Critical Thinking and the Business School

This is a recording of a discussion event hosted by Martin Parker and Pete Turnbull, University of Bristol.

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About this event

Wed, March 31, 2021 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM BST

The business school at the University of Leicester is trying to ‘disinvest’ from ‘critical management studies’ and ‘political economy’ by placing sixteen academics under threat of redundancy and expanding areas of management such as business analytics, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Should business schools be engaged in business as usual? Given the climate crisis, systematic inequalities and exclusions, and a crisis of trust in public and private institutions, what should business schools be teaching and researching? This workshop is an attempt to respond to those questions.

  • 14.00 Welcome from Martin Parker (Bristol)
  • 14.05 ‘What’s happening at the University of Leicester School of Management’? Gareth Brown and Simon Lilley (University of Leicester)
  • 14.30 ‘Trade unions, business schools and critical thinking’ Jo Grady (UCU General Secretary)
  • 14.45 Questions from the audience
  • 15.00 Responses (10 mins each)
  • Bill Harley (Melbourne) ‘The responsibilities of academics’
  • Rachel Ashworth (Dean, Cardiff Business School) ‘The public value business school’
  • Pete Turnbull (Bristol) ‘The cash value of the critical’
  • Mike Marinetto (Cardiff) ‘What are academics for?’
  • 15.40 Questions from the audience

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