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S.J. (Slawomir) Magala

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Slawomir Magala
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Professor of Cross-cultural Management

Programme:
Organisation
ERIM Membership:
Member ERIM, affiliated since 1999
Profile

Slawomir Magala is a professor of cross-cultural management at the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

Professor Magala holds the Chair for Cross Cultural Management at RSM. He is the former chair of the Department of Organization and Human Resource Management Studies (2005-2012) and is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Organizational Change Management.

His research focusses on cross cultural competence and communication and on the processes of sensemaking in professional bureaucracies.



He is the author of Cross Cultural Competence (Routledge, 2005) and The Management of Meaning in Organizations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). His articles appear regularly in leading refereed journals such as the European Journal of Cross-cultural Competence and Management, Organization Studies, the European Journal of International Management, Public Policy, Critical Perspectives on International Business and Human Resources Development International.



Professor Magala is the associate editor of The Qualitative Sociology Review and one of the founding members of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Competence in Management.



He is currently developing research and educational projects on cultural identity, brokering knowledge and the cultural sustainability of institutions, organisations and networks.



His own research networks include the Standing Conference on Management and Organization Inquiry (sc’MOI), the International Network of Business and Management journal editors (INBAM), and a network of researchers linked to the International Conferences on Rhetoric and Narratives in Management Research.



An international congress he organised in 1988 on the 'Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and Sciences of Management' led to the creation of the British Critical Management Studies movement, one of the largest research communities within the Academy of Management.



Professor Magala was educated in Poland, Germany and the USA. He has taught and conducted research in China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Namibia.

