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The 10th International Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference – CMS 2017

Business SchoolRoyal Liver Building

July 3 – 5 2017, Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, UK

Time for another revolution?

This conference built on the traditions of recent CMS conferences by aiming to engage scholarly thinking and analysis as well as provocations leading to proposed action. CMS explores alternatives to the ubiquity of neoliberal market managerialism as a dominant frame in business education and as a pre-supposed framing of other social sciences. Such alternatives could be understood in practical terms of specific organisational forms and practices, or theoretical developments including in feminism, anarchism, communism, localism, fraternalism, green thinking and the implications of advances in neuro-science, exaptative innovation, interoperability and big data-driven theoretical opportunism among other re-framings. Some of these  may inspire the generation of new forms of resistance to neoliberalism or indeed any other hegemonic discourse that presumes there can be ‘one best way’ of doing things or indeed one preferred mode of pedagogy,.

CMS has been going for some time but it may be appropriate to consider whether it now needs some revolutionary breakthroughs in approach, methodology or application or whether CMS is evolving dynamically to achieve the best hopes of its founders. In any case we welcome the opportunity to mark the centenary of 1917, the “year of crisis” as Michael Howard termed it. This was a year that saw two Russian revolutions, one in China, the USA entered the war in Europe, Mexico consolidated its revolution, the Indian National Congress demanded self-government and the British government acknowledged that its policy was for gradual development of self-governing institutions and the progressive realization of responsible government.” In 1917 there were two enormous explosion, one in Silvertown destroyed 70,000 homes in London’s East End, the other destroyed the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the revolution of ideas, TS Eliot’s Prufrock came out to expand the boundaries of poetry, Einstein published his paper on cosmology that inaugurated the Space Age, Edward Tylor the founder of ethnography died and the Converse Rubber Shoe was born. What a year! And in 2017, Edge Hill University is bringing CMS to Liverpool with a revolutionary or consolidation opportunity! The usual terms and conditions apply but all bets are on!

The organisers will be working closely with the CMS leadership to ensure a positive atmosphere and an inclusive environment at the conference.

We look forward to welcoming you in Liverpool.

Prof. David Weir and Prof. Paresh Wankhade
CMS 2017 Conference Chairs

For further information contact:

Confirmed Key Note Speakers

Professor Stewart Clegg, Professor of Management, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Professor Barbara Townley, Professor of Management and Director, Institute for Capitalising on Creativity (ICC) at University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK

Professor Prem Sikka, Professor in Accounting, University of Essex, UK

Conference Chairs

Professor Paresh Wankhade, Edge Hill University Business School

Professor David Weir, Edge Hill University Business School

Conference Co-Chair

Professor Helen Woordruffe-Burton, Director of Edge Hill University Business School

Conference Coordinator

Dr Dane Anderton, Edge Hill University Business School / Manchester Metropolitan University BUsiness School  

Conference Scientific Committee




Prof. Albert Mills
Saint Mary’s University
Prof Alessia Contu
Prof. Jean Helms Mills
University of Massachusetts

Saint Mary’s University 
Prof. Craig Prichard
Massey University
Prof. Hugh Willmott
Cardiff University
Prof. John Hassard
Manchester University
Prof. Melanie Simms
University of Leicester
Prof. Martin Parker
University of Leicester
Prof. Stewart Clegg
University of technology Sydney
Prof Martyna Sliwa
University of Essex
Prof. Denis Fischbacher-Smith
University of Glasgow
Prof Bill Cooke
University of York
Prof Steve Linstead
University of York
Prof Jonathan Gosling
University of Exeter
Prof Bobby Banerjee
University of London
Dr Damian O’Doherty
University of Manchester

Conference Organising Committee




Prof. David Weir,
Edge Hill University Business School
Prof. Paresh Wankhade,
Edge Hill University Business School
Prof. Helen Woodruffe-Burton,
Edge Hill University Business School
Dr Dane Anderton
Manchester Metropolitan University / Edge Hill University Business School
Conference coordinator / Finance and Bursaries
Dr Damian O’Doherty
Manchester Business School

CMS 2017 Links

Critical Management Studies Home Page:
International Critical Management Page:

Twitter: @CMS17EHU 

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