Critical Management

Research cluster staff: Koen Bartels, Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo, Annika Beelitz, Sara Closs-Davies, Tony Dobbins, Clair Doloriert, Gareth Griffiths, Doris Merkl-Davies, Sally Sambrook

PhD students associated with the cluster: Bukola Adetonwa, Nahed Saeed M Alghamdi, Sara Cathryn Closs-Davies, Sergio Castellanos Gamboa, Sioned Haf, Emma Hughes, Kieron Iveson, Audrey Jones, Ungku Suzana Binti Ungku Mohammad, Owen Powell, Elizabeth De Ben Rockson, Marybeth Rouse, Prachandra Shakya, Ta Phuc Thanh Tuan, Shijin Zhang

Topic areas

  • Critical-qualitative analysis
  • Employment studies & HRM
  • Business & management history
  • Policy analysis & welfare administration
  • Critical accounting research

Members of the Critical Management group adopt an interdisciplinary, critical, theoretically-informed approach to various strands of management research:

The aim is to challenge prevailing conventional understandings of business and management issues, thinking, policy and practice; notably where doing business and management ‘conventionally’ is not working, hence the need to highlight alternative approaches. CM researchers provide a sociologically grounded understanding of relations of power, participation, politics, governance, knowledge, ideology, and locate relations between individuals, organisations, economy and society in their broader contextual and historical setting.

Members have published in some of the top CM relevant journals, including Human Relations, Business History, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Public Administration Review, Work Employment & Society, Management Learning and Journal of Business Ethics. Group members have also been successful in winning CM-related research grants (e.g. GIFT, LEAD, MIN, British Academy labour market project). Methodologically, CM group members all deploy and share an interest in various qualitative research methods (case studies, interviews, ethnography, autoethnography, archival and documentary research, critical action learning, action research, critical discourse analysis) to advance critically informed research. This fits in with their membership of the ‘qualitative research group’ in Bangor Business School, which has played a major developmental role in enhancing staff and PhD scholars’ understanding of qualitative research. Group members also adopt a critical approach to teaching to foster critical thinking/learning in our students (and their professional practice) and some research this – thus CM pervades teaching (at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels), coheres research and informs professional management practice (in many work/welfare contexts).

Cluster contact

If you would like more information about our current research projects or our cluster, please email Tony Dobbins: