Nick Butler

Nick Butler

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Works at Stockholm Business School
Telephone 08-16 26 58
Visiting address Kräftriket, hus 3, 7, 15 och 24
Room 3:318
Postal address Företagsekonomiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

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 ephemera: theory & politics in organization and an Associate Editor of Organization.

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.



Course leadership

Business, Politics and Culture (undergraduate level)

Management, Theory and Analysis (Masters level)

Leadership and Management in Organizations (Masters level)

Programme leadership

International Business and Politics (undergraduate level)



Journal articles

Collins, D. and N. Butler (forthcoming) 'Success and Failure in Professional Projects: The Nature, Contours and Limits of Consulting Professionalism', British Journal of Management 

Butler, N. and D. Stoyanova Russell (2018) 'No Funny Business: Precarious Work and Emotional Labour in Stand-Up Comedy', Human Relations 71(12)

Butler, N. (2018) 'Fantasies of Strategy: Žižek, Discourse and Enjoyment', Critical Perspectives on Accounting 53

Butler, N., Delaney, H. and S. Spoelstra (2018) 'Risky Business: Reflections on Critical Performativity in Practice', Organization 25(3)

Butler, N., H. Delaney and S. Spoelstra (2017) ‘The Grey Zone: Questionable Research Practices in the Business School’, Academy of Management Learning and Education 16(1)

Spoelstra, S., N. Butler and H. Delaney (2016) 'Never Let a Good Academic Crisis Go to Waste: Leadership Studies in the Wake of Journal Retractions', Leadership 12(4)

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., 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)

Book chapters

Butler, N. and S. Spoelstra (2017) 'How to Become Less Excellent', in T. Huzzard, M. Benner and D. Kärreman (eds.) The Corporatization of the Business School: Minerva Meets the Marketplace. London and New York: Routledge.

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


Butler, N., H. Delaney and M. Sliwa (2017) 'The Labour of Academia', Ephemera 17(3)

Butler, N., C. Hoedemaekers and D. Stoyanova Russell (2015) ‘The Comic Organization’, Ephemera 15(3)

Butler, N., E. Jeanes and B. Otto (2014) ‘Diagrammatics of Organization’, Ephemera 14(2)

Butler, N., S. Chillas and S.L. Muhr (2012) ‘Professions at the Margins’, Ephemera 12(3)

Butler, N., L. Olaison, M. Sliwa, B.M. Sørensen and S. Spoelstra (2011) ‘Work, Play and Boredom’, Ephemera 11(4)

Butler, N., C. Land and M. Sliwa (2009) ‘Throwing Shoes’, Ephemera 9(3)

Popular media

Butler, N. (2018) 'The emotional labor of stand-up comedy', Work in Progress: Sociology on the Economy, Work and Inequality (American Sociological Association), 13 October

Butler, N., S. Spoelstra and H. Delaney (2016) 'The grey zone: How questionable research practices are blurring the boundary between science and misconduct', Times Higher Education, 14 October

Butler, N., S. Spoelstra and H. Delaney (2015) ‘Business schools must not cater to their funders’, The Guardian, 6 August

Butler, N. and S. Spoelstra (2015) ‘How the REF’s regime of excellence is changing research for the worse’, The Conversation, 6 February

Butler, N. and S. Spoelstra (2015) ‘The dark arts of academia – and why journals must do more to tackle the problem’, The Conversation, 7 January

Last updated: October 29, 2018

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