Prof Damian O'Doherty

Professor of Management and Organization

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Damian has recently published Reconstructing Organization with Palgrave Macmillan. Based on a 2.5 year ethnographic study of UK international airport group this book reports finds that airports are complex sites of contested political, social and economic agendas. His 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 former editor of the journal Culture and Organization and is currently Associate Editor of Organization is director of the Manchester Ethnmography network

Most recently he has embarked on two new major research projects, one that involves supervision of a 5-year program of ethnographic research at the Sellafield nuclear facilities funded by the British Nuclear Fuels Endowment. His other major program of research is developing new approaches to understanding landscape as a hidden condition of possibility for business and organization, which has taken him to complete pilot ethnographic work in the Dee Estuary on the border of England and Wales in the UK.


Research and projects

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