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Dr Martin James

Lecturer in People and Organisations, Business

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+44 (0) 1792

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Martin is an ethnographic researcher and interdisciplinary scholar with an interest in the forces that shape organisational life. His PhD at Warwick Business School (the University of Warwick) was one of the most intensive “behind the scenes” studies of a large British business in recent decades. His ground-breaking data analysis bought together Erving Goffman’s interactional order and Roy Bhaskar’s critical realism to provide a dynamic framework for understanding organisational behaviour within the UK’s neo-liberal political economy.

Martin’s mission is to bring critical and original analyses into the classroom, where he can draw upon two decades of practical experience. His work with brand name organisations across manufacturing (Hovis plc), service provision (Tesco) and the public sector (Welsh Government) has provided him with a rich seam of experiential knowledge to excavate. His lectures combine biographical insights with classic and contemporary theory and research, enabling fresh perspectives on how people and organisations intersect.

Alongside teaching and research in the UK Martin is an active participant in the international scholarly community. In 2018 he presented his research at The University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Cornell University (United States).

Areas Of Expertise

  • The sociology of work and organisation
  • Critical management studies
  • Dramaturgical analysis and the interactional order
  • Critical realism
  • Labour process theory
  • Participant observation and ethnography

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Teaching Interests

Martin lectures on human resource management and international human resource management modules, working with both undergraduate and post-graduate students.

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