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Mechanisms of micro-terror? Early career CMS academics’ experiences of ‘targets and terror’ in contemporary business schools (2020)
Journal Article
Ratle, O., Robinson, S., Bristow, A., & Kerr, R. (in press). Mechanisms of micro-terror? Early career CMS academics’ experiences of ‘targets and terror’ in contemporary business schools. Management Learning, https://doi.org/10.1177/1350507620913050

In this article, we apply the concept of ‘targets and terror’, previously used in the healthcare sector, to the audit culture within business schools. We explore to what extent terror, or the inculcation of fear through processes of domination, is id... Read More about Mechanisms of micro-terror? Early career CMS academics’ experiences of ‘targets and terror’ in contemporary business schools.

Academic arrhythmia: Disruption, dissonance, and conflict in the early-career rhythms of CMS academics (2019)
Journal Article
Bristow, A., Robinson, S., & Ratle, O. (2019). Academic arrhythmia: Disruption, dissonance, and conflict in the early-career rhythms of CMS academics. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 18(2), 241-260. https://doi.org/10.5465/amle.2017.0340

Starting a career on the margins of the neoliberal business school is becoming increasingly challenging. We contribute to the understanding of the problems involved and to potential solutions by developing a theoretically informed approach to the rhy... Read More about Academic arrhythmia: Disruption, dissonance, and conflict in the early-career rhythms of CMS academics.

Ambiguity and polysemy as rhetorical resources in knowledge disputes: The struggle over the interpretation of Kuhn in organisation studies (2019)
Journal Article
Ratle, O. (2019). Ambiguity and polysemy as rhetorical resources in knowledge disputes: The struggle over the interpretation of Kuhn in organisation studies. Studi di sociologia, 57(1), https://doi.org/10.26350/000309_000048

In knowledge disputes about the paradigmatic status of management and organisation studies, many commentators have debated whether or not interpretations of Thomas Kuhn’s work have been accurate, and have deplored the lack of a common and shared use... Read More about Ambiguity and polysemy as rhetorical resources in knowledge disputes: The struggle over the interpretation of Kuhn in organisation studies.

Being an Early-Career CMS Academic in the Context of Insecurity and ‘Excellence’: The Dialectics of Resistance and Compliance (2017)
Journal Article
Bristow, A., Robinson, S., & Ratle, O. (2017). Being an Early-Career CMS Academic in the Context of Insecurity and ‘Excellence’: The Dialectics of Resistance and Compliance. Organization Studies, 38(9), 1185-1207. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840616685361

© 2017, © The Author(s) 2017. Drawing on a dialectical approach to resistance, we conceptualise the latter as a multifaceted, pervasive and contradictory phenomenon. This enables us to examine the predicament in which early-career Critical Management... Read More about Being an Early-Career CMS Academic in the Context of Insecurity and ‘Excellence’: The Dialectics of Resistance and Compliance.

Labour pains: Starting a career within the neo-liberal university (2017)
Journal Article
Robinson, S., Ratle, O., & Bristow, A. (2017). Labour pains: Starting a career within the neo-liberal university. Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, 17(3), 481-508

This paper explores how Early Career Academics (ECAs) come to understand their future and the nature of their academic labour at a time when the profession as a whole faces increasingly uncertain and challenging working conditions. Focusing on a grou... Read More about Labour pains: Starting a career within the neo-liberal university.

Critical learning and tempered radicalism: An exploration of the roles and development of early career academics (2015)
Presentation / Conference
Robinson, S., Bristow, A., & Ratle, O. (2015, August). Critical learning and tempered radicalism: An exploration of the roles and development of early career academics. Paper presented at 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2015

Drawing on a study of 30 CMS Early Career Academics (ECAs) this paper explores how they learn to practice according to their own CMS motivations and maintain such endeavours within environments and evaluation systems which increasingly require high l... Read More about Critical learning and tempered radicalism: An exploration of the roles and development of early career academics.

Resistance as institutional entrepreneurship in unsettled times: The case of early-career academics in critical management studies (2014)
Presentation / Conference
Bristow, A., Ratle, O., & Robinson, S. (2014, July). Resistance as institutional entrepreneurship in unsettled times: The case of early-career academics in critical management studies. Paper presented at EGOS 30th Colloquium

In this paper we respond to the subtheme’s call by presenting an empirical study of one important group of university stakeholders, namely early career academics (ECAs), the future of the profession. The purpose of this paper is to explore how this g... Read More about Resistance as institutional entrepreneurship in unsettled times: The case of early-career academics in critical management studies.

The shifting boundaries of organisation theory across time: A demarcation perspective (2013)
Presentation / Conference
A demarcation perspective. Paper presented at 29th EGOS Colloquium

What happen to organization theory when it travels from one context to another? This paper takes a science-demarcation perspective to analyse over time contests over the legitimate realm of organization theory. By looking at the rhetorical commonplac... Read More about The shifting boundaries of organisation theory across time: A demarcation perspective.

The ambivalent relationship between management studies and the natural sciences: A longitudinal rhetorical analysis (2011)
Presentation / Conference
Ratle, O. (2011, March). The ambivalent relationship between management studies and the natural sciences: A longitudinal rhetorical analysis. Paper presented at 4th conference on Rhetoric and Narratives in Management Research

For constructivist analysts of science, maps that define what constitutes legitimate science are variable, changeable and relatively inconsistent. Gieryn (1999) invites us to see the signifier ‘science’ as a cultural space that has no essential or un... Read More about The ambivalent relationship between management studies and the natural sciences: A longitudinal rhetorical analysis.

The never-ending ‘paradigm debate’ in Organisation Studies: Rhetorical practices that sustain scientific controversies (2007)
Presentation / Conference
Rhetorical practices that sustain scientific controversies. Paper presented at 2nd conference on Rhetoric and Narratives in Management Research

Many commentators within organisation studies have noted how difficult it is in this field to bring closure to controversies. This paper uses a rhetorical perspective to reflect on the character of one of the most important debate within the field, w... Read More about The never-ending ‘paradigm debate’ in Organisation Studies: Rhetorical practices that sustain scientific controversies.


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