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Edward Wray-Bliss
  • Title: Doctor
  • Position: Associate Professor - Department of Marketing and Management
  • Unit Name:

    Human Resource Management
    Strategic Management

  • Qualifications: PhD (1998) Manchester University (UMIST), BSc. Hons (1994) Manchester University (UMIST).

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Areas of Expertise

  • The Ethics and Politics of Work, Organisation and Leadership
  • Drug and alcohol use, and drug testing, in the workplace
  • Research Ethics in Management and the Social Sciences
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Methodologies
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Ethical and Continental Philosophy in Organisation Studies

Profile

Associate Professor Edward Wray-Bliss joined the Department of Marketing and Management, in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University in July of 2014. Prior to this, he had worked as a management academic for the previous 16 years at universities in both Australia and the UK including Deakin University (also Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning), UTS (also Associate Head of School, Research), the University of Essex, The University of Nottingham, The University of Salford, Stirling University, Edge Hill University and Manchester University  from where he received his Doctorate and Bachelors qualifications in management in 1998 and 1994 respectively.

Edward is an Organization Studies and Critical Management scholar who teaches and researches on the ethics and politics of work, management, organization and leadership. His research ranges from a close empirical analysis of the ethics of particular workplace and managerial practices, to conceptual critiques of the ways that management and organization is conventionally formulated, and to more philosophical examinations of the ethical and political foundations of organizing.  Specific topics and issues that he has published on include workforce drug and alcohol policies and employee drug testing, business ethics, leadership, new work technologies, discrimination and employee resistance. In addition, he has contributed a significant body of work to a critical reconceptualization of research responsibilities and ethics within management and critical management research. His more philosophical writings have explored ethical philosophy and organization studies, the post-secular in organization and leadership, and the philosophical roots of contemporary articulations of leadership. Dr Wray-Bliss's writings are published in highly-ranked management and organization studies academic journals (including Organization Studies, Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, Organization) and in edited academic books, handbooks and readers from quality publishers including Sage, Oxford, Polity and Routledge.

He is a passionate educator who brings into the lecture room his interest and expertise in the ethical foundations and problems of contemporary organizational and managerial practices. His commitment to enhancing how the ethical is engaged with in business education is carried into contributions to well-regarded Management and HRM textbooks published by Cengage, Palgrave and Tilde University Press and by a current contract to co-author a new Critical Business Ethics textbook for Routledge (due 2015). External recognition of the quality of his teaching includes nomination for the Australia-wide UniJobs Lecturer of the Year award in2010.

In addition to teaching and research, he has worked to strengthen ties between academic work and the wider community. His research on the ethics of workplace drug and alcohol policies and employee drug-testing, for example, has been disseminated in numerous articles,interviews and commentaries in the Australian, New Zealand and UK national media– contributing to the wider public debate regarding the efficacy and ethics of these contentious managerial practices.

Education

  • PhD. (Management): (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Bachelor of Science Honours (Management Science): (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology)

Research grants

  • 'ABEN 2012' The Bowater Trust, $8500.
  • 'The good life? A visual analysis of global/ transnational business subjectivity and its pedagogies' Swan, E. and Wray-Bliss, E. Faculty of Adult Education and Social Science Research Development Grant (UTS) 2010. $5814.95.
  • 'Developing and demonstrating graduate attributes in the UTS: Business Learning Experience through Foundation and Capstone knowledge' Bajada, C., Lawson, R. Traylor, R., Singh, L, Waite, K and Wray-Bliss, E. Faculty of Business, Learning and Teaching Large Grant (UTS) 2009. $79,441.
  • Commissioned as academic consultant by Scriptographic Publications Ltd to review employee information publication, 'Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace', before national release. 400 GB pounds.
  • 'Intoxicating organization: Fostering dialogue on workplace drug and alcohol policies' International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, 2005. 1000 GB pounds.
  • Economic and Social Research Council PhD Scholarship, 1995-1997. 12000 GB pounds.

Current projects

  • An analysis of the photographic portrayal of business leaders in the popular press: drawing upon visual semiotics and art history to examine how leadership subjectivity and ethics are constructed and conveyed (with Dr. Victoria Carruthers, Australian Catholic University, Sydney).
  • Contributions to a post-secular organisation studies, including:
    • research on the organising principles carried through literary and religious conceptualisations of Hell (with Professor Bob Westwood),
    • a critical re-conceptualisation of the concept of Organisational Soul,
    • a re-theorisation of the post-secular as it applies to the study of organisation (with Professor Emma Bell, Keele University, and Dr. Scott Taylor, University of Exeter).
  • A review and critique of the use of moral philosophy by management and organisation scholars (forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy in Organization Studies)
  • A Routledge textbook on Critical Business Ethics (with Professor Carl Rhodes, Macquarie University and Dr. Sheena Vachhani, University of Bristol).

