Reassessing the relationship between management and anarchy

Posted by er134 at Oct 22, 2013 10:02 AM |
Experts debate issue at joint book launch at University of Leicester on Tuesday 29 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 22 October 2013

Management experts at the University of Leicester will ask whether there is something to be gained from critically reviewing the antagonistic relation between management and anarchy in a book launch this month.

The joint book launch, organised by the Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy, will be held at the University of Leicester on Tuesday 29 October between 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

The authors, Dr Fabian Frenzel, Lecturer in the Political Economy at the School of Management and Liam Barrington-Bush will present ideas and perspectives on management and anarchy from different yet related perspectives. The discussion will be chaired by Thomas Swann and Konstantin Stoborod.

Both books aim to tackle the antagonistic relationship between management and anarchy by shifting the focus of what counts as ‘management’ away from business and towards two other forms of organisation: protest camps and NGOs. Each of these is a form of management aiming at social and political goals as opposed to financial ones and profits while relying on explicit organisational practices.

Liam Barrington-Bush’s Anarchists in the Boardroom highlights many of the managerial lessons of contemporary social movements and applies them to more formal organisations working towards real change. Dr Frenzel’s Protest Camps (co-authored with Anna Feigenbaum and Patrick McCurdy) focuses on the physical manifestation of these same social movements (of which the Occupy camps are recent high-profile examples) and discusses the managerial practices taking place therein.

Thomas Swann said: “Anarchism, with its rich history of social and political organisation, may provide some of the tools required for better organising both protest camps and NGOs. As many practioners in these alternative organisations believe, this could guide principles and practices in a broader range of organisations.

“Anarchism brings to the discussion its understanding of management from below or self-management, one of a number of alternative approaches to management and organisation that are being discussed in business schools like the University of Leicester’s School of Management.

“If management is viewed as a wide-reaching and diverse way of understanding how social movement and NGOs as well as businesses organise, it is important to establish what lessons can be learned from bringing anarchism into the mix.”

“With an increasing interest in alternative organisational models in academia but also in the wider social and political arena, these two books and the discussion at the School of Management are timely contributions to the debates around organisation and management. It’s fantastic that the University of Leicester is taking the lead in providing an open space to talk about these alternatives and this ties in with the research of a large number of academics working across the university, not just in the School of Management but also in Geography, Politics and Sociology.”

The event at the University of Leicester is free of charge and takes place in room G85 of the Bennett Building on Tuesday 29 October between 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance by emailing either Thomas at or Konstantin at


Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact Thomas Swann at Alternatively, contact Konstantin Stoborod at

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