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Stephen Linstead

Professor of Management Humanities, 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 and a semester at the University of New Mexico.

My research encompasses organization theory and philosophy; aesthetics and language based approaches to organization; gender and sexuality; qualitative methods, ethnography and culture; and managing historical continuity, organizational development, learning and change. I'm interested in aspects of globalization and postcolonialism; the ontology and practice of play especially in innovation and intervention; and the use of music, song and film as modes of research inquiry, impact, and theorising beyond representation. I have made two short documentary films, which have so far gathered over 80 Official Selection and Awards internationally including UKRI/AHRC Best Research Film 2018 and have been featured by Daily Mirror, The Times Together Channel, ITV and BBC. I am the founding lead of the interdisciplinary Management and Humanities Research Theme and have received grants from the AHRC, ESRC, ARC and HLF. I am a Fellow of thee Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and Chartered Management Institute.


  • –present
    Professor of Critical Management, University of York


  • 1984 
    Sheffield Hallam University, PhD


Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.