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Dr Harry Pitts

Dr Harry Pitts

Dr Harry Pitts
PhD, MRes, MA, BA Hons

Lecturer in Management

Office 3.08 (Howard House)
Howard House,
Queen's Avenue, Bristol BS8 1SD
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Summary

In a nutshell, my research explores how different actors- workers, managers, politicians, activists, policymakers and intellectuals- understand, experience and organise the changing world of work and economic life. This overarching agenda breaks down into three intersecting themes:

1) The organisation and management of work and economic futures This strand of my research explores how the changing world of work is organised, managed, experienced and contested in thought and practice by those employed and self-employed in a range of different fields and industries, including the creative industries and professional services. I am specifically interested in:

  • New forms of organisation for the self-employed 
  • New ways of working in an age of digital transformation 
  • Work in the creative industries 
  • Measuring and valuing work time in the professional services 
  • Self-quantification in and against the digital workday

2) The politics and policy of work and economic futures This part of my work critically engages with increasingly influential and persuasive ideas around the futures of work and capitalist society and how these are operationalised and mobilised around in concrete political activity and policymaking, specifically on social democratic and socialist left in and around the British Labour Party. I am specifically interested in:

  • Postcapitalist politics and the post-work imaginary 
  • Corbynism, the Labour Party and the left 
  • Universal Basic Income and its alternatives 
  • Institutions, civil society and alternative forms of social reproduction 

3) The theory and critique of work and economic futures This theme of my research centres on the reconsideration and renewal of Marx’s critique of political economy for the understanding of contemporary capitalism, testing revisionist approaches to Marxian value theory as a framework for relating what goes on in the workplace to what goes on in the market. I am specifically interested in:

  • New readings of Marx and their relevance to the study of work today 
  • Value, valuation and measurement 
  • Critiques of capitalism and conspiracy theory 
  • Postoperaismo, postcapitalism and the new politics of labour 

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Work, Organisation & Public Policy at University of Bristol School of Management, where I am also Business Fellow for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, lead the Faculty Research Group for Perspectives on Work, and direct the BSc programme in Economics & Management. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts.

I am co-editor of Futures of Work, an online magazine published by Bristol University Press, and the author of A World Beyond Work? Labour, Money and the Capitalist State Between Crisis and Utopia(Emerald, 2021, with Ana Dinerstein), Value (Polity, 2020), Corbynism: A Critical Approach (Emerald, 2018, with Matt Bolton), and Critiquing Capitalism Today: New Ways to Read Marx (Palgrave 2017). With Jon Cruddas, I am co-editor of a Political Quarterly special issue on The Politics of Postcapitalism. My work has been covered in media outlets including the Economist, the Financial Times, the Times, and the Guardian.

My research explores how different actors - workers, managers, politicians, activists, policymakers and intellectuals - understand, experience and organise the changing world of work and economic life. This overarching agenda breaks down into intersecting interests in the organisation and management, the politics and policy and the theory and critique of work and economic futures.

Teaching

Unit Director, EFIM10012 Global Business Environment 

Unit Director, EFIM20022 People, Work & Organisations

Lecturer, EFIM10015 Introduction to Management

Lecturer, EFIM30037 Global Production, Work & Employment

Supervisor, EFIMM0014 Dissertation

Keywords

  • Political Economy
  • Critical Theory
  • Sociology of Work
  • Organization Studies
  • Labour Studies

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Recent publications

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Courses

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