Dr Stephen Dunne

Lecturer in Social Theory and ConsumptionStephen Dunne

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0) 116 223 1079
  • Email: s.dunne@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 330, Level 3, Ken Edwards Building
  • Twitter: @stephenbdunne

Brief Biography

Stephen studied Philosophy at Warwick University, Sociology at University College Dublin and Marketing at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). He joined the School of Management’s PhD programme in September 2004 and became a member of staff in October 2007. He was invited to Saint Andrews University as an Honorary Senior Lecturer in January 2014 and was based at Copenhagen Business School’s Management, Philosophy and Politics Group throughout 2015, where he continues to hold a Visiting Scholar position.

Research Interests

Stephen has published conceptual and empirical work on marketing theory, on organisation theory, on sociology and social theory, on business ethics, on management pedagogy and on audience studies. His work explores the philosophical basis for, and the practical consequences of, social scientific and managerial claims to authority and expertise. He is currently working on a book which analyses the rhetorical foundations of contemporary authority. It will be brilliant.

Teaching Profile

  • Buyer Behaviour
  • Marketing Communications
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Consumption, Society and Culture
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Foundations of Knowledge
  • Business Ethics
  • Critical Perspectives on Management

PhD Supervision

Stephen is working with Marco Checchi who will submit his analysis of the primacy of resistance in the work of Michel Foucault, before the end of this year. He has also started working with Sylvana Botros on a project analysing the management of organisational conflict in Egypt. Stephen has supervised three doctoral projects to completion:

  • Nicholas Beuret - Organising against the end of the world: the praxis of ecological catastrophe (Examination in April 2016)
  • Thomas Swann - Anarchist Cybernetics: Control and Communication in Radical Left Social Movements (Examined January 2016)
  • Charles Barthold – Resisting Financialisation with Deleuze and Guattari (Examined April 2015) He is interested in hearing from potential doctoral candidates who share some of his research interests

Current Administrative Responsibilities

Selected Recent Publications

Dunne, Stephen (2014) ‘Figurational sociology and the rhetoric of post-philosophy’, History of the Human Sciences, 27(3), 76-95.

See also: Dunne, Stephen (2014) ‘Response to Kilminster: Figurational Sociology without the sophistry’, History of the Human Sciences, 27(5), 151-154.

Weir, Kenneth and Stephen Dunne (2014) ‘The connoisseurship of the condemned: A Serbian Film, The Human Centipede 2 and the appreciation of the abhorrent’, Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 11(2), 78-99.

Harney, Stefano and Stephen Dunne (2013) ‘More than nothing? Accounting, business and management studies, and the research audit’, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 24(4-5), 338-349.

Bradshaw, Alan, Norah Campbell and Stephen Dunne (2013) ‘The politics of consumption’, ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 13(2), 203-216.

Beverungen, Armin, Stephen Dunne and Casper Hoedemaekers (2013) ‘The Financialisation of Business Ethics’, Business Ethics: A European Review, 22(1), 102-117.

Cluley, Robert and Stephen Dunne (2012) ‘From commodity fetishism to commodity narcissism’, Marketing Theory, 12(3), 251-265.

Butler, Nick and Stephen Dunne (2012) ‘Duelling with Dualisms: Descartes, Foucault and the History of Organizational Limits’, Management and Organizational History, 7(1), 31-44.

Dunne, Stephen and Sverre Spoelstra (2010) ‘The Gift of Leadership’, Philosophy Today, 54(1), 66-77.

Dunne, Stephen (2009) ‘The Politics of Figurational Sociology’, The Sociological Review, 57(1), 28-57.

Book Reviews

Lindsey McGoey – No such thing as a free gift (Organization, Forthcoming)

Wendy Brown – Undoing the Demos (Organization, Forthcoming)

William Davies – The Limits of Neoliberalism (ephemera: theory and politics in organization, February 2016)

Paul du Gay and Glenn Morgan (eds.) New Spirits of Capitalism? Crises, Justifications and Dynamics (Organization Studies, February 2014)

Anthony Kenny - A New History of Western Philosophy (ephemera: theory and politics in organization, February 2013)


With Gerard Hanlon – The Dark Side of Management (ephemera: theory and politics in organization, forthcoming)

With Sam Mansell, Martin Parker and Jeroen Veldman – The Nature and Purpose of the Corporation (ephemera: theory and politics in organization, March 2016)

With William Davies – The Limits of Neoliberalism (Forthcoming, ephemera: theory and politics in organization, March 2016)

With Ole Bjerg – Making Money: The Philosophy of Crisis Capitalism (Finance and Society, January 2015)

Dunne, Stephen, Stefano Harney, Martin Parker and Tony Tinker (2008) ‘Discussing the Role of the Business School’, ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 8(3), 271-293.


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