Dr Richard Godfrey

Richard GodfreyLecturer in Strategy

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3389
  • Email: rg148@le.ac.uk
  • Office hours: By appointment only (please email)
  • Study leave: 24 September 2018 - 13 January 2019

Personal details

I have a BA, MBA and PhD from Keele University, and previously taught and researched at the Universities of Keele and Aberystwyth before joining the School of Management in February 2010.

I'm the MSc Management Programme Leader and Workload Allocation Officer.


  • MN7007 - Dissertation and Research Methods (MSc Engineering with Management
  • MN7358 - Strategy (MSc Management)


My research interests take as their central theme the idea of the military as organisation and organising principle. Previous researches have turned on a range of intersecting themes in this regard including: collective memory, the postmodern, the body, gender, emotion, humour and popular culture.

I am currently engaged in three main projects. The first sets out to explore the recent (re)emergence of private military companies, read through the lens of organisation theory. The second looks at experiences of military service and war through the autobiographical accounts of serving soldiers. The third reflects a developing interest in the historical analysis of military thinking and practice and its interconnections with the rise of western management and organisation theory.


I would be interested in supervising PhD study in the following areas:

  • Military, militarism and organisation
  • Masculinities, markets and organisation
  • Popular culture and/in organisation studies
  • Critical readings of strategic management

Current PhD students:

Rodney King



Godfrey, R. (2015) Strategic Management: A Critical Introduction. London: Routledge.

Book chapters

Godfrey, R. (2012) ‘Military, Masculinity and Mediated Representations: (Con)fusing the Real and the Reel’, in Rhodes C, and Lilley S. (eds) Organizations and Popular Culture: Information, Representation and Transformation pp50-67. London: Routledge.

Peer-reviewed articles

Godfrey, R. (2016) ‘Soldiering on: Exploring the role of humour as a disciplinary technology in the military’, Organization, 23(2)

Godfrey, R., Brewis, J., Grady, J. and Grocott, C. (2014) ‘The Private Security Industry and neoliberal imperialism: mapping the terrain’ Organization, 21(1): 106-125

Godfrey, R., Lilley, S. and Brewis, J. (2012) ‘Biceps, Bitches and Borgs: Reading Jarhead’s Representation of the Construction of the (Masculine) Military Body’, Organization Studies, 33(4):541-562

Godfrey, R. and Lilley, S. (2009) ‘Visual consumption, collective memory and the representation of war’, Consumption, Markets and Culture, 12(4):275-300

Godfrey, R. (2009) ‘Military, Masculinity and Mediated Representations: (Con)fusing the Real and the Reel’, Culture and Organization, 15(2): 203-220.

Godfrey, R., G. Jack, and C. Jones (2004) ‘Sucking, Bleeding, Breaking: On the Dialectics of Vampirism, Capital and Time’, Culture and Organization, 10(1): pp. 25-36.

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