for Alternative Organisation Studies (CAOS)
Opening Up The Future
Wednesday 23 June, 2004
What is CAOS?
The Collective for Alternative Organisation
Studies is based in the University of Leicester's Management
Centre (ULMC) and draws upon ULMC's commitment to develop critical
approaches to management research and teaching. Its aim is to
move beyond critiques of modern organisations, towards envisaging
and enacting alternatives guided by values such as social justice
and environmental sustainability. We are moved by a politics
of recognition and aim to recover a sense of organisational
diversity and possibility by:
(Re)contextualising organisational practices. In our
view, attending to the historical, geographical, social and
political conditions within which organising takes place is
essential to free organisation from some universalising or inevitable
trajectory, and open up a sense of possibilities.
(Re)conceptualising - organisation in order to
open up the space within which we can represent organisational
difference and make out alternative modes of organising.
Conducting empirical research documenting the wide range
of organisational forms that have existed throughout history,
and highlighting the significance of their contribution.
Adopting multi-disciplinary approaches and re-emphasising
the perspectives of history, geography, politics, political
economy, anthropology and sociology in the study of organisation.
Foregrounding ethical issues such as social justice,
environmental sustainability and responsibility in the study
and practice of organising.
Through this, we hope to generate public debates about the possibility
of alternatives, as well as support organisational practices
that seek to challenge dominant models. This involves engaging
in various activities, including research, teaching, the development
of collaborative relationships, seminars and workshops, with
other academics, students, and those actively participating
in creating alternatives. For our official launch on June 23rd,
we are hosting a one-day programme of speakers who are actively
involved in the pursuit of alternative organising and organisations
in different capacities.
10 Arrival and coffee: Belvoir Suite, City Side, 2nd floor
Charles Wilson Bldg
10.15 Opening remarks from Professor Martin Parker, ULMC
10.30 - The development of alternative organisations and practices:
some experiences from NEF, Andrea Westall, Deputy Director
of New Economics Foundation.
11.30 - The Tower Colliery Cooperative: an alternative organisation?
Tom Keenoy, Len Arthur, Russell Smith, Molly Scott-Cato, Welsh
Institute for Research into Cooperatives, UWIC, Cardiff.
12.30 Lunch until 2pm, Belvoir Suite, City Side, 2nd floor
Charles Wilson Bldg
14.00 - The Politics of Thinking in Hierarchic Organisation,
Ricardo Blaug, University of Leeds.
15.00 - The Organization of Resistance, Steffen Böhm,
University of Essex and André Spicer, University of
16.00 Concluding remarks
The event will take place in the Belvoir Suite (park side)
on the 2nd floor of the Charles Wilson Building, University
of Leicester. There is no registration fee but the number
of places is limited. To register, please return the following
information by June 18th to Professor Colin C. Williams, CAOS,
University of Leicester Management Centre, University Road,
Leicester, LE1 7RH. Tel: 0116 252 5387. Fax: 0116 252 5515.
Name: Title/Position: Employing Institution: Contact Address:
Number: Email Address: Do you have any specific dietary requirements?
Colin C Williams
The Management Centre
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5387