Research areas

  • The ethics and politics of work, management and organisation.
  • The ethics of leadership
  • Critical Business Ethics
  • Workplace drug and alcohol policies and workforce drug testing
  • The ethics of the management academy and management research
  • The post-secular and organisation

Publications

journal toggle icon open Refereed Journal Articles

  • Waller, D; Freeman, L.; Hambusch, G.; Waite, K.; Neil, J. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2014) 'Embedding Ethics in the Business Curriculum' Journal of Business Ethics Education, 11.
  • Rhodes, C. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2013) 'The ethical difference of Organization' Organization 20(1): 39-50.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2013) 'A crisis of leadership: Towards an anti-sovereign ethics of organisation' Business Ethics: A European Review 22(1): 86-107
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2012) 'Leadership and the deified/ demonic: A cultural critique of CEO canonization' Business Ethics: A European Review 21(4): 434-449.
  • Warren, S. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2009) 'Workforce drug testing: a critique and reframing' New Technology, Work and Employment 24(2): 163-176.
  • Acevedo, B., Warren, S. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2009) 'The devil in high heels: drugs, symbolism and Kate Moss' Culture and Organization 15 (3/4): 331-346.
  • Brewis, J. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2008) 'Re-searching ethics: towards a more reflexive Critical Management Studies' Organization Studies 29(12): 1521–1540.
  • Brewis, J.; Sanderson, C., and Wray-Bliss, E. (2007) 'Interrogating excess: The case of organizational drug policies' Tamara 5(5.1): 39-53.
  • Collins, H. and Wray-Bliss, E (2005) 'Discriminating ethics' Human Relations 58(6): 799-824
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2004) 'The right to respond? The monopolisation of voice in CMS' Ephemera 4(2): 101-120.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2003) 'Quick fixes: Drug culture and management culture, Excellence and Ecstasy, BPR and Brown' Culture and Organisation, 9(3): 161-176.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2003) 'Research subjects/ research subjections: The politics and ethics of critical research' Organization 10(2): 307-325.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2003) 'Ethical discriminations: Representing the reprehensible' Tamara: The journal of critical postmodern science 2(3): 7-22.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2002) 'Abstract ethics, embodied ethics: the strange marriage of Foucault and Positivism in LPT' Organization 9(1): 5-39.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2002) 'Interpretation – appropriation: subordinating effects of misplaced facticity in organisational research' Organizational Research Methods 5(1): 80-103.

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  • Wray-Bliss, E. (In Press) 'Leadership, Ethical Sovereignty and the Politics of Property' in C. Rhodes and A. Pullen (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics and Politics of Organization, Routledge.
  • Brewis, J. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2012) 'Re-searching ethics: Towards a more reflexive Critical Management Studies' A. Crane and D. Matten (eds.) New Directions in Business Ethics, Volume Two.  London: Sage.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2012) 'Ethics in research.' in R. Griffin (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Management. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2012) 'Ethics at work' in Knights, D. and Willmott, H. (eds) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management: Second Edition Thompson Learning, London.
  • Wray-Bliss, E.  (2011) 'Business ethics' entry for Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies, Sage.
  • Rhodes, C. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2011) 'Reflexivity' entry for Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies, Sage.
  • Wray-Bliss (2010) 'The ethics of workforce drug testing and HRM' in J. Connell and S. Teo (Eds.) Strategic HRM: Contemporary Issues in the Asia Pacific Region, Tilde University Press.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2009) 'Over the limit: The management of drug and alcohol use' in P. Hancock and M. Tyler (Eds.) The Management of Everyday Life, Hampshire, Palgrave: 39-55.
  • Bell, E. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2009) 'Research ethics: Regulations and responsibilities' in Bryman, A. and Buchanan, D. (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Organizational Research Methods, Sage Publications. 78-92.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2009) 'Ethics: critique, ambivalence and infinite responsibilities (unmet)' in Alvesson, M.; Bridgman, T. and Willmott, H. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies, Oxford, Oxford University Press. 267-285.
  • Lilley, S., Wray-Bliss, E. and Linstead, S. (2009) 'Organisational Control' in S. Linstead, L. Fulop, and S. Lilley (eds) Management and  Organization – A Critical Text  Second Edition, Palgrave; Hampshire: 319-356.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2006) 'Ethics at work' in Knights, D. and Willmott, H. (eds) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management Thompson Learning, London: 506-533.
  • Lilley, S., Wray-Bliss, E. and Linstead, S. (2004) 'Organisational Control' in S. Linstead, L. Fulop, and S. Lilley (eds) Management and  Organization – A Critical Text  Palgrave; Hampshire: 210-239.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2005) 'Abstract ethics, embodied ethics: the strange marriage of Foucault and positivism in LPT' in Grey, C. and Willmott, H. (Eds.) (2005) Critical Management Studies: A Reader Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2001) 'Representing customer service: telephones and texts' in A. Sturdy, I. Grugulis, and H. Willmott. (eds.) Customer Service: Empowerment and Entrapment. Basingstoke, Palgrave: 38-59.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. and Willmott, H. (1999) 'Battling with the gods: workers, management and the deities of post-industrial management culture' in R. Goodman (ed.) Modern organizations and emerging conundrums: exploring the post-industrial sub-culture of the third millennium, Lexington Books, Maryland, USA: 377-389.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. and Parker, M. (1998) 'Marxism, Capitalism and Ethics' in Parker, M. (ed.) Ethics in organizations: Sage, London: 30-52.
  • Willmott, H. and Wray-Bliss, E. (1996) 'Process reengineering, information technology and the transformation of accountability: the remaindering of the human resource?' in Orlikowski, Walsham, Jones and Degross (eds.) Information technology and changes in organisational work: Chapman and Hall, London: 62-88.

