Dr Richard Longman

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

I joined the University of the West of England in 2019, and have a range of responsibilities across undergraduate, postgraduate, executive, and doctoral programmes within the Faculty of Business and Law.

I have specific leadership responsibilities for 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 PhD/DBA module on research paradigms and am currently writing a new cross-faculty module in Leadership, Management, and Change for the MA Education programme which sits within the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education.

I (re-)turned to academia after an earlier career in professional music. Quickly, I established myself working from a critical perspective which helped make sense of my experiences of the world and my hopes for the future. Questions about organising — and, specifically, alternative organising — are at the heart of my research and inspire my teaching as well as my practice. My doctoral study interrogated Teal Organising within an online community of practice. Recent work has continued to build socio-digital expertise in the field of organisation studies with common emphases on alterity, be(com)ing, and epistemic theories of truth.

In the University of the West of England, I serve on the Faculty Research Ethics Committee for the Faculty of Business and Law. In the wider academic community, I serve as Program Chair of the Critical Management Studies Division, Academy of Management – a role I share with my colleague, Dr Caroline Clarke. I am an active member of the European Group for Organizational Studies, British Academy of Management, and Association of Internet Researchers communities.

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:

  • alternative approaches to organizing that sit on the periphery of critical attention (e.g. Teal Organising, Holacracy, Sociocracy, B Corps movements); and,
  • socio-digital research methods suitable for interrogating organisational settings and 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 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.


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