The 'History of the Present': indigenous management knowledge

University House G12
Thursday 11 April 2024 (14:00-15:30)

Join us as we talk about indigenizing management, as well as exploring decolonising our own curricula. 

With speaker Stephen Cummings, Professor of Management and Associate Dean (International and Accreditation) at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

His talk will focus on his upcoming book, Indigenous Management: Knowledges and Frameworks, to be published by SAGE, where he will highlight, reflect on, and welcome discussion on the issues he raises.


Over past two decades a small community of scholars have sought to question and change the conventional history of management and its homogenous focus on white, male, Anglo-American, individuals and institutions. In 2017, a book called A New History of Management brought together a lot of this scholarship and argued the case for making management and business history more diverse and much less ‘pale, male and stale’. There was, however, a certain irony in the four authors of that book being white, middle-class, middle-aged men. As one of those authors, that irony has stuck with me, and I’ve been interested in exploring what needs to happen next to move the diversity agenda forward. This seminar discusses developments in Critical Management Studies, Management History, the Decolonizing the Curriculum movement, the growing community of Indigenous Management scholars gathering around IARIMOS (the new Indigenous Academy of Research into Management and Organization Studies), and a new book project Indigenous Management: Knowledges & Frameworks (with Jesse Pirini and Ana Maria Peredo).


Stephen Cummings is Professor of Strategy and Innovation and Co-Director of The Atom Innovation Space – Te Kahu o Te Ao at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and a former Chair of the Critical Management Studies division at The Academy of Management. He has authored a number of books and journal articles on how historical conventions and assumptions limit diversity and innovation. His 2016 article in Human Relations, ‘Unfreezing Change as Three Steps’ (with Todd Bridgman and Kenneth Brown) is the most downloaded article in the field of Management Studies.

You can join us in person and online