Dr Gregory Schwartz
BA (Hons), MA (York, Canada), PhD (Warwick)
Job Title: Lecturer in Organization Studies, Tutor for BSc in International Management and Modern Languages
Affiliated Research Centre: Work and Employment Research Centre (WERC)
Subject Group: Organization Studies
Key Research Interests: Sociology of work and organisation; politics and antagonism; hierarchy, status and authority; community, collectivity, the common; ethics and subjectivity in work; qualitative methods (ethnography, extended case methodology, discourse analysis); critical social theories of management and organisation.
My research interests are broadly in the disciplinary domain of sociology of work and organisation. I am interested in interrogating the contradictory relationship between a desire for what is variously described as “the common” and its subordination to collectively maintained hierarchies, statuses, authority, and antagonistic collaboration. I use qualitative (ethnographic, extended case and discourse analytic) methods and critical social theories (Marxism, post-structuralism, continental philosophy), and my focus is on emergent organisational processes.
Empirically, my work lies in three interrelated areas. My primary area of investigation is post-soviet Russia. I have been interested in how the subjectivity of labour, organizational identities, and the construction of the meaning of collectivity and the collective in a post-socialist era interact with processes sustaining or extending hierarchies, authority and power. My secondary, broader, area of empirical investigation is at the interface of organisation and the political. Here I have been interested in how social movements, and alternative and participatory organisations, can influence discourses of subjectivity in work and organisation. Extending ideas on the place of ethics, ideology and politics in work, my tertiary, theoretically guided, area of work is in exploring both the contradictions and limitations of the existing ideas of ‘business ethics’ and ‘corporate social responsibility,’ and discourses of ‘ethical work’ or ‘ethical workplaces’ by dominant ethical frameworks.
Besides Bath, I have taught at the Universities of Warwick and Cardiff, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. I have served as member of the editorial boards of Work Employment and Society and Historical Materialism, and am a member of the Academy of Management, American Sociological Association, British Sociological Association, and the European Group for Organization Studies.
I welcome PhD applications from students interested in any of the above themes, and especially those interested in the post-soviet/-socialist context and problems. For further information, please visit my website.
Recent Publications 2001 to date
Schwartz G & McCann L. (2007) Overlapping effects: Path dependence and path generation in management and organization in Russia, Human Relations. 60(10):1525-1550.
Schwartz G & McCann L. (2006) Terms and conditions apply: Management restructuring and the global integration of Post-Socialist Societies. International Journal of Human Resource Management. 17(8): 1339-1352. DOI: 10.1080/09585190600804713
Schwartz G. (2004) Core periphery of the 'Collective': Labour segmentation in the Russian industrial enterprise. Industrial Relations Journal. 35(3): 271-285. DOI: N/A
Schwartz G. (2004) The Russian labour market: Between transition and turmoil, Industrial Relations Journal 35(6): 683-86. DOI: N/A
Schwartz G. (2003). Employment restructuring in Russian industrial enterprises: Confronting a ‘Paradox’. Work, Employment and Society. 17(1): 49-72. DOI: 10.1177/0950017003017001252
Schwartz G. (2003) Soviet workers and late Stalinism: Labour and the restoration of the Stalinist system after World War II, Work, Employment and Society, 17(4): 771-73. DOI: N/A
Schwartz G & Morrison C. (2003) Managing the labour collective: Wage systems in the Russian industrial enterprise. Europe-Asia studies. 55(4): 553-574. DOI: N/A
Schwartz, G. 2004. The social organisation of the Russian industrial enterprise in the period of transition. In McCann, L. (ed.) Russian Transformations: Challenging the Global Narrative. London: Routledge