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Dr Mark Egan
Chair of the Board of Examiners Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology



Mark returned to education, after working in the event management industry. He studied at Lancaster University, gaining a first class honours degree in Organisational Psychology. To further study aspects of work psychology, Mark gained an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, specialising in aspects of Organisational Behaviour, and gained a PhD through a Psychological study of Organisation, from the University of Leicester.

Departmental roles

Deputy Director of UGT Programme

Chair of the Board of Examiners



Firstly, Mark works within the field of Science and Technology Studies. His recent research has followed the philosophical understanding of affect. This has placed particular emphasis on Spinoza's Ethics and the ethological and political readings of this work by Gilles Deleuze. This theoretical approach informed an 18 month ethnographic study of an organisation involved in the production of space instrumentation, planetary observers and overall management of space missions. He has also followed and studied technology through various stages of innovation and transfer, from the public to private sector, and from space to novel terrestrial applications.

Secondly, Mark is interested in understanding the social and political construction of central urbanism and city life. Current research examines the cultural practises that constitute the city centre spaces within which economic exchanges occur, from the perspectives of the organisation, consumer and retailer. Recent work has looked at the performative transformation of street space, examining street entrepreneurship, and the management of various city centre festivals and events.

A third aspect of Mark's research interest is exploring the haptic immersion of precision work. This focuses on aspects of work such as engineering, science and craftwork, and examines the intensity of haptic senses in the act of touch and re-configuring our understanding of tacit knowledge in precision work.


Full publications list

  • Egan, M. (2013) ‘The Silence of Affect in Organisation Studies: A Review of Sonic Warfare’. Organisation Studies, 34 (10) 1563-1571
  • Egan, M. (2012) ‘Movement, Affect and the Management of Cultural Events: The Journey of a Space Telescope’ SCOS, Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism, EAE Business School, Barcelona 11-14 July.
  • Egan, M. (2012) ‘A New Organisational Form of Affective Ethnography’ EGOS –European Group Organisation Studies, Aalto University & Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland July 5–7, 2012
  • Egan, M. (2012) ‘Engineering Affect: An Ethnographic study of Space Science Projects’ Making Projects Critical, University of Manchester, 16-17 April 2012.
  • Egan, M. (2010) ‘Good Vibrations: An Ethnographic Study of a Space Engineering Project’4th Annual PhD Conference, Leicester, 6th April 2010.
  • Egan, M. (2009) ‘Hubble, Trouble, Toil and Space Rubble: The Management History of an Object in Space’. Management and Organizational History, 4, 3, 263-280.
  • Egan, M. (2009) ‘Putting Emotion into Science: An Ethnographic Report on Space Science and Engineering’ Space Research Centre Monthly Event, Leicester, 24th July 2009
  • Egan, M. (2009) ‘Commemoration through Materiality: The social responsibility of football stadium redevelopment’ SCOS – The Bridge: Connection, Separation, Organisation – Copenhagen Business School 8th-11th July, 2009.
  • Egan, M. (2009) ‘Bio-political Control through Objects of Affect’. Paper presented at the State of Things Conference, Leicester. 29th April - 1st May, 2009.
  • Egan, M. (2008) ‘Famed Parasols and Celebrity Skirted Coats: Attachment to Collections in the Workplace.’ Material Worlds Conference, 15-17 December 2008.
  • Armanet, J., Egan, M., Gongwer, J. & Varma, A. (2008) ‘Creating from Perspective: Liminal Creativity and Reflexive Innovation’ Cambridge working paper series (Online) available at:



  • Behaviour in Organisations (1st Year, Spring Term)
  • Behaviour in Organisations II (2nd Year, Autumn Term)


  • Research Methods (Spring Term)

Other teaching

  • PhD Supervision

School for Business and Society
University of York
Church Lane Building
York Science Park
York YO10 5ZF

T: +44 (0) 1904 325034
Room: CL/A/116E

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation

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Friday 10.00 - 11.00