The Practices of Ethnography in Business and Management Studies: Demanding Themes

Date(s) - 05/06/2023 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


To be held at: Lecture Theatre CL/A/057, School for Business & Society, Church Lane Building, University of York, YO10 5DD

Over recent years, there has been a growing interest in ethnography, especially amongst PhD students and early career researchers studying organizations. Ethnography has consistently provided unique insights into business, management and organization, furnishing our scholarship with an indispensable vocabulary that speaks to both academic and popular concerns.

Doing ethnography can be challenging in the absence of shared discussions about its practices, especially as new themes demand that we revise our ethnographic practices to meet those demands. We are continuing to host ethnography events to support this effort and, by request, we will be running another free discussion about the practices of ethnography to support a growing community of ethnographers studying business and management.

At this event, we will be hosting four panels to discuss major themes in contemporary ethnography in business and management studies and the importance of remaking the practices of ethnography to meet their demands. Our chosen themes build on the work of recently published ethnographies on post-humanism, occupational culture, sustainability, and organization studies. The aim is to develop a shared discussion that informs research students and early career researchers about challenges that ethnographers face when doing ethnography.

The event is open and free to attend but we have a limited number of seats available. Please register to secure your attendance by 12 May 2023 at

Convenors Professor Leo McCann (University of York), Dr Dean Pierides (Newcastle University)
Guest speakers


Dr Richie Nimmo (University of Manchester), Professor Lindsay Hamilton (University of York), Dr Sideeq Mohammed (University of Kent), Professor Damian O’Doherty (University of Liverpool), Professor John Hassard (University of Manchester), Dr Mike Rowe (University of Liverpool), Assistant Professor Linda Tallberg (Hanken School of Economics), Dr Felicity Heathcote-Marcz (CDS)


10:00am – 11:00am Ethnography and post-humanism Lindsay Hamilton, Linda Tallberg, Richie Nimmo
11:00am – 11:30am Coffee break
11:30am – 12:30pm Ethnography and occupations Leo McCann and Mike Rowe
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm Ethnography and sustainability Sideeq Mohammed, Felicity Heathcote-Marcz
2:30pm-2:45pm Short break
2:45pm – 3:45pm Ethnography and organization Damian O’Doherty and John Hassard
3:45pm-4:00pm Closing comments Leo McCann and Dean Pierides