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Christopher Wright

Christopher Wright

BEc(Hons); PhD Sydney
Professor of Organisational Studies

Rm 413
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 5860
Fax +61 2 9351 4729
christopher.wright@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Christopher Wright is Professor of Organisational Studies and leader of the Balanced Enterprise Research Network at the University of Sydney Business School. His research focuses on the diffusion of management knowledge, managerial and occupational identity, consultancy, and organisational and workplace change. His current research explores individual, organizational and societal responses to anthropogenic climate change. He is particularly interested in how managers and business organizations interpret and respond to climate change and has published on this topic in relation to issues of corporate citizenship, emotionology, organizational justification and compromise, risk, narrative identity and future imaginings.

His research has appeared in a broad range of leading journals including: Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Environment & Planning A, Human Relations, Organization and the British Journal of Sociology. As well as chapters in edited collections, he is the author of several monographs including The Management of Labour: A History of Australian Employers (Oxford University Press, 1995). He has been a Chief Investigator on a range of major research projects and is the team leader on a current Australian Research Council Discovery project (2011-2013) into business responses to climate change.

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Publications

2014

1
Book/s

Sturdy A, Wright C and Wylie N 2014 Forthcoming 'Management as consultancy: Identity, work and change', Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom

2
Book Section/s

Wright C 2014 'Human Resource Management in Australia: Historical Development and Contemporary Tensions' in The Development of Human Resource Management Across Nations: Unity and Diversity, ed. B.E. Kaufman, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 46-65

4
Journal Article/s

Wright C and Nyberg D 2014 'Creative self-destruction: Corporate responses to climate change as political myths', Environmental Politics, vol.23:2, pp. 205-223 Link

Wylie N, Sturdy A and Wright C 2014 'Change agency in occupational context: Lessons for HRM', Human Resource Management Journal, vol.24:1, pp. 95–110 Link

Sturdy A, Wright C and Wylie N 2014 Forthcoming 'Managers as consultants: The hybridity and tensions of neo-bureaucratic management', Organization

2013

4
Journal Article/s

Nyberg D and Wright C 2013 'Corporate corruption of the environment: sustainability as a process of compromise', British Journal of Sociology, vol.64:3, pp. 405-24 Link

Wright C, Nyberg D, De Cock C and Whiteman G 2013 'Commentary: Voices from the front lines of the climate wars', Organization, vol.20:5, pp. 743-4

O’Mahoney J, Heusinkveld S and Wright C 2013 'Commodifying the Commodifiers: The Impact of Procurement on Management Knowledge', Journal of Management Studies, vol.50:2, pp. 204-35 Link

Sturdy A, Wylie N and Wright C 2013 'Management Consultancy and Organizational Uncertainty', International Studies of Management and Organization, vol.43:3, pp. 58-73 Link

Nyberg D, Spicer A and Wright C 2013 'Incorporating citizens: corporate political engagement with climate change in Australia', Organization, vol.20:3, pp. 433-53 Link

Wright C and Mann M 2013 'Future imaginings and the battle over climate science: an interview with Michael Mann', Organization, vol.20:5, pp. 748-56 Link

Wright C and Gliding P 2013 'Imagining the climate crisis and the great disruption: an interview with Paul Gilding', Organization, vol.20:5, pp. 757-66 Link

Wright C, Nyberg D, De Cock C and Whiteman G 2013 'Future imaginings: organizing in response to climate change', Organization, vol.20:5, pp. 647-58 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright C and Nyberg D 2013 'Creative self-destruction and the political myths of corporate responses to climate change', 29th European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium EGOS 2013 - "Bridging Continents, Cultures and Worldviews", Montreal, Canada, 6th July 2013

2012

2
Book Section/s

Wright C and Kipping M 2012 'The Engineering Origins of the Consulting Industry and It's Long Shadow' in The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting, ed. Matthias Kipping & Timothy Clark, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 29-49

Kipping M and Wright C 2012 'Consultants In Context: Global Dominance, Societal Effect and the Capitalist System' in The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting, ed. Matthias Kipping & Timothy Clark, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 165-85

4
Journal Article/s

Wright C, Sturdy A and Wylie N 2012 'Management Innovation Through Standardization: Consultants as Standardizers of Organizational Practice', Research Policy, vol.41:3, pp. 652-62 Link

