The MOST team currently includes 22 research and teaching staff members and 2 associate researchers from various specialist fields in management science (Accounting/Management control/Auditing; Strategic Management; Marketing; Organisational Theory), and also hosts 21 doctoral researchers working as part of a critical study of management.
The team’s regular activities include running a monthly research seminar, theme-specific research days and doctoral seminars, as well as hosting guest professors and contributing to the cross-disciplinary activities of the DRM laboratory, in particular its Organisation unit.
Between 2012 and 2017, our team dynamic has consolidated the identity and visibility of our academic work, both nationally and internationally.
The MOST unit’s academic project acts as an umbrella structure for a group of researchers who have adopted a cross-disciplinary and critical approach to management science and aim to contribute to knowledge production by viewing organisations and the markets as phenomena that can be situated socially, historically and ideologically, thereby moving beyond functionalist explanations with a view to understanding how management procedures emerge and operate.
MOST is part of the critical management studies community. The chosen acronym reflects the four dimensions that define our research programme. Our primary research focus relates to the study of the dynamics underpinning the construction and institutionalisation of Markets (for example the financial markets or the fashion and luxury markets) and Organisations (public and private companies, professional organisations, NGOs, associations, etc.). The aim is to develop knowledge of commercial and organisational dynamics by studying the impact they have on Society and vice versa. More specifically, this involves exploring the role and effects of managerial Technologies, defined as the range of management tools and procedures used in organised collective action. Drawing on the strength of its disciplinary diversity, MOST aims to provide a critical understanding of the objectives underpinning the design, coordination and control of organised action and to formalise the conditions for the emergence and deployment of alternative management approaches. Driven by this aim since it was first created in 2009, the MOST research programme was strengthened between 2012 and 2017 through increased visibility both nationally and internationally. This is mainly due to:
These partnerships have led to joint publications in international sources as well as research visits by researchers and doctoral students from the team (e.g. Cass Business School, Copenhagen Business School, LUISS in Rome), thus contributing to the international reputation of MOST.
Significant efforts to host and support research activities during the 2012-2017 period further strengthened the visibility of our research programme, with extensive involvement of team members in the governance structures of various learned societies, research evaluation work as part of national bodies, and an ongoing presence on the editorial committees of ranked journals. The MOST team supports an average of 25 doctoral researchers each year, with 43 theses defended between 2012 and 2017. During this period the unit’s team members also coordinated 12 candidates who successfully qualified as research supervisors and, in collaboration with other partners, organised doctorate-level support events such as the Doctoral Critical Management Workshop (6th edition in March 2017) and the Doctoral Workshop in Accounting (initiated by Dauphine in 2015), which contributes to the visibility of MOST’s research programme.