SCOS Update June 2016

Item 1 – SCOS Soul-searching
Item 2 – CfP Anxiety and Organization, Culture & Organization Deadline: 28 October 2016
Item 3 – Two post-doc positions advertised at Lund
Item 4 – Professorial job vacancy at Keele, Associate Director (Research)

Looking forward to seeing many of you soon ?

Item 1 – What is SCOS?
A project is being launched by our beloved SCOSBOSS Thomas Lennerfors to examine the history of SCOS. As such, many of you may want to spend some time reminiscing or thinking about the role of SCOS as a community, whether it has changed since you joined, or even what your first impressions are if you are new. Watch this space and the facebook group for invitations to respond to questions and surveys, though don’t be shy of encountering some innovative research methods too!

Item 2 –
Culture and Organization
Call for papers: Anxiety and Organization
Deadline: 28 October 2016

Alison Pullen, Macquarie University, Australia
Carl Rhodes, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Edward Wray-Bliss, Macquarie University, Australia

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom” Søren Kierkegaard once remarked. With the liberty afforded by neo-liberalism, a new anxiety has been born. Ours is a globalized economic anxiety where our freedoms are directed towards clambering over the line that separates winners from losers, rich from poor, those ahead and those left behind. Organizations are not innocent. Audits, performance measures, short term targets, and the rest of the plethora of metrics and measurements weigh heavily as liberty is reduced to the freedom to compete in a less than zero sum game. The rules of this restless game are that the future is uncertain and the present is insecure. The agitation is heightened by uneasy managers enlisted to engender and foment anxiety in others.

On a geo-political scale there is the freedom to enter into the circuits of capital that whizz around the globe without care of consequence of what is left in their wake. This is not W.H. Auden’s age of anxiety that heralded the alienation of an industrialized world. Our anxiety is that of a world which we identify with all too much. A world where organization and management hold centre stage in people’s lives – for better or for worse, like it or not. The anxiety is one with which we must identify; to belong; to hope for the spoils; to abate the fear of nothing; to live; to survive.

As Susan Bordo assesses, this anxiety manifests too in the obsessions of unobtainable idealised bodies and lives that are little more that the logical product of the dominant cultural fantasies. Anxiety is written on the bodies of people in organizations whose eyes are never far from the mirror that is given to them as a sad gift from on high. Authenticity as a once hopeful purpose is replaced with the desire to be that which the hierarchy approves, whatever it takes – hard hours at the gym, late hours in the office, 24×7 email demands, painful diets, the surgeon’s knife, the discipline of the personal coach, or the handy advice of the management guru.

This special issue seeks to explore the meaning and experience of anxiety as it is located in ruthless mire of neo-liberal performativity. We are calling for papers that examine organizationally related phenomena from the perspective of anxiety and the related and often ambivalent feelings of fear, freedom, desire, choice, dread, responsibility, worry and uncertainty. In one direction this could mean expounding the organizational structures, cultures, pressures and effects that that lead to and are caused by anxiety. In another, the focus might be on the productive possibilities of confronting anxiety and the paths of freedom away from the anxiety of organizations.

We are open to any papers that relate to the themes described above. Within this some potential topics and themes include:

The effects of anxiety of people’s sense of identity in organizations and how anxiety relates to their desires, relationships or even humanity.
How the anxiety provoked by or in organizations can result in forms of dissent such as worker resistance, anti-organizational protests, workplace conflict, whistleblowing or political activism.
The productive possibilities of anxiety as a means to invigorate organizational responsibility and accountability.
The role of management control mechanisms in attempting to reduce or repress managerial anxiety.
Anxieties produced by neoliberalism, as related for example to precarious work, income inequality or financial crises.
The anxiety of change and its management.
Difference, diversity and discrimination and the production of anxiety.
Performance anxieties produced in organizations.
Cultural constructions of anxieties on bodies ranging from cosmetic surgery, to self-mutilation to psychosomatic illnesses.
LGBTI and the anxiety of sexuality and sexual identity in organisations.


Auden, W.H. (1947) The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue, New York: Random House.
Bordo, Susan (1993) Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, Berkeley: University of California Press.
Kierkegaard, Søren (1980[1844]) The Concept of Anxiety, Princeton: Princeton University Press

Submissions and informal enquiries

Please ensure that all submissions to the special issue are made via the ScholarOne Culture and Organization site at You will have to sign up for an account before you are able to submit a manuscript. Please ensure when you do submit that you select the relevant special issue (volume x issue y) to direct your submission appropriately. If you experience any problems please contact the editors of this issue.

The deadline for manuscript submission is 28 October 2016.

Style and other instructions on manuscript preparation can be found at the journal’s website: Manuscript length should not exceed 8000 words, including appendices and supporting materials. Please also be aware that any images used in your submission must be your own, or where they are not you must already have permission to reproduce them in an academic journal. You should make this explicit in the submitted manuscript.

Please direct informal enquiries to the special issue editors, Alison Pullen (, Carl Rhodes (, or Edward Wray-Bliss (

Item 3

Two post-doc positions in Business Administration at the Lund University School of Economics and Management are currently being advertised. The applicant should be experienced in at least one of the fields of business studies, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, organization, or strategy. Scholarly proficiency is the main requirement for employment. These posts are full-time for two years. More details are available at:

Item 4

I hope no-one objects to me circulating a job vacancy at my institution on the list, as it would be fab if it was to go to a scosser! The management school is fairly small in terms of staff numbers so everyone knows each other. Advert text below:

Keele Management School is seeking to appoint an outstanding academic that will shape its research agenda and profile up to and beyond REF 2021.

The Associate Director (Research) (ADoR) will report to the Director of Keele Management School and be part of the Senior Leadership Team. The ADoR will be a key role in supporting the growth and distinctiveness of KMS at an exciting period of its development.

The role will work closely and collaboratively with Heads of Academic Groups, fellow Directors from within Keele Management School and across Schools within and beyond the Faculty, as well as Pro-Vice Chancellors and relevant Professional Service colleagues, in the development and implementation of the School’s research strategy. This appointment is very timely, as the school is investing in its research capacity and capability. This will be enabled through a number of significant funding opportunities that the School is looking to attract, cementing it as a credible agent of change in the local and regional economy. We are therefore seeking an academic that has significant experience of driving a strong impact focussed agenda.

Full advert can be found here:…/professor-and-associate-director-r…/

and application details here: