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Professor Christopher Land

Deputy Dean
Faculty of Business and Law
Areas of Expertise:
Business Management , Human Resources Management , Organisational Behaviour , Strategy , Business, management and leadership , Work-life balance
Research Supervision:

Chris’ research straddles the sociology of work and organisation studies with a particular interest in the changing nature of management, work and organisation.

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Chris joined ARU in 2018, having previously worked at the universities of Leicester, Essex, St Gallen, Innsbruck and Warwick, where he was awarded his PhD in 2004. Chris’ research is underpinned by an abiding interest in the relationship between economic forms of value and substantive values, for example ethical values, aesthetic values and political values. This continues to ground his research, with current work examining anarchism, value theory, and the re-emergence of ‘craft’ as a signifier of value in post-Fordist production, particularly in the ‘craft beer’ scene.

Research interests
  • Value/values and the labour theory of value 
  • Neo-craft and artisanal work, particularly in food and drink 
  • Alternative organisations, including social movements and cooperatives 
  • Anarchism and organisation theory 
  • Cultural representations of work and organisation, especially in novels 
  • The brewing and pub industry 
  • Democracy at work 
  • The nexus of work and consumption in brand centred organisations 
  • Academic publishing 
Areas of research supervision
  • Chris is a qualitative researcher, with experience of ethnographic and interview-based research methodologies. He is happy to consider proposals from PhD applicants with an interest in using qualitative research methods to investigate any of the research interests listed above.
  • Chris is currently supervising PhD students with interests including social movement organizations, performativity, work life balance, social enterprises and alternative organizing.
  • PhD Industrial and Business Studies, University of Warwick
  • MA Organisation Studies (with distinction), University of Warwick
  • BA (Hons) Interdisciplinary Human Studies (first class), University of Bradford
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Chartered Manager: Chartered Management Institute (CMI) 
  • Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) 
  • Member of the European Group on Organization Studies (EGOS) 
  • Senior Editor - Organization Studies 
  • Editorial Board Member  - Organization 
  • Advisory Board Member - Organizations and Activism book series, Bristol University Press 
Selected recent publications

Langmead, Kiri and Land, Chris and King, Daniel (2020) Can Management Ever Be Responsible? Alternative Organising and the Three Irresponsibilities of Management. In: Research Handbook of Responsible Management. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 978 1 78897 195 9.

Land, C., Sutherland, N. and Taylor, S. (2019) ‘Back to the Brewster: Craft Brewing, Gender and the Dialectical Interplay of Retraditionalisation and Innovation’, in E. Bell, G. Mangia, S. Taylor and M.L. Toraldo (eds.) The Organization of Craft Work: Identities, Meanings and Materiality. London Routledge.

King, D. and Land, C. (2018) ‘The democratic rejection of democracy: Performative failure and the limits of critical performativity in an organizational change project’, Human Relations 71(11): 1535-1557.

Goworek, H., Land, C., Burt, G., Zundel, M., Saren, M., Parker, M. and Lambe, B. (2018) 'Scaling Sustainability: Regulation and Resilience in Managerial Responses to Climate Change', British Journal of Management, 29(2): 209-219.

Land, C. and Taylor, S. (2018) 'Access and Departure', in Cassell, C., Cunliffe, A. L. and Grandy, G. (eds.) 'The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods'. London: Sage Publishing.

Land, C. (2018) ‘Back to the future: Reimagining work through craft’, Futures of Work, Issue 3, 19 November 2018.

Parker, M., Cheney, G., Fournier, V. and  Land, C. (eds.) (2014) The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organizations. London: Routledge.

Beverungen, A., Böhm, S. and Land, C. (2015) ‘Free Labour, Social Media, Management: Challenging Marxist Organization Studies’, Organization Studies, 36(4) 473–489.

Parker, M., Cheney, G., Fournier, V. and Land, C. (2014) ‘The Question of Organization: A Manifesto for Alternatives’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 14(4): 623-638.

Land, C. and King, D. (2014) ‘Organising otherwise: Translating anarchism in a voluntary sector organisation’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 14(4): 923-950.

Sutherland, N., Land, C. and Böhm, S. (2014) ‘Anti-leaders(hip) in Social Movement Organisations: The case of autonomous grassroots groups’, Organization, 21(6): 759-781.

Smith, C. and Land, C. (2014) ‘Pharmacological Routes to Everyday Exceptionality’, Culture and Organization, 20(4): 269-287.

Taylor, S. and Land, C. (2014) ‘Organizational Anonymity and the Negotiation of Research Access’, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 9(2): 98-109. (Awarded Outstanding Paper in 2015).

Land, C., Loren, S. and Metelmann, J. (2014) ‘Rogue Logics: Organization in the Grey Zone’, Organization Studies, 35(2): 233-253.

Land, C. and Taylor, S. (2014) ‘The good old days yet to come: postalgic times for the new spirit of capitalism’, Management & Organizational History, 9(2): 202-219.

Beverungen, A., Bohm, S. and Land, C. (2013) ‘From the Open Road to the High Seas? Piracy, Damnation and Resistance in Academic Consumption of Publishing’, Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation, 31:3, 241-247.

Sliwa, M., Spoelstra, S., Sorensen, B.M. and Land, C. (2013) ‘Profaning the Sacred in Leadership Studies: A Reading of Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase’, Organization, 20(6): 860-880.

Beverungen, A., Bohm, S. and Land, C. (2012) ‘The Poverty of Journal Publishing’, Organization, 19(6): 929-938. 

Böhm, S. And Land, C. (2012) ‘The New ‘Hidden Abode’: Reflections on Value and Labour in the New Economy’, The Sociological Review, 60(2): 217-240.

Land, C. and Taylor, S. (2010) ‘Surf’s up: life, balance and brand in a new age capitalist organization’, Sociology, 44(3): 395-413. 

Böhm, S. and Land, C. (2009) ‘No measure for culture: value in the new economy’, Capital & Class, 97: 75-98.

Böhm, S., Jones, C., Land, C. and Paterson, M. (eds.) (2006) Against Automobility. Oxford: Blackwell/Sociological Review.

Media experience

Chris has published blogs and been interviewed on radio and television about work and employment.