Stephen Linstead

Professor of Critical Management, University of York

My background includes undergraduate and Masters degrees in English Literature from the universities of Keele and Leeds, and a further Masters in Organization Development and PhD from what is now Sheffield Hallam University . More recently I was awarded a D.LItt from Durham University. I have held Chairs in Wollongong (NSW), Sunderland . Essex and Durham before moving to York . I also spent 2 years as a Visting Scholar at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

My research tends to fall into five main areas – organization theory and philosophy; aesthetic approaches to organization; language based approaches to organization; gender and sexuality in organizations; qualitative methods, ethnography and culture. I have current active interests in all of these areas, and developing interests in aspects of globalization and postcolonialism; the ontology and practice of play especially in organizational and social intervention; and the use of music, song and film as modes of inquiry and theorising beyond ethnographic representation. I have made two short documentary films, which have so far gathered a number of Official Selections internationally and have been featured by The Times and BBC.


  • –present
    Professor of Critical Management, University of York


  • 1984 
    Sheffield Hallam University, PhD