History and Research

For over a decade, a variety of academics based within the School of Management at Leicester have been rethinking the orthodox assumptions about management, markets and organizing underpinning much business school research. The Centre for Alternative Organization Studies was established at the former School of Management in 2003 to explore heterodox practices of organizing, ranging from workers cooperatives to local economy trading schemes, some of which have now entered the mainstream. The Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy was established in the same year and has organized many workshops, conferences and reading groups since then.

This is research involving the Leicester members of the COPF which reflects and underpins our work.

De Angelis, Massimo and David Harvie (2013) ‘The Commons’. In Martin Parker, George Cheney, Valérie Fournier and Chris Land (eds) The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization, London: Routledge.

Hadden, T, Ireland, P, Morgan, G, Parker, M, Pearson, G, Piccoto, S, Sikka, P and Willmott, H (writing as The Corporate Reform Collective) (2014) Fighting Corporate Abuse: Beyond Predatory Capitalism. London: Pluto.

Harvie, David (2011) ‘Good life, good living and national well-being’, Leicester Exchanges, 16 February.

Harvie, David, Bruce Philp, Gary Slater and Dan Wheatley (2009), ‘Economic well-being and British regions: the problem with GDP per capita’, Review of Social Economy, 67(4): 483–505

Harvie, D., Milburn, K. and Watts, D. (2011) Moments of Excess: Movements, Protest and Everyday Life. Oakland, C.A.: PM Press.

Harvie, D. Milburn, K. Watts, D. (2013) ‘On Shock and Organisation.’ In Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent: Capitalism, Democracy and the Organisation of Consent. London: Corporate Watch, pp. 195-205.

Kokkinidis, G. (2015) ‘Spaces of possibilities: Workers' self-management in Greece’, Organization, 22(6): 847-871.

Kokkinidis, G. (2015) ‘Post-capitalist imaginaries: The case of workers' cooperatives in Greece’, Journal of Management Inquiry, 24(4):429-432.

Parker, M (2015) ‘The Architect and the Bee Revisited: Managing, Organizing and Agency.’ In Fuad-Luke, A, Hirscher, A-L, Kuebel, C and Moebus, K (eds) Agents of Alternatives: Re-designing Our Realities. Berlin: Agents of Alternatives e.V. 362-371.

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

Parker, M, Cheney, G, Fournier, V and Land, C (2014) ‘The Question of Organization: A Manifesto for Alternatives’, ephemera14/4: 623-638. At

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

Pearson, G and Parker M (2008) ‘Management or Organizing? A Dialogue.’ Business and Society Review 113/1: 43-61.

Veldman, J and Parker, M (2012) ‘Specters, Inc.: The Evasive Basis of the Corporation’ Business and Society Review 117/4: 413-441.

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