Gregory Schwartz awarded British Academy Grant
Dr Gregory Schwartz, Lecturer in Organisation Studies at the School of Management, has been awarded a research grant of £7,480 from the British Academy, the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences, to study the “Discourses of ‘Community’ in Collaborative Work: The Case of Clean Technology”.
The award, lasting two years, is aimed at understanding how recent ethical orientations towards the environment and sustainable living are invoked in discourses of ‘community’ and ‘collaboration’ in work organisation. The research will look specifically at the CleanTech industry, which has recently emerged as an ostensible alternative to traditional business, promising to deal with the environmental problems through practical technological solutions that are both environmentally positive and ethical.
The research will use an innovative research methodology, combining in-situ observation, ethnographic interviews and textual materials, allowing us to understand the contest over the meaning of ethics in work organisation.
The question which this research project hopes to answer is how professional norms, occupational dynamics and control of work are changed through these ethical orientations.
The wider implication of the project is to allow us to understand the recent trends in work organisation from the perspective of its relationship with ongoing cultural and political trends as these relate to ethics, an aspect that is largely absent in discussions of management and organisational change.
Notes to Editors
The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences. Its purpose is to inspire, recognise and support excellence in the humanities and social sciences, throughout the UK and internationally, and to champion their role and value.
Dr Gregory Schwartz is a Lecturer in Organisation Studies at the School of Management. His research interests concern the influence of social institutions on organisational processes. The conceptual objective of his work is to advance understandings of the role of social institutions in the construction of authority and hierarchy, and the possibilities of collaboration in work and organisation.
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