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Dr J. Miguel Imas

Senior Lecturer


I am a social psychologist interested in organisational, entrepreneurial and creative processes that affect marginal communities in mostly but not exclusively Latin America and Africa. I focus on how these communities creatively organise and challenge the inequality and environmental degradation they suffer. Adopting critical ethnographic and visual methodologies, I approach my research from decolonial/postcolonial and critical management theoretical perspectives.

Influenced by my critical research, I have developed in my teaching the Kingston i-lab. The Kingston i-lab is a learning-creative space dedicated to developing innovative management and business practices that help communities to live in sustainable terms, caring for others and the environment.

I hold and have held visiting professorships in universities in Chile, Brazil and Argentina. I contribute to review articles for journals such as Organization and Organization Studies as well as for academic associations such as the US Academy of Management. I have helped to organise and conduct conference streams and contribute to the editorial board of journals in Latin America and Europe. 

Areas of specialism

  • Critical Organisation and Management Studies
  • Postcolonial and Decolonial Organisation Studies
  • Art and Precariousness
  • Critical Ethnography
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Critical Entrepreneurship


  • PhD Social Psychology, London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
  • BSc Social Psychology, London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Research student supervision


Number of items: 18.


Garcia-Lorenzo, Lucia, Donnelly, Paul, Sell-Trujillo, Lucia and Imas, J. Miguel (2018) Liminal entrepreneuring : the creative practices of nascent necessity entrepreneurs. Organization Studies, 39(2-3), pp. 373-395. ISSN (print) 0170-8406

Imas, J. Miguel (2012) The curious organisational world of imagination, art and the precariat: imagining a friend. Revista Electrônica de Gestão Organizacional, 10(3), pp. 436-444. ISSN (online) 1679-1827

Imas, J Miguel, Wilson, Nick and Weston, Alia (2012) Barefoot entrepreneurs. Organization, 19(5), pp. 563-585. ISSN (print) 1350-5084

Imas, J. Miguel and Weston, Alia (2012) From Harare to Rio de Janeiro: Kukiya-Favela organization of the excluded. Organization, 19(2), pp. 205-227. ISSN (print) 1350-5084

Kosmala, Katarzyna and Imas, J. Miguel (2012) Favela is painting: an UrbansparkZ/art installation of social commitment and organisational change. Cadernos EBAPE.BR, 10(2), pp. 466-469. ISSN (online) 1679-3951

Kosmala, Katarzyna and Imas, Miguel (2012) Narrating a story of Buenos Aires' Fabricas Recuperadas. International Journal of Management and Business, 3(1), pp. 103-114. ISSN (print) 1949-2839

Kosmala, Katarzyna and Imas, J. Miguel (2010) Pedestrian utterances on space/less green awareness: visualizing the process. Teaching Artist Journal, 9(1), pp. 35-46. ISSN (print) 1541-1796

Imas, J. Miguel (2006) Postcard from South America: experiencing organisation at the end of the world. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 2(1), pp. 58-64. ISSN (online) 1742-2043

Imas, J.M. (2005) Rational darkness: voicing the unheard in the modern management discourse of Chile. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 27(1), pp. 111-133. ISSN (online) 1084-1806


Kosmala, Katarzyna and Imas, Miguel, eds. (2016) Precarious spaces : the arts, social and organisational change. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect. 220p. ISBN 9781783205936

Book Section

Weston, Alia and Imas, J. Miguel (2018) Creativity : transformation of adversity. In: Martin, Lee and Wilson, Nick, (eds.) The Palgrave handbook of creativity at work. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 287-307. ISBN 9783319773490

Imas, Miguel and Weston, Alia (2016) Organspark7 : communities of art-space, imagination and resistance. In: Kosmala, Katarzyna and Imas, Miguel, (eds.) Precarious spaces : the arts, social and organisational change. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect. pp. 131-152. ISBN 9781783205936

Kosmala, Katarzyna and Imas, Miguel (2016) Why precarious spaces? In: Kosmala, Katarzyna and Imas, Miguel, (eds.) Precarious spaces: the arts, social and organisational change. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect. pp. 3-13. ISBN 9781783205936

Blackman, Deborah and Imas, Miguel (2011) Transgressive knowledge creation in entrepreneurship. In: Hindle, Kevin and Klyver, Kim, (eds.) Handbook of research on new venture creation. Cheltenham, U.K. : Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 99-118. ISBN 9781847200952

Imas, Miguel (2010) 'Dirty management': the legacy of Chile and Argentina. In: Guedes, Ana and Faria, Alex, (eds.) International management and international relations: a critical perspective from Latin America. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 185-200. ISBN 9780415801690

Conference or Workshop Item

Imas, J. Miguel, Donnelly, Paul, Sell, Lucia, Daskalaki, Maria and Garcia, Lucia (2013) Les Misérables, deuxième partie, insurrection and resistance at the heart of entrepreneurship. In: The 8th International Conference in Critical Management Studies (CMS): Extending the Limits of Neo-Liberal Capitalism; 10-12 Jul 2013, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kosmala, Katarzyna and Imas, Miguel (2009) LandArt for a sustainable & activist 'bioculturally diverse' management: voices from the south! In: 2009 Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting: Green Management Matters; 7-11 Aug 2009, Chicago, U.S..

Imas, J.M., Lowe, S and Daskalaki, Maria (2005) Who am I to say? The story of Marcus Elron's Exxon and the Tabaco community of Columbia. In: 15th Annual Conference of sc’MOI: Manufacturing Identity(ies); 7 - 9 April 2005, Philadelphia. (Annual Review of Management & Organization Inquiry: Tamara Journal) ISSN (print) 1532-5555 (Unpublished)

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