Dr Martin Bicknell

School Director of Teaching and Learning

Dr Martin Bicknell

Dr Martin Bicknell

Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
By area: Organisational Behaviour
By industry: Professional Services, Telecommunications and Media
Room 112, Henley Business School, Whiteknights campus
+44 (0) 118 378 6654


Martin Bicknell is School Director for Teaching and Learning and provides strategic oversight of teaching and learning across the business school. He teaches on a number of people-related modules. Martin's academic background is in Organisational Behaviour / Psychology and his research has concerned workplace stress. He has recently been considering this from a psychoanalytic perspective that draws on the work of Jacques Lacan. Martin has a strong interest in the theory and practice of higher education and has a particular interest in technology enhanced learning. He is pioneering the roll-out of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in the business school (see FutureLearn) . Martin came to academic life relatively recently having previously been a management consultant with KPMG and his own company where he specialised in public policy and strategy work in the telecommunications and media sectors.

Academic Delivery

He has broad experience teaching modules relatig to the management of people.

Papers and Journals



Bicknell, M. & A. Liefooghe (2006) "The Art of Stress". Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology, 79(3), 377-394.

Bicknell, M., & A. Liefooghe (2010) "Enjoy your stress! Using Lacan to enrich transactional models of stress". Organization, 17(3): 317-330.


Bicknell, M. & A. Liefooghe (2005) "Jouissance in an Ever More Stressful World". Conference paper: International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations. Baltimore, MD: 17-19 June 2005. Also presented with modifications to the Radical Democracy Group (Lacan seminar). Cambridge, UK: 6 November 2006.

Bicknell, M. & A. Liefooghe (2007) "If You Can't Stand the Heat: Stress and the Lacanian Real". Conference paper: Critical Management Studies 5. Manchester, UK: 11-13 July 2007.

Bicknell M (2008) "A researcher's seduction: Self reflection on putting Lacan to work". Lacan at work. Copenhagen: 4-6 September 2008.

Bicknell M (2008) "Beyond the template manager: So if we're here to create better managers how do we address the bits we can't teach? Joint ABS/HEA teaching and learning conference. Nottingham April 2013

Bicknell M (2013) "Using the graph of desire to re-work work". Re-working Lacan at work. Paris: June 2013