Dr J. Miguel Imas


Dr. Miguel Imas is senior lecturer of organisational-social psychology and director of the Kingston i-lab at the Faculty of Business and Social Science, Kingston University. He has hold visiting professorship at the University of Bologna in Buenos Aires, The University of Chile and the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil. He studied both his BSc and PhD Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he remains an associate member of the psychology research lab. 

Miguel Imas has lead research in organisations and communities in Africa and Latin America. His research focuses on creativity, entrepreneurial and social innovative practices that these communities/organisations enact and perform in their daily lives. He has conducted research in Europe, exploring the impact of economic downturns and crisis among Spanish, Irish and English communities. From his research work he has developed the notions of barefoot entrepreneurs, liminal entrepreneuring, necroentrepreneurship, and urbansparkZ.

Miguel Imas has supported and help to develop student driven start-up initiatives such as Jebo, part of the University of Bologna student commitment to improve their innovative and creative skills in business.  He is also supportive of initiatives that examine and promote more sustainable economic practices in countries like Chile, Argentina and Zimbabwe. His work has been published in prestigious journals like Organization Studies, Gender, Work & Organization and Organization. 

Academic responsibilities

senior lecturer


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

Teaching and learning

J. Miguel Imas has lectured for more than 10 years, lecturing on organisational change, creativity and leadership in the MBA, MSc. Occupational/Business Psychology and MSc. International Business Management. He has also contributed to the PhD methodology programme where he lectures on research paradigms and critical methodological approaches to organisation. 

Adopting a pedagogy based on the work of distinguished scholars such as Noam Chomsky and Richard Feynman as well as the inspiring work of educationalist Sir Ken Robinson, he has contributed to develop students capacity for critical thinking, creativity and original thought in order to address difficult organisational and societal issues link to his subjects of expertise.

He has delivered lectures at prestigious Universities in South America and Europe. He has been visiting professor at the University of Bologna, Campus Buenos Aires, the University of Chile, and the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil. Currently, he is visiting professor at Toulouse Business School.      

Qualifications and expertise

  • Creativity
  • Critical Entrepreneurship
  • Social Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Critical Approaches to Organisation Studies
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Organisational Change
  • Organisational Behaviour

Postgraduate courses taught


J. Miguel Imas scholarship is driven by a strong interdisciplinary curiosity in areas such as entrepreneurship, creativity, social innovation and change.  Key to his research work is the ability to engage with entrepreneurial and creative behaviours located at the margins of our global world. In places like Zimbabwe, Brazil or when examining the impact of the financial crisis in Europe, he has produced research that examines the kind of problems that invite individuals and their organisations to challenge the status quo and thrive under adversity, creating a path towards more sustainable and inclusive organisational practices. Currently, he is co-leading two projects one in Chile and one in South Africa, examining how women entrepreneurs' struggle for emancipation drives them creatively to find new more sustainable practices for their businesses and well-being. In collaboration with colleagues at different academic institutions around the world, he is developing new theoretical knowledge that impacts the way business is conducted.  He has published in highly regarded journals such as Organization Studies, Gender, Work and Organization, and Organization, as well as journals in the Americas.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Critical Entrepreneurship
  • Creativity
  • Social Innovation
  • Innovative Decision-making
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Organisational-social psychology

Areas of specialism

  • Critical Entrepreneurship
  • Creativity
  • Organisational Change
  • Critical Organisation Studies

Scholarly affiliations

  • Minga, Chile Organisation Studies Group
  • Psychology Research Lab, LSE
  • Critical Management Studies Network

Research student supervision


Number of items: 27.


Al-Dajani, Haya, Bang, Nupur, Basco, Rodrigo, Calabrò, Andrea, Cheng, Jeremy Chi Yeung, Clinton, Eric, Daspit, Josh, De Massis, Alfredo, Discua Cruz, Allan, Garcia-Lorenzo, Lucia, Gartner, William B., Germain, Olivier, Gherardi, Silvia, Helin, Jenny, Imas, Miguel, Jack, Sarah, McAdam, Maura, Radu-Lefebvre, Miruna, Rovelli, Paola, Tillmar, Malin, Torchia, Mariateresa, Verduijn, Karen and Welter, Friederike (2023) A multi-voiced account of family entrepreneuring research : expanding the agenda of family entrepreneurship. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, ISSN (print) 1355-2554 (In Press)

Imas, J. Miguel and Garcia‐Lorenzo, Lucia (2022) A postcolonial and pan‐African feminist reading of 'Zimbabwean women entrepreneurs'. Gender, Work & Organization, ISSN (print) 0968-6673 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Humphreys, Patrick and Imas, Miguel (2022) Decision support for social innovation enabling sustainable development. Journal of Decision Systems, ISSN (print) 1246-0125 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Rivera-Aguilera, Guillermo, Imas, Miguel and Jimenez-Díaz, Luis (2021) Jóvenes, multitud y estallido social en Chile [Youth, multitudes and social upheaval in Chile]. Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud, 19(2), ISSN (online) 2027-7679

Figueiredo, Marina Dantas de, Marquesan, Fábio Freitas Schilling and Imas, José Miguel (2020) Anthropocene and "development" : intertwined trajectories since the beginning of the Great Acceleration = Antropoceno e "desenvolvimento" : trajetórias entrelaçadas desde o começo da Grande Aceleração. Revista de Administração Contemporâbea = Journal of Contemporary Administration, 24(5), pp. 400-413. ISSN (online) 1982-7849

Barthold, Charles, Checchi, Marco, Imas, Miguel and Smolovic Jones, Owain (2020) Dissensual leadership : rethinking democratic leadership with Jacques Rancière. Organization, ISSN (print) 1350-5084 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Weston, Alia, Imas, J. Miguel, Manning, Jen, Donnelly, Paul and Ngwerume, Kudzayi (2019) Un(der)employed youth : from precariousness to resilience = Juventud sub(des)empleade : De lo precario a la resiliencia. Psicoperspectivas. Individuo y Sociedad, 18(3), ISSN (print) 0717-7798

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

Imas, J. Miguel (2023) 'Border struggle' : invisible [hi]story of the 'other' in management/organization studies. In: Pal, Mahuya , Cruz, Joëlle and Munshi, Debashish, (eds.) Organizing at the margins : theorizing organizations of struggle in the global south. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 135-153. (New Perspectives in Organizational Communication) ISSN (print) 2730-5333 ISBN 9783031229923

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

Weston, Alia and Imas, J. Miguel (2018) Resisting colonization in business and management studies : from postcolonialism to decolonization. In: Cassell, Catherine , Cunliffe, Ann L. and Grandy, Gina, (eds.) The SAGE handbook of qualitative business and management research methods. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. pp. 119-135. ISBN 9781526429261

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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