Damian Hodgson is Professor of Organisational Analysis at Manchester Business School, joint lead of the Primary Care theme of Greater Manchester CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) and convenor of the Manchester Projects, Programmes and Portfolios (MP3) Research Network.
His research centres on issues of power, knowledge, identity and control in complex organisations and the management of experts/professionals. Over the last decade, he has devoted much of his efforts to the study of innovative forms of control over knowledge workers and professionals, across various sectors. A particular interest over the last decade has been to encourage and expand the field of Critical Project Studies, supported by the organisation of a series of research conferences entitled "Making Projects Critical", and in parallel analysing the emergence of project management as a corporate profession.
Since 2010 he has been involved with or led a number of related research projects on the professionalisation of healthcare management and the acquisition, interpretation and implementation of new knowledge in the NHS, including a three-year research project examining "The Use of Management Knowledge across Communities of Practice in Healthcare Organisations" funded by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) programme. From January 2014 he is lead researcher on projects within the Community Services and Primary Care themes in the Greater Manchester CLAHRC, including the End of Life Care Pathways project, the Primary Care Demonstrator Pilots Evaluation and Chronic Kidney Disease research programme.
He joined the school in February 2000, having previously worked at the Universities of Birmingham and Leeds. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Leeds in 1999. He has spent time as visiting research fellow at the University of Sydney, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He was visiting research fellow at CRISES Research Centre in Quebec, Canada, in 2009.
My work can be grouped in three broad areas;
•Healthcare Organisation and Management: A key focus of my current and future research relates to organisational issues within healthcare, linked to a number of projects within the Primary Care and Community Services themes in the Greater Manchester CLAHRC. This work builds upon a recently-completed £300K project on the acquisition, interpretation and implementation of new knowledge in the NHS, funded by the NIHR, in collaboration with Mike Bresnen, Simon Bailey, Paula Hyde and John Hassard, and related research into the coordination of services in End of Life Care (EOLC).
•Critical Project Studies: A substantial research focus has been to open up project management and project-based organisation to critical examination, through several published papers and books, most recently on the consequences of professionalisation for project management. Supported by the formation of an international network of researchers via the 'Making Projects Critical’ workshop series and associated publications, including an edited collection (Hodgson and Cicmil, 2006) and special issue (Cicmil, Hodgson, Lindgren and Packendorff, 2009).
•Broader Studies of the Management of Expert Work: This dimension of my research explores tensions between management and professional/expert labour in project organisations, building on research into the management of work in creative industries (focusing on digital game development, supported by grants from the North West Development Agency and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), and also R&D and engineering in hi-tech industries.
Research Groups and Networks
Subjects of interest to me include;
- Organisational issues in healthcare
- Knowledge and learning in healthcare organisations
- Professions/professionalisation/management of professionals
- Project organisations/project management
- Knowledge workers
- Creative industries
- Culture management and neo-normative control
- Critical Management Studies.
Damian has published in a range of journals, including the Journal of Management Studies, Organization, New Technology, Work and Employment, Work, Employment and Society and Gender, Work and Organization, and several books, including "Making Projects Critical", co-authored by Svetlana Cicmil. This book draws together some of the most important outcomes of a series of six conferences established by Damian and his colleagues Svetlana Cicmil, Monica Lindgren and Johann Packendorff as a forum for researchers adopting a critical perspective on project work and impact of the project-based organisation. The seventh 'Making Projects Critical' conference was held in Stockholm in January 2014; details can be found at;
Full details of previous 'Making Projects Critical' conferences can be found at;
He has presented his research at a wide variety of international conferences, including the Academy of Management, the British Academy of Management (BAM), the European Group on Organizational Symbolism (EGOS), the Critical Management Studies Conference (CMS), the Labour Process Conference (LPC) and the European Academy of Management (EURAM), and at various practitioner events, including a keynote presentation at the 2006 Project Management Institute conference in Montreal, Canada.
My teaching portfolio at MBS includes Executive Education, MBA, Masters and Undergraduate courses for both management and non-management students. My main undergraduate responsibility involves leadership of a non-specialist final year undergraduate module on Organisational Analysis. At the postgraduate level, I jointly deliver the People, Management and Organisations core module on the full-time MBA. At the level of Executive Education, I am responsible for the ‘Project Organisation’ module in the BP Managing Projects programme and also the session ‘Understanding Organisations’ for the Advanced Management Achievement Course (AMAC).