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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

Wednesdays: 12.00pm-2.00pm

Undergraduate Teaching

BUS 302 Organisation and Identity


Postgraduate Teaching

BUS 324 The Management of Human Resources


Research Interests:

Dr Curtis’ research centres on questions of power, knowledge, subjectivity and critique in organization. He has made contributions to debates in both organization studies and Critical Management Studies (CMS), with particular interests in humanism and post-humanism in management practice; identity and selfhood; Foucault and poststructuralist thought; critical discourse analysis; critical and transformative pedagogy; ethnographic and action / praxis perspectives in research.  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 both the Organizational Processes and Practices Research Group (OPPRG) and the Centre on Labour and Global Production (CLGP) within SBM and 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.


Current Doctoral Students

Second supervisor: 

  • Sarah Ryer