Professor Mats Alvesson


School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Leuphana University Lüneburg


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Book Chapter

  • Alvesson, Mats and Spicer, Andre (2017). (Un)conditional surrender?: why do professionals willingly comply with managerialism?. In Mats Benner, Tony Huzzard and Dan Kärreman (Ed.), The corporatization of business education: Minerva meets the market (pp. 92-110) Abingdon, VA, United States: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315640594

  • Alvesson, Mats and Kärreman, Dan (2017). Uncreative destruction: Competition and positional games in higher education. In The Corporatization of the Business School: Minerva Meets the Market (pp. 111-127) London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315640594

  • Hartmann, Rasmus Koss, Karreman, Dan and Alvesson, Mats (2016). CMS in Scandinavia: a hitchhiker's guide to the realm of the Scandocrits. In Christopher Grey, Isabelle Huault, Véronique Perret and Laurent Taskin (Ed.), Critical management studies: global voices, local accents (pp. 144-158) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Sandberg, Jorgen, Loacker, Bernadette and Alvesson, Mats (2015). Conceptions of process in organization and management: The case of identity studies. In Raghu Garud, Barbara Simpson, Ann Langley and Haridimos Tsoukas (Ed.), The Emergence of Novelty in Organizations (pp. 318-344) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728313.003.0012

  • Alvesson, Mats and Spicer, Andre (2014). Critical perspectives on leadership. In David Day (Ed.), Oxford handbook of leadership and organizations (pp. 40-56) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Du Billing, Yvonne and Alvesson, Mats (2014). Leadership: a matter of gender?. In Savita Kumra, Ruth Simpson and Ronald J. Burke (Ed.), Oxford handbook of gender in organizations (pp. 200-222) New York, United States: Oxford University Press.

  • Alvesson, Mats and Sandberg, Jörgen (2014). Problematization meets mystery creation: generating new ideas and findings through assumption challenging research. In Emma Jeanes and Tony Huzzard (Ed.), Critical Management Research: Reflections from the Field (pp. 23-41) London, UK: Sage. doi:10.4135/9748146288610.n2

  • Alvesson, Mats and Sveningsson, Stefan (2013). Essay: authentic leadership critically reviewed. In Donna Ladkin and Chellie Spiller (Ed.), Authentic leadership : clashes, convergences and coalescences (pp. 39-54) Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Sveningsson, Stefan, Alvehus, Johan and Alvesson, Mats (2012). Managerial leadership: Identities, processes, and interactions. In Stefan Tengblad (Ed.), The Work of Managers: Towards a Practice Theory of Management (pp. 69-86) Oxford United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639724.003.0004

  • Alvesson, Mats (2012). Managing consultants: control and identity. In Timothy Clark and Matthias Kipping (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of management consulting (pp. 1-24) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199235049.013.0015

  • Alvesson, Mats and Sveningsson, Stefan (2012). Un- and re-packing leadership: context, relations, constructions, and politics. In Mary Uhl-Bien and Sonia M. Ospina (Ed.), Advancing relational leadership research: a dialogue among perspectives (pp. 203-225) Charlotte, NC, USA: Information Age Publishing.

  • Lundholm, Susanne E., Rennstam, Jens and Alvesson, Mats (2012). Understanding hierarchy in contemporary work. In Thomas Diefenbach and Rune Todnem (Ed.), Reinventing hierarchy and bureaucracy: from the bureau to network organizations (pp. 113-140) Greenwich, United States: Emerald Group Publishing. doi:10.1108/S0733-558X(2012)0000035007

