ULSB Professor receives Macfadyen Prize

Posted by als26 at Jul 16, 2020 11:25 PM |
Professor Mark Stein has been awarded the Gavin Macfadyen Memorial Essay Prize for his paper on ganging phenomena. The prize honours the memory of Gavin Macfadyen, who was Professor of Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The paper draws on Nobel-prize winner William Golding’s 1958 novel Lord of the Flies to illustrate the theme of the gang, suggesting that, especially following a trauma, ganging may develop in private, public and voluntary sector organizations, as well as in governments. It uses psychoanalytic ideas to make sense of these phenomena.2

Professor Stein comments: ‘In this paper I argue that, especially where trauma has occurred, groups, teams and organizations may develop gang-like aspects that attack healthy functioning, that, in certain circumstances, may lead them to become fully-fledged gangs. Worryingly, precisely because of the widespread trauma that will inevitably be left in their wake, phenomena such as climate change, famine, wars and pandemics could lead to the pervasive spread of ganging processes, and this should cause us concern’.

The Macfadyen Prize committee described the paper as ‘a great achievement’, ‘erudite’ and ‘particularly relevant’ in the current political climate. It will be published in the second edition of the book ‘The Political Mind’ (edited by David Morgan) later this year.

Professor Stein is Chair of Leadership and Management at the University of Leicester’s School of Business. He has held posts at Imperial College London, the London School of Economics, Brunel University and the Tavistock Institute, and been a Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, France.

As well as the Macfadyen Prize, Professor Stein has received an Emerald Citation of Excellence, the ‘Group & Organization Management’ best paper prize, the Richard Normann Prize, and the iLab prize for innovative scholarship.


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