About the Group

The Organizational Discourse, Strategy and Change (ODSC) Group comprises a cluster of researchers at the University of Sydney Business School. The Group is associated with the International Centre for Research in Organizational Discourse, Strategy and Change (ICRODSC).

ICRODSC links international researchers who share an interest in developing and applying discourse methods to the study of organizations. It brings together researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, provides a critical mass in research expertise, facilitates cross-disciplinary research, provides a banner for new research initiatives, provides contacts and support for doctoral students, and provides resources for workshops, studies, and other activities.

ICRODSC was launched in 2001 by four institutions - the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, King's College at the University of London, and McGill University. Since then, it has grown to include the following institutional partners:

  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Sydney
  • Cardiff University
  • City University London
  • Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • King's College, University of London
  • Lund University, Sweden
  • McGill University, Canada
  • Meiji University, Japan;
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of California;
  • University of Colorado;
  • University of Leicester
  • VU University, Amsterdam

The group of researchers at the University of Sydney Business School share an interest with colleagues located at these other institutions in developing and applying discourse methods to the study of organizations.

Objectives

ICRODSC's objectives are:

  • To establish a leading group of world class scholars in organizational discourse in order to facilitate research on organizational discourse, strategy and change;
  • To encourage collaborative research projects among leading universities in the field of organizational discourse;
  • To disseminate research findings on discourse analysis and its applications through academic publications, seminars and conferences;
  • To facilitate research and teaching interchanges among scholars who work in this area;
  • To increase opportunities for researchers interested in discourse analysis to interact through specific initiatives, such as workshops, conferences, etc.; and
  • To facilitate collaborative links regarding research and postgraduate training in the field of organizational discourse.

The ODSC Group at Sydney and ICRODSC hold regular workshops and exchanges that bring leading international scholars to Australia; it provides opportunities for academics and doctoral students to engage with institutional partners; its members have contributed to an ongoing stream of collaborative research on the role of discourse in organizations.

Organizational Structure

Current members of the ODSC Group at the University of Sydney Business School are:

  • Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher (Director)
  • Mr Max Baker
  • Professor Suresh Cuganesan
  • Associate Professor Teresa Davis
  • Dr Maurizio Floris
  • Professor Richard Hall
  • Dr Catherine Hardy
  • Anya Johnson
  • Dr Jane Lê
  • Dr Helena Nguyen
  • Dr David Oliver
  • Professor John Roberts
  • Dr Richard Seymour
  • Associate Professor Catherine Welch
  • Professor Christopher Wright
  • Dr Jeaney Yip
  • Dr Ying Zhang

Coordinator: Mr Abz Sharma

A complete list of all researchers at other partner institutions as well as members of the University of Sydney Group can be found at the ICRODSC website.

International Advisory Board

The activities of ICRODSC are overseen by an International Advisory Board made up of Co-Directors from each of the associated institutions, and senior academics from a range of institutions. The group is a valuable resource in that they both advise on and participate in new research initiatives.

Current membership of the International Advisory Board is as follows:

  • Mats Alvesson, Lund University
  • Kevin Barge, Texas A&M University
  • James Barker, Dalhousie University
  • Stanley Deetz, University of Colorado
  • Peter Fleming, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Cynthia Hardy, University of Melbourne
  • Tom Keenoy, University of Leicester
  • Tom Lawrence, Simon Fraser University
  • Steve Maguire, McGill University
  • Joanne Martin, Stanford University
  • Tim Morris, University of Oxford
  • Kamal Munir, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • Cliff Oswick, Cass Business School, City University London
  • Gill Palmer, RMIT, Melbourne
  • Nelson Phillips, Imperial College, University of London
  • Linda Putnam, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Masayasu Takahashi, Meiji University
  • Robyn Thomas, Cardiff Business School
  • Hari Tsoukas, Warwick Business School / Athens Laboratory for Business Administration (ALBA)
  • Hugh Willmott, Cardiff Business School
  • Sierk Ybema, VU University