Indigenous Peoples and organization studies




Bastien, François
Coraiola, Diego M.
Foster, William M.

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Organization Studies


This essay encourages scholars of management and organization studies (MOS) to critically reflect on how Indigenous peoples and their knowledges have been, and continue to be, systemically discriminated against. This discrimination is the result of colonization; it has deeply impacted and continues to affect which knowledges and practices are valued and embraced. The impact of colonization is mirrored in MOS via processes and actions within the academic setting and our business schools. The result is the continued marginalization of Indigenous peoples and their knowledges. We propose a shift in how MOS scholars approach research in relation to non-western societies to counter, and hopefully end, these continued practices of discrimination in our business schools. Specifically, we argue that demarginalizing Indigenous research in academia and going beyond ‘cosmetic indigenization’ in our business schools are new, collaborative ways of rethinking indigeneity and breaking down the current barriers in MOS that reinforce and perpetuate the systemic discrimination against Indigenous peoples, their knowledges and practices.



'cosmetic indigenization', business schools, decolonization, Indigenous knowledges, Indigenous organizing, Indigenous peoples, management and organization studies, systemic discrimination


Bastien, F., Coraiola, D. M., & Foster, W. M. (2022). “Indigenous Peoples and organization studies.” Organization Studies, 0(0), 1-17.