Publications (81)
  • Articles (34)
    • Magala, S.J., Millar, C. & Hind, P. (2012). Sustainability and the need for change: organizational change and transformational vision. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 25(4), 489-501.
    • Magala, S.J. (2012). Organizing Change: testing cultural limits of sustainability. Management Decision, 50(5), 900-909.[go to publisher's site]
    • Magala, S.J. (2010). Complexity, reflexivity an changeability. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 23(3), 209-211.
    • Magala, S.J. (2010). Ethical control and cultural change (in cultural dreams begin organizational responsibilities). Journal of Public Affairs, 10(3), 139-151.
    • Magala, S.J. (2010). Commentary: setting the theoretical stage. European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, 1(2/3), 140-145.
    • Magala, S.J. (2010). Slumdog Millionaire; the rhetoric of chance or sentimental management of inequalities in pulp fiction. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 23(2), 152-156.
    • Magala, S.J. (2009). Crosscultural Life of Social Values and Organizations: An Introduction to the Special Themed Section on Cross-Cultural Life of Social Values. Organization Studies, 30(9), 925-931.[go to publisher's site]
    • Magala, S.J. (2009). Diversity, Darwin and democracy. European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, 1(1), 28-34.
    • Magala, S.J. (2008). Life of Social Values, Rotterdam 18 19 May 2007. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, 8(3), 363-369.
    • Magala, S.J. (2008). Thesaurus entry "Management of meaning". In Y. Gabriel (Ed.), Organizing Words. A critical thesaurus for social and organizational studies (pp. 172-174). Oxford & new York: Oxford University Press.
    • Magala, S.J. (2007). Manageable Inequalities (theoretical landscaping of cultural studies). European Journal of International Management, 1(1/2), 56-68.
    • Magala, S.J. (2006). Critical Theory: 15 Years Later. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 2(3), 183-194.
    • Magala, S.J. (2006). Honing Ourselves (individualising and organizing). Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, 2006(4), 261-290.
    • Magala, S.J. (2006). Competence, identity, Translation: Tracing Humanistic Turn in Cross-Cultural Studies. Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, 2006(5), 75-118.
    • Magala, S.J. (2005). Honing and Framing Ourselves. Polish Sociological Review, 1(149), 3-13.
    • Magala, S.J. (2005). Cross-Cultural Compromises, Multiculturalism and the Actuality of Unzipped Hofstede. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management.
    • Magala, S.J. (2004). Is bigger EU good for business. European Business Forum, 2004, 12-14.
    • Magala, S.J. (2003). Elective identities. Culture, Identization and Integration. Hemispheres, 17, 37-61.
    • Magala, S.J. (2003). Local Identities in Global Dialogues. Cross-Cultural Spectacle After Debord. In J. Biberman & A. Alkhafaji (Eds.), Global Business Perspectives. Orlando: International Academy of Business Disciplines.
    • Magala, S.J. (2002). Cold Wars and Hot Issues: Management of Responsibilities. Human Resource Development International, 5(4), 493-505.
    • Magala, S.J. (2002). East, West, Best. Crosss Cultural Encounters and Measures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, 3, 85-115.
    • Magala, S.J. (2001). Paradigmatic Battlefield. Studia Socjologiczne, 3(162), ---.
    • Magala, S.J. (2001). "Paradigmatic Battlefield". Studia Socjologiczne, 3(162).
    • Magala, S.J. (2001). "Knowledge Gambles: Academic Casinos and Paradigmatic Roulettes". Management, 4(3), 209-216.
    • Magala, S.J. (2001). Zmiana Zmystowej Warty- Prywatyzacja I Piktorializacja Porozumien Miedzyludzkich (Guarding Senses, Sensing Guards - Individualization and Visualization). Magazyn Sztuki, 27, 44-51.
    • Magala, S.J. (2000). Critical complexities: Emergent networks and critical paradigms (guest editor). Journal of Organizational Change Management, 13(4), ---.
    • Magala, S.J. (2000). Critical complexities: emergent networks and critical paradigms. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 13(4), 312-333.
    • Magala, S.J. (1999). Predictably Wild: Taking Liberties with the Corporate Image. Corporate Reputation Review, 2(3), 231-248.
    • Magala, S.J. (1998). Models of competence (cross-cultural research and power shifts). Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, 1(3), 1-21.
    • Magala, S.J. (1995). Koniec z koncem (= Making Ends Meet (a Book Review essay on Adam Podgorecki's Polish Society, Praeger, 1994). Kultura, 143-150.
    • Magala, S.J. (1995). Gra o zycie (= Gambling for Life). Odra, 401(4), 44-54.
    • Magala, S.J. (1995). Przed "po": o modernizmie (= Before "post": on modernism). Odra, 398(1), 30-35.
    • Magala, S.J. (1995). The Polish Invasion? The New York Review of Books, XLII(13).
    • Magala, S.J. (1991). Business as Unusual. Interface, 7(1), 10-11.
  • Books (4)
    • Magala, S.J. (2011). Kompetencje miedzykulturowe. Warsaw: Wolters Kluwer Polska.
    • Magala, S.J. (2009). The Management of Meaning in Organizations. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Magala, S.J. (2005). Cross-Cultural Competence. London: Routledge.
    • Magala, S.J. (2001). Clash and Carry - Training Postcommunist Managers. Delft: Eburon.
  • Book contributions (22)
    • Magala, S.J. (2012). Cultural Change; Complexity and Diversity in Institutional Tempospaces. In D Boje, B Burnes & J Hassard (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change (pp. 355-364). Abingdon & New York: Routledge.
    • Magala, S.J. (2011). Imagined identities of Existing Cities: the Reputation Game. In F..M. Go & R. Govers (Eds.), International Place Branding Yearbook 2011. Managing Reputational Risks (pp. 12-24). Bssingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Magala, S.J. (2011). Highways and staircases (mobilty and inequality). In J. Isanski & P. Luczys (Eds.), Selling One's Favourite Piano to Emigrate. Mobilty Patterns in Central Europe at the beginning of the 21st Century (pp. 3-10). Necastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishers.
    • Magala, S.J. (2008). Culture and management in Poland: Hidden Injuries of the Cold War". In E. Davel & J.P. Dupuis (Eds.), Gestion en contexte intercultural. Approches, problematiques, pratiques et plonges (pp. dvd). Quebec: Les presses de l'universite Laval, Tele-Universite (UQAM).
    • Magala, S.J. (2008). The Social Life of Values: Cross-cultural Construction of Realities. In D. Barry & H. Hansen (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization (pp. 241-250). London: Sage.
