Professor Martin Parker

Professor Martin Parker

Professor Martin Parker
Professor of Organisation Studies

Howard House, Queen's Avenue, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 42 82350

Department of Management

Personal profile

I started working at Bristol in 2018, after posts at Staffordshire, Keele, Warwick and Leicester Universities. My academic qualifications are in anthropology and sociology, and I like making connections between management and other disciplines in the social sciences, arts and humanities. Pretty much everything I can do is shaped by a sense of the politics of organizing and culture, and my sense that ideas about management always need to be analysed critically. I used to edit the journal Organization and am currently lead for the Bristol Inclusive Economy Initiative. You can find a full publications list at


My research and writing is an attempt to widen the scope of what is usually part of business and management studies, whether in terms of particular sorts of organisations (the circus, the worker co-op, Apollo space programme etc), or ways of representing organising (in art, cartoons, films etc).

My recent writing has been about ‘alternative’ organisation in two senses. One is work on co-operatives, worker self-management, alternative finance and so on. The other is on different ways of thinking about what ‘organisation’ means, so I have written about angels, shipping containers, art galleries, as well as a book on outlaws. My last book was called 'Shut Down the Business School' and I am the lead for the Bristol Inclusive Economy Initiative.

I am also very interested in how academics write, and how they might cultivate new audiences for their ideas, and I write journalism as regularly as I can.

My plans for the next few years include pieces on the history of zoos, comic book villains and dead spaces in and around organizations.

Key publications

  1. Parker, M, 2018, ‘Shut Down the Business School!: An insider’s account of what’s wrong with management education’. Pluto Press
  2. Hamilton, V & Parker, M, 2016, ‘Daniel Defoe and the Bank of England: The Dark Arts of Projectors’. Zero Books
  3. Burrell, G & Parker, M, 2016, ‘For Robert Cooper: Collected Work’. Routledge, London
  4. Steyaert, C, Beyes, T & Parker, M, 2016, ‘The Companion to Reinventing Management Education’. Routledge, London
  5. Parker, M, Cheney, G, Fournier, V & Land, C, 2014, ‘The Companion to Alternative Organization’. Routledge, London
  6. Hadden, T, Ireland, P, Morgan, G, Parker, M, Pearson, G, Piccoto, S, Sikka, P & Willmott, H, 2014, ‘Fighting Corporate Abuse: Beyond Predatory Capitalism’. Pluto Press
  7. Parker, M, 2013, ‘Alternative Business: Outlaws, Crime and Culture’. Routledge

