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Thesis Title: Developing 21st Century Organisations: The Practice of Alternative Forms of Organising

Orestis Varkarolis holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management from Democritus University of Thrace (Greece) and an MBA in Food and Agricultural Business Administration from Agricultural University of Athens (Greece). His academic knowledge and interest in the field of Organisation Studies and Critical Management and his real-world work experience in various projects of solidarity economy has helped him to develop an interest in new forms of management and heterodox business models which until recently were marginalised in organisational studies.

His PhD project at Nottingham Trent University is funded by a Vice Chancellor's Scholarship and is based on an ethnographic study in the Worker Cooperatives Network of Athens. It aims to provide a useful template for understanding the impact of innovative responses to organisational and managerial challenges while dedicated to real impact, transforming business and organisation. In this way, his research contributes to a growing literature that is exploring non-managerial alternatives to contemporary assumptions about organising in line with the "performative turn" in Critical Management Studies.

Director of Studies

Professor Alistair Mutch

Research Groups / Centres and Projects

Organising as Practice Research Group


Orestis has written a book titled Creative Resistance and Anti-Power (2012) that has been cited in several research publications. He was also an invited speaker at the Management Studies PhD Conference 2014 held at Leicester and a key speaker in a round table discussion on Anarchism and CMS organised at the Anarchist Studies Network third International Conference at Loughborough University.

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