Business, Management, and Economics

The high-quality academic books, upper-level student texts and journal articles on our Business, Management and Economics list offer fresh perspectives on the economy, the future of work and organisations, and the relationship between business and addressing global social challenges.  

The list is home to a number of series including Organizations and Activism and Feminist Perspectives on Work and Organization, all of which are edited by leading scholars from the field, along with our journals in the area: Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice, Work in the Global Economy and Global Political Economy.

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Labour platforms such as UBER, PeoplePerHour and Rappi have become a global phenomenon. Their business model is affecting global labour markets and disrupting service industries such as ride hailing, cognitive work and food delivery. Labour platforms not only rely on a flexible labour supply but are also at the forefront of utilising new technologies such as algorithms to control labour. For this reason, scholarly analyses of labour platforms are increasingly employing an integrated approach that accounts for the different layers of control intersecting at the point of production. Following such an approach, an ethnographic case study in platform food delivery was conducted, aided by semi-structured interviews and digital artifacts. This case study shows that algorithmic control is able to reduce effort indeterminacy but is less equipped to cope with indeterminacy of mobility induced by flexible labour supply. As such, algorithmic control was integrated with two additional control mechanisms: first, core workers were put into a position of controlling peripheral workers; and second, attempts were made to craft a community that offered strategic managerial avenues. Altogether, given the interplay between effort and mobility power, the study contributes to an understanding of technological control internal to social and institutional relations.

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This chapter extends an invitation to academics within business schools to reconsider their engagement with research, advocating for more in-depth collaboration with community and grassroots organizations. Drawing inspiration from ethnographic research conducted at the Free Food Store, the chapter introduces the concept of ‘activist performativity’ as an alternative scholarship approach that melds critical praxis, activism, research and teaching, with the overarching goal of fostering a more socially just and sustainable society. The chapter is grounded in the author’s personal journey to transform himself into a critical scholar bridging multiple realms and serving as a living example of activist performativity. This chapter aims to inspire collective change, reshaping the often alienating research practices within the academic sphere.

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This chapter delves into the symbolic layer of the Free Food Store by dissecting faith-related discourses and practices. Utilizing a rich array of sources, including organizational documents, interviews and observational data, the chapter unearths the complex interplay between the politics and morality inherent in food rescue efforts via charitable organizations. It sheds light on how faith-driven initiatives carry a transformative potential, yet face impediments posed by the prevailing neoliberal policies in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand. The chapter argues that a nuanced examination, which questions the monolithic conceptions of both neoliberalism and faith, is pivotal for comprehending the significance of ‘alternatives’ in addressing food insecurity while also acknowledging the inherent tensions, challenges and prospects within this complex landscape.

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Within the global context of the stark contrast between food poverty and food waste, and the growing momentum in food rescue and redistribution initiatives, this chapter delves into the intricate interplay between academic and activist roles. Drawing on the author’s first-hand experiences at the Free Food Store, and through ‘writing differently’, the chapter explores pivotal moments where these multiple roles and identities intersect and sometimes clash. Additionally, it extends an invitation to envision and cultivate an activist academia that collaborates with communities to ‘change the world’. This text serves as an ongoing, intense dialogue between the author’s activist and academic selves, addressing the critical question of what needs to be done in response to urgent societal challenges. It also represents an earnest endeavour to think, write and, most significantly, take action in a distinctive manner, rooted in embodied experiences, aspirations and imaginations.

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This chapter offers insight into the author’s background and motivation, shedding light on his involvement with the Free Food Store, a pioneering food rescue organization that provides free food to the community. It commences with a description of the author’s role as a critical management and organization scholar in business schools across three countries, detailing the rationale behind his choices to undertake ethnographic research in the Aotearoa New Zealand context. Subsequently, the chapter provides a comprehensive portrayal of the Free Food Store. It also furnishes key statistics on food poverty in the national context and highlights the distinctive features that set the Free Food Store apart from food banks and other food charities, emphasizing its significant societal contributions.