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  • Wray-Bliss, E. 'Critical Management Studies and Critical Business Ethics' Society for Business Ethics, 2014. Philadelphia.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. 'Words and the Writing of Organizational Soul' American Academy of Management, Philadelphia, 2014.
  • Carruthers, V. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'Portraits of Power: The Visual Construction of Leadership and/as Neo-Liberal Individuality' Australasian Business Ethics Network, 2013, Hobart.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. 'Leadership, ethical sovereignty and the politics of property' Australasian Business Ethics Network, 2013, Hobart
  • Carruthers, V. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'Portraits of Power: The Visual Construction of Leadership and/as Neo-Liberal Individuality' Critical Management Studies, 2013, Manchester.
  • Ryan, S. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'Workplace Memorial, confessional and disciplining the organizational soul' Australasian Business Ethics Network, 2012, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, S. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'Workplace Memorial, confessional and disciplining the organizational soul' ACSCOS, 2012, Melbourne.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. 'Against Ethical Leadership' Australasian Business Ethics Network, 2011, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Westwood, B. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'The Organization of Hell' ACSCOS, 2010, Melbourne.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. 'The 'evils' of capitalism: critique and the deified/demonic' The 9th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, 2010, Amsterdam.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. 'The 'evils' of capitalism: critique, CSR, and the deified/ demonic' APROS 13, 2009, Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. 'Workforce drug testing: A review, critique and shot in the arm' Business and Management Conference, 2008, University of Essex.
  • Carruthers, V. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'Art and ethics? Reading authority and responsibility through art criticism and Critical Management Studies' 3rd Art of Management and Organisation Conference, 2006, Krakow, Poland, 4-8th September.
  • Acevedo, B., Warren, S. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'The devil in high heels: drugs, symbolism and Kate Moss' Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (XXIV), 2006, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. 'Discriminating ethics: Revisited' Organisation, Identity, Locality Conference, 2006, Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Brewis, J. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'Service not servitude? Re-searching ethics for a responsible critical management scholarship' Critical Management Studies symposium, American Academy of Management, 2005, Hawaii.
  • Brewis, J.; Sanderson, C. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'Interrogating excess: the case of organisational drug and alcohol policies' Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (XXIII), 2005, Stockholm
  • Brewis, J.; Sanderson, C. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'Prescription/ drugs' 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference, 2005 Cambridge.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. The right to respond? The monopolisation of voice in CMS' 3rd International Critical Management Studies Conference, 2003, Lancaster.
  • Warren, S. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'E-business: Drugs, Organisation, and the Organisation of Drugs' Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism, 2003.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. Quick Fix's: Drug Culture and Management Culture, Excellence and Ecstasy' Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism, 2002, Budapest.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. 'Ethical Discriminations? Representing the Reprehensible' Critical Management Studies ESRC Workshop, 'Ethics', 2001, University of Keele.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. and Collins, H. 'Discriminating Ethics' The Second International Conference on Critical Management Studies, 2001, UMIST.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2001) 'Knowers, knowing and known: Labour Process Theory and Claims of Truth' Negotiating Interdisciplinarity in the 21st Century Symposium, 2001, University of Calgary.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. 'Representing customer care: Telephone banks, truth effects, and (our) ethical political agency' paper presented at Working together? Knowledge and Management in the Information Society, 2000, Keele University.
  • Collins, H. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'Equal opportunities policies: The authority of discrimination', 15th Annual Employment Research Unit Conference 'Work Futures', 2000, Cardiff Business School.
  • Collins, H. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'Women's consciousness, man's world: (un)learning patriarchy and LPT' 18th Annual International Labour Process Conference, 2000, University of Strathclyde.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. 'Abstract ethics, embodied ethics: the strange marriage of Foucault and Positivism in LPT' The First international Critical Management Studies Conference, 1999, School of management, UMIST.
  • Willmott, H. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'Process reengineering, information technology and the transformation of accountability: the remaindering of the human resource?' Workshop on Critical Studies of Organisational and Management Innovation, European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, 1995, Brussels.
  • Willmott, H. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'Process reengineering, information technology and the transformation of accountability: the remaindering of the human resource?' IFIP Conference, Judge Institute, 1995, Cambridge University.
  • Nijhof, A. and Wray-Bliss, E. 'The basic problems of business ethics', Eighth annual conference of the European Business Ethics Network, University of Twente, 1995, Sweden.

