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Professor Michael Rowlinson

Professor Michael Rowlinson

Professor of Management and Organisational History

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Michael joined the University of Exeter Business School from Queen Mary University of London in 2016. He has previously worked at London Metropolitan University, Royal Holloway University of London, and the universities of Nottingham, Southampton, and Aston.

He edited the journal, Management & Organizational History, for five years until the end of 2013, and then became a Senior Editor for Organisation Studies. He is a former editor of the Association of Business Schools Academic Journal Quality Guide. He recently co-edited a Special Topic Forum of the Academy of Management Review on History and Organization Studies: Toward a Creative Synthesis.

Nationality: British

Qualifications

  • BSc Social Science 1st Class Honours in Sociology (Bristol)
  • PhD Management (Aston)

Research interests

  • Management & Organisational History
  • Organisation Theory
  • Critical Management Studies

Michael’s research explores how companies use historical knowledge of the past in the present. He is particularly interested in the dark side of corporate history, and how organisations deal with their past involvement in war, slavery, and racism.

Research projects

Michael is particularly interested in supervising students who would like to conduct qualitative historical research.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Books

Rowlinson M (1997). Organisations and institutions perspectives in economics and sociology. Abstract.
Smith C, Child J, Rowlinson M (1990). Reshaping Work the Cadbury Experience., Cambridge University Press. Abstract.

