Call for proposal

The doctoral consortium provides a chance for Doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers. We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work to apply for this opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field. The strongest candidates will be those who have a clear idea and a well identified research area, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they can no longer make changes.
Our premise is that structural features of contemporary society, such as the profit imperative, patriarchy, racial inequality, and ecological irresponsibility often turn organizations into instruments of domination and exploitation.
Driven by a shared desire to change this situation, we aim in our research, teaching, and practice to develop critical interpretations of management and society and to generate radical alternatives. Our critique seeks to connect the practical shortcomings in management and individual managers to the demands of a socially divisive and ecologically destructive system within which managers work.
Sample topics include:
-critical theories of the nature of managerial authority, resistance to managerial authority, identity, affectivity, rationality, and subjectivity;
-critiques of managerialist theories of management and organization;
-critical assessments of emerging alternative forms of organization;
-critical perspectives on business strategy, globalization, entrepreneurship, technological innovation, and computerization;
-critical analyses of discourses of management, development, and progress;
-critical perspectives on class, gender, and race;
-the profit-imperative and the natural environment;
-critical epistemologies and methodologies.

Current graduate students pursuing a PhD project who would benefit from detailed workshop discussions of their doctoral research should submit a single PDF file consisting of:
1. A 4-page extended abstract of thesis work. Clearly
specifying: (i) Originality and importance of the work; (ii) Contribution of the work (expected and/or achieved) to CMS
2. CV
3. A letter of recommendation from the student's primary dissertation advisor.

All materials should be sent to cms.2011.napoli@gmail.com (as a single PDF file) by 15th Dicember 2010. Your file should be named lastname.pdf, where lastname is your family name. An email receipt of the letter will be sent to you.

In addition to quality of content, factors such as position within the doctoral process and institutional representation will be taken into account. We are unlikely to accept more than two students from the same institution. Candidates who have a developed idea but who still have time to be influenced by participation in the Consortium will receive the strongest consideration. Participants in the Consortium will be selected by the Doctoral Consortium Committee.