Dr Geoff Lightfoot

Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and AccountingGeoff Lightfoot

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0) 116 223 1243
  • Email: g.lightfoot@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 0.02, Heron House, Brookfield
  • Office Hours: Thursday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Personal details

Geoff joined the School in September 2004 after previously teaching at the University of Humanistics, Utrecht and Keele University. Prior to his studies at Kingston University, London School of Economics and the Open University, Geoff worked for the Civil Service.


Administrative responsibilities

Chair of Staffing Committee


My current research is wide-ranging but may perhaps be broadly grouped around the exploration of aspects of representation and markets. This takes in several lines of enquiry. One strand, for example, includes deconstructing narratives of entrepreneurship and of trading (particularly within financial markets) with a concentration on how they collide with other representational regimes, such as accounting (and here I am currently drawing in particular upon the City Lives oral history collection held within the British Library Sound Archive). This in turn leads to discussion of the linked conflict between Austrian economic theory, entrepreneurship, accounting and pricing behaviour. At the same time, I have been exploring how some pervasive tropes, such as coding or cost-benefit analysis, re-occur in both these fields and other, seemingly unrelated disciplines - which has led to examining connections from advertising to software and genomics (and back again, via memetics, evolutionary modelling and other contemporary socio-biological parables). This research is centred within critical management studies but also reaches into policy debates over issues such as sustainable accounting and entrepreneurship.


Madiha Khan
Vikki Abusidualghoul
Hadia Hina
Panayiotis Savvas
Amee Kim
Elmar Puntaier
Konstantin Stoborod
Neil Lancastle


Peer reviewed papers

Lightfoot, G. and Lilley, S. (2007) 'The Ideology of Markets and the Practice of Policy: Objectivity, Control and the Objectionable', International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol. 27, no. 1/12, pp. 494-499.

Lightfoot, G. and Lilley, S. (2007) 'The Glass Beads Of Global War: Dealing, Death And The Policy Analysis Market', Critical Perspectives on International Business, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 83-100.

Kavanagh, D., Lightfoot, G. and Lilley, S. (2007) 'Running to Standstill: Late Modernity's Acceleration Fixation' Cultural Politics, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 95-122.

Lilley, S., Lightfoot, G., O' Donovan, P. and Kaulingfreks, R. (2006) 'A Parable of Parodies: Margins, Markets and Darwin's Garden', Culture and Organization, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 281-291.

Lilley, S., Lightfoot, G. and Kavanagh, D. (2006) 'The End of the Shock of the New', Creativity and Innovation Management, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 157-163.

Lilley, S. and Lightfoot, G. (2006) 'Trading Narratives', Organization, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 369-391.

Kaulingfreks, R., Letiche, H., and Lightfoot, G. (2004) 'Organization theory as Soap Opera from Deleuze to soap and back again', Revue Sciences de Gestion No 40, pp. 37-54.

Lightfoot, G. and Lilley, S. (2002) 'Moments, Monuments and Explication: The Standing of the Millennium Dome', Culture and Organization, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 239-254.

Fournier, V. & Lightfoot, G. (2002) 'Stages of Business and Identity', Ethnologies, vol. 24 no. 1, pp. 225-249.

Brown, S.D., Middleton, D. & Lightfoot, G. (2001) 'Performing the past in electronic archives: Interdepencies in the discursive and non-discursive organisation of institutional rememberings,' Culture & Psychology, Vol. 7 no. 2, pp123-144.

Jarvis, R. Curran, A, Kitching, J. & Lightfoot, G. (2000) 'The use of quantitative and qualitative criteria in the measurement of performance', Journal of Business and Enterprise Development Vol.7. No. 2.

Kelemen, M. and Lightfoot, G. (2000) 'Organisational And Individual Identities In Transition: The Case Of The Romanian Small And Medium Sized Enterprise', Balkans Journal, Vol. 2. No.1 pp. 89-103.

Lightfoot, G. and Fournier, V. (2000) 'As Condicoes do Cotidiano: Organizando Rotinas em Negocios Familiares', Organixacoes & Sociedade, Vol. 7:18 pp 81-98.

Lightfoot, G. (2000) 'Low Deals and High Finance: International Entrepreneurship in Car Dealing and Currency Trading', Journal of Enterprising Culture, Vol. 7. No.4. pp. 347.364.

Lilley, S. and Lightfoot, G. (1999) 'Fixing Futures', Emergence, vol. 1, no. 3., pp. 37-50.

Parker, M., Higgins, M., Lightfoot, G. & Smith, W. (1999) 'Amazing Tales: Organisation Studies as Science Fiction', Organization Vol. 6. No. 4. pp 579-590.

Brown, S.D. & Lightfoot, G.M. (1998) 'Insistent emplacement: Heidegger on the technologies of informing', Information Technology & People, Vol. 11. No. 4. pp. 290-304.

Curran, J., Jarvis, R. Kitching, J. & Lightfoot, G. (1997) 'The Pricing Decision in Small Firms: Complexities and the Deprioritising of Economic Determinants.' International Small Business Journal. Vol. 15. No. 2. pp. 17-32.


Lilley, S., Lightfoot, G., and Amaral M. N., P (2004) Representing Organization: Knowledge, Management and the Information Age, Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-877542-3; pp. 204.

Edited books

Smith, W., Higgins, M., Parker, M. & Lightfoot, G. (eds.) (2000) Science Fiction and Organization, London: Routledge.

Book chapters

Letiche, H. & Lightfoot, G. (2007) 'Phenomenology' in S. Clegg and J. Bailey (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies, London: Sage.

Lightfoot, G. (2007) 'Rand, Ayn' in M. Parker, V. Fournier and P. Reedy (eds.) The Dictionary of Alternatives: Utopianism and Organization, London: Zed Books, pp. 227-228.

Lightfoot, G. (2006) 'Undergraduate' in C. Jones and D. O'Doherty (eds.), Manifestos for the Business School of Tomorrow, Åbo, Finland: Dvalin Press, pp. 121-125.

Lilley, S. and Lightfoot, G. (2002) 'Writing Utopia?' in M. Parker (ed.) Sociological Review Monograph: Utopia and Organization, Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 155-168.

Brown, S.D. & Lightfoot, G. (2002) 'Presence, absence and accountability: E-mail and the mediation of organisational memory', in Woolgar, S. (ed.) Virtual society?: Technology, cyberbole, reality, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 209-229.

Lightfoot, G. (1997) 'Entrepreneurship and Professionalism in Pricing Discourse', in Deakins, D. (ed.) Entrepreneurship in the 1990s. London: Paul Chapman Publishing, pp.101-111.

Fournier, V. & Lightfoot, G. (1997) 'Identity Work in Family Business', in Ram, M. (ed.) Enterprising Futures. London: Paul Chapman Publishing, pp. 22-33.

Edited journal special issues

S. Lilley, G. Lightfoot, H. Letiche and R. Kaulingfreks (eds) (2006) Special Issue on the theme of 'Evolution and Organisation: Denaturing Darwin', Culture and Organization, vol. 12, no. 4.

Parker, M., Higgins, M., Lightfoot, G. & Smith, W. (eds) (1999) Special Issue on the theme of 'Organisation Studies and Science Fiction', Organization Vol. 6. No. 4. Contribution 20%.


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