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., 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.[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). Slumdog Millionaire; the rhetoric of chance or sentimental management of inequalities in pulp fiction. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 23(2), 152-156.[go to publisher's site]
  • 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). 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. (2008). Life of Social Values, Rotterdam 18 19 May 2007. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, 8(3), 363-369.
  • 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.
  • 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. (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.
  • 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.
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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.