Welcome to www.kociak.org, the homepage of Jerzy Kociatkiewicz. This site is dedicated to my academic interests, which currently include the everyday experience of organizing, narrativity, organizational space and symbolism, as well as organization theory and marketing studies more generally. Please use the navigation bar on the left to select the pages you wish to view. Note that the Writings section contains links to full versions of many of my texts (though the formatting mostly does not follow the published version, due to copyright restrictions). Just click on the full text button to download the relevant text

My PhD thesis, entitled "The Social Construction of Space in a Computerized Environment," is available full text. Due to the number of colour illustrations it contains, it takes up over 5MB, even though low resolution is used for images. You might prefer a smaller pdf full text version, containing text and b/w diagrams only (880KB).

The following address works best for contacting me, whether your purpose is academic or not:

Jerzy Kociatkiewicz
University of Sheffield Management School
The University of Sheffield
Conduit Road
Sheffield S10 1FL
United Kingdom

tel. +44 114 2222353
e-mail: kociak@kociak.org

Recently Published:


Jerzy Kociatkiewicz and Monika Kostera (2016) "Grand Plots of Management Bestsellers: Learning from narrative and thematic coherence," Management Learning 47/3: 324-342full text, unformatted


Zygmunt Bauman, Irena Bauman, Jerzy Kociatkiewicz, and Monika Kostera (2015) Management in a Liquid Modern World. Cambridge: Polity, 160 p.

Management has been one of the driving forces of the last century, indeed an idea and a language that colonized most other institutions, areas of human activity and walks of life, even those that had until recently been regarded as completely unmanageable, such as art, academia and creativity. Some it supported and others it destroyed, but there are few areas in modern societies that have been untouched by it.

What is the meaning of management now almost omnipresent and all-powerful in our current bleak times, in our current state of ‘interregnum’ that is characterized by an increasing sense of insecurity and hopelessness, a time when, paradoxically, the seemingly omnipotent force of management does not seem to work? Does it have a role to play today and in the future? What can it become and whom should it serve when the interregnum is over and a new, hopefully more humane, system begins to dawn?

These are some of the questions explored in this timely new book by Zygmunt Bauman, one of the greatest thinkers of our times, architect and Urban Studies professor Irena Bauman, and two organization and management scholars, Jerzy Kociatkiewicz and Monika Kostera.

Recently, on my Panglossia blog:

Zygmunt Bauman's (2011) Collateral Damage has its origins in a number of his recent lectures, hence the issues raised in the book appear as a cross-section of his recent preoccupations: the overarching theme of the precariousness of the liquid modern condition, the rise of the underclass, i.e. large numbers (though, as Bauman insists, not groups) of people excluded from society and societal discourse, and the collapse of the modern beliefs in certainty (of pretty much anything). That is not to say that the book is a retread of earlier work: as almost always in his recent work, there are fresh insights and novel observations to be found on almost every page.


For students of the Advanced Business Development course at SWPS:

Course materials are being made available at the following link.