Management Theory and Analysis (MTA)


Name:Nick Butler
Title :
Assistant Professor


  Nick joined Stockholm Business School as an assistant professor in 2016. He previously worked at Lund University as a postdoctoral researcher and St Andrews University, Scotland as a lecturer. Prior to this, he trained at the universities of Warwick, Sussex and Leicester in the UK. Nick researches in the field of organization studies, focusing on the sociology of work and critical perspectives on management. He is particularly interested in the fusion of social theory, philosophy, qualitative methods and interpretive analysis. He is a member of the editorial collective of the journal ephemera: theory & politics in organization.

Research Interests
Nick is continuing his research on the politics of knowledge production in the business school. Alongside Dr Sverre Spoelstra (Lund University) and Dr Helen Delaney (Auckland University, NZ), he is currently working on a project about the discourse of science in leadership studies. Funded by Vetenskapsrådet, the study examines the life of psychometric measures in academia and industry. Nick also writes on topics including excellence and relevance in the university, research ethics in management and organization studies, the history of management consulting, the working lives of stand-up comedians, and the philosophy of humour and laughter.

Selected publications
Butler, N., H. Delaney and S. Spoelstra (forthcoming) ‘The Grey Zone: Questionable Research Practices in the Business School’, Academy of Management Learning and Education

Butler, N. (2016) ‘Functional Stupidity: A Critique’, Ephemera 16(2)

Butler, N. and D. Collins (2016) ‘The Failure of Consulting Professionalism? A Longitudinal Analysis of the Institute of Management Consultants’, Management & Organizational History 11(1)

Butler, N. (2016) ‘Humour and Organization’, in R. Mir, H. Willmott and M. Greenwood (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies, Routledge

Butler, N., H. Delaney and S. Spoelstra (2015) ‘Problematizing “relevance” in the business school: The case of leadership studies’, British Journal of Management 26(4)

Butler, N (2015) ‘Joking Aside: Theorizing Laughter in Organizations’, Culture and Organization 21(1)

Butler, N. and S. Spoelstra (2014) ‘The Regime of Excellence and the Erosion of Ethos in Critical Management Studies’, British Journal of Management 25(3)

Butler, N. and S. Spoelstra (2012) ‘Your Excellency’, Organization 19(6)

Butler, N. and S. Dunne (2012) ‘Duelling with Dualisms: Descartes, Foucault and the History of Organizational Limits’, Management & Organizational History 7(1)

Please Note !

There will be no new admissions to this course.

Course title:
Management Theory and Analysis
Semester: Autumn term 2019
Study period: 1
Rate of studies: 100%
Level: Graduate level (second cycle)
Credits: 7.5
Language of instruction: English


Course coordinator:
Lotta Sondell
Head of course:
Nick Butler