In the shadow of empire: Global Britain and the UK business school

Boussebaa, M. (2020) In the shadow of empire: Global Britain and the UK business school. Organization, 27(3), pp. 483-493. (doi: 10.1177/1350508419855700)

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In this essay, I scrutinize the ‘Global Britain’ project championed by the UK government since the Brexit vote and reflect on the role played by business schools in it. My argument is twofold. First, I contend the project is bound up with British imperialism, being at once the expression of a melancholic attachment to the colonial Empire of yesteryear and part of a long-standing effort to renew Britain’s imperial greatness in the so-called ‘postcolonial’ era. Second, I maintain that business schools, while notionally anti-Brexit, are complicit in the Global Britain project by virtue of propagating elements of its imperialist discourse. I conclude with some reflections on our role as scholars and educators in fostering debate on this project and challenging its imperialist underbelly.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boussebaa, Professor Mehdi
Authors: Boussebaa, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Organization
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1461-7323
Published Online:19 June 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Author
First Published:First published in Organization 27(3): 483-493
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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