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Imagining Alternatives

Consumerism, unsustainable growth, waste and inequalities continue to ail societies across the globe, but creative collectives have been tackling these issues at a grassroots level.

Based on an autoethnographic study about a free food store in Aotearoa New Zealand, this book presents a first-hand account of how a community is organized around surplus food to deal with food poverty, while also helping the reader to see through the complexity that brings the free food store to life.

Examining how alternative economies and relations emerge from these community solutions, the author shows it is possible to think, act and organize differently within and beyond capitalist dynamics.

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In this concluding chapter, based on his engagement at the Free Food Store, the author reflects on the critical roles played by faith, the use value of food and labour, and the complex web of power relations in providing valuable insights into the realm of alternative organizing. Through a dialogue with strategies of social change and the inherent paradoxes emerging through the operation of the shop, a comprehensive analysis is presented, offering an in-depth understanding of the possibilities inherent in the Free Food Store as a source of inspiration for envisioning and practising alternative organizing for social change. The chapter culminates by envisioning a vital role for the university as an anchor institution, one that fosters the creation and bridging of infrastructures for co-imagining alternative futures. This vision is realized through the collaborative efforts of grassroots and community organizations, actively addressing the pressing challenges of our society on the ground.

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This chapter engages with the notion of freedom and employs Michel Foucault’s ‘dispositive’ concept to present an insightful framework for comprehending the intricate power relations that unfold within the realm of the Free Food Store. The dispositive concept sheds light on the complex interactions between neoliberalism, community, faith and sustenance, ultimately revealing the dynamics that grant individuals the paradoxical experience of being both free and disciplined, as observed in the daily practices and discourses at the Free Food Store. As a result, the chapter offers a non-essentialist perspective that enhances our understanding of the multifaceted discourses, practices and institutional forces at play within the Free Food Store. This framework enables us to decipher the intricacies of how the Free Food Store operates and mediates the conditions of ‘disciplined freedom’ within an alternative-substitute organization.

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This chapter, informed by insights from Marxian political economy and the diverse economies framework, offers a compelling exploration of how alternative organizational structures manifest within the complex web of diverse economic practices. Specifically, it highlights how prevailing economic dynamics create opportunities for the emergence of noncapitalist modes of alternative organization, as exemplified by the Free Food Store. Central to this analysis is the pivotal role played by use value of both food and labour in mediating alternative economic, symbolic and political relationships. Furthermore, the chapter unravels the relational nature of diverse economic practices, unveiling a noncapitalist parasitic alternative organization that thrives within and for the community. This chapter introduces the concept of ‘use value’ as a vital theoretical tool for dissecting the intricate interplay between capitalist and noncapitalist economic practices from a critical political economy perspective.

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In the years following Qatar’s successful 2010 bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022, there has been a significant shift in its engagement with the migrant labour rights discourse, and subsequent embarkment on significant reforms as the result of intense international scrutiny and advocacy action. The core feature of Qatar’s historically evolved transnational labour management system, Kafala, has become a key focal point of international advocacy efforts. The objective of this article is to assess the extent to which the reforms constitute a break in Qatar’s historical (that is, pre-FIFA 2022) labour management system, and thus a meaningful disruption to the social reproduction regime that allowed the Kafala system to persist. We do so by probing the institutionalisation of those reforms, with a particular focus on the agency of labour through collective worker empowerment. Drawing on interviews with key transnational actors involved in the reform process in situ, we employ the ‘established-outsider’ relations concept in our analysis of the reforms, while highlighting the remaining challenges. Our ultimate argument is that although the reforms in Qatar seek to provide more labour rights and protections, they fall short of loosening the absolute control of sponsors (kafeels) over their employees. This is due to two main reasons: the absence of strong and effective institutions to convert the legal reforms into rights in practice; and the fact that laws outside of the labour ministry, that fall under the jurisdiction of the interior ministry, are the foundation of the relationship between citizens and migrants and remain largely untouched. These double-edged limitations guarantee the social reproduction of the highly unequal labour mobility system by firmly keeping in place ‘established-outsider’ relations.

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