Mark Addleson

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Titles and Organizations

Associate Professor Emeritus of Organizational Development, Schar School of Policy and Government

Contact Information
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Fax: 703-993-8215
Mason Square, Van Metre Hall
3351 Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, Virginia 22201
MS 3B1


Mark Addleson is a teacher, writer-researcher, and consultant, with a PhD in management. An associate professor emeritus of organizational development in the Schar School of Policy and Government, he began this journey in South Africa at University of the Witwatersrand’s Graduate School of Business, in Johannesburg, where he headed the school’s general management program and consulted to organizations in many sectors.

Addleson was instrumental in starting the master's degree in organization development and knowledge management (ODKM) in the Schar School and served as the program’s founding director from 1996 to 2006. He has published extensively both in economics, his original disciplinary home, and in organization development. He is particularly interested in the collective nature of knowledge-work and in the relationship between conventional, high-control management practices and work. In his book, Beyond Management: Taking Charge at Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), he explains why knowledge-work and management practices are incompatible, what it takes to organize knowledge-work, and where to start replacing management practices.

Areas of Research

  • Change Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Knowledge Work
  • Organizations
  • Paradigms/World Views
  • Interpretive Social Theory

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