Journal articles

Godfrey PC, Hassard J, OConnor ES, Rowlinson M, Ruef M (2016). What is Organizational History? Toward a Creative Synthesis of History and Organization Studies. Academy of Management Review, 41(4), 590-608. Full text. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Casey A, Hansen PH, Mills AJ (2014). Narratives and memory in organizations. Organization, 21(4), 441-446. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Harvey C, Kelly A, Morris H, Todeva E (2013). Accounting for research quality: Research audits and the journal rankings debate. Critical Perspectives on Accounting
Kelly A, Harvey C, Morris H, Rowlinson M (2013). Accounting journals and the ABS Guide: a review of evidence and inference. Management and Organizational History, 8(4), 415-431. Abstract. DOI.
Kelly A, Harvey C, Morris H, Rowlinson M (2013). Accounting journals and the ABS Guide: a review of evidence and inference. Management and Organizational History
Rowlinson M, Hassard J (2013). Historical neo-institutionalism or neo-institutionalist history? Historical research in management and organization studies. Management & Organizational History, 8, 111-126.
Rowlinson M (2013). Management & Organizational History : the continuing historic turn. Management & Organizational History, 8(4), 327-328. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Hassard J, Decker S (2013). Research Strategies for Organizational History: a Dialogue Between Historical Theory and Organization Theory. Academy of Management Review, 39(3), 250-274. DOI.
Hassard J, Wolfram Cox J, Rowlinson M (2013). Where Are the Old Theories of Organization? Prospects for Retrospection in Organization Theory. Academy of Management Review, 38(2), 309-313. DOI.
Morris H, Harvey C, Kelly A, Rowlinson M (2011). Food for Thought? a Rejoinder on Peer-review and RAE2008 Evidence. Accounting Education, 20(6), 561-573. Abstract. DOI.
Procter S, Rowlinson M (2011). From the British worker question to the impact of HRM: understanding the relationship between employment relations and economic performance. Industrial Relations Journal, 43(1), 5-21. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Hassard J (2011). How come the critters came to be teaching in business schools? Contradictions in the institutionalization of critical management studies. Organization, 18(5), 673-689. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Harvey C, Kelly A, Morris H (2011). The use and abuse of journal quality lists. Organization, 18(4), 443-446. Abstract. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Booth C, Clark P, Delahaye A, Procter S (2010). Social Remembering and Organizational Memory. Organization Studies, 31(1), 69-87. DOI.
Booth C, Rowlinson M, Clark P, Delahaye A, Procter S (2009). Scenarios and counterfactuals as modal narratives. Futures, 41(2), 87-95. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Delahaye A (2009). The cultural turn in business history. Entreprises et histoire, 55(2), 90-90. DOI.
Delahaye A, Booth C, Clark P, Procter S, Rowlinson M (2009). The genre of corporate history. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 22(1), 27-48. DOI.
Booth C, Clark P, Delahaye A, Procter S, Rowlinson M (2007). Accounting for the dark side of corporate history: Organizational culture perspectives and the Bertelsmann case. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 18(6), 625-644. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Toms S, Wilson JF (2007). Competing perspectives on the ‘Managerial Revolution’: from ‘Managerialist’ to ‘Anti-Managerialist’. Business History, 49(4), 464-482. DOI.
Clark P, Booth C, Rowlinson M, Procter S, Delahaye A (2007). Project Hindsight: Exploring Necessity and Possibility in Cycles of Structuration and Co-Evolution. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 19(1), 83-97. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Toms S, Wilson J (2006). Legitimacy and the capitalist corporation: Cross-cutting perspectives on ownership and control. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 17(5), 681-702. DOI.
Booth C (2006). Management and organizational history: Prospects. Management & Organizational History, 1(1), 5-30. DOI.
Geary J, Marriott L, Rowlinson M (2004). Journal Rankings in Business and Management and the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise in the UK. British Journal of Management, 15(2), 95-141. DOI.
Clark P, Rowlinson M (2004). The Treatment of History in Organisation Studies: Towards an ‘Historic Turn’?. Business History, 46(3), 331-352. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Carter C (2002). Foucault and history in organization studies. ORGANIZATION, 9(4), 527-547. Author URL. DOI.
Carter C, McKinlay A, Rowlinson M (2002). Introduction: Foucault, management and history. ORGANIZATION, 9(4), 515-526. Author URL. DOI.
Rowlinson M (2002). Public History Review Essay Cadbury World. Labour History Review, 67(1), 101-119. DOI.
Hassard J, Hogan J, Rowlinson M (2001). From Labor Process Theory to Critical Management Studies. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 23(3), 339-362. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Hassard J (2000). Marxist Political Economy, Revolutionary Politics, and Labor Process Theory. International Studies of Management & Organization, 30(4), 85-111. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Procter S (1999). Organizational Culture and Business History. Organization Studies, 20(3), 369-396. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Procter S (1997). Efficiency and Power: Organizational Economics Meets Organization Theory. British Journal of Management, 8(s1), 31-42. DOI.
Rowlinson M (1995). STRATEGY, STRUCTURE AND CULTURE: CADBURY, DIVISIONALIZATION AND MERGER IN THE 1960S. Journal of Management Studies, 32(2), 121-140. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Procter S, Hassard J (1994). CIM and the process of innovation: Integrating the organization of production. International Journal of Production Economics, 34(3), 359-369. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Hassard J (1994). Economics, Politics, and Labour Process Theory. Capital & Class, 18(2), 65-97. DOI.
Procter SJ, Rowlinson M, McArdle L, Hassard J, Forrester P (1994). Flexibility, Politics & Strategy: in Defence of the Model of the Flexible Firm. Work, Employment & Society, 8(2), 221-242. DOI.
Procter SJ, Hassard J, Rowlinson M (1994). Introducing Cellular Manufacturing: Operations, Human Resources and High-Trust Dynamics. Human Resource Management Journal, 5(2), 46-64. DOI.
Procter SJ, McArdle L, Rowlinson M, Forrester P, Hassard J (1993). Performance Related Pay in Operation: a Case Study from the Electronics Industry. Human Resource Management Journal, 3(4), 60-74. DOI.
Procter S, McArdle L, Hassard J, Rowlinson M (1993). Performance Related Pay in Practice: a Critical Perspective1. British Journal of Management, 4(3), 153-160. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Hassard J (1993). The Invention of Corporate Culture: a History of the Histories of Cadbury. Human Relations, 46(3), 299-326. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Hassard J, Forrester P (1991). Who Wants Harmonisation? Image and Reality in Single Status Working. Personnel Review, 20(5), 27-33. DOI.
Rowlinson M (1988). The Early Application of Scientific Management by Cadbury. Business History, 30(4), 377-395. DOI.