Nyberg D and Wright C 2012 'Justifying Business Responses to Climate Change: Discursive Strategies of Similarity and Difference', Environment and Planning A, vol.44:8, pp. 1819-35 Link

Wright C, Nyberg D and Grant D 2012 '“Hippies on the Third Floor”: Climate Change, Narrative Identity and the Micro-Politics of Corporate Environmentalism', Organization Studies, vol.33:11, pp. 1451-75 Link

Wright C and Nyberg D 2012 'Working With Passion: Emotionology, Corporate Environmentalism and Climate Change', Human Relations, vol.65:12, pp. 1561-87 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Nyberg D and Wright C 2012 'Corporate Sustainability and the Corruption of the Environment as a Social Good', 10th International Conference on Organizational Discourse - "Processes, Practices and Performance", Amsterdam, Netherlands, 20th July 2012

Spee AP, Grant D, Hall R and Wright C 2012 'Language-based approaches getting to grips with 'organization'', 28th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2012 - "Design!?", Helsinki, Finland, 7th July 2012

Wright C, Nyberg D, Grant D, Dunford R and Floris M 2012 'Managing the risks of climate change: Justifying the past, marketing the present and colonizing the future', 28th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2012 - "Design!?", Helsinki, Finland, 7th July 2012

Sturdy A, Wylie N and Wright C 2012 'Management as Consultancy? Internal Consultants and Change', 28th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2012 - "Design!?", Helsinki, Finland, 7th July 2012

2011

4
Journal Article/s

Sturdy A and Wright C 2011 'The Active Client: The Boundary-spanning Roles of Internal Consultants as Gatekeepers, Brokers and Partners of their External Counterparts', Management Learning, vol.42:5, pp. 485-503

Wright C 2011 'Historical Interpretations of the Labour Process: Retrospect and Future Research Directions', Labour History:100, pp. 19-32

5
Conference Paper/s

Nyberg D, Wright C and Spicer A 2011 'Constructing the Corporate Citizen: Insights from Australian Companies responses to Climate Change', APROS14 Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies 14th Biennial Conference 2011, Auckland, New Zealand, 1st December 2011

Nyberg D and Wright C 2011 'Porous Levees: Producing Certainties in a Changing Climate', APROS14 Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies 14th Biennial Conference 2011, Auckland, New Zealand, 1st December 2011

Wright C and Nyberg D 2011 'The Emotional Business Of Greening: Enacting Emotion In Business Responses To Climate Change', 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management AoM 2011 - "West meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, and Transcending", San Antonio, Texas, United States, 16th August 2011

Wright C, Wylie N and Sturdy A 2011 'HR and Change Agency: Lessons from the Organisation of Internal Consultancy', 27th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2011 - "Reassembling Organizations", Gothenburg, Sweden, 9th July 2011

Wright C and Nyberg D 2011 'Climate Change: Restructuring Organizational Processes and Discourses', 27th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2011 - "Reassembling Organizations", Gothenburg, Sweden, 9th July 2011

Nyberg D and Wright C 2011 'Political, Passionate and Pragmatic: Justifying Business Responses to Climate Change', 27th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2011 - "Reassembling Organizations", Gothenburg , Sweden, 9th July 2011

Nyberg D and Wright C 2011 'Prevention, Pre-emption and Preparedness: Corporate Responses to Climate Change as a Logic of Risk', Ashridge International Research Conference 2011 - “The Sustainability Challenge: Organisational Change and Transformational Vision”, Ashridge, United Kingdom, 12th June 2011

Wright C 2011 'Historical Interpretations of the Labour Process: Retrospect and Future Research Directions', Celebrating Labour History's 100th Issue: Reflection and Renewal Symposium, University of Sydney, Australia, 29th April 2011

2010

5
Conference Paper/s

Nyberg D and Wright C 2010 'Political, passionate and pragmatic: Justifying responses to climate change', The Foundations of Sustainability: An International Conference Sponsored by the Journal of Management Studies and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies, Loughborough, United Kingdom, 29th September 2010

Wright C, Nyberg D and Grant D 2010 'Surfing the Sustainability Wave: Identity and Subjectivity Amongst Green Corporate Change Agents', 26th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2010 - "Waves of Globalization: Repetition and difference in organizing over time and space", Lisbon, Portugal, 3rd July 2010

