Dr Valerie Fournier

Senior Lecturer in Organisation StudiesValerie Fournier

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2008
  • Email: vf18@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 210, Level 2, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: By appointment

Personal details

I joined the University of Leicester in 2004, having previously taught at Keele University and St Andrews University.

I studied Economics and Management in France and did my PhD in Manchester (1992) on the socialisation process of graduate entering employment.

I've taught courses in the areas of Organisation Studies, HR management (HRM), gender and organisations, and more recently alternative organisations. I currently divide my time between the University of Leicester and a rural commune in France.

Teaching

  • Alternative Economies
  • Critical HRM

Research

My current research interests centre on alternative organisations and economies, including rural economies, sustainable development, alternative forms of exchange and markets, cooperative and communal organisations, and critical pedagogy.

Supervision

  • Critiques of global capitalism
  • Alternative organisations (e.g. cooperatives, communes) and exchange (e.g. gift, local currencies)
  • Rural economies
  • Sustainable development
  • Anarchist theory and practice

Publications

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.

Fournier, V. (2013) Commoning: On the Social Organisation of the Commons, M@n@gement, 16(4): 433-453.

Parker, M., Cheney, G. , Fournier, V. and Land, C. (eds.) (2013)  Routledge Companion to Alternative Organizations, London: Routledge.

Fournier, V. and Smith, W. (2012) Making choice, Taking Risk: The Coming Out of Critical Management Studies,  Ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 12(4): 463-474.

Fournier, V. (2008) Escaping from the Economy: The politics of degrowth, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 28 (11/12):528-545.

Parker, M, Fournier, V and Reedy, P (2007) The Dictionary of Alternatives: Utopianism and Organization. London: Zed Books.

Refereed journal articles

Fournier, V. and Smith, W. (2012) Making choice, Taking Risk: The Coming Out of Critical Management Studies,  Ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 12(4): 463-474.

Fournier, V. (2008) Escaping from the Economy: The politics of degrowth, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 28 (11/12):528-545.

Fournier, V. (2006) Breaking from the weight of the eternal present: Teaching organisational difference, Management Learning, 37(3): 295-311.

Fournier, V. and Smith, W. (2006) Scripting Masculinity, Ephemera, 6(2): 141-162.)

Fournier, V. and Lightfoot, G. (2002) Stages of busi(-)ness and identity. Ethnologies, 24(1): 225-249, Special Issue on Space.

Fournier, V. (2002) Fleshing out gender: Crafting gender identity on women’s bodies, Body & Society, 8(2):55-77.

Fournier, V. and Kelemen, M. (2001) The crafting of community: Recoupling discourses of management and womanhood, Gender, Work & Organization, 8 (3): 267-290

Smith, W. and Fournier, V. (2001) The sense of violence and the absence of consolation,  Studies in Cultures, Organizations and Societies,  7(1): 127-146.

Lightfoot, G. and Fournier, V. (2000) As condições do cotidiano: Organizando rotinas em negócios familiares, Organizações & Sociedade, 7 (18): 81-98.

Fournier, V. and Grey, C. (2000) At the critical moment: conditions and prospects for critical management studies, Human Relations, 53 (1): 7-32.

Fournier, V. (1999) The appeal to ‘professionalism’ as a disciplinary mechanism, The Sociological Review , 47 (2): 280-307.

Fournier, V. and Grey, C. (1999) Too much, too little and too often: A critique of du Gay’s analysis of enterprise, Organization , 6 (1): 107-128.

Fournier, V. (1998) Stories of Development and exploitation: Militant voices in an enterprise culture, Organization, 5(1): 55-80.

Fournier, V. (1997) Graduates’ construction systems and career development, Human Relations, 50 (4): 363-391.

Fournier, V. (1996) Cognitive maps in the analysis of personal change during work-role transition, British Journal of Management, 7: 87-105.

Fournier, V. and Payne, R. (1994) Change in self-construction during the transition from university to employment: A personal construct psychology approach, Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology, 67: 297-314.

