4th International Critical Management Studies Conference

'Critique and Inclusivity: Opening the Agenda'

4-6 July 2005
Judge Institute of Management,
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

The Conference is organized as a series of streams. 



Recontextualising and Reconceptualising

Delineations and Infusions of Militarization

in Organizational Theory and Lives




Ryan Bishop; The National University of Singapore, Singapore

Email: ellrb@nus.edu.sg


John Phillips, The National University of Signapore, Singapore

Email: elljwp@nus.edu.sg


Peter Stokes; Edge Hill College (Lancaster University), UK

Email: stokesp@edgehill.ac.uk


Stream Description

In the contemporary moment, particularly post-Vietnam, attitudes within academic enquiry regarding military and “militarily infused” events and affairs are, in most instances, subject to only a reticent engagement and an almost automatic invocation of certain commonly perceived representations. In its popular cultural form (Hassard and Holliday, 1998), the systematic marginalisation of the effects of militarization on organisations and wider society typically aims to account for military impacts in terms of a set of stereotypical images (sic: harsh disciplinary regimes, fascist figures embedded in archaic hierarchical power structures). As such the normative representation of the military is presented as being an organisational form and experience which is distant and remote from other organizations and other modes of being in the world. These representations not only overlook and eclipse many potentially fruitful opportunities for analysis and comment but also lead to a generalized perception that the military is largely a self-contained body that has little influence on social and cultural formations. In those instances where militarised contextualisation is invoked in organizational texts, these accounts tend to examine (in an ossified manner) military events, histories and  discourses in order to transport and graft these experiences onto business settings.(See Fineman and Gabriel’s (1996) brief but illuminating remarks and concerns on this issue.) This approach distils, in a not altogether irrelevant, but nevertheless simplistic manner, lessons which can be gleaned from military contexts and concepts in order to ensure heightened effectiveness or success in terms of some form of competitive advantage for business. Similarly, militarized presentations are commonly used as lenses for cultural interpretation in which business and warfare become analogues for understanding international business interactions, especially between North American/European Countries and Asian Countries, with the latter being delineated as markedly martial.


Call for Papers


We invite papers which:

Extended Call for Papers



Abstracts to Convenors (e-mail)


1 October 2004

Decisions on acceptance/rejection communicated


1 December 2004

Full papers to Convenors (e-mail)    


1 April 2005



Abstracts should fit the following requirements:

·         Submissions in Word

·         Arial Font

·         Maximum Length 1500 Words

·         Including:


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