Dr Michal Izak

    Senior Lecturer

    Department of People and Organisation
    Lincoln International Business School

    About Michal Izak

    In addition to a PhD in Management Studies from the University of Essex, I also hold an MA degree in Management and Marketing and an MA degree in Philosophy from University of Warsaw. Before being appointed Senior Lecturer in Lincoln International Business School I had gained professional experience in the field of business support for SMEs as a Consultant/Project manager (in the areas of finance and marketing) and four years of experience as an academic teacher. I have authored and co-authored over twenty journal articles, edited volumes and book chapters published in English and Polish, including high-ranked peer reviewed journals (such as Management Learning) and major publishers (Palgrave, Routledge). I have been acting as a reviewer for nearly two dozens of prominent academic journals and as an editorial board member of the leading peer-reviewed journals in the field (Organization Studies; Management Learning). I have been regularly presenting my work at academic conferences (more than twenty so far) co-edited two Special Issues of academic journals as well as co-convened international academic conferences (e.g. International Conference on Organizational Discourse) and conference streams (e.g. at APROS/EGOS).
    My recent ethnography-informed research investigates technological, conceptual and spatial reformulations of modern workplaces, and the redefinition of concept of work as such (e.g. through teleworking). I have recently obtained a Leverhulme research grant to enable me to inquire (along with my co-applicant) into ‘The New World Of Work’ as one of such redefinition strategies. I also investigate how discourses become vehicles for transmitting legitimacy, power and ensuring control through semantics and space in bureaucratic organizational frameworks. In a critical vein, I explore the ‘soft’ capitalist organizational discourses focused around the notions of responsibility, inclusiveness and empowerment, and I am currently researching the area of organizational learning by proposing a radically dialogic and sustainable program for learning. The collegial research initiatives which I coordinate are aimed at bringing to the fore the disempowering aspects of discursive silence and opportunities for constructing more inclusive social, educational and economic systems thus jointly addressing the issue of sustainability in management and organization studies from the critical angle.
    I welcome PhD research projects in any of those (or related) areas.

    Department Responsibilities

    Academic Lead in Management and Organization; School Research Committee member; School Management Board member; PGR desk review panel member; HEA applications panel member

    Subject Specialism

    Critical management studies, Discourse analysis, Experience economy, ‘Soft’ capitalism, Emerging organizational discourses; Semantic analysis of organizations


    • PhD in Management Studies — University of Essex, 2010
    • MA in Philosophy — University of Warsaw, 2006
    • MA in Management and Marketing — University of Warsaw, 2004

    Professional Affiliations

    • Higher Education Academy — Fellow

    External Activities and Consultancy

    British Council - Researcher Links (panel member)

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • Teleworking as a boundary work — Awarded £10,000 by Leverhulme in 2016
    • The Future oh Higher Education - book project (Pelgrave) — 2016
    • Voice and Silence in Organization — 2016
    • The Liminality of Organizational Spaces (stream convener at the APROS/EGOS in Sydney) — 2015
    • ‘Futures of Capitalism’ - Managing editor of Futures Journal Special Issue — 2014
    • Editing “Untold Stories in Organisations” volume (Routledge) — 2014
    • Organizational Storytelling Conference (Untold Stories) — 2013

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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