Professor Damian Hodgson

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Position: Chair of Organisational Analysis
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations
 

Biography

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.

Research Interests

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

I am currently convenor of the Manchester Projects, Programmes and Portfolios (MP3) Research Network

http://research.mbs.ac.uk/mp3/

I am also joint academic lead for the Primary Care theme of CLAHRC Greater Manchester

clahrc-gm.nihr.ac.uk/

Research Supervision

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.

Research Dissemination

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;

http://www.kth.se/en/itm/inst/indek/mpc7

Full details of previous 'Making Projects Critical' conferences can be found at;

http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/bl/bbs/bbsresearch/bcloe/newsinshort/makingprojectscritical.aspx

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.

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Teaching Responsibilities

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).

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2016

  • Bresnen, M., Hodgson, D., Bailey, S., Hyde, P., & Hassard, J. (2016). MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE AND LEARNING IN THE UK HEALTHCARE CONTEXT: CHANGE AND CONTINUITY. In Proceedings of the Seventy-sixth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.. Publication link: e8f20f5d-d3ee-4d09-90b0-b76cb69d7e78
  • Paton, S., & Hodgson, D. (2016). Project Managers on the Edge: Liminality and Identity in the Management of Technical Work. New Technology, Work & Employment. . Publication link: c6dce81a-10ae-4c3b-bd6f-a711edf8c561
  • Whittaker, W., Anselmi, L., Kristensen, S. R., Lau, Y-S., Bailey, S., Bower, P., ... Hodgson, D. (2016). Associations between Extending Access to Primary Care and Emergency Department Visits: A Difference-In-Differences Analysis. PL o S Medicine, 13(9), e1002113. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002113. Publication link: 538f1dd6-3bcb-45c4-bfcb-9421b022719c | PubMed:27598248

2015

  • Anselmi, L., Bailey, S., Bower, P., Checkland, K., Elvey, R., Hodgson, D., ... Whittaker, W. (2015). NHS Greater Manchester Primary Care Demonstrator Evaluation. Manchester, UK: Collaboration for Leadsership in Applied Health and Care Research, Greater Manchester. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4795.5043. Publication link: e4f34b51-c863-4d3f-a04d-65e07fb1febc

2014

  • Hodgson, D. E., Bresnen, M., Bailey, S., Hyde, P., & Hassard, J. (2014). Being a Manager, Becoming a Professional? Exploring the Use of Management Knowledge across Communities of Practice in Healthcare Organisations. (Health Services and Delivery Research). National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).. Publication link: e07c10be-6568-43f0-a5ad-3bb1cb140c0d
  • Hodgson, D. E., Bailey, S., Bresnen, M., Hyde, P., & Hassard, J. (2014). In search of networked professionalism: Motivations and challenges to emergent networking among healthcare managers. In host publication.. Publication link: 398e2e96-4ae6-4db5-9011-ad3ee43fae6b
  • Hodgson, D. E., Briand, L., & Bellemare, G. (2014). L’organisation en équipes: rupture ou reconfiguration du contrôle? In Repenser le Travail: Des Concepts Nouveaux pour les Réalités Transformées. Quebec, Canada: Presses de l'Université du Québec. . Publication link: 514adf38-b429-43d6-b653-79c66316c487

2013

  • Hyde, P., Hodgson, D. E., Bresnen, M., Bailey, S., & Hassard, J. (2013). Over-managed and under-led? Discourses and practices of management and leadership in healthcare. In host publication.. Publication link: 205ab781-748b-48df-aba4-ec8cd920aa31
  • Hodgson, D. E., & Paton, S. (2013). Cosmopolitans or lifers? Identity work and the Professional Project Manager. In host publication.. Publication link: 23830c98-82c9-424d-af64-1098d6f24637
  • Bailey, S., Bresnen, M., Hodgson, D., Hyde, P., & Hassard, J. (2013). CoPs and robbers: making and taking management in UK healthcare. In Democratising Management.. Publication link: 3143581a-abb9-4c12-bcf8-de0a852ec60e
  • Hyde, P., Bresnen, M., Hodgson, D., Bailey, S., & Hassard, J. (2013). Enabling managers to emerge as leaders? Exploring changing patterns of healthcare management in the UK. In Democratising Management: 13th European Academy of Management.. Publication link: 6f87e20b-0b68-4dcf-93c7-028588285efc
  • Paton, S., Hodgson, D., & Muzio, D. (2013). The price of corporate professionalisation: Analysing the corporate capture of professions in the UK. New Technology, Work and Employment, 28(3), 227-240. DOI: 10.1111/ntwe.12014. Publication link: 6160d53f-f85f-4190-84e1-e876eeae05f5
  • Hodgson, D. E., & Paton, S. (2013). Cosmopolitans, Lifers and Liminality: Identity Work in Project Management. In host publication.. Publication link: 556dcb4c-84e5-4113-8b10-2d4c728edf2d
  • Bailey, S., Bresnen, M., Hodgson, D., Hyde, P., & Hassard, J. (2013). CoPs and robbers: making and taking management in UK healthcare. Paper presented at Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, PA, .. Publication link: bd121e39-e541-4950-a0f4-29bd89e06e6e

