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THE BALTIC SESSIONS: Professor Sarah Robinson, Glasgow University

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art


THE BALTIC SESSIONS: Professor Sarah Robinson, Glasgow University

18 March 2020


09:30am - 12:00pm

Professor Sarah Robinson, Glasgow University

Abstract: For the Love of a Theorist: Putting Pierre Bourdieu to Work in Organisation Studies - a Personal Journey

In this session I chart my 15-year relationship with the work and career of French Sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu. I discuss how from my PhD onwards, I have tried to apply and develop his work to organisation studies and what some of the challenges and rewards of having a relatively consistent theoretical underpinnings in my work have been. More generally, taking the above as  one example, this talk discusses the role of theorists and theory in the research process; adapting theoretical frameworks conceived in one discipline to and another; dealing with theoretical fashions in research especially in regards to publishing; theory and personal values; developing your own research niche; developing and complementing existing theory; the merits and drawback of having an enduring research pathway versus doing individual paper projects and, inter alia, sharing another man with a life partner!

Bio Note:

Sarah Robinson ( is Professor of Management and Organisation Studies at Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow University. She has worked at the Open University Business School, University of Leicester and Lancaster University School of Management where she also completed her PhD in Management Learning. Her interests include organisational and management learning, issues of power, resistance and identity within professions and critical management studies, often drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu. Recent work includes a study of women’s political leadership in Scotland and a study of early career academics. She is Co-Editor of European Management Journal, Associate Editor of Management Learning and has recently co-edited a Special Papers Series on Populism and Critical Management Studies for the journal Organization. She is currently co-editing a Routledge book on Bourdieu and Organisation Studies.

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Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
6th Floor Cube Room
South Shore Road
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