Publications by year


2016

Godfrey PC, Hassard J, OConnor ES, Rowlinson M, Ruef M (2016). What is Organizational History? Toward a Creative Synthesis of History and Organization Studies. Academy of Management Review, 41(4), 590-608. Full text. DOI.

2014

Rowlinson M, Casey A, Hansen PH, Mills AJ (2014). Narratives and memory in organizations. Organization, 21(4), 441-446. DOI.

2013

Rowlinson M, Harvey C, Kelly A, Morris H, Todeva E (2013). Accounting for research quality: Research audits and the journal rankings debate. Critical Perspectives on Accounting
Kelly A, Harvey C, Morris H, Rowlinson M (2013). Accounting journals and the ABS Guide: a review of evidence and inference. Management and Organizational History, 8(4), 415-431. Abstract. DOI.
Kelly A, Harvey C, Morris H, Rowlinson M (2013). Accounting journals and the ABS Guide: a review of evidence and inference. Management and Organizational History
Rowlinson M, Hassard J (2013). Historical neo-institutionalism or neo-institutionalist history? Historical research in management and organization studies. Management & Organizational History, 8, 111-126.
Rowlinson M (2013). Management & Organizational History : the continuing historic turn. Management & Organizational History, 8(4), 327-328. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Hassard J, Decker S (2013). Research Strategies for Organizational History: a Dialogue Between Historical Theory and Organization Theory. Academy of Management Review, 39(3), 250-274. DOI.
Hassard J, Wolfram Cox J, Rowlinson M (2013). Where Are the Old Theories of Organization? Prospects for Retrospection in Organization Theory. Academy of Management Review, 38(2), 309-313. DOI.

2011

Morris H, Harvey C, Kelly A, Rowlinson M (2011). Food for Thought? a Rejoinder on Peer-review and RAE2008 Evidence. Accounting Education, 20(6), 561-573. Abstract. DOI.
Procter S, Rowlinson M (2011). From the British worker question to the impact of HRM: understanding the relationship between employment relations and economic performance. Industrial Relations Journal, 43(1), 5-21. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Hassard J (2011). How come the critters came to be teaching in business schools? Contradictions in the institutionalization of critical management studies. Organization, 18(5), 673-689. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Harvey C, Kelly A, Morris H (2011). The use and abuse of journal quality lists. Organization, 18(4), 443-446. Abstract. DOI.

2010

Rowlinson M, Booth C, Clark P, Delahaye A, Procter S (2010). Social Remembering and Organizational Memory. Organization Studies, 31(1), 69-87. DOI.

2009

Booth C, Rowlinson M, Clark P, Delahaye A, Procter S (2009). Scenarios and counterfactuals as modal narratives. Futures, 41(2), 87-95. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Delahaye A (2009). The cultural turn in business history. Entreprises et histoire, 55(2), 90-90. DOI.
Delahaye A, Booth C, Clark P, Procter S, Rowlinson M (2009). The genre of corporate history. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 22(1), 27-48. DOI.

2007

Booth C, Clark P, Delahaye A, Procter S, Rowlinson M (2007). Accounting for the dark side of corporate history: Organizational culture perspectives and the Bertelsmann case. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 18(6), 625-644. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Toms S, Wilson JF (2007). Competing perspectives on the ‘Managerial Revolution’: from ‘Managerialist’ to ‘Anti-Managerialist’. Business History, 49(4), 464-482. DOI.
Clark P, Booth C, Rowlinson M, Procter S, Delahaye A (2007). Project Hindsight: Exploring Necessity and Possibility in Cycles of Structuration and Co-Evolution. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 19(1), 83-97. DOI.

2006

Rowlinson M, Toms S, Wilson J (2006). Legitimacy and the capitalist corporation: Cross-cutting perspectives on ownership and control. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 17(5), 681-702. DOI.
Booth C (2006). Management and organizational history: Prospects. Management & Organizational History, 1(1), 5-30. DOI.