Sturdy A, Wylie N and Wright C 2010 'Management Consultancy Without Consulting Firms or Consultants', 26th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2010 - "Waves of Globalization: Repetition and difference in organizing over time and space", Lisbon, Portugal, 3rd July 2010

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Wylie N, Sturdy A and Wright C 2010 'The Organization of Internal Management Consultancy: Dynamics, Dimensions and Dilemmas (Winner of the Bentley College/HEC Outstanding Student Paper Award)', Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2010 - "Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research", Montreal, Canada, 10th August 2010

2009

4
Journal Article/s

Wright C, Suh CS and Leggett C 2009 'If at first you don’t succeed: globalized production and organizational learning at Hyundai Motor Company', Asia Pacific Business Review, vol.15:2, pp. 163-80

Wright C 2009 'Inside Out? Organizational Membership, Ambiguity and the Ambivalent Identity of the Internal Consultant', British Journal of Management, vol.20:3, pp. 309-22

Lund J and Wright C 2009 'Enabling “Managed Activism": The Adoption Of Call Centres In Australian, British And US Trade Unions', New Technology, Work and Employment, vol.24:1, pp. 43-59

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright C 2009 'The Benefits (and Limitations) of Business History to the Study of Management and Organisations: The Example of the Global Diffusion of Management Knowledge', Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) – Inaugural Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, 15th December 2009

Wright C, Sturdy A and Wylie N 2009 'Management innovation as standardization and control - the role of internal management consultants', 25th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium - "Passion for creativity and innovation - Energizing the study of organizations and organizing", Barcelona, Spain, 4th July 2009

2008

4
Journal Article/s

Sturdy A and Wright C 2008 'A Consulting Diaspora? Enterprising Selves as Agents of Enterprise', Organization, vol.15:3, pp. 427-44

Wright C 2008 'Reinventing Human Resource Management: Business Partners, Internal Consultants and the Limits to Professionalisation', Human Relations, vol.61:8, pp. 1063-86

Puck J, Kittler M and Wright C 2008 'Does It Really Work? Re-Assessing the Impact of Pre-Departure Cross-Cultural Training on Expatriate Adjustment', International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol.19:12, pp. 2182-2197

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright C and Sturdy A 2008 'Both Consultant and Client: Managers as Gatekeepers, Knowledge Brokers and Partners', The 24th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 12th July 2008

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Wang Y and Wright C 2008 'How Management Consultancies Strategize Knowledge in Emerging Markets: The Case of China', 22nd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Annual Conference ANZAM 2008- Managing in the Pacific Century, Auckland, New Zealand, 5th December 2008

2007

4
Journal Article/s

Kitay J and Wright C 2007 'From Prophets to Profits: The Occupational Rhetoric of Management Consultants', Human Relations, vol.60:11, pp. 1613-1640

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Wright C 2007 'A Consultant to the Business: Professionalising the Human Resource Function?', The Fifth International Critical Management Studies Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 13th July 2007

2006

2
Book Section/s

Lund J and Wright C 2006 'Integrating the supply chain: Industrial relations implications in US Grocery Distribution' in Supply Chains and Total Production Systems: A Reader, ed. J Warren and R Carter E Rhodes, Blackwell, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 97-114

4
Journal Article/s

Harley B, Wright C, Hall R and Dery K 2006 'Management Reactions to Technological Change: The Example of Enterprise Resource Planning', The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, vol.42:1, pp. 58-75

Grant D, Hall R, Wailes N and Wright C 2006 'The false promise of technological determinism: The case of enterprise resource planning systems', New Technology, Work and Employment, vol.21:1, pp. 2-15

Grant D, Harley B and Wright C 2006 'Editorial introduction: The work and organisational implications of Enterprise Resource Planning systems', Corridors of power, critical reflections and alternative viewpoints, vol.21:3, pp. 196-198

Dery K, Grant D, Harley B and Wright C 2006 'Work, organisation and Enterprise Resource Planning systems: An alternative research agenda', New Technology, Work and Employment, vol.21:3, pp. 199-214

Wright C and Kwon S 2006 'Business crisis and management fashion: Korean companies, restructuring and consulting advice', Asia Pacific Business Review, vol.12:3, pp. 199-214

Wright C and Lund J 2006 'Variations on a lean theme: Work restructuring in retail distribution', New Technology, Work and Employment, vol.21:1, pp. 59-74

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright C and Sturdy A 2006 'A consulting diaspora? The transition of management consultants into organisational roles', Paper presented at the 22nd EGOS Colloquium, Bergen, Norway, 8th July 2006

