Please see the following announcement about a potential conference of interest:
Critical Management Studies Conference 2017
July 3 – 5, Liverpool, England
Stream: Heroes and heroism
Stream chairs: Edward Granter & Leo McCann, University of Manchester, Des Williamson, University of Surrey.
‘Heroes do not receive material rewards for their hardships. Heroes must be willing to downplay their own exceptional abilities. Heroes abide by norms of anonymity; they must avoid being recognized as heroes’ (Adapted from Lois, 1999: 123)
This call for papers seeks contributions from a range of disciplines, which interrogate the nature of heroes and heroism in organizations and society. Recognising, after Lois, that ‘heroes’ often avoid identification, and that the nature of heroism is heavily mediated by emotional, organizational and cultural dimensions, how then can we define it – what makes work and workers heroic? Who, for Critical Management scholars and more widely, are our heroes? Do we have any? Can we have any? Why, if at all, do organizations possess or require heroes?