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Yr Athro Ismael Al-Amoudi

Yr Athro Ismael Al-Amoudi

Reader in Organisational Studies


My research studies how social norms are established or contested, with particular attention being drawn to the practices of corporations. How come certain practices are seen as 'natural' and 'acceptable' whereas others raise much concern and resistance?

I tackle these questions from a perspective that mixes philosophical questioning and ethnographic participant observation. My interest in normativity has brought me to study (and publish) in the fields of business ethics; organisation studies and social theory.

I worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in the early 2000s, before doing a PhD in Cambridge (2002-06) and joining academia. After my thesis, I worked as Senior Lecturer at the University of Reading (UK) and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Ontology (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland). I have also been active with the Occupy movement that purports to limit the contemporary excesses of capitalism.

I am open to PhD projects that consider the effects of contemporary organisations on society and that are anchored in the social sciences and humanities.



  • PhD (Cantab)
  • Diplome ESCP-EUROPE

Editorial work

Peer review for ISI ranked journals:

  • Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (member of the editorial board)
  • British Journal of Management
  • Cambridge Journal of Economics
  • Journal of Management Inquiry
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • organisation
  • organisation Studies

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

  • Grant for current project on authority in a morphogenetic society: circa €180,000. Awarded by Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) in Spring 2011
  • Grant for Oxford Seminar on Conventions and Rules (OSCAR): £10,000. Autumn 2009. Awarded by Abdul Lateef Jameel Community Services. Joint application with Dr John Latsis
  • Grant for CIP conference. Reading 21st November 2008: £1,500. Awarded by the University of Reading
  • School award for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning. University of Reading 2008
  • AOM Meeting Best Papers Proceedings (2007)
  • Judge Business School Spring Doctoral Conference (2006, Cambridge). Best paper award
  • Wolfson College/Newton Trust Bursary (2006, Cambridge)
  • ESRC PhD studentship (2003, Cambridge).  Covered tuition fees for 3 years
  • Cambridge European Trust Award (October 2002, Cambridge)
  • ESCP Prize in arts and humanities essay (1997, Paris): "Borges and the Palimpsest".

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  • Al-Amoudi, I. 2008. Relativism. In: Clegg, S. R. and Bailey, J. R. eds. International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. London: Sage, pp. 1-7.



Teaching commitments

  • Currently supervising a PhD student on organisational remembering and forgetting
  • MBA module: Management Consulting
  • Undergraduate module (year 3): Organisational Analysis & Change

Additional teaching

I have taught at the universities of Cambridge, Cardiff and Reading

  • Philosophy of social science
  • Qualitative methods of inquiry
  • How to do a strategy audit (when you're alone and have got only 2 weeks...)

PhD supervision research interests

  • The effects of contemporary organisations on society (anchored in the social sciences and humanities)
  • Contestation and resistance
  • Critical management studies
  • Democracy
  • Social theory
  • Normativity and social rules
  • Social transformation
  • Violence


Past projects

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