Dr Edward Granter

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Position: Lecturer, Organisation and Society
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations


I am a lecturer in the division of People, Management and Organisations, in the subject group Organisation and Society.

Having completed a degree in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge (1997-2000) I spent time working as a labourer in various factories in South Cheshire and North Staffordshire, as well as teaching English in St. Petersburg, Russia, and History at a secondary school in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

Between 2002 and 2003 I did an MA in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham, and went directly from this to a PhD at the University of Salford.

My PhD, entitled Critical Social Theory and the End of Work was completed in 2007. The PhD traces the intellectual history of theories of the end of work, placing them in social and sociological context, and highlighting the commonalities between them.

Research Interests

  • The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory
  • Critical Management Studies
  • The sociology of work
  • Work and organisation in utopian thought
  • Organisations and crime
  • Critical approaches to strategy
  • The Global Financial Crisis

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  • Edgell, S., Gottfried, H., & Granter, E. (2016). Introduction: Studies of Work and Employment at the Global Frontier. In The Sage Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment. (1 ed.). London: Sage. . Publication link: 1ed44eb8-e57c-4c85-837a-95e24254f047
  • Hyde, P., Granter, E., Hassard, J., & Mccann, L. (2016). Deconstructing the Welfare State: Managing Healthcare in the Age of Reform. (1 ed.) London: Routledge.. Publication link: e0707ad3-8d92-4496-961f-380ff779e71e


  • Granter, E. J., Mccann, L., & Boyle, M. (2015). Extreme Work / Normal Work: Intensification, storytelling and hypermediation in the (re)construction of ‘the new normal’. Organization, 22(4), 443-456. . Publication link: 940abb7b-fc1c-4496-b701-4b6eb9e92002
  • McCann, L., Granter, E., Hassard, J., & Hyde, P. (2015). ""You can't do both: Something will give": Limitations of the targets culture in managing UK health care workforces.". Human Resource Management. . Publication link: 924267c5-8507-44da-8a39-4d88d91263ae


  • Granter, E., Adler, P. (Ed.), DuGay, P. P. (Ed.), Morgan, G. (Ed.), & Reed, M. (Ed.) (2014). Critical Theory and Organization Studies. In The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents. (pp. 534-560). Oxford: Oxford University Press. . Publication link: 01e80c9e-23a6-4fa1-b40f-f5315f9d6257


  • Granter, E., Hassard, J., Hyde, P., & Mccann, L. (2013). Sometimes it goes up to eleven'... extreme work in healthcare management. In host publication.. Publication link: 24979be3-53e8-480b-9618-a1a132583c68
  • Mccann, L., Granter, E., Hyde, P., & Hassard, J. (2013). Still blue-collar after all these years? An ethnography of the professionalization of emergency ambulance work. Journal of Management Studies, 50(5), 750-776. DOI: 10.1111/joms.12009. Publication link: 30469371-cc8e-421c-ba12-e6eeec9b4bc6


  • Hyde, P., Granter, E., Hassard, J., Mccann, L., & Morris, J. (2012). Roles and behaviours of middle and junior managers: Managing new organisational forms of healthcare. National Health Service, Service Delivery Organisation.. Publication link: d68247a8-7f6e-4d44-a6af-5e441d635ce1


  • Hyde, P., Granter, E., Mccann, L., Hassard, J., Dickinson, H. (Ed.), & Manion, R. (Ed.) (2011). The lost health service tribe: In search of middle managers. In The reform of health care: shaping, adapting and resisting policy developments. (1 ed., pp. 7-20). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan . . Publication link: 2e51beae-7520-4d81-a93c-f6511a718517
  • Granter, E., & Aroles, J. (2011). Precarious work goes digital: visions of the global immateriat. In ESRC Seminar series, University of Warwick.. Publication link: cce80449-bb3a-4773-a1d3-85e7edb09ba9



  • Granter, E. (2009). Critical social theory and the end of work. (1 ed.) (Rethinking Classical Sociology). Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.. Publication link: d4656bb5-e6bc-4072-badf-e4e2a36eef4c



  • Granter, E. (2006). Baudrillard, Sociology and the End of Work. In British Sociological Association annual conference, Harrogate, 2006.. Publication link: e6d6c627-4972-49bd-884f-b806fc0bbdbc