Staff profile

Dr Edward Wray-Bliss

Position: Associate Professor in Management
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446930 +61 3 92446930
Email: edward.wraybliss@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Since being awarded my PhD in Management from the University of Manchester (UK) in 1998 I have worked continously in the university sector and have held posts at the Universities of Salford, Nottingham, Essex, and UTS before joining Deakin University as Associate Professor in Management in 2010 and adding the role of Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) in 2013.

My research examines the ethics of managment and organisation drawing upon organisational theory, contemporary social theory and philosophy to do so.  I have 27 peer reviewed publications to date including work in highly ranked international journals such as Organization Studies, Organization and Organization Research Methods as well as contributions to field-defining Handbooks, Readers and quality edited texts published by Sage, Oxford, Routledge and Polity.  


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Management, University of Manchester, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Manchester, 1992


Academic

Subjects and units currently teaching

Since joining Deakin University in 2010, I have concentrated my teaching efforts on redesigning, revising and managing the Faculty's core Management unit, MMM132.

Currently I am also developing the postgradueate unit, MMH733 Ethics for Managers, which will form part of the new cross-Faculty four-unit postgraduate suite.

Prior to joining Deakin University, I have had over 15 year's experience in both Australian and UK universities designing and developing  curricula in Management, Organisational behaviour, Human Resource Management, Business Ethics and Research Methods areas - and have delivered this curricula to all levels of student, from high-end executive MBA, to PhD, postgraduate, professional and undergraduate cohorts.


Conferences and seminars

Selected Conference Papers

Ryan, S. and Wray-Bliss, E. ‘Workplace Memorial, confessional and disciplining the organizational soul’ ABEN 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’ ABEN 2011, Auckland, New Zealand.

Westwood, B. and Wray-Bliss, E. ‘The Organization of Hell’ ACSCOS, Melbourne 29th November – 1st December 2010.

Wray-Bliss, E. ‘The ‘evils’ of capitalism: critique and the deified/demonic’ The 9th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, Amsterdam 14th – 16th July 2010.

Wray-Bliss, E. (2009) ‘The ‘evils’ of capitalism: critique, CSR, and the deified/ demonic’ APROS 13, Monterrey, Mexico, December 6 – 9, 2009

Wray-Bliss, E. (2008) ‘Workforce drug testing: A review, critique and shot in the arm’ Business and Management Conference, University of Essex, 2nd July.

Carruthers, V. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2006) ‘Art and ethics? Reading authority and responsibility through art criticism and Critical Management Studies’ 3rd Art of Management and Organisation Conference, Krakow, Poland, 4-8th September.

Acevedo, B., Warren, S. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2006) ‘The devil in high heels: drugs, symbolism and Kate Moss’ Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (XXIV), Nijmegen, Netherlans, 12-15th July.

Wray-Bliss, E. (2006) ‘Discriminating ethics: Revisited’ Organisation, Identity, Locality Conference, Victoria Management School, Victoria University of Wellington, 10th February.

Brewis, J. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2005) ‘Service not servitude? Re-searching ethics for a responsible critical management scholarship’ Critical Management Studies symposium, American Academy of Management, Honolulu, Hawaii, 5th – 10th August.

Brewis, J.; Sanderson, C. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2005) ‘Interrogating excess: the case of organisational drug and alcohol policies’ Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (XXIII), 8th-10th July 2005, Stockholm 

Brewis, J.; Sanderson, C. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2005) ‘Prescription/ drugs’ 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Cambridge 4th-6th July 2005

Wray-Bliss, E. (2003) ‘The right to respond? The monopolisation of voice in CMS’ 3rd International Critical Management Studies Conference, Lancaster July 2003.

Warren, S. and Wray-Bliss, E. (2003) ‘E-business: Drugs, organisation, and the organisation of drugs’ Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism, Cambridge July 2003.

Wray-Bliss, E. (2002) Quick Fix’s: Drug Culture and Management Culture, Excellence and Ecstasy’ Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism 10th-14th July, Budapest.

Wray-Bliss, E. (2001) ‘Ethical Discriminations? Representing the Reprehensible’ Critical Management Studies ESRC Workshop, ‘Ethics’ University of Keele.

Wray-Bliss, E. and Collins, H. (2001) ‘Discriminating Ethics’ The Second International Conference on Critical Management Studies 11th-13th July, UMIST. 

Wray-Bliss, E. (2001) ‘Knowers, knowing and known: Labour Process Theory and Claims of Truth’ Negotiating Interdisciplinarity in the 21st Century Symposium 9-12th May, University of Calgary.

Wray-Bliss, E. (2000) ‘Representing customer care: Telephone banks, truth effects, and (our) ethical political agency’ paper presented at Working together? Knowledge and Management in the Information Society, 16-17th June 2000, Department of Management, Keele University.

Media appearances

Education Review (8th October 2012) ‘School to Begin Random Drug Testing’

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) live 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.

Research

Research interests

My research undertakes a critical examination of the ethics of managerial, organisational and academic practice.  Within this broad arena I have published, and have particular interests, in:

  • The ethics of leadership
  • The ethics of the labour process
  • Business ethics
  • Ethics as practice
  • Workforce drug testing
  • Discrimination in the workplace
  • Contemporary social theory and philosophy as it applies to organisations.
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Research ethics in the management academy


Research grants

‘ABEN 2012, Conference Funding’ The Bowater Trust, Deakin University, $8500.

‘Protecting animal rights: a shareholders guide’, Voiceless: The Animal Protection Institute, $5000. Dr. David Bubna-Litic, Dr. Edward Wray-Bliss, Dr. Elaine Swan.

‘The good life? A visual analysis of global/ transnational business subjectivity and its pedagogies’ Grant holders and project leaders: Dr Edward Wray-Bliss and Dr Elaine Swan.  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’ Project members: Ass Prof Chris Bajada (project team leader), Dr Romy Lawson, Mr Rowan Traylor, Ms Llynden Singh, Ms Katrina Waite, Dr Edward Wray-Bliss. 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.

International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University, funded practitioner/ academic workshop on workplace drug and alcohol issues: ‘Intoxicating organization: Fostering dialogue on workplace drug and alcohol policies’ September 2005.  1000 GB pounds.

Economic and Social Research Council PhD Scholarship, 1995-1997. 12000 GB pounds.
 


Publications

Publications

Selected Recent Publications

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 )

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.

Wray-Bliss, E. (2012) ‘Ethics in Research.’ in R. Griffin (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Management. New York: Oxford University Press.

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.

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.

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.

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’ Organisation 9(1): 5-39.

Wray-Bliss, E. (2002) ‘Interpretation – appropriation: subordinating effects of misplaced facticity in organisational research’ Organisational Research Methods 5(1): 80-103.


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