Centre for Social and Organisational Studies

Introduction to the Centre

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, organisation studies and business ethics with a strong inter-disciplinary focus on the social sciences. It aims to interrogate conventional assumptions and understandings of organisational processes and dynamics. More specifically the centre focuses on three general areas:

(a) How organisations and individuals relate to and respond to their changing socio-economic environment.

(b) Critical questioning of the assumptions guiding academic research on organisations, work, meaning making, identity, and self. 

(c) Morality and 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 sociology, politics, philosophy, psychology, economics and history.

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. We maintain an orientation towards independently conducted, cutting edge research which can attract external funding.

Members of the Centre:

External Members:

Research at CSOS

CSOS welcomes visiting scholars with research interests in cognate areas. Please contact Kleio Akrivou at k.akrivou@henley.ac.uk for further information.

In addition, PhD proposals in any of the following areas are encouraged: 

  • Ethics and morality in business and management
  • Ethics, integrity and human development
  • Norms and conventions in organisations
  • Organisational and social practices
  • Strategy as practice
  • Authority and Institutional Governance & Legitimacy

Queries should be sent to Evelyn Fenton (Director of PhD Programmes). Selected research proposals will receive a three year scholarship.

Centre Activities

CSOS organizes conferences, workshops and seminars on a regular basis as well as hosting PhDs and visiting academics. Our annual workshops occur in the summer term and are usually co-organised with a partner institution.

Major recent activities include:

  • Symposium on “The Challenges of Capitalism for the Common Good”
    • Presentations
    • Delegate List
  • CSOS Reading Group at Whiteknights campus, University of Reading
  • CSOS Annual Workshops
    • 2011, University of Reading
    • 2012, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
    • 2013, University of Oxford
    • 2014, Neoma Business School Reims
    • 2015, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • CSOS Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Organisations Seminars
    • 2015 Programme 


Links to Centaur publication for Henley Business School based members: