Prof Mihaela Kelemen

Title: Professor
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 734298
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Location: Darwin 1.10
Role: Director of the Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre (CASIC)
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I have a PhD in applied economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest and a DPhil in Management Studies from Oxford University. I came to Keele in 1996 and was promoted to Chair in 2006.  I have held a number of administrative positions at Departmental, School, RI and University level.  I am currently external examiner at Lancaster University.  I am Principal Investigator on two AHRC grants and co-investigator on one ESCR seminar series grant.  I am the Director of a newly set up inter-disciplinary research centre, entitled Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre (CASIC).  More details about CASIC can be found at www.keele.ac.uk/casic

 

There are two inter-related strands in my current research.

  1. The development of an American Pragmatist agenda for bridging the divide between academic knowledge and community practice. My publications (one of which was awarded Highly Commended Paper at the Emerald Literati Network 2013 Awards for Excellence) and invited research talks demonstrate the effectiveness of American Pragmatism in challenging and going beyond the dualistic relationship between knowledge and practice. My AHRC grant entitled 'Bridging the Gap between Academic Theory and Community Relevance: Fresh Insights from American Pragmatism', conducted in collaboration with Edinburgh, Open and Brunel Universities in the UK and Seinan Gakuin University in Japan, and community partners: New Vic Borderlines, The Glass-House Community Led Design and Mondo Challenge Foundation explores issues of language translation and power balance across the academic world and the wider community. Underpinned by a Pragmatist approach this collaboration taps into narrative methods, dramaturgical approaches, visual studies, sociological theories and community studies and explores what is considered ‘actionable’ knowledge by communities and what makes knowledge relevant, useful and/or practical at their end www.keele.ac.uk/bridgingthedivide The interactive audio-visual installation resulting from this research was showcased at the AHRC Connected Communities Showcase from Edinburgh (July, 2013), the Connected Communities Festival from Cardiff (2014), in Japan (November 2013) and Canada (May 2014) as well as many cultural venues in Stoke, Sheffield, Rotherham, Huddersfield and Newcastle upon Tyne in 2014 and 2015.

  2. The advancement of a Cultural Animation methodology for co-designing and co-producing research with communities. Rooted in the counter culture movement, Cultural Animation puts day to day experiences of ordinary people at the heart of inquiry, thus aligning well with a Pragmatist agenda. This approach has as starting point the validation of the language used by organisational/community members to describe their experiences, and placing the 'mantle of expert' upon their shoulders in exploring what changes they would like to see, who should be involved and how to make it happen. Apart from day to day language, Cultural Animation focuses on the ‘doings’, on what people can create together beyond thought and theory, namely artistic outputs that involve one’s body as well as one’s mind. My AHRC project, Personal Communities: A Review of Volunteering Processes) culminated in a documentary drama performed by the research subjects (i.e., volunteers) themselves at the New Vic Theatre and at Connected Communities Showcase in London. Click here to watch the video. The performance demonstrated the power of documentary drama in engaging with issues that are crucial to local communities. Another AHRC project, ‘Untold Stories of Volunteering’, explores this approach further, in collaboration with Leicester University, The New Vic Theatre and National Council for Voluntary Organizations by co-designing a methodology for co-producing and co-delivering a documentary drama that captures grassroots experiences and counter-discourses of volunteering. The ‘Untold stories of volunteering’ drama was performed in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Leicester and London in June 2014, as part of the Volunteer Week’s celebrations. Click here to find out more about the Volunteering Stories.

Information about current grants can be found by clicking the links below:

Information about past research on personal communities and volunteering can be found by clicking here 

Further references:

Selected Publications

  • Hamilton LA and Kelemen M. The Role of Creative Methods in Re-defining the Impact Agenda. CASIC Working Paper Series. full text>
  • Mangan AML, Kelemen M, Moffat S. 2015. Animating the classroom: Pedagogical responses to internationalisation. Management Learning. doi> full text>
  • Kelemen ML and Lin CV. 2014. John Dewey's pragmatism. In The Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy and Organization Studies. Oxford University Press.
  • Kelemen M and Rumens N. 2013. American Pragmatism and Organization Issues and Controversies. Gower Publishing.
  • Kelemen ML and Bunzel D. 2011. Learning from Leipzig: Regional Development and Socio-cultural Transition. Review of Economics and Finance, vol. June(3), 52-62.

