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Welcome to the Critical Management Studies Division

If you are interested in developing an independent, informed and critical outlook on contemporary work relations, organizational processes and management practices, join us! You can also try out our mailing list (free!) or AoM Connect (membership required) to connect with others, for most current debates and other useful information for successful publishing and career advancement.

In this site you will find the basic information about us and details of our programmes at AoM annual events. Details of the CMS programme for the past/current events, competitions, newsletters and workshop (to be annouced) are available. We also have included a number of resources on critical management research and teaching and much more.

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Membership Statistics...

As of Feb 19, 2014, we have 640 members.

Academic: 465
Emeritus: 12
Executive: 52
Student: 111

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Message from Gavin Jack and Jan Schapper, Co-Chairs

 We are delighted to welcome you to the CMS Division online in our role as Division Co-Chairs for 2013/14. We would like to acknowledge the great work done by Past-Chair Alex Faria and the Executive Committee over the last year. Alex was instrumental in leading the successful renewal of CMS as a Division of the Academy, and in promoting initiatives for the decolonisation of mainstream and critical management knowledge. To view the DIGR (Division and Interest Group Relations) Committee report on our renewed Divisional status, you can click here.

Over the next year, we will build on the many exciting developments within the Division, inspired by feedback from the DIGR review process, Executive Committee member initiatives and member feedback from the Florida meeting. We are particularly keen to organise opportunities for peer mentoring for doctoral students and early career researchers in CMS, and for editing and paper development assistance for non-native English speakers targeting management journals. So watch this space!

If you are a new member of the CMS Division, or just curious about what CMS might mean, representative-at-large Sarah Gilmore has created a series of videos that you might find useful for research and teaching purposes. We also have available a set of CMS Division Powerpoint Slides 2013/14 that will give you further information about the Division. If you are a member of another Division of the AOM and can see connections that could be fostered between our Divisions (e.g., joint sessions at the annual meeting), please get in touch with representative-at-large Robbin Derry (

For existing members, we would encourage you to get involved in the CMS Division. You can do this in a number of ways, including:
•  Contribute to our newsletter (contact Gabie Durepos,;
• Encourage a colleague to join the CMS Division (refer your colleague to the CMS videos and PPT  slides);
• Encourage your Dean to sponsor CMS activities;
• Nominate yourself or a colleague to stand for election
• Attend the next annual conference to be held in Philadelphia.
If you have website design and maintenance skills, we would be particularly keen to hear from you.

The 2014 AOM meeting will take place in Philadelphia, 1-5 August, with the theme “The Power of Words”. For the second consecutive year, the conference theme should be of particular interest to CMS scholars, given:
• Our research in the role of story-telling, discourse and narrative within organisational life;
• Our efforts to surface and challenge existing power relations through deconstruction;
• Our challenges to logocentrism and the exploration of the power of visual and other sensual codes;
• And so on ….

Click here to find out more about the Philadelphia meeting.

If you would like to know more about the various elements of the CMS program at Philadelphia 2014, please contact our Executive Committee members as follows:

Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Program: Latha Poonamallee (Michigan Technological University, USA) and Nimruji Jammulamadaka (Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, India). Email:
Main Scholarly Program: Emma Bell (Keele University, UK, and Scott Taylor (University of Birmingham, UK,;
Doctoral Consortium: Ana Maria Peredo (University of Victoria, Canada, (
Dark Side Case Competition: Jonathan Murphy (Cardiff University, UK,;
Doctoral Dissertation Competition: Sarah Gilmore (University of Portsmouth, UK,
We wish you all the very best for the period 2013/14 and look forward to meeting you in person in Philadelphia. If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to email us.

Best wishes
Gavin and Jan, Co-Chairs

Gavin Jack, La Trobe University, Australia,
Jan Schapper, La Trobe University, Australia,