Dr Richard Longman

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  • Qualifications:PhD, MBA (Open), MEd (Cantab.), BA (Cantab.), PGCAPP, FHEA, FRSA
  • Position:Senior 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

My academic work coalesces around ideas about organising, changing, and knowing. I bring to this work an eclectic set of experiences, having (re-)turned to academia after an earlier career in professional music. The global conditions we face today make me more convinced than ever that we cannot simply 'talk the talk' – we must also 'walk the walk' if we are to truly be part of the change that the world is calling out for.

I am a passionate teacher and have a range of responsibilities across undergraduate, postgraduate, executive, and doctoral programmes within the Faculty of Business and Law. I lead a final year undergraduate module in Managing Organisational Change, and the Strategic Leaders Programme (an Executive Education course dual accredited by UWE Bristol the Institute of Leadership and Management). I also teach a Masters module on Managing Change and contribute to a PhD/DBA module, Ways of Knowing, on research methodology. I teach cross College, and lead a module in Educational Leadership, Management, and Change for the MA Education programme.

I am a creative researcher and work from a critical constructivist perspective which helps make sense of my experiences of the world and my hopes for the future. My research begins with questions about alternative organising – that is, organising in alternative ways (e.g. Teal Organisations, B Corps) and organising alternative things (e.g. truth, ignorance). I work to build socio-digital expertise in the field of organisation studies with common emphases on alterity, ignorance, and epistemic theories of truth. I write for academic journals and books as well as reaching wider non-academic audiences through blogs and podcasts. In my work, I look to cast light on radical alternatives with transformative potential, whilst interrogating them through critical lenses of power, control, and ideology.

I am College Lead for the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) which seeks to raise the profile of sustainability and equip students with the understanding and tools to enact change. I am a member of the College Research Ethics Committee. In the wider academic community, I was elected the Executive Committee of the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management and currently serve as Division Chair Elect.

Area of expertise

My research takes ideas about alternative organising as a starting point to consider how we might cultivate new organizational practices and subjectivities.

I have ongoing interests in building expertise around:

  • organising in alternative ways, particularly those that sit on the periphery of critical attention (e.g. Teal Organising, B Corps, Holacracy, Sociocracy) and organising alternative things (e.g. hope, truth, ignorance, surprise); and,
  • socio-digital research methods suitable for interrogating alternative organisational settings and exploring individual/collective subjectivities.

I have current projects focusing on:

  • informational abundance, knowledge and truth claims, and the role of alternative, online organisations in fact-checking;
  • activism within an online collective organising against the closure of Sheffield Cathedral Choir;
  • agnotology (and strategic ignorance) and the organisation of the Anthropocene; and,
  • learning and teaching differently through critical management education.

I enjoy collaborations with scholars who share a desire to eradicate the marginalisation and othering of certain groups, and who seek to overcome feelings of powerless in the face of the global effects of inequalities manifested through disease, poverty, and hunger.

I am happy to receive enquiries about potential supervision at masters and doctoral levels. Also, I am happy to receive media enquiries about my core areas of expertise.


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