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Books

  • Kelemen M and Rumens N. 2013. American Pragmatism and Organization Issues and Controversies. Gower Publishing.
  • KELEMEN M and Rumens N. 2008. An introduction to critical management research. London: Sage.
  • Hassard J, KELEMEN ML, Wolfram-Cox J. 2008. Disorganisation theory: Explorations in alternative organizational analysis. London: Routledge.
  • Kelemen M. 2003. Managing quality. Sage, London.
  • KELEMEN ML and Kostera M. 2002. Critical eastern European management: current issues and research. London: Palgrave.

Journal Articles

  • Hamilton LA and Kelemen M. The Role of Creative Methods in Re-defining the Impact Agenda. CASIC Working Paper Series. full text>
  • Mangan AML, Kelemen M, Moffat S. 2015. Animating the classroom: Pedagogical responses to internationalisation. Management Learning. doi> full text>
  • Kelemen ML and Bunzel D. 2011. Learning from Leipzig: Regional Development and Socio-cultural Transition. Review of Economics and Finance, vol. June(3), 52-62.
  • Kelemen ML and Rumens N. 2010. American Pragmatism and Feminism: Fresh Opportunities for Sociological Inquiry. Contemporary Pragmatism: A Philosophy Journal, vol. 7(1), 129-148.
  • Kelemen ML, Bunzel D, Willis P. 2009. Why Work? A culturally informed critique of past and present interpretations of shop floor interpretations of work. Annals of the University of Petrosani Economics, vol. 9(4), 27-37.
  • Kelemen M and Bunzel D. 2008. Images of the model worker in state-socialist propaganda and novels. Culture and Organization, vol. 14(1), 1-14. doi>
  • KELEMEN ML. 2007. A pragmatist response to 'At the sharp of new organisational idelogies' by Hassard J et al (2006). Ethnography, vol. 8(3), 375-382.
  • KELEMEN ML and Papasolomou I. 2007. Internal marketing: A qualitative study of culture change in the UK banking sector. journal of marketing management, vol. 23(7-8), 745-767. doi>
  • KELEMEN M. 2005. Management and organization: A critical text by Steve Linstead et al 2004. Leadership, vol. 1(3), 375-376.
  • Kelemen ML and Rumens N. 2005. Pragmatism and heterodoxy in organization research: going beyond the quantitative/qualitative divide. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, vol. 20(1), 5-13. doi>
  • KELEMEN ML and Peltonen T. 2005. Spirituality: A way to alternative subjectivity?. Organization Management Journal, vol. 2(1), 52-63. doi>
  • Kelemen M and Papasolomou I. 2004. Can culture be changed? A study of internal marketing. service industries journal, vol. 24(5), 121-136. doi>
  • KELEMEN ML and Bansal T. 2002. The Conventions of Management Research and their Relevance to Management Practice. British Journal of Management, vol. 13(2), 97-108. doi>
  • KELEMEN ML and Hassard J. 2002. Production and Consumption in Organizational Knowledge: The Case of the 'Paradigms Debate'. Organization, vol. 9(2), 331-355. doi>
  • KELEMEN ML and Lewis M. 2002. Multiparadigm inquiry: Exploring organizational pluralism and paradox. Human Relations, vol. 55(2), 251-275. doi>
  • KELEMEN ML. 2002. Grounded theory in management research by Karen Locke 2001. Nurse Researcher, vol. 9(3), 85.
  • Kelemen, M. and Hassard, J. S. 2002. Issues of production and consumption in organisation knowledge. Organization, vol. 9(2), 331-355. doi>
  • Kelemen, M. and Lewis, M.. 2002. Multi-paradigm inquiry: exploring pluralism and paradoxes of contemporary organisation life. Human Relations, vol. 5(2), 251-275.
  • Kelemen, M., Pearson, G. J, Forrester, P. L, Hassard, J. S, Railean, V. and Hincu, R.. 2002. The role of networking in the creation of local management knowledge: the case of the republic of moldova. Journal of Teaching in International Business, vol. 13(4), 115-132. doi>
  • KELEMEN ML and Fournier V. 2001. The Crafting of Community: Recoupling Discourses of Management and Womanhood. Gender, Work, Organization, vol. 8(3), 267-290. doi>
  • Kelemen, M. and Smith, W.. 2001. Community and its virtual promises: a critique of cyberlibertarian rhetoric. Information, Communication, Society, vol. 4(3), 370-387. doi>
  • Kelemen M. 2001. Discipline at work: distal and proximal views. Studies in Cultures, Organizations and Societies, vol. 7(1), 1-19. doi>
  • Kelemen, M. and Peltonen, T.. 2001. Ethics, morality and the subject: the contribution of Zygmunt Bauman and Michel Foucault to "postmodern" business ethics. Scandinavian Journal of Management, vol. 17(2), 151-166. doi>
  • Kelemen, M., Pearson, G., Forrester, P., Hassard, J., Raileam, V. and Hineu, R.. 2001. Reforming management education: learning from the Moldovian experience. Economic and Business Review for Central and South Eastern Europe, vol. 2(4), 309-321.
  • Kilduff, M. and Kelemen, M.. 2001. The consolations of organisation theory. British Journal of Management, 55-59. doi>