    • Magala, S.J. (2008). Competence, identity and translation; Metaphors Cross-Cultural research Lives By. In Nowak, Alojzy Z., Glinka, Beata (Ed.), management: Qualitative and Quantitative Research (pp. 38-52). Warsaw: WWZ.
    • Magala, S.J. (2007). Social History and the Armed Forces. In G. Caforio (Ed.), Social Sciences and the Military. An Interdisciplinary Overview (pp. 105-122). London: Routledge.
    • Magala, S.J. (2007). The Social Life of Values: Cross-Cultural Construction of Realities. In D Barry & H Hansen (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization (pp. 241-250). London: Sage.
    • Magala, S.J. (2006). Landscaping Urban Imagination: Classes, Masses and Multitudes. In Karin Klingan & Ines Kappers (Eds.), Leap into the City (pp. 156-167). Cologne: Dumont Literatur und Kunst Verlag.
    • Magala, S.J. (2006). Social History and the Armed Forces (Military Education and Social Change). In Caforio Giuseppe (Ed.), Social Sciences and the Military (pp. 105-122). London: Routledge.
    • Magala, S.J. (2005). Honing Professional Personality Frameworks. In Elzbieta Halas & Krysztof Konecki (Eds.), European Variants of Symbolic Interactionism (pp. 190-211). Warsawa: Warsaw, Scholar.
    • Magala, S.J. (2004). Floating Opera of Cross-Cultural Globalization (on George Ritzer's "The Globalization of Nothing"). In C. Gardner, J. Biberman & A. Alkhafaji (Eds.), Global Business Perspectives (Business Research Yearbook, vol.XI) (pp. 219-223). San Antonio: International Academy of Business Disciplines.
    • Magala, S.J. (2004). The Threshold of Statehood. In Russel.F. Farnen (Ed.), Nationalism, Ethnicity and Identity. Cross-National and Comparative Perspectives (pp. 177-191). New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers.
    • Magala, S.J. (2003). Silicon, Ivory and Coffee. Universities Between Silicon Valley and Ivory Tower. In S. Kwiatkowski & J. Sedlak (Eds.), Intellectual Entrepreneurship Through Higher Education. Warsaw: WSPiZ.
    • Magala, S.J. (2002). Tourists, Crusaders and Managers. Re-engineering Cultural Sentiments in a Society of Global Spectacle. In Biberman, J., Alkhafaji, A. (Ed.), Global Business Perspectives. Business Research Yearbook (business research yearbook, IX). Los Angeles: International Academy of Business Disciplines.
    • Magala, S.J. (2000). Knowledge gambles: academic casinos and paradigmatic roulettes. In J Biberman & A Alkhafaji (Eds.), Business research yearbook, global business perspectives (pp. ---). Saline, Michigan: International academy of business disciplines.
    • Magala, S.J. (1998). Art as moral gamble: Phenomenological aspects of creative responsibility. In A-T. Tymieniecka (Ed.), Analecta Husserliana. The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research. Volume LIII. The Reincarnating Mind, or the autopoietic Outburst in Creative Virtualities. Harmonisations and Attunement in Cognition, the Fine Arts, Literature (Phenomenology of Life and the Human Creative Condition, Book II) (pp. 35-47). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    • Magala, S.J. (1996). Aid in trade: the dynamics of the post-communist restructuring of management education. In M. Lee, H.K. Letiche, S. Crawshaw & M. Thomas (Eds.), Management Education in the New Europe (pp. 212-225). London: International Thomson Business Press.
    • Magala, S.J. (1995). Stabilizing Change. In A.F. Alkhafaji (Ed.), Business Research Yearbook: global Business Perspectives: volume II 1995 (pp. 690-694). Lanham: University Press of America.
    • Magala, S.J. (1994). The Threshold of Statehood. In R.F. Farnen (Ed.), Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Identity: Cross National and Comparitive Perspectives (pp. 177-191). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
    • Magala, S.J. (1992). Europe as an Unfinished Homework. In J.D. Gauger (Ed.), Europa als Herausforderung an die Philosophie (pp. 77-84). Bonn: Kollen Druck + Verlag GmbH.
    • Magala, S.J. (1992). Ice-breakers, free-riders and post-communists. In R. Farnen (Ed.), Reconceptualizing politics, socialization and education; perspectives for the new country (pp. 77-85). New York: Pergamon.
  • Professional publications (20)
    • Magala, S.J. (2010). Perplexing Images: Relational identities in Cultural Tempospaces. In S Lowe (Ed.), Managing in Changing Times: a Guide for a Perplexed Manager (pp. 241-260). London & Thousand oaks: Sage/Response Books.
    • Magala, S.J. (1998). Restructuration Une question de bon sens. Messenger, 4, 5-7.
    • Magala, S.J. (1997). The unbearable lightness of enlightment. Odra, 708(428-429), 53-59.
    • Magala, S.J. (1997). Independence of triangles (Essays around Simmel 2). Odra, 11(432), 103-111.
    • Magala, S.J. (1997). Zelazna klatka makdonaldyzacj by George Ritzer. Odra, 4(425), 9-19.
    • Magala, S.J. (1997). McDonaldyzacja spoleczenstwa (Polish translation of McDonaldization of society). Warschaw: Muza.
    • Magala, S.J. (1997). Recycled theories [Bespreking van het boek What went wrong?]. .
    • Magala, S.J. & Foppen, J.W. (1996). Global Challenges, Local Responses: loosen boundaries of firms to facilitate indigenization of joint ventures. The Asian Manager, 9(5), 34-38.
    • Magala, S.J. (1995). The making and unmaking of Sense: the Emergence of a new Paradigm in organizational Sciences. (Management Report Series 238). : .
    • Magala, S.J. (1994). Postmodernistyczne rozterki = Postmodernist Doubts. Format, 12-13(3-4), 31-32.
    • Magala, S.J. (1994). Aid in Trade. (Management Report Series 177). : .
    • Magala, S.J. (1994). The great Fax Wall of China. (Management Report Series 170). : .
    • Magala, S.J. (1994). Estetyczna rywalizacja narodow = An Aesthetic Competion of Nations. Format, 12-13(3-4), 3-4.
    • Magala, S.J. (1992). Postmodernism for managers: Studies in cross-cultural management (I). (Management Report 111). : .
    • Magala, S.J. (1992). Dismantling the Dinasour: Business as Unusual in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Delft: Eburon.
    • Magala, S.J., Campen, A. van & Fung Kon Jin, R.J. (1992). Opening New Doors: a Business Survey in The People's Republic of China: a Study-report of the China Project Team. Delft: Eburon.
    • Magala, S.J. (1991). Athens: Socrates - 1:0 (Atheny: Sokrates - 1:0). Odra, 105-106.
    • Magala, S.J. (1991). Moderate shock (Umiarkowany szok). Kultura, 100-113.
    • Magala, S.J. (1991). Business as Unusual: a Report on Polish and Hungarian Transitions to Market Economies. Delft: Eburon.
    • Magala, S.J. (1991). Europe as Homework (Europa jako zadanie domowe). Businessman Magazine, 8(5), 19-20.
Recognitions (4)
  • Editorial position (1)
    Journal Journal of Organizational Change Management
    Role Editor in Chief
    Start date 25-04-2003