2012

  • Hodgson, D. E., Muzio, D., Morris, P. W. G. (Ed.), Pinto, J. (Ed.), & Soderlund, J. (Ed.) (2012). Prospects for Professionalism in Project Management. In The Oxford Handbook of Project Management. (pp. 107-132). (Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management). Oxford: Oxford University Press. . Publication link: e4e8c503-05b4-48a0-b83d-ed4dc353888c

2011

  • Briand, L., & Hodgson, D. E. (2011). Controlling the Uncontrollable: Agile Teams and Illusions of Autonomy in Creative Work. In host publication.. Publication link: 00804fe2-6666-4165-8422-2d383b0e4371
  • Hodgson, D. E., & Briand, L. (2011). Agile Projects and the Spirit of Modern Capitalism: The (Post) Bureaucratic Promise of New Project Management. In host publication.. Publication link: 6ff649ff-ff43-4780-a571-f412589351b9
  • Muzio, D., Hodgson, D., Faulconbridge, J., Beaverstock, J., & Hall, S. (2011). Towards corporate professionalization: The case of project management, management consultancy and executive search. Current Sociology, 59(4), 443-464. DOI: 10.1177/0011392111402587. Publication link: 6e333c78-acf2-4e04-82a9-8d3f9d2fb49c
  • Gleadle, M. P. R., Hodgson, D. E., & Storey, J. (2011). Project Managing R&D Engineers: Assent and Recalcitrance. In host publication.. Publication link: 88fc240f-3265-46e6-b65e-978a3209a3d3

2010

  • Hodgson, D. E., & Ika, L. (2010). Towards a Critical Perspective in International Development Project Management. In host publication.. Publication link: a29c6ab4-66ec-442d-ae92-d78af7214352
  • Hodgson, D. E., Paton, S., & Cicmil, S. (2010). Lost in Transition: Exploring the Route from Engineer to Project Manager. In host publication.. Publication link: 9a484d18-5722-451f-a844-1dd00253b560

2009

  • Alcadipani, R., & Hodgson, D. (2009). By Any Means Necessary? Ethnographic Access, Ethics and the Critical Researcher. TAMARA: Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science, 7(3/4), 127-146. . Publication link: c91b3504-4b73-4156-9b62-b4fa21c21b93
  • Cicmil, S., Hodgson, D., Lindgren, M., & Packendorff, J. (2009). Project Management Behind the Facade. ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 9(2), 78-92. . Publication link: ec0b4072-fa85-4909-b09f-189b144e9412

2008

  • Muzio, D., & Hodgson, D. E. (2008). Towards Corporate Professionalization: The Case of Management Consultancy and Project Management. In host publication.. Publication link: 2aaa37fb-0985-4321-a730-b77a4720ed3b

2007

  • Cicmil, S., & Hodgson, D. E. (2007). Risks of Innovation in Management Education: Introducing a critical management perspective onto a project management MBA elective. In host publication.. Publication link: e4e42434-215c-4d25-b384-506d10af37be
  • Hodgson, D. E., Muzio, D. (Ed.), Ackroyd, S. (Ed.), & Chanlat, J. F. (Ed.) (2007). The New Professionals: professionalisation and the struggle for occupational control in the field of project management. In Redirections in the Study of Expert Labour: Medicine, Law and Management Consultancy. Basingstoke: Palgrave. . Publication link: d163328f-5284-4973-8e96-ddeb617b10db
  • Alcadipani, R., & Hodgson, D. E. (2007). By Any Means Necessary? Ethnography, Ethics and the Critical Researcher. In host publication.. Publication link: 415a7546-96d6-464c-b6c8-626752362134

2006

  • Hodgson, D. E., & Cicmil, S. (2006). Making Projects Critical: an Introduction. In Making Projects Critical. Palgrave, Basingstoke. . Publication link: 7ca4ca09-ab50-45f3-a340-1aa5ca5794f1
  • Morris, P. W. G., Crawford, L., Hodgson, D., Shepherd, M. M., & Thomas, J. (2006). Exploring the role of formal bodies of knowledge in defining a profession - The case of project management. International Journal of Project Management, 24(8), 710-721. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2006.09.012. Publication link: 73597cd1-d1b9-4567-a66b-b25e2bc5e2a8
  • Alcadipani, R., & Hodgson, D. E. (2006). 'I Don't Work for the CIA': Ethical issues in the negotiation and maintenance of access in ethnographic research. In host publication.. Publication link: 4d50319d-1970-4555-9f5c-1fa553a167b4
  • Hodgson, D. E., & Cicmil, S. (2006). Are Projects Real? The PMBOK and the Legitimation of Project Management Knowledge. In Making Projects Critical. Basingstoke: Palgrave. . Publication link: acba71dd-def4-422f-959e-49efecf0db10
  • McLean, C., Hodgson, D. E., & Alcadipani, R. (2006). Ethnographic Styles of Enquiry: Rethinking Objects, Timing and Access. In host publication.. Publication link: aebdcb5b-24a8-4063-9a1a-7616ce3f24fe
  • Cicmil, S., & Hodgson, D. E. (2006). New Possibilities for Project Management Theory: A Critical Engagement. Project Management Journal, 37(3), 111-122. . Publication link: e24582fd-745e-4ed7-ab91-32716226864a
  • Cicmil, S., & Hodgson, D. E. (2006). Understanding Knowledge and Skills used in Project Management Practice. In host publication.. Publication link: e980bc8a-7097-4722-a62c-fb3708928524
  • Hodgson, D., & Cicmil, S. (2006). New Possibilities for Project Management Theory: A critical engagement. Project Management Institute (PMI) Research Conference, Montreal, Canada, .. Publication link: faa98942-7436-4249-9fff-6782f6f8ec21

