Dr Edward Granter

Dr Edward Granter

Department of Management
Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour

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 covering politics, psychology, anthropology and sociology, Dr Granter’s academic career has focused on the latter. 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

I am currently supervising students doing doctorates in the following areas: ‘poverty, neoliberalism and the 3rd sector’, ‘anarchy and management’, ‘blockchain and management’ and ‘macro-prudential regulation after the financial crisis’.


Research interests

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

  • New ways of working – digital nomads
  • Restructuring in a business school
  • The digital flâneur
  • The end of work – back to the future

Other activities

Edward is the Academic Integrity Officer in the Department of Management.

External Examiner, undergraduate modules in business management, Keele University.

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


Authored Books

Edgell, S. and Granter, E. (2019) The Sociology of Work (3rd Ed.) London: SAGE.

Hyde, P., Granter, E. Hassard, J. and McCann, L. (2016) Deconstructing the Welfare State. London: Routledge.

Edited book

Edgell, S., Gottfried, H. and Granter, E. (eds.) (2016) The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment. London: SAGE. 

Journal articles

Aroles, J, Clegg, S and Granter, E. (2018) Death and the Penguin: Modularity, alienation and organizing. Culture and Organization. 

Granter, E, Wankhade, P, Mccann, L, Hyde, P & Hassard, J (2018) Multiple Dimensions of Work Intensity: Ambulance Work as Edgework. Work, Employment & Society (online first).

Granter, E. (2017) Strictly Business: Critical Theory and the Society of Rackets. Competition and Change, 21 (2). 

Chapters in edited books

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

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

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