Management Seminar - Professor Gazi Islam

Seminar Room 10.039, Level 10, The Spot Building (198 Berkeley St)


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A/Prof Mike Zyphur

T: +61 3 9035 5826

PRESENTER: Professor Gazi Islam (Grenoble Ecole de Management, France)
TOPIC: “Enchanting Workplaces: The Ambivalence of Workplace Well-Being” 

Contemporary work has been increasingly framed as a source of well-being, self-fulfilment and creativity, as “post-bureaucratic” modes of organizing and service-intensive tasks have become paradigmatic ways of thinking of work.  Promises of fulfilment, however, take place in an environment of eroding worker protections, precarisation and distributive injustices at work, calling into question the social meanings and functions of well-being discourses. The dissonance caused by contextualizing well-being discourses within precarious worlds of work leads to a theoretical quandary – how to acknowledge and promote more humane ways of working without providing ideological cover for new modes of workplace domination.  In this talk, I will describe an ongoing research agenda whose goal has been to explore the ambivalent aspects of workplace well-being, aspects which create both theoretical and methodological tensions.  Using examples from previously published work, I describe ongoing attempts to address the limits of this work, both in terms of the theoretical lenses needed for understanding ambivalence and the methodological stakes involved.

Gazi Islam is Professor of People, Organizations and Society at Grenoble Ecole de Management. He currently serves as Section Editor at Journal of Business Ethics - Psychology and Business Ethics. Additionally, he serves on the editoral boards of Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, Organization, and Management Research. He has served as faculty at Insper, Tulane University, and the University of New Orleans. His current research interests include the organizational antecedents and consequences of identity, and the relations between identity, group dynamics and the production of group and organizational cultures. His work has been published in journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Organizational Research Methods, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Organization, Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, The American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Business Ethics, and American Psychologist.

RSVPs are not necessary.