2005

4
Journal Article/s

Wright C 2005 'Managing labour: UK and Australian employers in comparative perspective, 1900-1950', Labour History, vol.88, pp. 45-62

5
Conference Paper/s

Suh C, Leggett C and Wright C 2005 'Strengthening competitiveness through globalised production: The case of Hyundai Motor Company', Paper presented at the Academy of International Business Southeast Asia Regional Conference, Manila, Philippines, 26th November 2005

Wright C 2005 'Inside out? Identity and ambiguities of the internal consultant', Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Honolulu, United States, 10th August 2005

Wright C 2005 'Advocating modern management: The state and the diffusion of personnel practice in post-war Australia', Paper presented at the 20th International Congress Of Historical Sciences, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 9th July 2005

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Grant D, Harley B and Wright C 2005 'Critical insights into the organizational implications of enterprise resource planning systems', Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 10th August 2005

2004

4
Journal Article/s

Wright C and Kitay J 2004 'Spreading the word: Gurus, consultants and the diffusion of the employee relations paradigm in Australia', Management Learning, vol.35:3, pp. 271-286

Kitay J and Wright C 2004 'Take the money and run? Organisational boundaries and consultants' roles', Service Industries Journal, vol.24:1, pp. 1-18

Lund J and Wright C 2004 'More pain, less gain: New compensation systems for grocery truck drivers', Labor Studies Journal, vol.29:2, pp. 1-20

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright C and Kwon S 2004 'Business crisis and management fashion: Korean companies, restructuring and consulting advice', Paper presented at the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, 13th July 2004

2003

4
Journal Article/s

Kitay J and Wright C 2003 'Expertise and organisational boundaries: The varying roles of Australian management consultants', Asia Pacific Business Review, vol.9:3, pp. 21-40

Lund J and Wright C 2003 'Integrating the supply chain: Industrial relations implications in US grocery distribution', New Technology, Work and Employment, vol.18:2, pp. 104-114

Wright C and Lund J 2003 'Supply chain rationalisation: Retailer dominance and labour flexibility in the Australian food and grocery industry', Work Employment & Society, vol.17:1, pp. 137-157

Lund J and Wright C 2003 'Building union power through the supply chain: Mapping opportunities and jurisdictional boundaries in grocery distribution', Labor Studies Journal, vol.27:4, pp. 59-75

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright C 2003 'Innovation, continuity and conservatism: Australian employers and changes in labour management, 1900-1950', Paper presented at the Anglo-Australia Labour History Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 16th July 2003

Wright C and Lund J 2003 'Workplace convergence? The diffusion of lean logistics in grocery retailing', Paper presented at the ANZAM 2003 Operations Management Symposium, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 13th June 2003

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Grant D, Hall R, Wailes N and Wright C 2003 'The false promise of technological determinism: The case of enterprise resource planning systems', Critique and Inclusivity: 3rd International Critical Management Studies Conference, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, 9th July 2003

2002

2
Book Section/s

Wright C 2002 'Promoting demand, gaining legitimacy and broadening expertise: The evolution of consultancy-client relationships in Australia' in Management Consulting: Emergence and Dynamics of a Knowledge Industry, ed. M Kipping and L Engwall, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 184-202

4
Journal Article/s

Wright C and Kitay J 2002 '"But does it work?"Perceptions of the impact of management consulting', Strategic Change, vol.11:5, pp. 271-278

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright C and Lund J 2002 'Supply chain rationalisation: Management strategy and union adaptation in the Australian food and grocery sector', Paper presented at the International Industrial Relations Association/Canadian Industrial Relations Association 4th Regional Congress of the Americas, Toronto, Canada, 28th June 2002

1999

4
Journal Article/s

Kitay J and Wright C 1999 'An unexplained relationship: Australian management of human resources', Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, vol.37:1-17

Research Grants

2011-2013

Sustainable organisational change: Australian business responses to climate change

Australian businesses are expected to play a leading role in the fight against global warming. This project will generate new insights into how, though organisational change initiatives, Australian corporations are responding to the issue of climate change, as well as the sustainability of these initiatives.

ARC Discovery Project

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Research Expertise

  • Business responses to climate change
  • Organisational change
  • Organisational sustainability
  • Managerial & professional identity
  • Management consulting
  • Human resource management

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