Dr Warren Smith

Warren SmithTeaching Fellow

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 5958
  • Email: ws8@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 1.29, First Floor, Fielding Johnson Building
  • Office hours: By appointment only (please email)

Personal details

I joined the University of Leicester in 2013 having previously taught at the Open University. I studied at the University of Warwick and the University of Lancaster and did my PhD at Keele University on the use of chaos and complexity theory in organizational studies. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Current teaching centres on distance learning modules, in particular, research methods and the dissertation.


I am interested in questions of engagement, accountability and authenticity.


Smith, W., Higgins, M., Kokkinidis, G. and Parker, M. (OnlineFirst) "Becoming invisible: The ethics and politics of imperceptibility", Culture and Organization.

V. Fournier and W. Smith (2012) Making choice, taking risk: On the coming out of Critical Management Studies. Ephemera, 12(4): 463-474.

W. Smith (2009) To Infinity and Beyond in Space Travel and Culture: From Apollo to Space Tourism ed. David Bell and Martin Parker, Blackwell, Oxford.

W. Smith and M. Higgins (2009). Cause Related Marketing: Ethics and the Ecstatic  in Non Profit Marketing ed. Elizabeth Parsons, Pauline Maclaran and Mark Tadajewski, SAGE Publications, London.

W. Smith (2008). Critical Management Studies: Accountability and Authenticity. Critical Sociology, Vol. 34(1), 15-28.

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

W. Smith (2006). Organizing Death: Remembrance and Re-collection. Organization, 13(2), 225-244.

Full Listing of Publications

W. Smith and M. Higgins (2003). Popularisation, Paralogy and Postmodernism: The Cultural Life of Chaos Theory. Culture and Organization, Vol. 9(2), 93-104.

M. Higgins and W. Smith (2002). Babies Cost Less at Tescos. Journal of Marketing Management, Vol.18, 833-856.

M. Higgins and W. Smith (2002). Engaging the Commodified Face: The Use of Marketing in the Child Adoption Process. Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol.11, No.2, 179-190.

W. Smith and V. Fournier (2001). The Sense of Violence and the Absence of Consolation. Studies in Organizations, Cultures and Societies, Vol. 7(2), 127-146.

M. Kelemen and W. Smith (2001). Community and its Virtual Promises: A Critique of Cyberlibertian Rhetoric. Information, Communication and Society, Vol. 4(3), 370-387.

W. Smith (2001). Chaos Theory and Postmodern Organization. International Journal of Organization Theory and Behaviour, Vol. 4, No3&4, 259-286.

W. Smith and M. Higgins (2000). Cause Related Marketing: Ethics and the Ecstatic.  Business and Society, Vol. 39, No3, September, 304-322.

W. Smith and M. Higgins (2000). Reconsidering the Relationship Analogy. Journal of Marketing Management, Vol.16, No1, 81-94.

M. Parker, M. Higgins, G. Lightfoot and W. Smith (1999). Amazing Stories: Organization Studies as Science Fiction, Organization Vol. 6, No.4, 579-590.

Edited Collection

W. Smith, M. Higgins, M. Parker and G. Lightfoot (Eds) (2001). Science Fiction and Organization, Routledge: London.

Articles in Edited Collections

W. Smith (2007). Entries on Willliam Blake, Robert Owen, Port Sunlight, New Lanark, Bournville, The New Model Army, The Peasants Revolt, Guilds, Captain Swing, Rowntree, Wat Tyler, Ranters, Quakers and Saltaire in ‘The Dictionary of Alternative and Utopian Organization’ ed. Martin Parker, Valerie Fournier and Patrick Reedy, Zed Books, London.

W. Smith (2001). Conspiracy, Corporate Culture and Criticism in ‘The Age of Anxiety: The Sociology of Conspiracy Theory’ ed. Jane Parish and Martin Parker, Sociological Review Monograph, Blackwell, Oxford, 153-165.

W. Smith (2001). “I am a Man. And Nothing Human is Alien to Me: Alienation and Freakishness” in Science Fiction and Organization ed. W. Smith, M. Higgins, M. Parker and G. Lightfoot, London: Routledge, 177-189.

W. Smith and M. Higgins (2001). “Trust No One”: Science Fiction and Marketing’s Future/Present in Imagining Marketing ed. Stephen Brown, London: Routledge, 107-123.

W. Smith (1998). Computers and Representation: Organization in the Virtual World in Organization/Representation: Work and Organizations in Popular Culture ed. J. Hassard and R. Holliday, London: Sage.


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