Dr Edward Granter

Dr Edward Granter

Department of Management
Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour
Director of Business Management undergraduate programmes

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
Edgbaston Park Road
B15 2TY

Edward Granter is a Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour in the Department of Management at Birmingham Business School. He teaches and writes about work, organization and social theory.


  • PhD Sociology, University of Salford (2008)
  • MA Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge (2004)
  • MA in Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham (2003)
  • BA Hons Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge (2000)


After a first degree in social and political sciences (SPS), Dr Granter’s academic career has focused on the sociology of work. Since 2009 he has worked in UK business schools where his teaching and research interests have come under the disciplinary headings of ‘organization studies’ and ‘organizational behaviour’.


  • Critical Analysis in Management (undergrad year 2)
  • Organizational Behaviour (undergrad year 2)
  • Organizational Behaviour (Distance MBA)

Postgraduate supervision

Polite note: I can ONLY reply to PhD related emails which relate closely to my research expertise. If you are contacting me, please tell me specifically which of my publications relates to your proposed research, and how. Unfortunately I will not be able to reply to speculative/generic emails which do not relate closely to my research expertise.


Dr Granter’s research interests are fairly wide in that they range from empirical study of life at work, to theoretical analysis of organization and politics as a ‘racket’. He has provided a number of perspectives on the work of the Frankfurt School Critical Theorists; Adorno, Horkheimer and Marcuse and this is a long-term research theme. Dr Granter wrote a book on the end of work in 2009, and continues to follow and write about changes in the world of work and employment.

Current projects

  • Academic freedom at Universities
  • Andre Gorz
  • Encyclopedia of Critical Management Studies
  • Local Community Currencies

Other activities

Edward is the External Examiner for undergraduate modules in business management, Keele University.

His is a member of:

  • British Sociological Association
  • British Academy of Management
  • Academy of Business in Society

Associate Editor for the following journals:

  • Competition and Change
  • Work, Employment and Society


Recent publications


Granter, E & Stephen, E 2019, The Sociology of Work: Continuity and Change in Paid and Unpaid Work. SAGE Publications.

Hyde, P, Granter, E, Hassard, J & McCann, L 2016, Deconstructing the Welfare State: Managing Healthcare in the Age of Reform. 1st edn, Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315766744


McCann, L, Granter, E, Hyde, P & Aroles, J 2020, ''Upon the gears and upon the wheels': terror convergence and total administration in the neoliberal university', Management Learning. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350507620924162

Aroles, J, Granter, E & de Vaujany, F-X 2020, '‘Becoming mainstream’: the professionalization and corporatization of digital nomadism', New Technology, Work and Employment. https://doi.org/10.1111/ntwe.12158

McCann, L & Granter, E 2019, 'Beyond ‘blue-collar professionalism’: continuity and change in the professionalization of uniformed emergency services work', Journal of Professions and Organization, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 213–232. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpo/joz006

Aroles, J, Clegg, S & Granter, E 2019, 'Death and the penguin: modularity, alienation and organising', Culture and Organization, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 104-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/14759551.2018.1509861

Granter, E, Wankhade, P, McCann, L, Hassard, J & Hyde, P 2019, 'Multiple dimensions of work intensity: ambulance work as edgework', Work, Employment & Society, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 280-297. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017018759207

Hassard, J, Hyde, P, Wolfram Cox, J, Granter, E & McCann, L 2017, 'Exploring health work: a critical-action perspective', Journal of Health, Organisation and Management, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 567-580. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-02-2017-0034

Granter, E 2017, 'Strictly business: Critical Theory and the society of rackets', Competition and Change, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 94-113. https://doi.org/10.1177/1024529417690716


McCann, L, Wierman, B & Granter, E 2021, Treating ideology seriously in international business and management research: a textual analysis of the global self-management fad. in Ö Bozkurt & M Geppert (eds), A research agenda for international business and management. Elgar Research Agendas, Edward Elgar, pp. 131–151. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781789902044.00017

Wierman, B, Granter, E & McCann, L 2020, Anarchy in Management Today. in M Parker, K Stoborod & T Swann (eds), Anarchism, Organization and Management: Critical Perspectives for Students. Routledge.

Granter, E 2020, Critical Theory and the Post Work Imaginary. in J Aroles, F-X de Vaujany & K Dale (eds), Experiencing the New World of Work. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Granter, E 2019, ‘Critical Theory and critical social work’. in S Webb (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work. 1 edn, Routledge.

Granter, E 2019, ‘Frankfurt School Critical Theory’. in S Clegg & M Pina e Cunha (eds), Management, Organizations and Contemporary Social Theory.. 1 edn, Routledge.

Other contribution

Granter, E 2020, The End of Work Revisited. Bristol University Press.

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