Co-authored books

Parker, M., Cheney, G. , Fournier, V. and Land, C. (eds.) (2013, forthcoming) Routledge Companion to Alternative Organizations, London: Routledge.

Parker, M, Fournier, V and Reedy, P (2007) The Dictionary of Alternatives: Utopianism and Organization. London: Zed Books.

Book chapters

Fournier, V. (2005)  Yes, in C. Jones and D. O’Doherty (eds.)  Organize! Manifestos for the Business School of Tomorrow. Finland: Dvalin, pp. 198-205.

Fournier, V. (2003) Utopianism and Grassroots alternatives, in A. Shostak (ed.) Viable Utopian Ideas: Shaping a better world. Arkmond, NY: Sharpe.

Fournier, V. (2002) Utopianism and the Cultivation of Possibilities: Grassroots movements of hope, in M. Parker (ed.) Utopia and Organization. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 189-216.

Fournier, V. (2002) Keeping the veil of otherness: Practising disconnection, in B. Czarniawska and H. Hopfl (eds.), Casting the Other: The production and maintenance of inequalities in work organizations. London: Routledge, pp. 68-88.

Fournier, V. (2001) Amateurism, Quackery and Professional Conduct: the constitution of ‘proper’ aromatherapy practice, in M. Dent and S. Whitehead (eds.) Managing professional identities: knowledge, performativities and the ‘new’ professional. London: Routledge, pp. 116-137.

Fournier,  V. (2000) Boundary work and the (un-) making of the professions, in N. Malin (ed.) Professionalism, Boundaries and the Workplace,  London: Routledge, pp. 67-86.

Fournier, V. and Payne, R. (1998) L’utilisation de la grille répertoire pour l’analyse du changement personnel durant l’intégration dans l’organisation, in M. Rousson & L. Thygesen Fischer (eds.), Psychologie du Travail et Tranformations de la Société, Neuchatel, Presses Académiques, pp. 165-181.

Fournier, V. and Lightfoot, G. (1997) Identity work and family business,  in M. Ram, D. Deakins and D. Smallborne (eds.), Small firms: Enterprising futures, London, Chapman, pp.22-32.

Fournier, V. (1997) The emancipation of the self: post-modern and PCP versions, in P. Denicolo and M. Pope (eds.), Sharing understanding and practice, Reading,  EPCA publications, pp. 50—61.

Fournier V. (1995) Personal change following organisational entry: From a role-person fit model to a personal construct framework, in R. A. Neimeyer and G. Neimeyer (eds.), Advances in Personal Construct Psychology, Third Volume,  Greenwich, Co., JAI Press, pp. 133-192.

Book reviews

Fournier, V. (2005) Gift, She Said, Review of Genevieve Vaughan (ed.), 2004, The Gift, Il Dono: A Feminist Analysis. Rome: Meltemi editore, Ephemera, (5) 4: 655-661 Fournier, V. Review of D. Gellner and E. Hirsch (eds.), 2001, Inside Organizations: Anthropologists at work, Sociology.

Fournier, V. (2002) Review of Alvesson M. and Deetz S, 2000, Doing Critical Management Research, Organization , 9(1): 176-179.

Fournier, V. (2002) Review of Alston M., 2000, Breaking through the glass ceiling: women, power and leadership in agricultural organisations, Scandinavian Journal of Management Studies, 18: 116-119.

Fournier, V. (1998) Review of Halford, Savage and Witz, 1997, Gender, Careers and Organisations: Current developments in Banking, Nursing and Local Government, The Sociological Review, 46/2: 372-376.

Fournier, V. (1997) Review of Itzin and Newman ‘s, 1995, Gender, culture and organizational change: putting theory into practice, The Sociological Review, 45/1: 171-174.

Translation

Fournier, V., Virtanen, A. and Vähämäki, J. (2004), translation of M. Lazzarato, From Capital-Labour to Capital-Life, Ephemera 4(3): 187-208

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