  • Organisation membership (1)
    Organisation Academy of Management
    Role Panel Member
    Start date 08-07-2008
    End date 08-08-2010

  • Side position (1)
    Name organisation RO Theatre Foundation Rotterdam
    Role member of the Board of Directors
    Start date 01-06-2004
    End date 01-06-2012
    Wage earning ja

  • ERIM Awards (1)
    Name ERIM Book Award
    Year 2010
    Website http://www.erim.eur.nl/index.php?id=10022

PhD Projects (10)

Careers in the 21st Century: Finding the Golden Mean

Colin Lee
PhD Candidate: Colin Lee Role: Supervisor Timeframe: 2012 -
 

Leading Public Housing Organisation in a Problematic Situation: A Critical Soft Systems Methodology Approach

Jurgen Staadt
PhD Candidate: Jurgen Staadt Role: Supervisor Defended: 20 March 2014 Full text: Download this thesis
 

Serious Play: Using Digital Games for Training in Organisations

Andreas Alexiou
PhD Candidate: Andreas Alexiou Role: Supervisor Timeframe: 2010 -
 

Steering Through: How Organizations Negotiate Permanent Uncertainty and Unresolvable Choices

Prabhir Vishnu
PhD Candidate: Prabhir Vishnu Role: Supervisor Defended: 30 September 2011 Full text: Download this thesis
 

Spinning the Web of Reentry: (Re)connecting Reentry Training Theory and Practice

Betina Szkudlarek
PhD Candidate: Betina Szkudlarek Role: Supervisor Defended: 31 October 2008 Full text: Download this thesis
 