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  • Rhodes, C. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2013) 'Editors' Picks: Ethics and Organization' Organization (available online at: http://m.org.sagepub.com/site/Editors_ Collections/Ethics_Intro.pdf )
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2011) 'Book Review: Sara Louise Muhr, Bent M. Sørensen and Steen Vallentin Ethics and organizational practice: Questioning the moral foundations of management Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2010. 222pp. ISBN 9781848441682' Organization Studies 32 (6): 853-856.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2006) 'The drug test dilemma: A review of H. Ghodse (Ed.) Addiction at work. Gower, Aldershot.' Druglink 22(1): 25.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (2005)'Pathology, power and profits… in paperback: A review of J. Bakan's (2004) TheCorporation. London, Constable.'  Ephemera 5(1): 93-97.

Professional Membership

  • Member of: American Academy of Management, United States of America
  • Member of: Australasian Business Ethics Network, Australia

Affiliations / activities

  • ABEN Conference, Melbourne, December 13-14th 2012, Conference Organizer.
  • ANZAM Conference, 2010, Chair of Critical Management Studies Stream.
  • Australasian Caucus of the Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (ACSCOS), Organising Committee Member, UTS, Sydney, 2009.
  • 'Art, humanity and potential' stream convener at the 3rd Art of Management Conference, Krakow, Poland, 5th - 8th September, 2006.
  • 'Intoxicating organization: Fostering dialogue on workplace drug and alcohol policies' International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School, 8th September 2005. Organised event.

Community engagement

  • Education Review (8th October 2012) 'School to Begin Random Drug Testing'featuring my commentary.
  • The Adelaide Advertiser (29th June, 2010) 'Testing Times' article on drug-testing of university students.
  • Sydney Morning Herald (August 16, 2009) 'Retox' a worry if you go off the grass' article featuring my comments on workforce drug testing
  • The Age Blogs, (August 4th 2009) 'Drugs in the workplace'article featuring my research and comment on workforce drug testing.
  • ABC Canberra, 666 Drive Time, (27th May 2009) radio interview on my research on workforce drug testing.
  • Sydney Morning Herald (25th May 2009) 'Drug test ruling gives workers greater privacy' article featuring my research and comments on recent ruling on workforce drug testing in Australia.  Article and comments picked-up by, amongst others:  
    • Reuters Press Digest, Australian General News - May 25th 2009
    • UK Trades Union Congress 'Risks' Bulletin, 'Australia: Union Wins Drug Test Concessions' - May 30th 2009.
    • Orapoint.com, website concerned with drugs in the workplace,-  27th May 2009
  • Waikato Times, NZ. (April 5th 2008) 'High on the job' article featuring my research on workforce drug testing.
  • Higher Education and Research Opportunities website, UK (September 2006) feature on my workplace drug testing research.
  • Nottingham Trent FM, UK (July 6th 2006) Lead radio news item based upon my workplace drug testing research.
  • Nottingham Evening Post, UK (July 6th 2006) news article based upon my workplace drug testing research.
  • The Dominion Post (March 4th 2006) 'Alert on workplace drug tests', New Zealand.  Newspaper article based on interview over workplace drug testing research: page 18.
  • The Manawutu Standard (March 2nd 2006) 'Drug tests attacked', New Zealand.  Newspaper article based upon interview over workplace drug testing research: page 1.
  • Massey News (March 2006) 'No advantage in widespread work place drug-tests'. Massey University Publication, New Zealand.  Article based on my workforce drug testing research: Page 9.
  • Wray-Bliss, E. (November 2005 to December 2006) Regular column in Notework. Publication of SCOS (The Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism).