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Dr Philip Roscoe

Dr Philip Roscoe

BA, MPhil, PhD

Reader in Management

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 1973

Teaching 2018-2019

  • MN1001 Organisations and Society 
  • MN4236 Sociology of Finance
  • MN5513 Ethics, Organisations and Management

Biography

I am interested in the role that markets play in contemporary organising: how markets form, how they configure organisations, and how individuals shape – and are shaped – by market practice. I'm especially interested in the moral and political issues that surround markets, and the discourses, valuations and justifications invoked in market settings. Working in a School of Management, I'm deeply aware of how these topics relate to managers, an interest reflected in my writing and teaching.

My work is located in the growing interdisciplinary field of 'market studies', informed by science and technology studies, as well as research into accounting and organisations. My research is empirically driven: I have, for example, written on the organisation of the Christmastime Santa experiences in Lapland, on the construction of 'fairness' in transplant allocation and how online dating enacts instrumentally rational, calculative romances. I have a long-standing interest in financial markets, often taking a critical perspective: I have written on the social construction of nonprofessional investors in the United Kingdom and Taiwan, and conducted a larger-scale research project documenting the birth and development of two small company focused stock-markets founded in London in the mid-1990s. The project was been supported by funding from the School of Management and a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (RF-2016-078). A preliminary report offering a narrative account of the markets' history is available to download.

I have also written extensively on the creative industries. My monograph 'Creating economy: enterprise, intellectual property and the valuation of goods', with Professor Barbara Townley (St Andrews) and Dr Nicola Searle (Goldsmiths) is published by Oxford University Press. The book invokes the 'market studies' approach to explore how intellectual property organises the market for creative goods, making an important, timely and policy relevant contribution to ongoing debates over the nature and value of the creative industries.

I am committed to bringing academic research to the attention of as wide an audience as possible. My book I Spend Therefore I Am was published by Penguin in February 2014, and republished in paperback as A Richer Life in May 2015. It was described as 'a brilliant critique' by Lord Robert Skidelsky; 'Impressive. Important, very thoughtful and thought-provoking' by Ha-Joon Chang; and, 'a fine book, on the side of the angels' by the Guardian. I have written for the Guardian, Times Higher Education and the Literary Review, have appeared frequently on radio and television, and have given public lectures in the UK and abroad. In 2011 I was one of the ten winners of the inaugural AHRC BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers scheme. You can find out more about my writing, speaking and broadcasting, as well as an occasional blog, on www.philip‌roscoe.net.

Man at work podcast logoMy most recent public engagement project takes the form of a podcast – How To Build a Stock Exchange: Making Finance Fit for the Future – launched in March 2019. The podcast explores financial markets as a sociological phenomenon, seeking to shed new light on an institution that we too often take for granted. You can find transcripts and audio here, or follow on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher.

I joined the faculty at St Andrews in 2009, moving from Sup de Co Montpellier, where I was assistant professor of management. I hold a doctorate in management, from Lancaster University, exploring how non-professional stock-market investors are 'constructed' by investment service firms. I also worked in Lancaster as a post-doctoral researcher. Before starting my doctorate I spent six years working in financial journalism, prior to which I studied theology and medieval Arabic thought at the universities of Leeds and Oxford.

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students with an interest in topics related to market studies.

Publications

Books

Creating economy: enterprise, intellectual property and the valuation of goods
Townley, B., Roscoe, P. J. & Searle, N., 26 Jan 2019, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 256 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

The rise and fall of the penny-share offer: A historical sociology of London’s smaller company markets
Roscoe, P. J., Oct 2017, University of St Andrews. 120 p.
Research output: Book/ReportOther report

I spend, therefore I am: the true cost of economics
Roscoe, P. J., 6 Feb 2014, London: Viking. 262 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Chapters

Strategy, spectacle, or self-emptying? Sacrifice and the search for business ethics
Roscoe, P. J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Mimesis and Sacrifice: Applying Girard’s Mimetic Theory across the Disciplines. Pally, M. (ed.). Bloomsbury Academic
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Performativity matters: economic description as a moral problem
Roscoe, P. J., 25 Aug 2016, Enacting Dismal Science: New Perspectives on the Performativity of Economics. Boldyrev, I. & Svetlova, E. (eds.). PalgraveMacMillan, p. 131-150 (Perspectives from Social Economics). https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-48876-3_6
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

A moral economy of transplantation: Competing regimes of value in the allocation of transplant organs
Roscoe, P. J., Jan 2015, Value Practices in Life Sciences. Helgesson, C-F., Lee, F. & Dussange, I. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 99-118 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689583.003.0005
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Dr Pangloss and the best of all possible markets: evolutionary fantasies and justifications in contemporary economic discourse
Roscoe, P. J., 2014, Myth and the Market. Dublin: University College Dublin Business School, p. 96-111
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

 

Articles

The –ography of markets (or, the responsibilities of market studies)
Roscoe, P. J. & Loza, O., 28 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Cultural Economy. Latest articles, 20 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/17530350.2018.1557730
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Practices and meanings of non-professional stock-trading in Taiwan: a case of relational work
Chen, Y-H. & Roscoe, P. J., 26 Jan 2018, In : Economy and Society. 46, 3-4, p. 576-600 https://doi.org/10.1080/03085147.2017.1408214
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Performing a myth to make a market: The construction of the ‘magical world’ of Santa
Palo, T., Mason, K. & Roscoe, P. J., 2018, In : Organization Studies. OnlineFirst https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840618789192
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Unpacking the grand narrative of “economization”: Response to Johannes Bellmann (2016) A critique of economization critiques from the field of education science
Roscoe, P. J., Apr 2016, In : Bildungsgeschichte. International Journal for the Historiography of Education. 16, 2, p. 229-232
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Unsettling issues: valuing public goods and the production of matters of concern
Roscoe, P. J. & Townley, B., 2016, In : Journal of Cultural Economy. 9, 2, p. 121-126 https://doi.org/10.1080/17530350.2015.1107852
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Creating numbers: carbon and capital investment
Vesty, G., Telgenkamp, A. & Roscoe, P. J., 2015, In : Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. 28, 3, p. 302-324 https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-10-2013-1507
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Economizing habitus: material calculation and ‘the rules of the game’ in the publishing industry
Gulledge, E. A., Roscoe, P. J. & Townley, B., 2015, In : Journal of Cultural Economy. 8, 6, p. 637-654 https://doi.org/10.1080/17530350.2015.1047785
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

‘Elephants can’t gallop’: Performativity, knowledge and power in the market for lay-investing
Roscoe, P. J., 2015, In : Journal of Marketing Management. 31, 1-2, p. 193-218 https://doi.org/10.1080/0267257X.2014.976584
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Economic embeddedness and materiality in a financial market setting
Roscoe, P. J., 27 Feb 2013, In : The Sociological Review. 61, 1, p. 41-68 https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-954x.12004
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

How does an old firm learn new tricks? A material account of entrepreneurial opportunity
Roscoe, P. J., Discua-Cruz, A. & Howorth, C., 2013, In : Business History. 55, 1, p. 53-72 20 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2012.687540
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

On the possibility of organ markets and the performativity of economics
Roscoe, P. J., 2013, In : Journal of Cultural Economy. 6, 4, p. 386-401 https://doi.org/10.1080/17530350.2013.772069
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The state of affairs: critical performativity and the online dating industry
Roscoe, P. J. & Chillas, S. A., 2013, In : Organization. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508413485497
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Identification through technical analysis: A study of charting and UK non-professional investors
Roscoe, P. J. & Howorth, C., Feb 2009, In : Accounting, Organizations and Society. 34, 2, p. 206-221 16 p. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aos.2008.05.003
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Papers

Confessions of a Critical Marketographer
Roscoe, P. J., 2017, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Trading mechanisms and market values in the UK’s smaller company markets, 1995 to 2012
Roscoe, P. J., 2017, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

When ‘good performance’ is no longer ‘good’: Politics of valuation in the US Child Support Enforcement Program
Macatangay, A. C. & Roscoe, P. J., 2017, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Who can start a stock market? A political economy of performativity
Roscoe, P. J., 2017, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

A tale of two markets, or, how to build a stock exchange
Roscoe, P. J., 2016, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Practices and meanings of non-professional stock-trading in Taiwan: a case of relational work
Chen, Y-H. & Roscoe, P. J., Feb 2015, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Pricing, prizing and praising in the dating services sector – a conceptual approach
Roscoe, P. J. & Chillas, S. A., 2015, (Unpublished). 22 p.
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Acquiring an economic habitus: the role of calculation in learning ‘the rules of the game'
Gulledge, E. A., Roscoe, P. J. & Townley, B., 2014, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Constructing the retail investor: performativity and power in the market for investment services
Roscoe, P. J., Jun 2013, (Unpublished). 27 p.
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Can a market for marriage be moral? A philosophical and organizational problem
Roscoe, P. J., Jun 2012, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Economizing on love: does economics perform online dating?
Roscoe, P. J. & Chillas, S. A., 2011.
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

The organisation of fairness: engineering organ allocation protocols in the United Kingdom
Roscoe, P. J., 2011.
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

On the possibility of organ markets and the performativity of economics
Roscoe, P. J., 4 Jun 2010. 28 p.
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Calculation and compassion: economics and the problem of transplant organs
Roscoe, P. J., 2010.
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Materiality and felicitous opportunity
Roscoe, P. J., 2009.
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

 

Reviews

The promise and paradise of austerity
Roscoe, P. J., May 2016, In : Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization. 16, 2, p. 149-155
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Algorithmic life: calculative devices in the age of big data
Roscoe, P., 2016, In : Journal of Cultural Economy. 9, 6, p. 631-634 4 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/17530350.2016.1178658
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The possibility of critique: New Spirits of Capitalism
Roscoe, P. J., 2014, In : Journal of Cultural Economy. https://doi.org/10.1080/17530350.2013.870086
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The unbearable emptiness of entrepreneurship
Roscoe, P. J., Aug 2011, In : Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization. 11, 3, p. 319-325 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Risk appraisal and venture capital in high technology new ventures / Gavin C. Reid and Julia A. Smith
Lasch, F. & Roscoe, P., Jun 2010, In : International Small Business Journal. 28, 3, p. 297-298 2 p. https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242610364410
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Entrepreneurship, cooperation and the firm: the emergence and survival of high-technology ventures in Europe
Roscoe, P., 2008, In : Business History. 50, 6, p. 822-824 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

 

I Spend Therefore I Am: The true cost of economics (cover) A Richer Life (cover) I Spend Therefore I Am: The true cost of economics (cover, Korean)  Creating Economy (cover)