Dr Anna-Maria Murtola

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 6975

Email: amurtola@aut.ac.nz


  • PhD
  • MSc
  • PGCert
  • BA

Memberships and Affiliations:


I have previously lectured at Åbo Akademi University in Finland and Keele University in the UK and have been a visiting researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark. I am a member of the editorial board of Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society (https://journals.sagepub.com/home/org) and an affiliate of ephemera: theory and politics in organization (http://www.ephemerajournal.org).

Teaching Areas:

  • Global business environment
  • Contemporary issues in the global economy
  • Global futures

Research Areas:

  • Cultural studies of capitalism
  • Commodification, contestation of commodification
  • Capitalist subjectivation and socialisation

Research Summary:

My research falls within the area of cultural studies of capitalism and is focused on analysing processes of commodification and contestation of commodification. I study the reproduction of capitalist relations in relation to the commodity. My research is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on political economy, philosophy, sociology, critical theory and cultural studies. This research encompasses:

  • Contestation of processes of commodification, expropriation, accumulation by dispossession, enclosure of the commons
  • Critiques of the expansion of the commodity form as a logic of social organisation
  • Cultural struggles over the subsumption of social relations under capital and processes of capitalist socialisation

Current Research Projects:

  • Skin for sale? The entrepreneurial subject at work
  • Global consumerism, ecology, inequality
  • Entrepreneurship ad absurdum
  • Commodification studies: A review


Journal articles

  • 2018    ‘How the global tech elite imagine the future’, Economic and Social Research Aotearoa, 11: 1-12.
  • 2014    ‘Experience, commodification, biopolitics’, Critical Sociology, 40(6): 835-854.
  • 2013    ‘The independent entrepreneur?’ Cyprus Dossier, 4 (Feb): 4-7. (with Campbell Jones)
  • 2012    ‘Entrepreneurship and expropriation’, Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society, 19(5): 635-655. (with Campbell Jones)
  • 2012 ‘Materialist theology and anti-capitalist resistance, or, “What would Jesus buy?”’, Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society, 19(3): 32-51.
  • 2011    ‘Livet förmedlat via marknaden’ [Life mediated through the market], Finsk Tidskrift [The Finnish Review], no. 7-8: 359-368.
  • 2011 ‘Köpcentret och människan: Kan ekonomiska värden samexistera i harmoni med övriga värden?’ [The shopping mall and the human being: Can economic and other values coexist in harmony?], Ikaros 8(2): 25-26.
  • 2010    ‘Commodification of utopia: The lotus eaters revisited’, Culture and Organization, 16(1): 37-54.
  • 2006    ‘Negotiating identity: An excursion into the world of a business city’, Intervention Research, 2(1-2): 59-72.

Edited Volumes

  • 2016    ‘Radical Returns’, special issue of New Zealand Sociology, 31(6): 1-142. (with Nathalie Jaques, Campbell Jones and Shannon Walsh).
  • 2013    ‘The communism of capital?’, special issue of ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 13(3): 483-700. (with Armin Beverungen and Gregory Schwartz)
  • 2012    ‘The atmosphere business’, special issue of ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 12(1/2): 1-258. (with Steffen Böhm and Sverre Spoelstra)
  • 2011    ‘The business of truth: Authenticity, capitalism and the crisis of everyday life’, special issue of ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 11(1): 1-96. (with Peter Fleming)

Book Chapters

  • 2012    ‘Entrepreneurship, crisis, critique’ in Daniel Hjorth (ed.) Handbook of Organizational Entrepreneurship, pp. 116-133. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. (with Campbell Jones)
  • 2010    ‘One-dimensional culture’, in Albert Mills, Gabrielle Durepos and Elden Wiebe (eds) Encyclopedia of Case Study Research, pp. 625-628. London: Sage.