Professor Christopher Land

Head of Department, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Business Administration , Business Management , Human Resources Management , International Business , Management and Leadership

Professor Christopher Land teaches and researchers in the area of work and organization studies. He has written extensively on value, alternative organizing, leadership, and the changing nature of work.


Chris Land is Professor of Work and Organisation at Anglia Ruskin, having joined the University in 2018 from the University of Leicester. He has also taught and researched at the Universities of Essex, St Gallen, Innsbruck and Warwick, where he was awarded his PhD in 2004. Since then Chris’ research has encompassed a range of topics, including:

  • The changing nature of work, particularly in the creative industries, arts and cultural production. 
  • Democracy at work.
  • Alternative forms of organization, including social movement organizing, anarchism and leadership.
  • The nexus of work and consumption in brand centred organizations.
  • Cultural representations of work and organization, particularly in novels.
  • Academic publishing.

Underpinning all of these areas is a concern with the relationship between economic forms of value and substantive values, for example ethical values, aesthetic values and political values. This continues to ground his research, with current research examining anarchism as a theory of value, democracy as a value in worker controlled owned enterprises, and the re-emergence of ‘craft’ as a signifier of value in post-Fordist production, particularly in the ‘craft beer’ scene.

Chris was a founding editor of the journal ephemera: theory & politics in organization, one of the first open access journals in the field of organization studies, and managing editor of MayFly Books. He has an ongoing research, and practical, interest in radical, open-access publishing in academia. Chris is on the editorial board of Organization Studies and is book-review editor for Organization.

Research interests

  • Value, values and the labour theory of value
  • Work in the creative industries and arts
  • Craft work and brewing
  • Democracy at work
  • Alternative organizations
  • Anarchism and organization theory
  • Cultural representations of work and organization

Areas of research supervision

  • Anarchism as organizational theory and practice
  • Work and organization in the cultural/creative industries
  • Cultural representations of work and organization (eg in novels, film and television)
  • Democracy and organization
  • Value theory


PhD Industrial and Business Studies, Warwick Business School

MA Organisation Studies, Warwick Business School

BA (Hons) Interdisciplinary Human Studies, University of Bradford

Memberships, editorial boards

  • British Sociological Association
  • European Group on Organization Studies
  • Chartered Manager and member of the Chartered Management Institute

Selected recent publications

King, D. and Land, C. (2018) ‘The democratic rejection of democracy: Performative failure and the limits of critical performativity in an organizational change project’Human Relations. Sage Journals

Goworek, H., Land, C., Burt, G., Zundel, M., Saren, M., Parker, M. and Lambe, B. (2018) 'Scaling Sustainability: Regulation and Resilience in Managerial Responses to Climate Change', British Journal of Management, 29(2): 209-219.

Land, C. and Taylor, S. (2018) 'Access and Departure', in Cassell, C., Cunliffe, A. L. and Grandy, G. (eds.) 'The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods'. London: Sage Publishing.

Parker, M., Cheney, G., Fournier, V. and  Land, C. (eds.) (2014) The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organizations. London: Routledge.

Beverungen, A., Böhm, S. and Land, C. (2015) ‘Free Labour, Social Media, Management: Challenging Marxist Organization Studies’, Organization Studies, 36(4) 473–489.

Parker, M., Cheney, G., Fournier, V. and Land, C. (2014) ‘The Question of Organization: A Manifesto for Alternatives’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 14(4): 623-638.

Land, C. and King, D. (2014) ‘Organising otherwise: Translating anarchism in a voluntary sector organisation’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 14(4): 923-950.

Sutherland, N., Land, C. and Böhm, S. (2014) ‘Anti-leaders(hip) in Social Movement Organisations: The case of autonomous grassroots groups’, Organization, 21(6): 759-781.

Smith, C. and Land, C. (2014) ‘Pharamacological Routes to Everyday Exceptionality’, Culture and Organization, 20(4): 269-287.

Taylor, S. and Land, C. (2014) ‘Organizational Anonymity and the Negotiation of Research Access’, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 9(2): 98-109. (Awarded Outstanding Paper in 2015)

Land, C., Loren, S. and Metelmann, J. (2014) ‘Rogue Logics: Organization in the Grey Zone’, Organization Studies, 35(2): 233-253.

Land, C. and Taylor, S. (2014) ‘The good old days yet to come: postalgic times for the new spirit of capitalism’, Management & Organizational History, 9(2): 202-219.

Beverungen, A., Bohm, S. and Land, C. (2013) ‘From the Open Road to the High Seas? Piracy, Damnation and Resistance in Academic Consumption of Publishing’, Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation, 31:3, 241-247.

Sliwa, M., Spoelstra, S., Sorensen, B.M. and Land, C. (2013) ‘Profaning the Sacred in Leadership Studies: A Reading of Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase’, Organization, 20(6): 860-880.

Beverungen, A., Bohm, S. and Land, C. (2012) ‘The Poverty of Journal Publishing’, Organization, 19(6): 929-938.

Böhm, S. And Land, C. (2012) ‘The New ‘Hidden Abode’: Reflections on Value and Labour in the New Economy’, The Sociological Review, 60(2): 217-240.

Land, C. and Taylor, S. (2010) ‘Surf’s up: life, balance and brand in a new age capitalist organization’, Sociology, 44(3): 395-413.

Böhm, S. and Land, C. (2009) ‘No measure for culture: value in the new economy’, Capital & Class, 97: 75-98.

Böhm, S., Jones, C., Land, C. and Paterson, M. (eds.) (2006) Against Automobility. Oxford: Blackwell/Sociological Review.