Peter Fleming

Professor of Business and Society at Cass Business School


  • Cass Business School



Cass Business School

Before joining Cass, Peter Fleming held positions at Cambridge University and Queen Mary College, University of London. Peter's research focuses on the changing relationship between business and society, with special emphasis on new patterns of conflict in the workplace, the evolution of management ideologies and the rise (and fall) of Corporate Social Responsibility. He has also extensively studied the causes of organisational corruption in the private and public sectors. Peter regularly writes for The Guardian and the BBC among other media outlets. His books include:

The Death of Homo Economicus: Work, Debt and the Myth of Endless Accumulation. London. Pluto Press (forthcoming, 2017).

The Mythology of Work. London: Pluto Press (2015).

Resisting Work: The Corporatization of Life and its Discontents. Philadelphia: Temple University Press (2014).

The End of Corporate Social Responsibility. London: Sage Publishing (2013).

Dead Man Working. London: Zero Books (2012).

Contesting the Corporation: Power and Resistance in Organizations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2010).

Authenticity and Cultural Politics of Work. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2009).

Charting Corporate Corruption: Agency, Structure and Escalation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Books (2009).


PhD (Melbourne Uni.).


Primary Topics

  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Organization Theory
  • Organizational Behaviour

Books (8)

  • Fleming, P. (2017). The Death of Homo Economicus Work, Debt and the Myth of Endless Accumulation. Pluto Press. ISBN 978-0-7453-9940-9.
  • Fleming, P. (2015). The Mythology of Work How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself. Pluto Press (UK). ISBN 978-0-7453-3486-8.
  • Fleming, P. (2014). Resisting work: The corporatization of life and its discontents. ISBN 978-1-4399-1114-3.
  • Fleming, P. (2012). The End of Corporate Social Responsibility Crisis and Critique. SAGE. ISBN 978-1-84920-515-3.
  • Cederström, C. and Fleming, P. (2012). Dead Man Working. John Hunt Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78099-156-6.
  • Fleming, P. and Spicer, A. (2010). Contesting the Corporation Struggle, Power and Resistance in Organizations. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-16953-0.
  • Fleming, P. (2009). Authenticity and the Cultural Politics of Work New Forms of Informal Control. OUP Oxford. ISBN 978-0-19-954715-9.
  • Fleming, P. and Zyglidopoulos, S.C. (2009). Charting Corporate Corruption Agency, Structure and Escalation. Edward Elgar Pub. ISBN 978-1-84720-516-2.

Chapters (5)

  • Fleming, P. (2016). Work: The philosophical limits of an idea in the neo-liberal age. The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies (pp. 592–600). ISBN 978-1-134-46608-5.
  • Fleming, P. (2015). Work and illness under neoliberal capitalism: How to use your virus as a weapon of refusal. The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organizations (pp. 384–398). ISBN 978-1-136-74631-4.
  • Oswick, C. and Fleming, P. (2014). What About the Workers? Discourses of Enrichment, Empowerment, and Engagement (and Emancipation). In Reed, C., Thomas, R., Davies, A., Keenoy, T., McDermott, A., Hurlow, S., Sabells, I., Ybema, S., Oswick, C., Beech, N. and Hardy, C. (Eds.), Organizational Discourse: Terra Firma, Terra Nova, Terra Incognita (11th International Conference on Organisational Discourse) KMC Press.
  • Fleming, P. (2012). The Birth of “Biocracy” and its Discontents at Work. Reinventing Hierarchy and Bureaucracy From the Bureau to Network Organizations (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Volume 35) Emerald Group Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78052-782-6.
  • Fleming, P. (2012). The working stakeholder: new perspectives on corporate social responsibility and the employee. In Kotler, P., Maon, F. and Lindgreen, A. (Eds.), A Stakeholder Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility Pressures, Conflicts, and Reconciliation Gower Publishing, Ltd.. ISBN 978-1-4094-5640-7.

Journal Articles (34)

