Debates and Literature

The events at Leicester lead to a number of public scholarly debates and conversations. For some of these events, recordings are available and can be watched here. Furthermore, a number of scientific publications refer to the history and the development of the University of Leicester School of Business respectively the former School of Management. This page documents the recordings and the publications and will be regularly updated.




The Conservatives‘ War on Free Speech – Owen Jones featuring Keir Milburn from Leicester – 18/02/2021

Critical Thinking and the Business School, Event hosted by Martin Parker and Pete Turnbull, featuring Simon Lilley and Gareth Brown from Leicester – 2/04/2021


Covid Responses and the Threat to Higher Education – CPERN, in collaboration with EAEPE, SASE, ESA CPERN, BISA IPEG, and IIPPE hosted a discussion with Henry Giroux (McMaster University), Laura Horn (Roskilde University) and Sam Dallyn from Leicester – 31/07/2021


Freeze Peach Episode 16 – Citizens of Change or Peaches of Change? Featuring David Harvie and Deborah Toner from Leicester – 15/11/2021




  • Burrell, G. (2009): Handbooks, Swarms, and Living Dangerously. In M. Alvesson, T. Bridgman, & H. Willmott (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of critical management studies (pp. 551–562). Oxford University Press.

In this handbook article, Gibson Burrell refers to the manifesto of the critical management school and gives a short account of the internal debates and the resistance against the critical approach of the school.

Martin Parker writes about the history of the critical management school.

Can a school of ‘critical management studies’ survive in the context of a marketising university which relies heavily on business education for its income? This paper explores the case of a UK management school which attempted to do that and survived for 13 years with a clearly ‘critical’ project. As someone who worked in the school, but left some time ago, I evaluate its successes and failures, concluding that the radicalism of its research and publication strategy was not paralleled by an understanding of the politics of the institution and its environment. This led to a posture of ‘defensive isolation’ which ultimately made the school vulnerable to changes in the strategies of senior university management.

In this interview, Gibson Burrell discusses the idea of a community of scholars which plays an important role in Leicester – ‚that would be some small sort of contribution, even though it doesn’t exist anymore.‘

In this article about the future(s) of Critical Management Studies and the Business School, Donncha Kavanagh mentions refers to the events at Leicester.