Dr Christopher Land

Dr Christopher Land

Reader in Work and Organisation

Room 407, Level 4, Ken Edwards Building

Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1962

Email: cdl13@le.ac.uk

Personal details

I studied my PhD at Warwick Business School under the tutelage of Gibson Burrell and Martin Corbett. This project was an examination of the interrelations between language, technology and subjectivity – key elements in the production of organisation – through an analysis of William S. Burroughs novels and Deleuze and Guattari’s more philosophically inspired work.

Since then, I have worked at the Universities of Coventry, Essex, Innsbruck (Austria) and St Gallen (Switzerland).

I joined the University of Leicester in January 2015 and am currently the Head of the Management and Organisation Division in the School of Business. I am a founding member of the CAMEo Research Institute, where I lead on the Cultural Publics Programme.


Administrative responsibilities

  • Division Head: Management and Organisation



Parker, M., Cheney, G., Fournier, V. and  Land, C. (eds.) (2014) The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organizations. London: Routledge.

Böhm, S., Jones, C., Land, C. and Paterson, M. (eds.) (2006) Against Automobility. Oxford: Blackwell/Sociological Review.

Journal Articles

Beverungen, A., Böhm, S. and Land, C. (2015) ‘Free Labour, Social Media, Management: Challenging Marxist Organization Studies’, Organization Studies, 36(4) 473–489.

Parker, M., Cheney, G., Fournier, V. and Land, C. (2014) ‘The Question of Organization: A Manifesto for Alternatives’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 14(4): 623-638.

Land, C. and King, D. (2014) ‘Organising otherwise: Translating anarchism in a voluntary sector organisation’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 14(4): 923-950.

Sutherland, N., Land, C. and Böhm, S. (2014) ‘Anti-leaders(hip) in Social Movement Organisations: The case of autonomous grassroots groups’, Organization, 21(6): 759-781.

Smith, C. and Land, C. (2014) ‘Pharamacological Routes to Everyday Exceptionality’, Culture and Organization, 20(4): 269-287.

Taylor, S. and Land, C. (2014) ‘Organizational Anonymity and the Negotiation of Research Access’, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 9(2): 98-109.

Land, C., Loren, S. and Metelmann, J. (2014) ‘Rogue Logics: Organization in the Grey Zone’, Organization Studies, 35(2): 233-253.

Land, C. and Taylor, S. (2014) ‘The good old days yet to come: postalgic times for the new spirit of capitalism’, Management & Organizational History, 9(2): 202-219.

Beverungen, A., Bohm, S. and Land, C. (2013) ‘From the Open Road to the High Seas? Piracy, Damnation and Resistance in Academic Consumption of Publishing’, Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation, 31:3, 241-247.

Sliwa, M., Spoelstra, S., Sorensen, B.M. and Land, C. (2013) ‘Profaning the Sacred in Leadership Studies: A Reading of Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase’, Organization, 20(6): 860-880.

Beverungen, A., Bohm, S. and Land, C. (2012) ‘The Poverty of Journal Publishing’, Organization, 19(6): 929-938.
Böhm, S. And Land, C. (2012) ‘The New ‘Hidden Abode’: Reflections on Value and Labour in the New Economy’, The Sociological Review, 60(2): 217-240.

Land, C. and Taylor, S. (2010) ‘Surf’s up: life, balance and brand in a new age capitalist organization’, Sociology, 44(3): 395-413.

Land, C. and Šliwa, M. (2009) ‘The novel and organization: introduction from the editors’, introduction to a special issue of the Journal of Organizational Change Management, 22(4): 349-356.

Böhm, S. and Land, C. (2009) ‘No measure for culture: value in the new economy\’, Capital & Class, 97: 75-98.

Poulter, D. and Land, C. (2008) ‘Preparing to Work: Dramaturgy, Cynicism and Normative 'Remote' Control in the Socialization of Graduate Recruits in Management Consulting’, Culture and Organization, 14(1): 65–78.

Land, C. (2007) ‘Flying the Black Flag: Revolt, Revolution and the Social Organization of Piracy in the ‘Golden Age’’, Management and Organizational History, 2(2): 169–192.

De Cock, C. and Land, C. (2006) ‘Organization/Literature: Exploring the seam’, Organization Studies. 27(4): 517-535.

Land, C. (2005) ‘Text, technology, subject: ‘After’ the human’, Tamara: The Journal of Critical Post-Modern Organization Science, 3(4): 23-35.

Land, C. (2005) ‘Apomorphine Silence: Cutting-up Burroughs’ theory of language and control’, ephemera, 5, 3.

