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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.


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    Flory, M., Durant, RA., Magala, S., Boje, DM. & Downs, A., 2017, In: Culture and Organization. 23, 2, p. 110-117 8 p.

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  • Corporate Cultures

    Magala, S., 2015, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Race, Etthnicity and Nationalism. Stone, J., Dennis, R., Rizova, P. & Smith, A. D. (eds.). Chichester & New York: Wiley-Blackwell

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  • Interdisciplinary Research of Cultural Diversity

    Magala, S., 2015, The Routledge Companion to Cross-Cultural Management. Holden, H., Michailova, S. & Tietze, S. (eds.). New York & Oxon: Routledge, p. 362-370 9 p. (Routledge Companions).

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  • Patriotism

    Magala, S., 2015, The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Race, Ethnicity and Culture. Stone, J., Dennis, R., Rizova, P., Smith, A. D. & Xiaoshua Hou (eds.). Chichester 7 New York: Wiley-Blackwell

    Research output: Chapter/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

  • Brokering Knowledge. Teaching Under Way from Encyclopaedia to Wikipaedia

    Magala, S., 2014, Social Mindedness in Learning Community. Concepts, Fieldwork and Exploratory Results. Kaczynski, G. J. & Gamuzza, A. (eds.). Milano, p. 104-115

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