Dr Damian O'Doherty

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Position: Lecturer in Organisation Analysis
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations


Damian graduated from the University of Warwick in 1991 with a Masters degree in Industrial Relations. He was employed from 1991 as a lecturer in Human Resource Management in the Business School at DeMontfort University before joining the Organizational Analysis Group in The Manchester School of Management, UMIST in October 1999. Damian has written and published in the areas of human resource management, organization theory, and labour process analysis. He is currently working on papers concerned with the question of speed in organization, David Lynch and new organized 'hauntologies', 'motorvation', radical forms of pedagogy in organization, and a paper which addresses the question of new developments in organization theory. Damian hosts a working postructuralism reading group in the School, which provides a forum for academics to read and discuss the work of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Bataille, Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuxe and Guattari, and their relevance for questions of management and organization. Future developments include work on issues around sloth, ennui, and psychosis in organization, and has a growing interest in reflexity in organization analysis.

Research Interests

Damian is currently writing up an ethnographic study of a UK international airport where he spent over 2 years conducting fieldwork between 2009 and 2012. A site of contested political, social and economic agendas this research takes up the challenge which airports pose to our current theoretical understanding of organization and management. Early findings suggest that the operation of airports exceed existing paradigmatic boundaries and demand serious reflection on the nature of social scientific research. He has published several papers that lay out the innovative nature of this study (Organization, 2009) and has presented a number of early papers based upon the original empirical material at a number of international academic conferences. A BBC film was made about this research and was broadcast in December 2010 and he has presented to a number of industry and policy making institutions in the UK and European aviation industry including the British Aviation Group and various international tourist associations interested in the economic development potential of airports.

This current research builds upon a longer term interest in questions of order and disorder in organization that was first addressed in a quartet of papers that looked at the question of theory in organization analysis; radical developments in "anti"-methodology; developments in subjectivity and identity; and pedagogy in management and organizational analysis. He has been published in various international peer reviewed journals, including Organization, Organization Studies, Sociology, Sociological Review, International Studies in Management and Organization, and Anthropology Today. He is editor of the journal Culture and Organization and is board member of the International Critical Management Studies association.

Additional Information

Various undergraduate and postgraduate module leadership and teaching responsibilities. Currently teaching a final year undergraduate module called 'Work, Industry and Society', which introduces students to advanced developments in radical existential and post-existential continental philosophy. These subjects open up work organization to a complex series of political and social dynamics in ways that encourage us to think how practice in management and organization might be developed and revitalised. He is also currently supervising one full-time ESRC funded doctoral student who is looking into post-structural theory and its applications in voluntary sector organizations.

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  • O'Doherty, D. (2013). Off-Road and Spaced-Out in the City: Organization and the Interruption of Topology. Space and Culture, 16(2), 211-228. . Publication link: 86036834-71e9-4750-80ff-2a357ad3149f
  • O'Doherty, D., de Cock, C., & Rehn, A. (2013). Spectres, Ruins and Chimeras: Management and Organizational History’s Encounter with Benjamin. (pp. 1-9). (Management and Organization History). UK.. Publication link: ee0754fe-cab2-4f7f-aeba-f6642df3f098




  • Knox, H., O'Doherty, D., Vurdubakis, T., & Westrup, C. (2006). Mugu.com: Knowledge, trust and deceit in computer mediated interactions. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 1(2), 159-168. . Publication link: f8e757ab-c54f-41d0-ada4-e3f0d90f9ab1



  • O'Doherty, D., Westrup, C., Andersen, K. V. (Ed.), Trauth, E. (Ed.), & Reich, S. E. S. (Ed.) (2004). The league of dead dictators: knowledge, trust, deceit and electronic business. In Multidisciplinary Solutions to E-Business Challenges. Trauner Verlag. . Publication link: 8a06e4a9-f623-4a47-883b-d34240a44edd



  • O'Doherty, D., & Willmott, H. (2002). Debating Labour Process Theory: the issue of subjectivity and the relevance of poststructuralism. Unknown Journal. . Publication link: 6ee82a74-1d62-4d69-88b0-b7a68e93b990