Performance, Pinned Down: A Lacanian Analysis of Subjectivity at Work

Casper Hoedemaekers
PhD Candidate: Casper Hoedemaekers Role: Supervisor Defended: 10 January 2008 Full text: Download this thesis
 

The Unmasking of the Other

Rouven Hagemeijer
PhD Candidate: Rouven Hagemeijer Role: Supervisor Defended: 27 October 2005 Full text: Download this thesis
 

A Republican Settlement Theory of the Firm: Applied to Retail Banks in England and the Netherlands (1830-2007)

Manuel Hensmans
PhD Candidate: Manuel Hensmans Role: Supervisor Defended: 06 May 2010 Full text: Download this thesis
 
Events (30)
Mar 20, 2014 Configuration Model of Organisational Culture and Creation of a Theoretically Founded Typology
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Mar 5, 2014 Wikipedia: Collaboration or Conflict-driven Community?
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Feb 12, 2014 Three Widespread Fallacies Of Cross Cultural Management: The Ecological Mono-Deterministic Fallacy; The Discrete Fallacy; And The Coherence Fallacy
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Oct 9, 2013 Sustainable Cultural Entrepreneurship. German Cultural Propaganda in Occupied and Neutral Countries During WWI 1914-1918
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

May 14, 2013 The Culturally Contingent Meaning of Entrepreneurship. A Phenomenographic Approach
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

May 1, 2013 Exploring Organisational Culture Dynamics in Change Processes
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Mar 12, 2013 Communities of Practice and Vintage Innovation
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Feb 26, 2013 Addicted to Migrants?
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Jan 30, 2013 Games Identities Play
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Dec 3, 2012 "Solidarity" Managers in Mergers and Acquisitions
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Sep 11, 2012 Strange Citizens or Migration and Development. The case of Central Europe in the 21st century
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Jun 8, 2012 Somebody Else's Scientists Know Best: Crowdwisdom Selection for Breakthrough Product Concepts
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Feb 14, 2012 Innovations in Culture Reengineering: Examining the Theory and the Practice of the 3Es Tri-Axial Model
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Jan 25, 2012 Managing Identities Across Borders
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Nov 14, 2011 Collective Effervescence: An Ignored Organizational Behaviour?
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Sep 15, 2011 Measuring Cross-Cultural Differences: Applying Hofstede to New Realities
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Jul 11, 2011 Some Cultural Aspects of Intercultural Management in France
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

May 2, 2011 ERIM Research Clinic: The Rhetoric of Manageable Democracies
  ERIM Research Clinic | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Mar 22, 2011 Human Resource Governance - Beyond 'Managerialism'
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Jan 19, 2011 Towards a New Departure in Cross-cultural Management Theory: Why China's presence in Africa Makes a Difference
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Nov 15, 2010 'Understanding Organisational Culture as a Trait Theory'
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Oct 28, 2010 All That Jazz: Aesthetics in Management Studies
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Oct 13, 2010 Powerful Dichotomies: Inclusion & Exclusion in the Information Society
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Oct 26, 2009 The London Creative Industries: The World's Most Important Creative Centre?
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Oct 12, 2009 The Management Windshield: An Effective Metaphor for Management and Leadership
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Sep 29, 2009 The unwanted body of man or why is it so difficult for women to make it in academe? A feminist psychoanalytic approach
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Apr 27, 2009 Liquid Modernity, the Owl of Minerva, and Technologies of the Emotional Self
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Apr 23, 2009 Slipping and sliding
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

Apr 16, 2009 The Use of Autophotography in Cross-Cultural Research
  ERIM Research Seminar | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

May 18, 2007 Cross Cultural Conference 2007
  Conference | Organisational Behaviour & HRM

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Latest publication

Magala, S.J., Millar, C. & Hind, P. (2012). Sustainability and the need for change: organizational change and transformational vision. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 25(4), 489-501.

Latest book

Managing in Changing Times: A Guide for the Perplexed Manager

This management book brings together distinguished writers from diverse fields and their specialised perspectives on new…

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Successful conference on Crosscultural Life of Social Values (with Geert Hofstede)

On May 18-19, the Crosscultural Life of Social Values, an international conference organized by the International Association for Cross-Cultural Competence & Management (IACCM), took place. The conference was designed and organized by…

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