Chapters

  • Kelemen ML and Lin CV. 2014. John Dewey's pragmatism. In The Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy and Organization Studies. Oxford University Press.
  • Kelemen ML. 2011. American Pragmatism. In Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies. Tadajewski M, Maclaran P, Parsons E (Eds.). London: Sage.
  • Kelemen ML and Hassard J. 2010. Paradigm Plurality. In Sage Encyclopedia of Case Study Research. California: Sage.
  • Kelemen M and BUNZEL D. 2008. Romanian Socialist Directors: Heroes or Tricksters. In Organizational Olympians: Heroes and Heroines of Organizational Myths. Kostera M (Ed.). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • KELEMEN ML. 2007. Paradigm Incommensurability. In The International Encyclopeadia of Organisation Studies. Clegg S and Bailey J (Eds.). London: Sage.
  • KELEMEN ML. 2007. Total quality management. In The International Encyclopaedia of Organisational Studies. Clegg S and Bailey J (Eds.). London: Sage.
  • KELEMEN ML. 2005. The morality and ethics of quality. In W.E.Deming: Critical Assessmentsin Business and Management. Wood JC and Wood MC (Eds.). London: Routledge.
  • Kilduff M and Kelemen M. 2004. Deconstructing discourse. In The sage book of organizational discourse. al GDE (Ed.). Sage, London.
  • Kilduff, M and Kelemen, M.. 2003. Bringing ideas back in: eclecticism and discovery in org studies. In Postmodern and Management: Pros, Cons and the Alternative. Locke EA (Ed.). JAI, Elsevier, Oxford.
  • Kelemen, M and Hassard, J.. 2003. Paradigm plurality: exploring past, present and future trends. In Debating Organization: Point Counterpoint in Organization Studies. Westwood R and Clegg S (Eds.). Blackwell, Oxford.

Other

  • Kelemen, M. and Bunzel, D.. 2002. Images of the model worker: similation, reduction and povernance in socialist and capitalist organisation. SOCS Conference.
  • Kelemen, M. and Peltonen, T.. 2002. Spirituality: a way to an alternative subjectivty/. 2nd EURAM Conference.
  • Kelemen M. 2001. Mismanaging total quality: soties of optimization, consensus and subjectification. International Academy of Business Disciplines Conference Proceedings.

Leading People (CPD)

  • Leadership (MA)
  • Research Methodologies (PT MBA)
  • Critical Perspectives on Management Research (Undergraduate)