S.J. (Slawomir) Magala

Full Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 1999

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.

  • Magala, S.J. (2015). Corporate Cultures. In J Stone, R Dennis, P Rizova & A.D. Smith (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Race, Etthnicity and Nationalism. Chichester & New York: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Magala, S.J. (2015). Patriotism. In J. Stone, R. Dennis, P. Rizova, A.D. Smith & Xiaoshua Hou (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Race, Ethnicity and Culture. Chichester 7 New York: Wiley Blackwell.
  • 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. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09534811211239272
  • Magala, S.J. (2012). Organizing Change: testing cultural limits of sustainability. Management Decision, 50 (5), 900-909. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00251741211227582[go to publisher's site]
  • 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). Complexity, reflexivity and changeability. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 23 (3), 209-211. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/jocm.2010.02323caa.001
  • 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. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09534811011031328[go to publisher's site]
  • Magala, S.J. (2010). Ethical control and cultural change (in cultural dreams begin organizational responsibilities). Journal of Public Affairs, 10 (3), 139-151. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pa.359[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. (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. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840609338982[go to publisher's site]
  • Magala, S.J. (2008). Life of Social Values, Rotterdam 18 19 May 2007. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, 8 (3), 363-369. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470595807083380
  • 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). 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. (2006). Critical Theory: 15 Years Later. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 2 (3), 183-194. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17422040610682764
  • 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). 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. (2003). Elective identities. Culture, Identization and Integration. Hemispheres, 17, 37-61.
  • 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. (2002). Cold Wars and Hot Issues: Management of Responsibilities. Human Resource Development International, 5 (4), 493-505.
  • 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. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09534810010338979
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Magala, S.J. (2015). Interdisciplinary Research of Cultural Diversity. In H. Holden, S. Michailova & S. Tietze (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Cross-Cultural Management (Routledge Companions) (pp. 362-370). New York & Oxon: Routledge.
  • 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). 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. (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. (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. (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. (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). 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. (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. (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.
  • 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. (Intern rapport, Management Report Series, no 238). : .
  • Magala, S.J. (1994). Postmodernistyczne rozterki = Postmodernist Doubts. Format, 12-13 (3-4), 31-32.
  • Magala, S.J. (1994). Aid in Trade. (Intern rapport, Management Report Series, no 177). : .
  • Magala, S.J. (1994). The great Fax Wall of China. (Intern rapport, Management Report Series, no 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). (Intern rapport, Management Report, no 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.
  • Fourné, S.P.L., Jansen, J.J.P., Mom, T.J.M. & Magala, S.J. (2012). Strategic Renewal and Middle Managers’ Reconciliation of Role Conflicts: Individual Level Absorptive Capacity and the Moderating Effects of Social Capital. EGOS Colloquium: Helsinki, FI.