2004

Geary J, Marriott L, Rowlinson M (2004). Journal Rankings in Business and Management and the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise in the UK. British Journal of Management, 15(2), 95-141. DOI.
Clark P, Rowlinson M (2004). The Treatment of History in Organisation Studies: Towards an ‘Historic Turn’?. Business History, 46(3), 331-352. DOI.

2002

Rowlinson M, Carter C (2002). Foucault and history in organization studies. ORGANIZATION, 9(4), 527-547. Author URL. DOI.
Carter C, McKinlay A, Rowlinson M (2002). Introduction: Foucault, management and history. ORGANIZATION, 9(4), 515-526. Author URL. DOI.
Rowlinson M (2002). Public History Review Essay Cadbury World. Labour History Review, 67(1), 101-119. DOI.

2001

Hassard J, Hogan J, Rowlinson M (2001). From Labor Process Theory to Critical Management Studies. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 23(3), 339-362. DOI.

2000

Rowlinson M, Hassard J (2000). Marxist Political Economy, Revolutionary Politics, and Labor Process Theory. International Studies of Management & Organization, 30(4), 85-111. DOI.

1999

Rowlinson M, Procter S (1999). Organizational Culture and Business History. Organization Studies, 20(3), 369-396. DOI.

1997

Rowlinson M, Procter S (1997). Efficiency and Power: Organizational Economics Meets Organization Theory. British Journal of Management, 8(s1), 31-42. DOI.
Rowlinson M (1997). Organisations and institutions perspectives in economics and sociology. Abstract.

1995

Rowlinson M (1995). STRATEGY, STRUCTURE AND CULTURE: CADBURY, DIVISIONALIZATION AND MERGER IN THE 1960S. Journal of Management Studies, 32(2), 121-140. DOI.

1994

Rowlinson M, Procter S, Hassard J (1994). CIM and the process of innovation: Integrating the organization of production. International Journal of Production Economics, 34(3), 359-369. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Hassard J (1994). Economics, Politics, and Labour Process Theory. Capital & Class, 18(2), 65-97. DOI.
Procter SJ, Rowlinson M, McArdle L, Hassard J, Forrester P (1994). Flexibility, Politics & Strategy: in Defence of the Model of the Flexible Firm. Work, Employment & Society, 8(2), 221-242. DOI.
Procter SJ, Hassard J, Rowlinson M (1994). Introducing Cellular Manufacturing: Operations, Human Resources and High-Trust Dynamics. Human Resource Management Journal, 5(2), 46-64. DOI.

1993

Procter SJ, McArdle L, Rowlinson M, Forrester P, Hassard J (1993). Performance Related Pay in Operation: a Case Study from the Electronics Industry. Human Resource Management Journal, 3(4), 60-74. DOI.
Procter S, McArdle L, Hassard J, Rowlinson M (1993). Performance Related Pay in Practice: a Critical Perspective1. British Journal of Management, 4(3), 153-160. DOI.
Rowlinson M, Hassard J (1993). The Invention of Corporate Culture: a History of the Histories of Cadbury. Human Relations, 46(3), 299-326. DOI.

1991

Rowlinson M, Hassard J, Forrester P (1991). Who Wants Harmonisation? Image and Reality in Single Status Working. Personnel Review, 20(5), 27-33. DOI.

1990

Smith C, Child J, Rowlinson M (1990). Reshaping Work the Cadbury Experience., Cambridge University Press. Abstract.

1988

Rowlinson M (1988). The Early Application of Scientific Management by Cadbury. Business History, 30(4), 377-395. DOI.

Awards and Honours

The importance of Michael’s research publications and editorial roles was recognised when he received the Ronald G. Greenwood Award from the Management History Division of the Academy of Management in 2015. The Greenwood Award marks the contributions of an author whose works trace the development of management thought and who has had a high impact on the field. Michael is only the seventh recipient of this award since the Management History Division first instituted it in 1997

Michael has previously taught qualitative research methods and has recently developed a new module looking at the often controversial role of finance and society.

Modules

2016/17