Dr Charles Barthold is a lecturer at the Open University. Previously, he was a lecturer at Kingston University. He also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Management of the University of Leicester where he completed his PhD without corrections (2015). Charles has a Masters in Philosophy from Paris-Panthéon-Sorbonne University and a Masters in Social Sciences from Sciences-po Paris.
Charles employs a variety approaches to organisation studies and leadership in relation to contemporary economic, environmental and social issues. Firstly, he is interested to study how organisations and leadership reproduce power relations. This includes different types of organisational power relations such as organisational control; anthropocentrism in relation to the environment; and organisational logics informed by gender, racialisation and precarious work. Secondly, his project is to analyse how resistance, politics and ethics in organisations can bring about novel forms of democratisation and emancipation. Thirdly, Charles is interested about organisational discourses. Methodologically, his work is qualitative (ethnography, film analysis, discourse analysis) or conceptual. It is linked in particular to studying discourse and visual culture. Charles is a member of the Centre for Knowledge in Organisations and Professions (CKOP).
The work of Charles was published in leading journals such as Organization; Journal of Business Ethics; Business Ethics: A European Review; Critical Perspectives in Accounting; Scandinavian Journal of Management; Gender Work and Organization; Culture and Organization; and Theory, Culture and Society. Charles also published a book: Resisting Financialization with Deleuze and Guattari.
Charles co-organised a ‘Creaturely Ethics, Poetics and Animal Studies’ stream at the 11th International Critical Management Studies Conference (2019). He has currently two PhD students under supervision. Charles is happy to be approached by potential PhD students in his areas of research.
Charles has extensive teaching experience in a higher education context including postgraduate (PhD, MBA and MSc) and undergraduate students. This includes both face-to-face and distance learning. He has also supervised to completion a number of undergraduate and MSc dissertations.
He has just completed a year of production of B870 - Managing in a Changing World, the first module on the new MBA where he authored some of the material on culture and leadership. Charles is currently the Module Team Chair for BB845 (Strategic Human Resource Management) on the MBA. Furthermore, he is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.