OS Research Seminar: Imagination, Lived Experience, and Generative ‘Theorizing’: Three Challenges For Contemporary Scholarship with Professor Ann Cunliffe

This is the inaugural seminar of the newly formed Organisation Studies (OS) Cluster at Sheffield University Management School.


I would like to explore three challenges I believe are becoming increasingly important in our academic work, yet are being squeezed out by the increasing dominance of North American technicism: 1. How can we conduct research that is both imaginative and rigorous; 2. How might we engage with the lived experiences of people within our research contexts; and if we tackle these two challenges 3. Do we need to start thinking about what we mean by ‘theory’ and how we might begin to ‘theorize’ in different and interesting ways.


Ann is currently Professor of Organization Studies at FGV-EAESP, Brazil, having previously held positions at the Universities of Bradford, Leeds and Hull, UK, the University of New Mexico and California State University, USA. She also holds Visiting Professor positions at and the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Aalborg University, Denmark, and the University of Bath, UK.

Her current research interests examine ethical leadership, embodied sensemaking, non-traditional qualitative research methods, and reflexive approaches to research and practice. Recent publications include the SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods (co-editor, 2018), A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Management (2014) and articles in Organizational Research Methods, Organization Studies, and the British Journal of Management. She is currently Associate Editor at the British Journal of Management and was Co Editor-in-Chief of Management Learning (2009-2016). Ann organizes the biennial Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference in New Mexico, USA.


12.30 - 13.00 A light lunch will be served in the Courtyard Cafe (C Floor)

13.00 - 15.00 Seminar takes place in LT03 (C Floor)

Event Details

When: January 21, 2020 at 12:30pm—3:00pm

Where: Conduit Road Conduit Road, Sheffield, S10 1FL

Type: Alumni, Student, Business

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