton Mate Racz, Marco Sachy and Nico Vass at Leicester, and external advisor for one student at Warwick University. I have co-supervised twenty students to completion, and am interested in supervising students in work on culture and organisation; popular cultural representations of work; organisation and social theory; alternative organisation; the business school and the university; and the politics and ethics of management.

Full listing of publications (last five years)




Hamilton, V and Parker, M (2016) Daniel Defoe and the Bank of England: The Dark Arts of Projectors. Ripley, Hants: Zer0 Books. [978-1-78279-952-8] pp189.


Hadden, T, Ireland, P, Morgan, G, Parker, M, Pearson, G, Piccoto, S, Sikka, P and Willmott, H (writing as The Corporate Reform Collective) (2014) Fighting Corporate Abuse: Beyond Predatory Capitalism. London: Pluto. [978-0-7453-3516-2] pp210.

Parker, M (2012) Alternative Business: Outlaws, Crime and Culture. London: Routledge. [978-0-415-58648-1] pp183.



Burrell, G and Parker, M (eds) (2016) For Robert Cooper: Collected Work. London: Routledge. [978-1-138-94079-6].


Parker, M, Cheney, G, Fournier, V, and Land, C (eds) (2014) The Companion to Alternative Organization. London: Routledge. [0415782260] pp384.

Tadajewski, M, Maclaren, P, Parsons, L and Parker, M (eds) (2011) Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies. London: Sage. [978-1-84920-569-6] pp229.

Journal Articles

Dunne, S, Mansell, S, Parker, M and Veldman, J (2015) ‘The Nature and Purpose of the Corporation – A Roundtable Discussion’ ephemera []

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Parker, M (2015) ‘Secret Societies: Intimations of Organization’ Organization Studies [0170-8406]
Parker, M (2015) ‘Queering Queer’ Gender, Work and Organization [0968-6673]


Parker, M (2015) ‘Vertical Capitalism: Skyscrapers and Organization’ Culture and Organization [1475-9551] 21/3: 217-234.

Parker, M (2015) ‘Between Sociology and the B School: Critical Studies of Organization, Work and Employment in the UK’ Sociological Review [0038-0261] 63/1: 162-180.

Parker, M, Cheney, G, Fournier, V and Land, C (2014) ‘The Question of Organization: A Manifesto for Alternatives’, ephemera [] [1473-2866] 14/4: 623-638.

Parker, M (2014) ‘Skyscrapers: The City and the Megacity’ Theory, Culture and Society [0263 2764] 31(7/8) 267–271
Parker, M and Weik, E (2014) ‘Free Spirits. The Academic on the Aeroplane’ Management Learning [1350-5076] 45/2: 167-181.

Parker, M (2014) ‘University, Ltd: Changing a Business School’ Organization [1350-5084] 21/2: 281-292.

Parker, M (2013) ‘Becoming Editor: Or, Pinocchio Finally Notices the Strings’ tripleC - Communication, Capitalism and Critique [] [1726-670X] 13/2: 461-474.

Goodings, L, Brown, S and Parker, M (2013) ‘Organizing Images of Futures-Past: Remembering the Apollo Moon Landings’ International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy [1478-1484] 7/3-4: 263-283.

Parker, M (2013) ‘Art as Work: Rules and Creative Labour’ Journal of Cultural Economy [1753-0350] 6/2: 120-136.

Parker, M (2013) ‘Containerization: Moving Things and Boxing Ideas’ Mobilities [1745-0101] 8/3: 368-387.

Parker, M and Pearson, G (2013) ‘What Should Business Schools Teach Managers?’ Business and Society Review [0045-3609] 118/1:1-22.

Li, E and Parker, M (2013) ‘Citation patterns in Organization and Management journals: Margins and Centres’ Organization [1350-5084] 20/2: 299-322.

Thomas, R and Parker, M (2013) ‘Organization@20’ Organization [1350-5084] 20/1: 3-5.

Veldman, J and Parker, M (2012) ‘Specters, Inc.: The Evasive Basis of the Corporation’ Business and Society Review [0045-3609] 117/4: 413-441.

Parker, M (2012) ‘Being There, Teleography, and The Wire’ Journal of Organizational Ethnography {2046-6749]1/1: 23-30.

Alakavuklar, O and Parker, M (2011) ‘Responsibility and the Local: The Prospects for Critical Management in Turkey’, Critical Perspectives on International Business [1742-2043] 7/4: 326-342.

Parker, M (2011) ‘The Wild West, the Industrial East and the Outlaw’ Culture and Organization [1475-9551] 17/4: 347-365.

Parker, M and Thomas, R (2011) ‘What is a Critical Journal?’ Organization [1350-5084] 18/4: 419-427.

Parker, M (2011) ‘Organizing the Circus: The Engineering of Miracles’ Organization Studies [0170-8406] 32/4: 555-569.

