Management Seminars: Tim Strangleman

4 October 2016, 4.00 PM - 4 October 2016, 5.30 PM

Professor Tim Strangleman (University of Kent, Canterbury).

G.15, 15-19 Tyndall's Park Road, BRISTOL BS8 1PQ

Title:  Envisaging the Organisation: Picturing the Changing Nature of Work at Guinness


In 2005 the Guinness brewery at Park Royal in west London closed its doors after nearly 70 years of production. From its foundation in the 1930s through to its final years the brewery acts as a powerful ‘privileged occasion’ for understanding the changing nature of the organisation and work more generally in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This paper will draw on the author’s extensive research in the brewery before closure and in Company archives to tell this story. Using oral history interviews, archive material and a huge range of visual material it will reflect on what one company’s trajectory can tell us more generally about capitalism historically and in contemporary society. In doing so it engages with issues such as industrial citizenship, work meaning and identity, and corporate image making.


Tim Strangleman, FAcSS, is Professor of Sociology, in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, SSPSSR, University of Kent, Canterbury. He has researched and written widely on work identity, culture and meaning; traditional industries in decline and deindustrialisation. Tim is an historical sociologist who uses oral history and visual methods and approaches in his research. He has published articles in a range of journals including Sociology, IJURR, Sociological Review and ILWCH. He is the author of two books: (2008) Work and Society: Sociological Approaches, Themes and Methods, with Tracey Warren, Routledge; and (2004) Work Identity at the End of the Line? Privatisation and Culture Change in the UK Rail Industry, Palgrave. He is currently completing a book based on his Guinness research to be published by Oxford University Press in 2017.





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