Dr Richard Longman

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  • Qualifications:PhD, MBA (Open), MEd (Cantab.), BA (Cantab.), FRSA
  • Position:Lecturer in Organisation Studies
  • Department:Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Telephone:+4411732 87388
  • Email:Richard.Longman@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

I am an organisational theorist and educator who (re)turned to academia after a career in professional music, education, and 'business'. My gaze, for the most part, rests on those discourses and practices of organising that shape our experiences of work and life. I reject mainstream assumptions about the way organising should be done: my belief is that there is an alternative.

Area of expertise

My research focuses on alternative organising and explores a range of approaches which reject mainstream markers of economic production and competitive individualism. Adopting an interpretive approach—and finding greatest sympathy with the experiences of the organised—I see individuals as knowledgeable agents embedded in historical and institutional settings. My theorising is motivated by a desire to understand individual experiences of alternative organisational discourses and practices. Working with ethnographically-framed methodologies (often adapted for the online world) my research takes aim at new empirical realities, contemporary subjectivities, the co-transformative power that digital technologies have over how we experience life and work.

Recent empirical work (netnography) has been undertaken in an online community of practice coalescing around the work of Fredrick Laloux on Teal Organisations. This had manifested itself in a set of research themes, including theorising alterity, and organising-as-prefiguration 

My educational practice consists of creating curiosity amongst students; making time and space for them to ask “how?” and “why?” questions of their own understanding and of their responses to that understanding. I have honed this practice in primary, secondary, higher, and executive settings; and I value diverse and international perspectives, and a reflexive learning environment in which the interrogation of theory and practice can be nourished. Accordingly, I try to ensure the classroom is a place in which students of all ages can connect their own past, present, and future experiences to theoretical ideas on which informed discourses and practices of business, organisation, and management are based.


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