  • Fleming, P. (2017). The Human Capital Hoax: Work, Debt and Insecurity in the Era of Uberization. Organization Studies, 38(5), pp. 691–709. doi:10.1177/0170840616686129.
  • Cederström, C. and Fleming, P. (2016). On Bandit Organizations and Their (IL)Legitimacy: Concept Development and Illustration. Organization Studies, 37(11), pp. 1575–1594. doi:10.1177/0170840616655484.
  • Mena, S., Rintamaki, J., Fleming, P. and Spicer, A. (2016). On the forgetting of corporate irresponsibility. Academy of Management Review, 41(4), pp. 720–738. doi:10.5465/amr.2014.0208.
  • Fleming, P. and Banerjee, S.B. (2016). When performativity fails: Implications for Critical Management Studies. Human Relations, 69(2), pp. 257–276. doi:10.1177/0018726715599241.
  • Fleming, P. (2016). Resistance and the “Post-Recognition” Turn in Organizations. Journal of Management Inquiry, 25(1), pp. 106–110. doi:10.1177/1056492615600363.
  • Di Domenico, M. and Fleming, P. (2014). "Time(x) Out of Joint": Interpreting Spectral Imagery in Media Representations of the 1993 Timex Industrial Dispute in Scotland. JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT INQUIRY, 23(1), pp. 80–92. doi:10.1177/1056492613499202.
  • Fleming, P. and Oswick, C. (2014). Educating consent? A conversation with Noam Chomsky on the university and business school education. Organization, 21(4), pp. 568–578. doi:10.1177/1350508413514748.
  • Fleming, P. and Spicer, A. (2014). Power in Management and Organization Science. Academy of Management Annals, 8(1), pp. 237–298. doi:10.1080/19416520.2014.875671.
  • Fleming, P. (2014). Review Article: When 'life itself' goes to work: Reviewing shifts in organizational life through the lens of biopower. Human Relations, 67(7), pp. 875–901. doi:10.1177/0018726713508142.
  • Fleming, P., Roberts, J. and Garsten, C. (2013). In search of corporate social responsibility: Introduction to special issue. Organization, 20(3), pp. 337–348. doi:10.1177/1350508413479581.
  • Fleming, P. (2013). ‘Down with Big Brother!’ The End of ‘Corporate Culturalism’? Journal of Management Studies, 50(3), pp. 474–495. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01056.x.
  • Fleming, P. (2012). "Biocracy" and the Informalization of Exploitation at Work. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2012(1), pp. 1–1. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2012.42.
  • Oswick, C., Fleming, P. and Hanlon, G. (2011). From borrowing to blending: Rethinking the processes of organizational theory building. Academy of Management Review, 36(2), pp. 318–337.
  • Fleming, P. and Sturdy, A. (2011). ‘Being yourself ’ in the electronic sweatshop: New forms of normative control. Human Relations, 64(2), pp. 177–200. doi:10.1177/0018726710375481.
  • Hanlon, G. and Fleming, P.P. (2009). Updating the Critical Perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility. Sociology Compass, 3(6), pp. 937–948. doi:10.1111/j.1751-9020.2009.00250.x.
  • Costas, J. and Fleming, P. (2009). Beyond dis-identification: A discursive approach to self-alienation in contemporary organizations. HUMAN RELATIONS, 62(3), pp. 353–378. doi:10.1177/0018726708101041.
  • Di Domenico, M. and Fleming, P. (2009). 'It's a guesthouse not a brothel': Policing sex in the home-workplace. HUMAN RELATIONS, 62(2), pp. 245–269. doi:10.1177/0018726708100359.
  • Fleming, P. and Zyglidopoulos, S.C. (2008). The Escalation of Deception in Organizations. Journal of Business Ethics, 81(4), pp. 837–850. doi:10.1007/s10551-007-9551-9.
  • Böhm, S., Spicer, A. and Fleming, P. (2008). Infra-political dimensions of resistance to international business: A Neo-Gramscian approach. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 24(3), pp. 169–182. doi:10.1016/j.scaman.2008.03.008.
  • Zyglidopoulos, S.C. and Fleming, P.J. (2008). Ethical Distance in Corrupt Firms: How Do Innocent Bystanders Become Guilty Perpetrators? Journal of Business Ethics, 78(1-2), pp. 265–274. doi:10.1007/s10551-007-9378-4.
  • Fleming, P. and Spicer, A. (2008). Beyond Power and Resistance. Management Communication Quarterly, 21(3), pp. 301–309. doi:10.1177/0893318907309928.
  • Spicer, A. and Fleming, P. (2007). Intervening in the Inevitable: Contesting Globalization in a Public Sector Organization. Organization, 14(4), pp. 517–541. doi:10.1177/1350508407078051.
  • Fleming, P. (2007). Sexuality, Power and Resistance in the Workplace. Organization Studies, 28(2), pp. 239–256. doi:10.1177/0170840606068307.
  • Fleming, P. (2005). 'Kindergarten Cop': Paternalism and Resistance in a High-Commitment Workplace. Journal of Management Studies, 42(7), pp. 1469–1489. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.2005.00551.x.
  • Fleming, P. and Spicer, A. (2005). Stewart Clegg: Towards a Machiavellian Organization Theory? The Sociological Review, 53(1_suppl), pp. 95–105. doi:10.1111/j.1467-954X.2005.00543.x.
  • Fleming, P. and Spicer, A. (2005). How Objects Believe for Us: Applications in Organizational Analysis. Culture and Organization, 11(3), pp. 181–193. doi:10.1080/14759550500203094.
  • Fleming, P. (2005). Workers’ Playtime? The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 41(3), pp. 285–303. doi:10.1177/0021886305277033.
  • Fleming, P. (2005). Metaphors of Resistance. Management Communication Quarterly, 19(1), pp. 45–66. doi:10.1177/0893318905276559.
  • Fleming, P., Harley, B. and Sewell, G. (2004). A little knowledge is a dangerous thing: getting below the surface of the growth of 'knowledge work' in Australia. Work, Employment & Society, 18(4), pp. 725–747. doi:10.1177/0950017004047951.
  • Fleming, P. and Spicer, A. (2004). ‘You Can Checkout Anytime, but You Can Never Leave’: Spatial Boundaries in a High Commitment Organization. Human Relations, 57(1), pp. 75–94. doi:10.1177/0018726704042715.
  • Jones, M.T. and Fleming, P. (2003). Unpacking Complexity Through Critical Stakeholder Analysis The Case of Globalization. Business & Society, 42(4), pp. 430–454. doi:10.1177/0007650303259070.
  • Sturdy, A. and Fleming, P. (2003). Talk as Technique - A Critique of the Words and Deeds Distinction in the Diffusion of Customer Service Cultures in Call Centres. Journal of Management Studies, 40(4), pp. 753–773. doi:10.1111/1467-6486.00359.
  • Fleming, P. and Spicer, A. (2003). Working at a Cynical Distance: Implications for Power, Subjectivity and Resistance. Organization, 10(1), pp. 157–179. doi:10.1177/1350508403010001376.
  • Fleming, P. and Sewell, G. (2002). Looking for the Good Soldier, Švejk. Sociology, 36(4), pp. 857–873. doi:10.1177/003803850203600404.

Editorial Activities (4)

  • Organization Studies, Senior Editor, 2016 – present.
  • Academy of Management Review, Member of Editorial Board, 2014 – present.
  • Organization, Member of Editorial Board, 2014 – present.
  • Organization Studies, Member of Editorial Board, 2005 – present.


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