Book chapters

Land, C., Sliwa, M. and Spoelstra, S. (2012) ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’, in J. Gosling and P. Villiers (eds.) Fictional Leaders: Heroes, Villains and Absent Friends. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Land, C. and Taylor, S. (2011) ‘Be who you want to be: Branding, identity, and the desire for authenticity’, in M. Brannan et al (eds.) Branded Lives: The Production and Consumption of Meaning at Work. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Land, C. (2010) ‘Community’, in P. Hancock and A. Spicer (eds.) Understanding Corporate Life. London: Sage.

Land, C. (2009) ‘Cycles of Sustainability: From Automobility to Bicycology’, in S. Böhm and S. Dabhi (eds.) Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets. London: Mayfly Books.

Land, C. (2009) ‘The negative literary ‘ass-thetics’ of William S. Burroughs: Forgery, politics, and epistemology in radical organization theory’, in A. Pullen and C. Rhodes (eds.) Bits of Organization. Malmo: Liber.

Böhm, S. and Land, C. (2009) ‘The ‘Value’ of Knowledge: Reappraising Labour in the Post-Industrial Economy’, in D. Jemielniak and J. Kociatkiewicz (ed.) Handbook of Research on Knowledge-Intensive Organizations, Hershey, Penn.: Information Science Reference.

Land, C. (2008) ‘Organizational Taboos’ in S. Clegg and J. Bailey (eds.) The International Encyclopaedia of Organization Studies. London: Sage.

Land, C. (2006) ‘Becoming cyborg: Changing the subject of the social?’ in M. Fuglsang and B-M. Sørensen (eds.) Deleuze and The Multiplicity of the Social. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Land, C. and Corbett, M. (2001) ‘From the Borgia to the Borg (and back again): rethinking organizational futures’, in M. Higgins, M. Parker and W. Smith (eds.) Science Fiction and Organization. London: Routledge.

Editorials and other papers

Butler, N., Land, C. and Šliwa, M. (2009) ‘Editorial: Throwing Shoes...’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 9(3): 195-199.

Land, C. and Böhm, S. (2009) ‘The New ‘Hidden Abode’: Reflections on Value and Labour in the New Economy’, Essex Business School Working Paper No. WP 09/06.

Böhm, S. and Land, C. (2007) ‘No Accounting for Culture? Value in the New Economy’, AFM Working Paper No. WP 07/08.

Plant, S. and Land, C. (2003) ‘Mobile Mutations (interview)’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 3(1): 59-67.

Land, C. and Böhm, S. (2002)  ‘Editorial: Vorsprung durch Technik?’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 2(1): 1-5.

Böhm, S., Jones, C. and Land, C. 2001. ‘Editorial: Castles Made of Sand’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 1(1):1-10.

Land, C. and Jones, C. (2001) ‘Editorial: O cursèd spite’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 1(2): 103-107.

Jones, C., Land, C. and Böhm, S. (2001) ‘Editorial: It Appears that Certain Aphasiacs...’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 1(3): 195-200.


My research encompasses four main themes:

The boundaries between work and life

Including projects on:

  • Lifestyle branding
  • Coworking spaces
  • The business model of social media

The relationships between economic and other forms of value

Including publications on:

  • A range of topics from the value of public art
  • The institutional logics of rogue trading
  • A study of the ‘even newer spirit of capitalism’ which combines discursive elements of environmental and political activism with social entrepreneurship and conventional business practice in reimagining the possibilities of a post-crisis capitalist future

Representations of work and organisation in film and literature

This third stream of research continues my doctoral research on the Burroughs’ novels and has included publications on

  • Leadership in Haruki Murakami’s novels
  • Knowledge management in Star Trek
  • Methodological papers on the uses and abuses of literature in organisational analysis

Alternative forms of organisation

This combines a practical and research interest in a range of organisational forms that fall outside the mainstream of managerial, for-profit business, for example:

  • Voluntary Sector Organisations
  • Community Enterprises
  • Workers Cooperatives
  • Communes
  • Social Movement Organisations

In this work, I have undertaken consulting work for artists collectives and not-for-profit voluntary organisations. I also co-edited the 2014 Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization, with Martin Parker, Valerie Fournier and George Cheney.

My current research project is exploring the nexus between cultural production and the material processes of production in craft brewing, with a particular focus on shifting gender roles in the brewing industry.


I am currently supervising four PhD students, based at the University of Leicester and Essex University:

  • Tyler Hinson is researching affect and creativity in the cultural economy
  • Ruth Melville is researching the organisation of community arts and the contested institutional logics shaping the work of community artists
  • Claire Deschner
  • Panayiotis Sentonas

I'm happy to discuss supervision with prospective PhD students working in any of my main research areas.

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