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Dr Harry Pitts

Dr Harry Pitts

Dr Harry Pitts
PhD, MRes, MA, BA Hons

Lecturer in Management

Office 3.08 (Howard House)
Howard House,
Queen's Avenue, Bristol BS8 1SD
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Summary

In a nutshell, my research explores how different actors- workers, managers, politicians, activists, policymakers and intellectuals- understand, experience and organise the changing world of work and economic life. This overarching agenda breaks down into three intersecting themes:

1) The organisation and management of work and economic futures This strand of my research explores how the changing world of work is organised, managed, experienced and contested in thought and practice by those employed and self-employed in a range of different fields and industries, including the creative industries and professional services. I am specifically interested in:

  • New forms of organisation for the self-employed 
  • New ways of working in an age of digital transformation 
  • Work in the creative industries 
  • Measuring and valuing work time in the professional services 
  • Self-quantification in and against the digital workday

2) The politics and policy of work and economic futures This part of my work critically engages with increasingly influential and persuasive ideas around the futures of work and capitalist society and how these are operationalised and mobilised around in concrete political activity and policymaking, specifically on social democratic and socialist left in and around the British Labour Party. I am specifically interested in:

  • Postcapitalist politics and the post-work imaginary 
  • Corbynism, the Labour Party and the left 
  • Universal Basic Income and its alternatives 
  • Institutions, civil society and alternative forms of social reproduction 

3) The theory and critique of work and economic futures This theme of my research centres on the reconsideration and renewal of Marx’s critique of political economy for the understanding of contemporary capitalism, testing revisionist approaches to Marxian value theory as a framework for relating what goes on in the workplace to what goes on in the market. I am specifically interested in:

  • New readings of Marx and their relevance to the study of work today 
  • Value, valuation and measurement 
  • Critiques of capitalism and conspiracy theory 
  • Postoperaismo, postcapitalism and the new politics of labour 

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Management in the Department of Management at the School of Economics, Finance and Management, University of Bristol, where I also lead the Faculty Research Group for Perspectives on Work. I direct two undergraduate units at the University of Bristol: Global Business Environment and People, Work & Organisations.

I hold a PhD in Global Political Economy from the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Prior to joining the Department of Management, I taught social theory at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol and the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath. I also held research posts at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol; the Department of Arts and Cultural Industries, University of the West of England; and the Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam. I have also worked and collaborated with a number of research partners outside academia including Vodafone, Indycube, Unite the Union, Creative England, Tower Hamlets Council and Toynbee Hall. 

I am a co-editor of Futures of Work, an online blog published by Bristol University Press, and sit on the Associate Board of Work, Employment & Society. I have peer reviewed academic papers for a range of journals including Organization Studies; Organization: the Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society; Ephemera: theory and politics in organization; Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory; Interface: A journal for and about social movements; Globalizations and Tamara: Journal of Critical Organization Inquiry.

Teaching

Unit Director, EFIM10012 Global Business Environment 

Unit Director, EFIM20022 People, Work & Organisations

Supervisor, EFIMM0014 Dissertation

Keywords

  • Future of Work
  • Workplace Change
  • Measurement and Valuation
  • Theories of Value
  • Capitalism and Postcapitalism
  • Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Social Reproduction
  • Automation
  • Universal Basic Income
  • Labour Movements
  • Sociology of Work
  • Organisation Studies
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Global Political Economy
  • Labour Studies
  • Marx
  • Critical Theory

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