Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Whitaker Ideas Forum: Management control systems as a battleground

October 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker(s): Dr Emer Curtis

Affiliation: Performance Management Research Cluster

Organised by: Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUI Galway

Event Navigation

Recent literature has explored the capacity of technical and socio-ideological controls to support the expression and management of healthy tension and conflict in organisations, and the achievement of balance and negotiated resolutions. Using an in-depth case study of a local government in France, where a socialist and green party coalition replaced a long standing communist administration, this paper examines the role and use of a multiplicity of control systems in the context of competing political coalitions, intent on ‘winning’ rather than compromise. We extend theoretical understandings of how assemblages of controls are implicated in environments characterised by political contests, through proliferation, sedimentation and reconstruction of the architecture of the control systems, as they are used as a battleground between competing political coalitions.

This is one of a series of seminars in the Whitaker Ideas Forum. Emer will be representing the Performance Management Research cluster.








The Whitaker Ideas Forum is a weekly seminar, running Wednesday’s throughout the semester from 1:00pm-2:00pm in CA110. It provides the opportunity for members of the Institute to showcase their research. The result are presentations that highlight the diversity of the research being undertaken, while allowing for an opportunity to engage in discussions and, sometimes, collaboration with attendees. Below, you will find a list of this semester’s seminars, please click the title for more information on that seminar.

Date Presenter Seminar Topic Whitaker Research Cluster
18 September Stephen Hynes Willingness to pay for marine ecosystem services: The Blue Planet II effect. SEMRU
25 September Eimear Morrissey & Bláthín Casey How to create impact with public and patient involvement: The D1 Now Study example Health and Well-Being
2 October Emer Curtis Management control systems as a battleground Performance Management
9 October Conversations with Professor Alma McCarthy
16 October Sinead Mellett RiskAquaSoil   – Comprehensive management plan for risks in soil and in water to improve the resilience of the Atlantic rural areas to climate change Innovation and Structural Change
23 October Conversations with Professor Kate Kenny
30 October Anastasia Griva Data-driven Innovation in Shopper Marketing: A Business Analytics Approach for Visit Segmentation in the Retail Industry Agile and Open Innovation (LERO)
6 November Conversations with Professor Esther Tippmann
13 November Mary Cawley Diasporic links and on-going transnational relationships in migration and return Population and Migration
20 November Conversations with Professor Jonathan Levie
27 November Sinead Duane Mapping the Determinants of Change – the PIER Project Applied Systems Thinking