Latest publications

  1. Parker, M, 2019, ‘S'ha convertit la universitat en una escola de negocis?’. Debats, vol 133., pp. 101-104
  2. Nolden, C, Garcia, MV, McDermont, M & Parker, M, 2019, ‘Locating value(s) in collaborative commons: measuring time and idleness’.
  3. Goworek, H, Land, C, Burt, G, Zundel, M, Saren, M, Parker, M & Lambe, B, 2018, ‘Scaling Sustainability: Regulation and Resilience in Managerial Responses to Climate Change’. British Journal of Management, vol 29., pp. 209-219
  4. Smith, W, Higgins, M, Kokkinidis, G & Parker, M, 2018, ‘Becoming invisible: The ethics and politics of imperceptibility’. Culture and Organization.
  5. Parker, M, 2018, ‘Employing James Bond’. Journal of Management Inquiry, vol 27., pp. 178-189
  6. Parker, M, 2017, ‘Alternative enterprises, local economies, and social justice: why smaller is still more beautiful’. Management (France), vol 20., pp. 418-434
  7. Parker, S & Parker, M, 2017, ‘Antagonism, accommodation and agonism in Critical Management Studies: Alternative organizations as allies’. Human Relations, vol 70., pp. 1366-1387
  8. Parker, M, 2017, ‘Being edited: Academic journals and knowledge corporations’. in: The Corporatization of the Business School: Minerva Meets the Market. Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 199-216
  9. Parker, M, Cheney, G, Fournier, V & Land, C, 2017, ‘Organization is politics made durable: Principles and alternatives’. in: The Corporation: A Critical, Multi-Disciplinary Handbook. Cambridge University Press, pp. 538-545
  10. Parker, M, 2017, ‘Tower Cranes and Organization Studies’. Organization Studies, vol 38., pp. 989-1004
  11. Pearson, G & Parker, M, 2016, ‘Is Small Always Beautiful? A Dialogue’. Business and Society Review, vol 121., pp. 549-567
  12. Parker, M, 2016, ‘Towards an alternative Business School: A School of Organizing’. in: A Research Agenda for Management and Organization Studies. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 147-154
  13. Parker, M, 2016, ‘Organization and philosophy: Vision and division’. in: The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies. Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 491-498
  14. Parker, M, 2015, ‘Secret Societies: Intimations of Organization’. Organization Studies, vol 37., pp. 99-113
  15. Parker, M, 2015, ‘Vertical capitalism: Skyscrapers and organization’. Culture and Organization, vol 21., pp. 217-234
  16. Parker, M, 2015, ‘Howard Becker: Ways of seeing organizing’. Organization, vol 22.
  17. Parker, M, 2015, ‘Between sociology and the business school: Critical studies of work, employment and organization in the UK’. Sociological Review, vol 63., pp. 162-180
  18. Parker, M, 2015, ‘A cultural politics of work: Resistance and escape in the culture of organizing’. in: The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organizations. Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 399-412
  19. Parker, M, 2015, ‘Theory as fashion: What are management ideas for?’. in: Handbook of Research on Management Ideas and Panaceas: Adaptation and Context. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 421-426
  20. Parker, M, 2015, ‘Queering Queer’. Gender, Work and Organization, vol 23., pp. 71-73
  21. Parker, M, 2014, ‘University, Ltd: Changing a business school’. Organization, vol 21., pp. 281-292
  22. Parker, M & Weik, E, 2014, ‘Free spirits? The academic on the aeroplane’. Management Learning, vol 45., pp. 167-181
  23. Parker, M, 2014, ‘Skyscrapers: The City and the Megacity’. Theory, Culture & Society, vol 31., pp. 267-271
  24. Parker, M, 2014, ‘Writing: What can be said, by who, and where?’. in: Critical Management Research: Reflections from the Field. SAGE Publications Inc., pp. 211-226
  25. Parker, M & Pearson, G, 2013, ‘What should business schools teach managers?’. Business and Society Review, vol 118., pp. 1-22
  26. Parker, M, 2013, ‘Beyond Justification: Dietrologic and the Sociology of Critique’. in: New Spirits of Capitalism?: Crises, Justifications, and Dynamics. Oxford University Press, pp. 1-21
  27. Thomas, R & Parker, M, 2013, ‘Organization@20’. Organization, vol 20., pp. 3-5
  28. Parker, M, 2013, ‘Containerisation: Moving Things and Boxing Ideas’. Mobilities, vol 8., pp. 368-387
  29. Parker, M, 2013, ‘Becoming editor: Or, Pinocchio finally notices the strings’. TripleC, vol 11., pp. 461-474
  30. Parker, M, 2013, ‘The little book of management bollocks and the culture of organization’. in: Humour Work and Organization. Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 77-91
  31. Li, EY & Parker, M, 2013, ‘Citation patterns in organization and management journals: Margins and centres’. Organization, vol 20., pp. 299-322
  32. Parker, M, 2013, ‘ART AS WORK: Rules and creative labour’. Journal of Cultural Economy, vol 6., pp. 120-136
  33. Veldman, J & Parker, M, 2012, ‘Specters, Inc.: The Elusive Basis of the Corporation’. Business and Society Review, vol 117., pp. 413-441
  34. Parker, M, 2012, ‘Being there, teleography and The Wire’. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, vol 1., pp. 23-30
  35. Parker, M, 2012, ‘Foreword’. in: Management Ethics: Contemporary Contexts. Taylor & Francis Group, pp. x-xii
  36. Parker, M & Thomas, R, 2011, ‘What is a critical journal?’. Organization, vol 18., pp. 419-427
  37. Parker, M, 2011, ‘Organizing the circus: The engineering of miracles’. Organization Studies, vol 32., pp. 555-569
  38. Parker, M, 2011, ‘The Wild West, the industrial East and the outlaw’. Culture and Organization, vol 17., pp. 347-365
  39. Tadajewski, M, Maclaran, P, Parsons, E & Parker, M, 2011, ‘Key concepts in critical management studies’. SAGE Publications Inc.
  40. Alakavuklar, ON & Parker, M, 2011, ‘Responsibility and the local: The prospects for critical management in Turkey’. Critical Perspectives on International Business, vol 7., pp. 326-342
