School of Business and Management

Dr Rowland Curtis


Lecturer in Organisation Studies

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8987
Room Number: Room 4.42, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus


Student drop-in and feedback hours
Dr Curtis will be on sabbatical 2016-2017.


Research Interests:

Dr Curtis’ research centres on questions of power, knowledge, subjectivity and critique in organization. He also has a broad interest in contemporary debates in cultural and political theory, poststructuralist thought, critical pedagogy and action / praxis perspectives.  In 2011 he successfully defended his doctoral thesis at Manchester Business School on ‘The UK Research Assessment Exercise and the Politics of Academic Freedom’.  He is a member of the editorial collective of the open-access journal ephemera: theory and politics in organization.


Journal Publications: 

  • Curtis, R. (2014), 'Foucault Beyond Fairclough: From Transcendental to Immanent Critique in Organization Studies', Organization Studies.
  • Curtis, R., Harney, S. & Jones, C. (2013), ‘Ethics in a Time of Crisis: Editorial Introduction to Special Focus’, Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 22(1), pp. 64-67.        
  • Curtis, R. (2008), ‘Katrina and the Waves: Bad Organization, Natural Evil or The State’, in Culture and Organization, Vol. 14(2), pp. 113-133.
  • Curtis, R. (2008), ‘Hallward’s Strangely Elegant Car Crash’, in ephemera: theory and politics in organization, Vol. 8(1), pp. 94-103.

Publications in Conference Proceedings: 

  • Curtis, R. (2011), ‘The CMS ‘Project’ in Ruins:  On Lyotard, The RAE and the Question of Performativity’, 7th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Naples, Italy, July 2011.
  • Curtis, R. (2007), ‘In Search of RAE-ality: Discourse, Realism and Method in a Study of the RAE’, 5th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Manchester, UK, July.

PhD Supervision

Current Doctoral Students

Second supervisor: 

  • Sarah Ryer