Wojciech Kwiatkowski

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20172020

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Overview

I am a Lecturer in Business and Management and the School of Business and Creative Industries. I hold an Associate Fellowship of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy). I was previously employed as an Adjunct Academic (2019) and Graduate Teaching Assistant (2016-2019) at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.

I obtained my PhD in Business and Management from the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, in 2020. My doctoral thesis explored how issues of competence, knowledge, power, identity, technology and the material world at large shaped the service delivery process of a specialist IT consultancy. It drew on socio-constructivist approaches to the study of organisational knowledge and learning, including knowledge-ceation theory and pratice-based theorising of organisational knowledge and learning.

In my current work, I draw on practice theorising to explore organisational knowledge and learning, technology design, effects of new technologies on work and organising, and the power relations inherent in all of them. I also have an interest in scrutinising the harmony and dissonance between scholarly accounts of knowing and the knowing involved in research practice.

Current teaching activities and interests

Reflective of my research, my teaching interests lie primarily in the areas of organisational knowledge and learning. However, I also have extensive teaching experience in the areas of strategy, organisational design, contemporary organisational issues (i.e. economic, social, political and technological issues affecting organisations), business ethics, leadership and qualitative research methodology.

Area of academic expertise - outline

My primary areas of expertise include:

  • The social aspects of organisational knowledge and learning - how knowledge and learning 'happen' among people within and across organisations, the extent to which this can be managed, the power relations inherent in it.
  • The material aspects of organisational knowledge and learning - how the material world (i.e. physical modies, physical layouts, technologies, artefacts) affects organisational knowledge and learning.

Because of my teaching and research experience, I also have expertise pertaining to the following areas:

  • Strategy - how organisational strategies are devised and enacted in practice;
  • Organisatonal design - how organisational structures are devised and how they support organisations' strategic agendas;
  • Contemporary business issues - how economics, politics, technology and the society at large affect organisations and their members.
  • Knowledge intensive business services - how consultancies deliver business services to their clients, and the dynamic between provider and client organisations.
  • Organisational change associated with the introduction of new technologies;
  • The social and material aspects of the design of new technologies.

Current research activities

I have recently written a chapter on practice-based theorising for an upcoming encyclopaedia of critical management studies. Currently, I am  preparing papers based on my doctoral thesis for publication in peer-review journals.

Desired research direction

My main research interests lie in organisational knowledge and learning. I am particularly interested in how the material environment (i.e. physical layouts, online platforms, novel technologies, human bodies) shape the everyday organisational practices through which knowledge and learning transpire. More generally, I am interested in research conducted from a practice-based perspective with which I affiliate. I strive to explore issues of conflict, power, dominance and subjugation in my research activity.

Once restrictions are fully lifted, I hope to explore the long-term changes to organisational practices, organistional knowledge and organisational learning resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. I would also like to explore the role the physical body plans in organisational knowledge and learning.

Target collaborative organisations

I look forward to collaborating with private and public organisations which:

  • Are looking to understand how organisational knowledge and learning 'happen' within them and how it could be enhanced;
  • Organisations undergoing change whether its internally- or externally-driven, and whether it is associated with deployment of new technologies or more social forms of change.
  • Are looking to adapt to a post-COVID-19 reality;
  • Are or strive to become disabilty-friendly employers or support people with disabilities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

External positions

Adjunct Academic, The University of Manchester

Jan 2019Oct 2019

Graduate Teaching Assistant, The University of Manchester

Feb 2016Jan 2019

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