Slawek Magala

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Welcome to the website of Slawek Magala. This website was created in 2015, when Slawek became emeritus professor of cross-cultural management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Given that Slawek is well-known for the broadth and scope of his thought, and has published and talked about a wide range of issues, he was given this virtual space to allow him to share his thoughts with a broad audience and for people to learn about his impressive intellectual legacy. The website was presented to him before his valedictory lecture, as a recognition of his contributions as a scholar and educator.

Slawek Magala


Sławomir J. Magala (Kielce, 1950) was educated in Poland, Germany and the USA. He has taught and conducted research in China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Namibia. He has been at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands since 1985, where he became a full professor in 2000. From 2005 to 2012, he was chair of the Department of Organization and Human Resource Management Studies. Besides his academic endeavors, he has been involved in global consulting and training in post-communist and pre-capitalist countries including China, India, Estonia, Kazakhstan and Namibia.

He has several publications under his belt, both academic as well as non-academic. He is the author of several books, including “Cross-Cultural Competence” (Routledge, 2005), “The Management of Meaning in Organizations” (Palgrave, 2009) and “Class Struggle in Classless Poland” (South End Press, 1982) under the pen name Stanislaw Starski, which was re-published in Polish in 2012 by the European Center of Solidarity. He also published a number of scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals like Organization Studies, Management Decision, the Journal of Public Affairs and the European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management and contributed chapters to a range of edited volumes. For a full list of publications, click here.

In 1988, he organized an international conference on 'Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and Sciences of Management', which led to the creation of the British Critical Management Studies movement, one of the largest research communities within the Academy of Management. He is co-founder and associate editor of Qualitative Sociology Review and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Organizational Change Management.

Professor Magala’s research and teaching focuses on cross-cultural competence and communication and on the processes of sensemaking in professional bureaucracies. Currently, he is developing research and educational projects on cultural identity, brokering knowledge and the cultural sustainability of institutions, organizations and networks. He is also passionate about multimedia and countercultures.

He is co-founder and member of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Competence in Management (IACCM). He also is a member of the Standing Conference on Management and Organization Inquiry (SC’moi), the International Network of Business and Management journal editors (INBAM), and a network of researchers linked to the International Conferences on Rhetoric and Narratives in Management Research.

Professor Magala is married and has two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys the relentless aesthetization of everyday life and the adventures of itinerary professionals, and celebrates creativity in all walks and talks and looks of life, including contemporary art.

In December 2015 he retired from RSM/EUR with the public farewell lecture "Changing Cultural Climates: East, West and Sustainable Best". From March 2016 to November 2018 he had been a visiting professor at the Faculty of Management and Social Communication of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. From January 2019 to September 2020 he is the visiting professor at the Faculty of Management of the University of Warsaw. He lives in Haarlem in the Netherlands.