Edward Wray-Bliss

Associate Professor


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Areas of Expertise

  • The Ethics and Politics of Work, Organisation and Leadership
  • Religion and work
  • Drug and alcohol use, and drug testing, in the workplace
  • Research Ethics in Management and the Social Sciences
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Methodologies
  • Critical Management Studies and Ethical and Continental Philosophy in Organisation Studies


Associate Professor Edward Wray-Bliss joined the Department of Marketing and Management, in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University in July of 2014. Prior to this, he had worked as a management academic for the previous 16 years at universities in both Australia and the UK including Deakin University (also Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning), UTS (also Associate Head of School, Research), the University of Essex, The University of Nottingham, The University of Salford, Stirling University, Edge Hill University and Manchester University from where he received his Doctorate and Bachelors qualifications in management in 1998 and 1994 respectively.

Edward is an Organization Studies and Critical Management scholar who teaches and researches on the ethics and politics of work, management, organization and leadership. His research ranges from a close empirical analysis of the ethics of particular workplace and managerial practices, to conceptual critiques of the ways that management and organization is conventionally formulated, and to more philosophical examinations of the ethical and political foundations of organizing. Specific topics and issues that he has published on include workforce drug and alcohol policies and employee drug testing, business ethics, leadership, new work technologies, discrimination and employee resistance. In addition, he has contributed a significant body of work to a critical reconceptualization of research responsibilities and ethics within management and critical management research. His more philosophical writings have explored ethical philosophy and organization studies, the post-secular and religion in organization and leadership, and the philosophical roots of contemporary articulations of leadership. Dr Wray-Bliss's writings are published in highly-ranked management and organization studies academic journals (including Organization Studies, Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, Organization) and in edited academic books, handbooks and readers from quality publishers including Sage, Oxford, Polity and Routledge.

He is a passionate educator who brings into the lecture room his interest and expertise in the ethical foundations and problems of contemporary organizational and managerial practices. His commitment to enhancing how the ethical is engaged with in business education is carried into contributions to well-regarded Management and HRM textbooks published by Cengage, Palgrave and Tilde University Press. External recognition of the quality of his teaching includes nomination for the Australia-wide UniJobs Lecturer of the Year award in 2010.

In addition to teaching and research, he has worked to strengthen ties between academic work and the wider community. His research on the ethics of workplace drug and alcohol policies and employee drug-testing, for example, has been disseminated in numerous articles, interviews and commentaries in the Australian, New Zealand and UK national media and has contributed to the wider public debate regarding the efficacy and ethics of these contentious managerial practices.



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