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Professor Richard Whitley’s Retirement Celebration

19 Jan 2011

Invitation to events on 27 and 28 January 2011 in MBS

You are invited to join international scholars and members of the University in a celebration of Richard Whitley’s contribution to scholarship and education in business, management and comparative political economy during his 42 years at Manchester Business School.

Thursday 27 January - Plenary (4.30 pm)

Following refreshments at 4.30pm, MBS is hosting a plenary talk to be given by Professor Hari Tsoukas of Warwick Business School and the University of Cyprus (see below for biographical details) and outgoing editor of the Journal Organization Studies, on the  theme:

  • ‘If you don't compare, you don't understand’: The scholarly and intellectual contributions of Professor Richard Whitley

The session will be chaired by Professor Rod Coombs, Deputy Vice Chancellor of The University of Manchester, and followed by a wine reception at around 6 pm (venue details will be confirmed in January).

Both the plenary and the wine reception are open to all members of staff. It would be helpful to have an idea of the likely numbers at the plenary and the wine reception, so if you wish to attend, please inform:

Following the wine reception, we have booked dinner at a restaurant in town and members of staff from MBS and other areas of the University are welcome to come along (the cost to University of Manchester staff will be £25 plus drinks.) Anyone wishing to attend the dinner should register with Sue Haffner by Friday 21 January.


Thursday 27 and Friday 28 January – Symposium

For the full programme for the event, please download:

If you would like to attend the symposium, please complete:

and return it as an email attachment to:


Plenary speaker biographical notes:

  • Haridimos Tsoukas is Professor of Organization Studies at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK. He is also Academic Adviser to the Hellenic Association of Chief Executive Officers, Former Editor in Chief of Organization Studies, and works as the Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Cyprus. He obtained his PhD at the Manchester Business School (MBS), University of Manchester, and has worked at MBS, the University of Warwick, the University of Cyprus, the University of Essex, and the University of Strathclyde.
  • His research interests include: knowledge-based perspectives on organizations; the management of organizational change and social reforms; the epistemology of practice; and epistemological issues in organization theory.
  • He is the author of Complex Knowledge: Studies in Organizational Epistemology, Oxford University Press, 2005. He has edited (with Christian Knudsen) The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory: Meta-theoretical Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2003), Organizations as Knowledge Systems, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 (with N. Mylonopoulos), and Managing the Future: Foresight in the Knowledge Economy, Blackwell, 2004 (with J. Shepherd).