Chapters, Entries, Forewords

Burrell, G and Parker, M (2016) ‘Organizing a Life’. In Burrell, G and Parker, M (eds) (2016) For Robert Cooper: Collected Work. London: Routledge.

Parker, M (2016) ‘Towards an Alternative Business School: A School of Organizing’. In B Czarniawska (ed) A Research Agenda for Management and Organization Studies. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Parker, M (2016) ‘Defying Gravity’. Foreword for B Plester The Complexity of Workplace Humour: Laughter, Jokers and the Dark Side. Springer.

Parker, M (2016) ‘”This is Water”: Labours of Division, Institutions and History’. In Beyes, T, Steyeart, C, and Parker, M (eds) The Companion to the Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education. London: Routledge.

Parker, M (2016) ‘CMS in the UK’. In Grey, C, Huault, I, Perret, V and Taskin, L (eds) Critical Management Studies: Global Voices, Local Accents. London: Routledge.

Parker, M (2015) ‘Theory as Fashion: What are Management Ideas For?’ In A Ortenblad (ed) Handbook of Research on Managerial Ideas and Panaceas. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Parker, M (2015) ‘Organization and Philosophy: Vision and Division.’ In R Mir, H Willmott and M Greenwood (eds) Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies. London: Routledge. [978-0-203-79524-8]

Parker, M, Cheney, G, Fournier, V and Land, C (2016) ‘Organizing is Politics Made Durable.’ In A Spicer and G Baars (eds) The Corporation: A Critical Interdisciplinary Handbook. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Parker, M (2015) ‘The Architect and the Bee Revisited: Managing, Organizing and Agency.’ In Fuad-Luke, A, Hirscher, A-L, Kuebel, C and Moebus, K (eds) Agents of Alternatives: Re-designing Our Realities. Berlin: Agents of Alternatives e.V. [978-3-00-049379-9] 362-371.

Parker, M (2015) ‘A Cultural Politics of Work: Resistance and Escape in the Counter Culture of Organizing.’ In A Pullen and C Rhodes (eds) Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organization. London: Routledge [978-0415821261] 399-412.

Parker, M (2014) ‘Writing: What can be said, by who, and where?’ In Jeanes, E and Huzzard, T (eds) Critical Management Research: Reflections from the Field. London: Sage, [9 781446257432] 211-226.

Parker, M, Cheney, G, Fournier, V and Land, C (2014) ‘Advanced capitalism: its promise and failings’, ‘Alternatives: past, present and prospective’, ‘Imagining alternatives’ (with Geoff Lightfoot), and ‘Horizons of possibility: challenge, co-optation and transformation’. In Parker, M, Cheney, G, Fournier, V, and Land, C (eds) (2014) The Companion to Alternative Organization. London: Routledge. {0415782260] 3-41, 359-372.

Parker, M (2014) ‘(Seeing) Organizing in Popular Culture: Discipline and Method’. In Bell, E, Warren, S and Schroeder, J (eds) The Routledge Companion to Visual Organization. London: Routledge. [978-0-415-78367-5] 379-390.

Parker, M (2013) ‘What is to be Done? CMS as a Political Party’ In V Malin, J Murphy and M Siltoaja (eds) Getting Things Done: Dialogues in CMS Volume 2. Bradford: Emerald [978-1-78190-954-6] 165-181.

Parker, M (2013) ‘Beyond Justification’. In P Du Gay and G Morgan (eds) New Spirits of Capitalism? Crises, Justifications and Dynamics. Oxford: Oxford University Press [978-0-19-959534-1] 124-141.

Parker, M (2012) ‘Superflat: Hierarchy, Culture and Dimensions of Organizing’. In T Diefenbach, and R Todnem By (eds) ‘Reinventing Hierarchy and Bureaucracy’ Research in the Sociology of Organizations Vol 35. Bradford: Emerald [978-1-78052-6] 229-247.

Parker, M (2011) ‘Managing Space, Organizing the Sublime’. In U Landfester, N-L Remuss, K-U Schrogl and J-C Worms (eds) Humans in Outer Space: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. New York: SpringerWien [978-3-7091-0279-4] 28-38.

Tadajewski, M, Maclaren, P, Parsons, L and Parker, M (2011) ‘Introduction: What is Critical Management Studies?’, in Tadajewski, M, Maclaren, P, Parsons, L and Parker, M (eds) Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies. London: Sage [978-1-84920-569-6] 1-6.

Parker, M (2011) ‘Alternative Organization’ and ‘Managerialism’, in Tadajewski, M, Maclaren, P, Parsons, L and Parker, M (eds) Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies. London: Sage [978-1-84920-569-6] 15-19 & 155-59.
Parker, M (2011) ‘Theory as Spectacles, or, Does my Head Look Big in This?’, in A Ortenblad, I Bajunid, M Babur and R Kumari (eds) Are Theories Universal? Kuala Lumpur: Yayasan Ilmuwan/ELLTA [978-983-44372-5-1] 55-60.

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