The Centre for Social and Organisational Studies

Introduction to the Centre

The Centre for Social and Organisational Studies was created in 2010 to bring together existing streams of research in organisational behaviour and organisation studies with a strong inter-disciplinary focus in the broader social sciences on which they draw. It aims to interrogate conventional assumptions and understandings of organisational processes and dynamics. More specifically the centre focuses on three general themes: (a) how organisations and individuals relate to and respond to their changing socio-economic environment, (b) the critical questioning of the assumptions guiding academic research on organisations, work, meaning making, identity, and self (c) morality, the intersection of governance, ethics and executive and managerial accountability. We seek to combine rigour with relevance and welcome researchers in all areas of social and organisational studies as well as a wide variety of associated disciplines, including psychology, sociology, philosophy, economics and history.

We aim to contribute to theory, policy and practice, in collaboration with other research centres of the School and the University. We maintain an orientation towards independently conducted cutting edge research which can attract external funding. Our research intends to inform policy and practice so as to motivate business to contribute substantially to the public good and the needs of present and future generations. The Centre aims to promote high impact research and research-led teaching in business and management that remains conscious and respectful of the human integrity and well-being.

Research at CSOS

CSOS is committed to pluralistic research which aims to understand, interpret and critically challenge approaches to management and organisational studies. There are four streams of active research currently pursued within CSOS:

  • Ethics and morality in business and management; ethical decision making (Adeyinka Adewale; Kleio Akrivou; Lorenzo Todorow Di San Giorgio;)
  • Norms and conventions in organisations (Ismael Al Amoudi; Martin Bicknell; John Latsis)
  • Organisational and social practices and strategy as practice (Evelyn Fenton; Hamid Foroughi)
  • Authority and Institutional Governance & Legitimacy (Kleio Akrivou; Ismael Al Amoudi; Evelyn Fenton; John Latsis; Shun-yu Pai)

The Centre welcomes visiting scholars with research interests in cognate areas. PhD applications from students with interests in our core themes are also encouraged. Upon acceptance into the HBS Ph.D Research programme PhD opportunities in Leadership, Organisation and Behaviour selected research proposals will receive a three year scholarship. If you would like to receive further information about CSOS, please contact Dr Kleio Akrivou by email at the above address.

Members of the Centre

Centre Activities

CSOS reading group at Whiteknights campus, University of Reading

Annual CSOS workshop
Conferences, invited seminars and workshops
Editorial & Editorial Board Membership Roles:
  • Akrivou - was appointed as Editorial Board Member for the Academy of Management Learning and Education.
  • Latsis - was appointed co-editor of the World Economics Association's new journal, Economic Thought.
Selected presentations by CSOS core members in 2011-12:

Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management(Boston, USA; August, 2012), the AHE/IIPPE/AFEP Conference (Paris ; June 2012), the Higher Education Academy annual conference (Manchester, July 2012), the annual workshop on Managing Cultural Organisations (Bologna, October 2012)

Recent Publications

Centaur links to our (post 2008) published papers

Contact Us

For more information please contact Kleio Akrivou

T: +44 (0) 118 378 6475 E: k.akrivou@henley.ac.uk