Research Seminar by Prof. Martin Parker, Professor of Organisation Studies, School of Management, Bristol University was held on February 11, 2021.
Seminar Topic – School for Organizing vs B-School Managerial Capitalism
Abstract – Business schools are institutions which act as loudspeakers for neoliberal capitalism with all its injustices and planetary consequences. In this lively and incendiary call to action, Martin Parker offers a simple message: shut down the business school. Parker argues that business schools are ‘cash cows’ for the contemporary university that have produced a generation of unreflective managers, encouraged to look no further than the interests of their organization. If we see higher education institutions as having responsibilities to the societies they inhabit, then we must challenge the common notion that ‘the market’ should be the primary determinant of the education they provide. Parker will make a compelling case for a radical alternative, in the form of a ‘School for Organising’. This institution would develop and teach on different forms of organising, instead of reproducing the dominant corporate model, enabling individuals to discover alternative responses to the pressing issues of inequality and sustainability faced by all of us today.