  • Alvesson, Mats and Kärreman, Dan (2011). 'Meritocracy' verus 'Sociocracy': Personnel concepts and HRM in two IT/management consulting firms. In Stewart Clegg, Martin Harris and Harro Hopfl (Ed.), Managing modernity: Beyond bureaucracy? (pp. 154-175) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Alvesson, Mats and Sveningsson, Stefan (2011). Identity work in consultancy projects: Ambiguity and distribution of credit and blame. In Christopher N. Candlin and Jonathan Crichton (Ed.), Discourses of deficit (pp. 159-174) Hampshire, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Alvesson, Mats (2011). Leaders as saints: Leadership through moral peak performance. In Mats Alvesson and Andre Spicer (Ed.), Metaphors we lead by: Understanding leadership in the real world (pp. 51-75) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Alvesson, Mats (2011). Leadership and organizational culture. In Alan Bryman, David Collinson, Keith Grint, Brad Jackson and Mary Uhl-Bien (Ed.), The SAGE handbook of leadership (pp. 151-164) London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications.

  • Alvesson, Mats (2011). Organizational culture: Meaning, discourse, and identity. In Neal M. Ashkanasy, Celeste P. M. Wilderom and Mark F. Peterson (Ed.), The Handbook of Organizational Culture and Climate 2nd ed. (pp. 11-28) Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications. doi:10.4135/9781483307961.n2

  • Alvesson, M. and Ashcraft, K. L. (2009). Critical methodology in management and organization research. In David Buchanan and Alan Bryman (Ed.), The SAGE handbook of organizational research methods (pp. 61-77) London, U.K.: Sage Publications.

  • Alvesson, Mats (2009). Critical perspectives on strategic HRM. In John Storey, Patrick M. Wright and David Ulrich (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Strategic Human Resource Management (pp. 52-67) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

  • Alvesson, M. (2008). The future of critical management studies. In D. Barry and H. Hansen (Ed.), The Sage Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization (pp. 13-26) London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications.

  • Alvesson, Mats and Kärreman, Dan (2006). Professional Service Firms as Collectivities: A Cultural and Processual View. In Royston Greenwood and Roy Suddaby (Ed.), Professional service firms (pp. 203-230) Greenwich, Conn. ; London: Emerald Group Publishing. doi:10.1016/S0733-558X(06)24008-4

  • Thompson, Paul and Alvesson, Mats (2005). Bureaucracy at work: misunderstandings and mixed blessings. In Paul du Gay (Ed.), The Values of Bureaucracy (pp. 89-114) Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Alvesson, Mats and Thompson, Paul (2005). Post-bureaucracy?. In Stephen Ackroyd, Rosemary Batt, Paul Thompson and Pamela S. Tolbert (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of work and organization (pp. 485-505) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199299249.003.0025

  • Alvesson, Mats and Willmott, Hugh (2004). Identity Regulation as Organizational Control Producing the Appropriate Individual*. In M. J. Hatch and M. Schultz (Ed.), Organizational identity : a reader (pp. 436-465) Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Alvesson, Mats (2004). Organization: From Substance to Image?. In M. J. Hatch and M. Schultz (Ed.), Organizational identity : a reader (pp. 161-182) Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Alvesson, Mats (2004). Organizational culture and discourse. In David Grant, Cynthia Hardy, Cliff Oswick and Linda L. Putnam (Ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Discourse (pp. 317-336) London, U. K.: Sage Publications. doi:10.4135/978-1-84860-812-2.n15

  • Alvesson, Mats (2003). Critical organization studies. In Barbara Czarniawska and Guje Sevón (Ed.), The Northern Lights - Organization Theory in Scandinavia (pp. x-x) Malmö : Liber: Liber.

  • Alvesson, Mats (2003). Interpretive unpacking: moderately destabilizing identities and images in organization studies. In Edwin A. Locke (Ed.), Research in the Sociology of Organizations (pp. 3-27) Greenwich, Conn. ; London: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. doi:10.1016/S0733-558X(03)21001-6

  • Alvesson, M. and Billing, Y. (2002). Beyond body-counting. A discussion of the social construction of gender. In Iiris Aaltio and Albert J. Mills (Ed.), Gender, Identities, and the Culture of Organizations (pp. 72-91) New York: Routledge.

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