  • Fourné, S.P.L., Jansen, J.J.P., Mom, T.J.M. & Magala, S.J. (2012). Rethinking strategic renewal and role conflict: Middle managers’ absorptive capacity, ambidexterity, and contextual cross-level moderation effects. EURAM Conference: Rotterdam, NL.
  • Fourné, S.P.L., Jansen, J.J.P., Mom, T.J.M. & Magala, S.J. (2011). Tensions between Continuity and Change – Reconciling Middle Managers’ Role Conflicts Through Individual Level Absorptive Capacity and the Contingency Effects of Social Capital. In EURAM Mini-Conference, Rotterdam, NL.
  • Fourné, S.P.L., Jansen, J.J.P., Mom, T.J.M. & Magala, S.J. (2011). Strategic Renewal and Middle Managers’ Reconciliation of Role Conflicts: Individual Level Absorptive Capacity and the Moderating Effects of Social Capital. In PREBEM Conference, Rotterdam, NL.
  • Fourné, S.P.L., Jansen, J.J.P., Mom, T.J.M. & Magala, S.J. (2011). Strategic Renewal and Role Conflict: Linking Absorptive Capacity and Middle Managers' Ambidexterity. In Academy of Management Conference (BPS Division), San Antonio, TX.
  • Magala, S.J. (2004). Honing ourselves (extreme subjectivity and organizing). 22e Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism: .
  • Magala, S.J. (2000). Sieci wiedzowladzy: Socjotechnika wspolnot obywatelskich (knowledge/power networks: sociotechnique of citizens' communities). In J Kubin & J Kwasniewski (Eds.), Socjotechnika, kontrowersje, rozwoi, perspectywy (pp. ---). Warsaw: Polish sociological society.
  • Magala, S.J. (2000). Miedzy gielda a smietnikiem. Eseje simmlowskie (between a stock exchange and a waste dump, Simmelian Essays). Gdansk: Slowo/Obraz/Terytoria.
  • Magala, S.J. (2000). Manufacturing knowledge: Dutch universities in the 1990s. In - - (Ed.), Europaeische Modelle der Bildung an der Schelle des XXI Jahrhunderts, Organisation der Bildung und der Forschung (pp. ---). Warsaw: Warsaw school of economics.
  • Magala, S.J. (2000). Crossing cultures: critical frames of theoretical mind. Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, 2, ---.
  • Magala, S.J. (1999). Postcommunist governance: models of transition. In M El-Namaki, R Samson, R Aidis & V Moharir (Eds.), Strategic issues at the dawn of the new millenium (pp. ---). Leiderdorp: MSM/Lansa.
  • Maas, A.J.J.A., Essers, J.P.J.M., Letiche, H.K., Magala, S.J. & Roodink, A.J. (1998). Managing Change: Change Perspectives. Rotterdam: Donner.
  • Magala, S.J. (1998). The hidden injuries of cold managerial wars. In L. Hagendoorn (Ed.), Proceedings, Conference Transformation processes in Eastern Europe. Part III Ethnicity and Nationalism (pp. 149-165). Ridderkerk: Ridderprint B.V.
  • Magala, S.J. (1995). Krew i plotka. Biuletyn, 38-40.
  • Magala, S.J. (1995). Urgi et Gorbi. Biuletyn, 28-32.
  • Magala, S.J. (1995). Zmiana warty. Biuletyn, 14-15.
  • Magala, S.J. (1995). Pod stoncem, na ziemi, na szerokim swiecie (an Eassay on V.S. Naipaul's "A Way in the World"). Czas Kultury.
  • Magala, S.J. (1995). Opportunizm i metodologia (= Opportunism and Methodology). Ex Libris, 79, 5-7.
  • Magala, S.J. (1995). Once upon. Sun Dial.

Editorial positions

  • Journal of Organizational Change Management

    Editor in Chief

Organization Membership

  • Academy of Management

    Panel Member

Side positions

  • RO Theatre Foundation Rotterdam

    member of the Board of Directors

2013
March
12
2013
February
26
ERIM Research Seminar
2013
January
30
ERIM Research Seminar
2012
December
03
2012
January
25
2011
March
22
2010
November
15
2010
October
28
2009
April
23
ERIM Research Seminar
2007
May
18

Address

Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T08-24
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Work in progress

Magala, S.J. (2015). Corporate Cultures. In J Stone, R Dennis, P Rizova & A.D. Smith (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Race, Etthnicity and Nationalism. Chichester & New York: Wiley Blackwell.
Magala, S.J. (2015). Patriotism. In J. Stone, R. Dennis, P. Rizova, A.D. Smith & Xiaoshua Hou (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Race, Ethnicity and Culture. Chichester 7 New York: Wiley Blackwell.

Latest publication

Magala, S.J. (2015). Interdisciplinary Research of Cultural Diversity. In H. Holden, S. Michailova & S. Tietze (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Cross-Cultural Management (Routledge Companions) (pp. 362-370). New York & Oxon: Routledge.