Dr Anita Mangan

Dr Anita Mangan

Dr Anita Mangan
Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies

Howard House, Queen's Avenue, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 42 82225

Department of Management

Personal profile

Dr Anita Mangan recently joined the Department of Management, having previously worked in the University of Keele, University College Dublin and Cardiff Business School. She is a graduate of University College Dublin (BA, MBS), University of Exeter (MA) and University of Keele (PhD).




Anita's research is broadly themed around social justice in organisational studies. The main focus of her research is on co-operatives and credit unions as alternative forms of organising, which offer a counternarrative to austerity, marketisation and the rise of precarious work. Related to this overarching theme of social justice, she also researches non-profit organisations, community activism and volunteering processes. Her work is informed by Foucault and discourse analysis, with an emphasis on issues of identity and subjectivity, power and control.

Further details of her three main research themes are as follows:

1. Co-operatives and credit unions as alternative organisations

Overall, this strand of research on alternative forms of organising contributes to academic knowledge about the possibilities offered by co-operatives and credit unions, both as a response to economic disadvantage and as a transformative tool for communities. Specific themes include the struggle to maintain a distinctive ethos while operating in a for-profit marketplace, the invisibility of alternative organisational forms in the media and business school curricula, strengths and challenges of co-operatives as an organisational form, as well as a comparative study of credit unions in the UK and Japan.

2. Analysing discourses of community activism and volunteering processes

This research strand has developed out of Anita's PhD research on credit unions, whose governing boards are composed entirely of volunteers. Some of this research takes a discursive approach to understanding volunteering processes, theorising the tensions between community discourses and enterprise discourse, analysing volunteer motivations and volunteers as community activists.  

3. Interdisciplinary research on social innovation and social justice

The third strand of research encompasses interdisciplinary work with academic colleagues from a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including media studies, literature, politics, sociology, communication and design studies. This work stems from an interest in social innovations and working in partnership with communities.


Postgraduate research:

Anita welcomes queries from PhD students who want to undertake qualitative research related to any of these three themes.

Latest publications

  1. Millward, H, Kelemen, M & Mangan, A, 2019, ‘Co-producing community and individual change through theatrical interventions’. Organizational Aesthetics, vol 8., pp. 34-50
  2. Hamilton, L, Mitchell, L & Mangan, A, 2019, ‘Contemporary issues in management: A critical management approach’. Edward Elgar Publishing
  3. Mangan, A, 2019, ‘Is there another way of organising? Considering the possibilities of alternative organisations.’. in: Lindsay Hamilton, Laura Mitchell, Anita Mangan (eds) Contemporary issues in management: A critical management approach.
  4. McConn-Palfreyman, W, McInnes, P & Mangan, A, 2019, ‘From bodies as ‘meat’ to bodies as ‘flesh’: the expression of performance management as ‘sacrificial acts’ within professional rugby’. Culture and Organization, vol 25., pp. 253-271
  5. Skey, M, Stone, C, Jenzen, O & Mangan, A, 2018, ‘Mediatization and sport: A bottom-up perspective’. Communication and Sport, vol 6., pp. 588-604
  6. Mangan, A, Thomas, R, Davies, A & Gasper, R, 2018, ‘The challenges of police-community collaboration: Identity manoeuvres and power struggles in a neighbourhood based meeting’. Public Management Review, vol 20., pp. 1353-1373
  7. Mangan, A & Byrne, A, 2018, ‘Marginalising co-operation? A discursive analysis of media reporting on the Co-operative Bank’. Organization, vol 25., pp. 794-811
  8. Mangan, A & French, S, 2017, ‘Small is Beautiful? Exploring the Challenges Faced by Trade Union Supported Credit Unions’. Journal of Co-operative Studies, vol 50., pp. 5-16
  9. Kelemen, M, Mangan, A & Moffat, S, 2017, ‘More Than a ‘Little Act of Kindness’? Towards a Typology of Volunteering as Unpaid Work’. Sociology, vol 51., pp. 1239-1256
  10. Mangan, A, 2017, ‘What's in a name? Reflections on the marginalisation of the co-operative as an organisational form’. in: Nina Boeger, Charlotte Villiers (eds) Shaping the corporate landscape: Towards corporate reform and enterprise diversity., pp. 289-308
  11. Mangan, A, Kelemen, M & Moffat, S, 2016, ‘Animating the classroom: Pedagogical responses to internationalisation’. Management Learning, vol 47., pp. 285-304
  12. Hamilton, L, Mitchell, L & Mangan, A, 2014, ‘Contemporary Issues in Management’. Edward Elgar Publishing
  13. Mangan, A, 2014, ‘Where are the alternative organisations in Organisational Behaviour textbooks?’. in: Lindsay Hamilton, Laura Mitchell, Anita Mangan (eds) Contemporary Issues in Management. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 187-204
  14. Mangan, A, 2009, ‘‘We’re not banks’: Exploring self-discipline, subjectivity and co-operative work’. Human Relations, vol 62., pp. 93-117
  15. Whittle, A, Mueller, F & Mangan, A, 2009, ‘Storytelling and ‘Character’: Victims, villains and heroes in a case of technological change’. Organization, vol 16., pp. 425-442
  16. Mangan, A & Kelly, S, 2009, ‘Information systems and the allure of organisational integration: a cautionary tale from the Irish financial services sector’. European Journal of Information Systems, vol 18., pp. 66?78
  17. Whittle, A, Mueller, F & Mangan, A, 2008, ‘In Search of Subtlety: Discursive Devices and Rhetorical Competence’. Management Communication Quarterly, vol 22., pp. 99-122
  18. Klein, S & Mangan, A, 2005, ‘Stability in Times of Change: A Strength of Cooperatives’. in: Theresia Theurl (eds) Economics of Interfirm Networks., pp. 91-119

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