I hold a BSc in International and European Economic Studies from Athens University of Economics and Business and a Master of Arts in Social and Political Thought from the University of Warwick. I have also been awarded a PhD in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to joining the Centre for People and Organisation, I worked as a Research Associate at Adam Smith Business School, The University of Glasgow, and as a Teaching Assistant in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Here, in the Department of Business Management, besides my teaching duties, I am also working as a deputy programme director for the BSc in Business Management, with a focus on support and guidance of the first year students. 

My main research interests lie in the interrelations between philosophy, sociological theory, social psychology and organisation studies. More specifically, I have explored the ideas of: a) key authors in critical realism, such as Roy Bhaskar, Margaret Archer, Douglas Porpora, Tony Lawson, Dave Elder-Vass and Andrew Sayer, b) Pierre Bourdieu, as well as other authors working on the concepts of routine action and habitual practices, c) Cornelius Castoriadis and other theorists who have analysed the notion of social imaginary and reflective imagination and, d) key authors in the traditions of social constructionism and interpretivism. I am currently conducting research on my personal project of re-defining anti-realism – a well-known anti-objectivist branch of metaphysics – in socio-theoretical terms. This project aspires to constitute an alternative,  “middle path” in the ongoing debates between critical realists and social constructionists, in relation to the analysis of the ontological status of social structures, institutions, organisations, cultural backgrounds and the human agency.

Social and organisational theory is an exciting area of research and study. Important social theorists have strongly contributed to the formation of central ontological and epistemological tenets that lie beneath methodological programmes that are prevalent in the majority of the fields and sub-fields of the broader realm of the social sciences. In this sense, prospective researchers can only benefit from discussing and thinking on key socio-theoretical ideas and debates, and I am always happy to discuss about key authors in theory with research students. I would also be happy to supervise research in any of the following areas: “Power Relations, Agency and Institutional Change”, “Discourse Analysis in Organisation Studies”, “Social Constructionism Vs Critical Realism in Organisation Studies”, “Reflective Imagination and Creativity Vs Organisational Routines” and “The Micro-Macro divide in the Social Sciences”.

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Ontology
  • Structure, Culture & Agency
  • Organisations & Institutions
  • Power, Discourse & Subjectivities

Publications

  1. Bouzanis, C., Kemp, S. The two stories of the habitus/structure relation and the riddle of reflexivity: A meta‚Äźtheoretical reappraisal Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
  2. Bouzanis, C., Kemp, S. Residuality and inconsistency in the interpretation of socio-theoretical systems Sociological Theory 37 3 282 292
  3. Bouzanis, C. For reflexivity as an epistemic criterion of ontological coherence and virtuous social theorizing History of the Human Sciences 30 5 125 146
  4. Bouzanis, C. Ontogenesis versus Morphogenesis towards an Anti-realist Model of the Constitution of Society Human Studies 39 4 569 599
  5. Bouzanis, C., Panos, G. Book review: Greece, Financialization and the EU: The Political Economy of Debt and Destruction Journal of General Management 42 4 SAGE Publications

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Teaching

  • MN-1520 The Global Context of Organisation

    This module introduces students to key issues within the global context for organisation. Developing an understanding of how organisation is shaped by global contexts and how organisation shapes global contexts enables students to better understand external forces upon organisations and organising.

  • MN-2551 Social Aspects of Organisation

    Much academic work in business, management and organisation studies derives from sociological and social science understandings of the social and organisational world. This Level 5 module aims to make explicit how individuals, organisations, management and business can be understood through broader social scientific analysis, critically engaging with contemporary business and management issues. The module acts as an introduction to key approaches to understanding social aspects of organisation and does not emulate the content or form of traditional business modules. Consideration is given to classic and contemporary sociological approaches to research and organisation. The module acts as an introduction to key approaches to understanding social aspects of work and organisation. The sociological approach of this module challenges students to think about some assumptions that pervade business, economics and organisations as cultural practice and how these impact upon individuals and society. Core skills in relation to academic writing and academic thought will be developed which will provide solid foundations for critical engagement that are crucial for level 6 study.

  • MN-3015 Power and Organisation

    Organisations are imbued with power. Power is integral to interacting and organising; it defines, constitutes and shapes both people and activities in organisations. As competition, power is intrinsic to our economic system. In the relationships between organisations and the wider society, power takes the forms of regulation of, influence on and ordering of human activities. Understanding the nature and dynamics of power is crucial for future managers. This module investigates the ways in which power takes form, functions and has effects in and through organisations. Students will be asked to identify, analyse and question power and power relations both in terms of theory and in organisational practice. Discussions on, for example, how power and rationality, power and knowledge or power and organisational routines are related inform our examination of power in the organisational context. We will explore a number of attempts to systematically conceptualise and analyse power to understand its heterogeneous nature. This module brings together developments on analysis of power from across the social sciences to management and organisations, and will appeal to students who want to critically explore power as a vehicle for improving their organisational and management skills.

  • MN-M012 Human Resource Management

    Human Resource Management (HRM) has become the dominant concept in the field of employment relations in recent times. This course critically evaluates the claim that the firm can achieve a sustained competitive advantage through its human resource with the implementation of HRM. It introduces the key functions of HRM and looks at the implications of HRM of companies operating within diverse contexts.