2005

  • Hodgson, D., & Cicmil, S. (2005). Knowledge, Action and Reflection in Management Education: The case of project management. BBS Teaching and Research Review, 7. . Publication link: c1c0504b-e91f-460c-b0f9-ce4634f777fc

2004

  • Hodgson, D., & Cicmil, S. (2004). Knowledge, Action and Reflection in Management Education: The case of project management. In 20th EGOS Colloquium.. Publication link: 89bc13a5-f4d6-4b2a-a2c3-7be8423493dd
  • Hodgson, D. E., Ball, K. S., & Carter, C. (Ed.) (2004). Problematising Discourse Analysis: can we talk about management knowledge? In Knowledge and the New Employee. Ashgate Publishing. . Publication link: 7d6cd38f-5ca6-4d3d-bb6e-7c675beb8bed
  • Hodgson, D., & Cicmil, S. (2004). Are Project Real? Reconstructing the Foundations of Project Governance. In Academy of Management Conference.. Publication link: fd74903e-a625-4182-8599-0a2a34dd539d

2003

  • Hodgson, D., & Cicmil, S. (2003). Setting the Standards: The construction of 'the project' as an organisational object. In 3rd Critical Management Studies Conference.. Publication link: 8addc261-fd70-40e2-a8b7-594fb14a8b08

2002

  • Hodgson, D. E. (2002). A 'Professional Performance': subjection, subversion and performativity among knowledge workers. In 18th EGOS Colloquium.. Publication link: 237d67f7-68e1-4cd6-85de-f44532b35934

2001

  • Hodgson, D. E. (2001). Performativity and Professionalisation: becoming what you are. In ESRC Workshop on New Organisational Thinking.. Publication link: 70968a89-447d-4462-b7bc-f3a5f3c78d27
  • Hodgson, D., & Ball, K. S. (2001). Knowing Your Limits: organisation studies and discourse analytic technologies. In 2nd Critical Management Studies Conference.. Publication link: 632f5f99-bb6a-4220-96af-d88395afbfd5
  • Hodgson, D. E., Sturdy, A. (Ed.), Grugulis, I. (Ed.), & Willmott, H. (Ed.) (2001). Empowering Customers Through Education? Or Governing Without Government. In Customer Service: Empowerment and Entrapment. London: Palgrave. . Publication link: 9f27223e-bb00-4e7f-91bd-7206c46c9ba5
  • Hodgson, D. E. (2001). Project Teams: the legacy of bureaucratic control in the post-bureaucratic organisation. In 17th EGOS Colloquium.. Publication link: d9d33783-0a2b-471b-8748-d98b250d7dcf

2000

  • Hodgson, D., Carter, C., & Crowther, D. (2000). The Strange Death of the Professional Engineer: interpreting the case of CoastElectric. In 18th Annual Labour Process Conference.. Publication link: 9148ad72-707b-44db-86a8-e1e7fc1c31f6
  • Hodgson, D. E. (2000). Discourse, Discipline and the Subject: a Foucauldian analysis of the UK financial services industry. London: Ashgate Publishing.. Publication link: d97addeb-406f-485b-a791-a9b394e7a7d7

1999

  • Hodgson, D. E. (1999). Managerial Discourse and Discipline in Financial Services: the case of project management. In 15th EGOS Colloquium.. Publication link: b7c72c65-19b2-49c8-9dd0-6ac79a25335b
  • Hodgson, D. E. (1999). The Making of the 'Born Salesman': resistance and the operation of technologies of identity construction in the control of a financial salesforce. In 17th International Labour Process Conference.. Publication link: 2c17ae2c-cb7e-440a-aef9-8ea62542a3f4

1997

  • Hodgson, D. E. (1997). The Influence of IT on the Human Resources Strategies of Service Organisations. In 12th Workshop on Strategic HRM.. Publication link: 8b08cf5a-c884-464f-afbe-026fb3dcef13

1996

  • Hodgson, D. E. (1996). Muddying the Waters? A Critical Look at the Implementation of New Technology. In British Academy of Management (BAM) Annual Conference.. Publication link: aed5a2c6-f8f4-4ef8-a0e2-eb641322e88e
  • Hodgson, D. E. (1996). Babies and Bathwater: is there a place for Foucault in labour process theory? In 14th International Labour Process Conference.. Publication link: d4c0618d-de05-4a33-ad64-1c40f3538ccf