  41. Parker, M, 2010, ‘Inter, neo, trans: Editorial’. Organization, vol 17., pp. 5-8
  42. Parker, M, 2010, ‘The sclerosis of criticism: A handbook of critical management studies?’. Critical Policy Studies, vol 4., pp. 297-302
  43. Parker, M, 2009, ‘Angelic Organization: Hierarchy and the Tyranny of Heaven’. Organization Studies, vol 30., pp. 1281-1299
  44. Parker, M, 2009, ‘Capitalists in space’. Sociological Review, vol 57., pp. 83-97
  45. Parker, M, 2009, ‘Managerialism and its discontents’. in: The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Behavior: Volume II - Macro Approaches. SAGE Publications Inc., pp. 85-98
  46. Parker, M, 2009, ‘Space age management’. Management and Organizational History, vol 4., pp. 317-332
  47. Parker, M & Bell, D, 2009, ‘Organizing the space age’. Management and Organizational History, vol 4., pp. 227-228
  48. Parker, M & Bell, D, 2009, ‘Introduction: Making space’. Sociological Review, vol 57., pp. 1-5
  49. Parker, M, 2009, ‘Pirates, merchants and anarchists: Representations of international business’. Management and Organizational History, vol 4., pp. 167-185
  50. Bunzel, D & Parker, M, 2009, ‘Serving 'The guest': Günther anders at the grand seaside hotel’. Marketing Theory, vol 9., pp. 55-74
  51. Rhodes, C & Parker, M, 2008, ‘Images of organizing in popular culture’. Organization, vol 15., pp. 627-637
  52. Dunne, S, Harney, S & Parker, M, 2008, ‘The responsibilities of management intellectuals: A survey’. Organization, vol 15., pp. 271-282
  53. Parker, M, 2008, ‘Memories of the space age’. Information Communication and Society, vol 11., pp. 846-860
  54. Pearson, G & Parker, M, 2008, ‘Management or organizing? A dialogue’. Business and Society Review, vol 113., pp. 43-61
  55. Parker, M, 2008, ‘Eating with the Mafia: Belonging and violence’. Human Relations, vol 61., pp. 989-1006
  56. Parker, M, 2008, ‘Schools for organizing’. in: The SAGE Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization. SAGE Publications Inc., pp. 213-214
  57. Parker, M, 2008, ‘Heroic villains: The badlands of economy and organization’. in: Organizational Epics and Sagas: Tales of Organizations. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 105-117
  58. Parker, M, 2007, ‘Organizing: Skyscrapers and multitudes’. Critical Perspectives on International Business, vol 3., pp. 220-225
  59. Davis, P & Parker, M, 2007, ‘Cooperatives, labor, and the State: The English labor economists revisited’. Review of Radical Political Economics, vol 39., pp. 523-542
  60. Gantman, ER & Parker, M, 2006, ‘Comprador management?’. Critical Perspectives on International Business, vol 2., pp. 25-40
  61. Parker, M, 2006, ‘Stockholm syndrome’. Management Learning, vol 37., pp. 39-41
  62. Jones, C, Parker, M & Bos, RT, 2005, ‘For business ethics’. Routledge
  63. Parker, M & Pearson, G, 2005, ‘Capitalism and its regulation: A dialogue on business and ethics’. Journal of Business Ethics, vol 60., pp. 91-101
  64. Crane, A, Driver, C, Kaler, J, Parker, M & Parkinson, J, 2005, ‘Stakeholder Democracy: Towards a Multi-Disciplinary View’. Business Ethics: A European Review, vol 14., pp. 67-75
  65. Parker, M, 2004, ‘Becoming Manager: Or, The Werewolf Looks Anxiously in the Mirror, Checking for Unusual Facial Hair’. Management Learning, vol 35., pp. 45-59
  66. Parker, M, 2003, ‘Introduction: Ethics, politics and organizing’. Organization, vol 10., pp. 187-203
  67. Parker, M, 2003, ‘Business, ethics and business ethics: Critical theory and negative dialectics’. in: Studying Management Critically. SAGE Publications Inc., pp. 197-219
  68. Smith, W, Higgins, M, Parker, M & Lightfoot, G, 2003, ‘Science fiction and organization’. Taylor & Francis Group
  69. Parker, M, 2003, ‘'Repent Harlequin!' said the Ticktockman: Digesting science fiction’. in: Matthew Higgins, Geoff Lightfoot, Martin Parker, Warren Smith (eds) Science Fiction and Organization. Routledge, London, pp. 193-202
  70. Parker, M, 2002, ‘Queering management and organization’. Gender, Work and Organization, vol 9., pp. 146-166
  71. Parker, M, 2002, ‘Contesting histories: Unity and division in a building society’. Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol 15., pp. 589-605
  72. Parker, M, 2002, ‘Against Management: Organization in the Age of Managerialism’. Polity
  73. Parker, M, 2002, ‘Utopia and the organizational imagination: Eutopia’. Sociological Review, vol 50., pp. 217-224
  74. Parker, M, 2002, ‘Utopia and the organizational imagination: Outopia’. Sociological Review, vol 50., pp. 1-8
  75. Pearson, G & Parker, M, 2001, ‘The relevance of Ancient Greeks to modern business? A dialogue on business and ethics’. Journal of Business Ethics, vol 31., pp. 341-353
  76. Parker, M, 2000, ‘'The Less Important Sideshow': The Limits of Epistemology in Organizational Analysis’. Organization, vol 7., pp. 519-523
  77. Parker, M, 2000, ‘The sociology of organizations and the organization of sociology: Some reflections on the making of a division of labour’. Sociological Review, vol 48., pp. 124-146
  78. Parker, M, 1999, ‘Capitalism, subjectivity and ethics: Debating labour process analysis’. Organization Studies, vol 20., pp. 25-45
  79. Parker, M, 1999, ‘Organizational Culture and Identity’. SAGE Publications Inc.
  80. Parker, M, Higgins, M, Lightfoot, G & Smith, W, 1999, ‘Amazing tales: Organization studies as science fiction’. Organization, vol 6., pp. 579-590
  81. Parker, M, 1998, ‘Judgement day: Cyborganization, humanism and postmodern ethics’. Organization, vol 5., pp. 503-518
  82. Parker, M, 1998, ‘Business ethics and social theory: Postmodernizing the ethical’. British Journal of Management, vol 9.
  83. Parker, M, 1997, ‘Organizations and citizenship’. Organization, vol 4., pp. 75-92
  84. Parker, M & Dent, M, 1996, ‘Managers, doctors, and culture: Changing an English health district’. Administration and Society, vol 28., pp. 335-361

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