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Institute of Advanced Study

Professor Stewart Clegg

IAS and Holland Fellow at Collingwood College, Durham University (October - December 2010)

Professor Stewart Clegg, one of the world's leading organization theorists, was educated in Behavioural Sciences, specializing in Sociology, at Aston University. He went on to do a PhD at the University of Bradford Management Centre. After a post-doctoral experience as the EGOS (European Group for Organization Studies) Research Fellow he moved from the UK to Australia to take up an appointment at Brisbane's Griffith University's School of Humanities as a lecturer, and subsequently Senior Lecturer and Reader, in Sociology. Subsequently he has held Chairs at the Universities of New England, in Armidale, New South Wales, (in Sociology), the University of St Andrews in Scotland, (in Organization Studies), the University of Western Sydney (Foundation Chair), in New South Wales, and at the University of Technology, Sydney, also in New South Wales (both in Management). He has held visiting professorships at a great many universities around the world, including being a Visiting Professor and International Fellow in Discourse and Management Theory at the Centre of Comparative Social Studies, Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam, in the Netherlands 2004 - 2009; Visiting Professor of Organizational Change Management, Maastricht University Faculty of Business, Netherlands 2004 - 2009; Visiting Professor in Organization Studies, University of Versailles St Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, 2007; Visiting Professor in Organization Studies, University of Paris-Dauphine, France 2007 - 2008; Visiting Professor in Organization Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria, 2007; Visiting Professor to Doctoral Program, EM Lyon, France, 2001 onwards; Visiting Professor in Organization Studies Copenhagen Business School Denmark 2006 - 2009; Visiting Professor in Organization Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2002.

Clegg has published extensively on power and organizations, social theory, globalization and postmodernism. His first book, Power, Rule and Domination (1975), was a pathbreaking work in discourse analysis. Subsequent books on power include The Theory of Power and Organization, Organization, Class and Control, Frameworks of Power, and Power and Organizations. He is a prolific publisher in leading academic journals in social science, management and organization theory and he is also the editor of many books, including the following volumes: Handbook of Power (with Mark Haugaard 2009), Handbook of Macro-Organization Behaviour (with Cary Cooper 2009), and Handbook of Organization Studies (with Cynthia Hardy, Walter Nord and Tom Lawrence, 2006).

Professor Clegg has served on the editorial boards of 21st Century Society (the Journal of the British Academy of the Social Sciences), Organization Studies, The Journal of Power, European Journal of International Management, Journal of Knowledge Management, Asia Pacific Review, Management Research News, and M@n@gement. He has held over three million dollars worth of grants from the Australian Research Council, is a Distiguished Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, A Fellow of the British Academy of Management, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and was the recipeient of the George R Terry Award of the American Academy of Management for outstanding contributions to management knowledge.

He is currently completing books on strategy; management and organizations; writing and research; and power. During his time at the IAS, Professor Clegg will be researching in the area of what lies beyond bureacracy for organization futures.

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Professor Stewart Clegg Publications

Clegg, SR. (2012) 'The End of Bureaucracy' in Diefenbach, T., Todnem, R. (eds) Research in the Sociology of Organizations. Emerald, pp. 59-84.

Clegg, SR., Haugaard M (2012). Power and Organizations.  SAGE Publications

Clegg, SR., Haugaard M (2012). Power and Politics.  SAGE Publications Ltd

Boerma, K., Clegg, SR., Johnston, J. (2012) ' Legitimate Sovereignty and Contested Authority in Public Management Organization and Disorganization; Barangaroo and the Grand Strategic Vision for Sydney as a Globalizing City', Journal of Change Management, 12(3), pp. 279-299.

Clegg SR., 'Strategies for Conceptualizing, Organizing and Managing Resilience in the Globalizing City', Journal of Change Management, 12(3), pp. 273 - 277

Clegg, SR., Kornberger, M., Kreiner, K (2011) ‘The values of style in architectural practice’, Culture and Organization, 17(2), pp. 139-153.

Clegg, SR., Kornberger, M., Schweitzer, J. (2011) Strategy: Theory & Practice. London: Sage.

Helin, S., Jensen, T., Sandstrom, J. & Clegg, S.R. 2011, 'On The Dark Side of Codes: Domination Not Enlightenment', Scandinavian Journal of Management, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 24-33. 

Clegg, SR., Baumeler, C (2010) 'Essai: From Iron Cages to Liquid Modernity in Organization Analysis', Organization Change, 31(12) , pp. 1713-1733

IAS Insights Paper


Bureaucracy is under attack and has been for some time, especially these past 30 years. In this paper I will outline the specific qualities of bureaucracy; the challenges to it that different critics have posed, and the possible futures of bureaucracy that are being imagined. In the 1980s, as a key part of an extremely liberal and influential critique of bureaucracy, new imaginings of how to organize corporations and public sector organizations began to emerge.  By the late 1990s these had morphed into a view of the network or hybrid organization as the way of the future. The paper will suggest that the global future of bureaucracy is not as simple as some of these criticisms suggest when they see it left behind in the emergence of innovative new forms. Instead, it is suggested, there is a spatial disaggregation of organizations occurring that heralds some unsettling new futures of organizations emerging.

Insights Paper