Philip Hancock is a Professor of Work and Organisation at Essex Business School at the University of Essex. His academic background is in theoretical and qualitative sociology, and he holds an MA in Philosophy and Social Theory from the University of Warwick and a PhD from Keele University. His research interests include practices of organisational aestheticisation, the architectural management of space and place, practices of interactive service work and, in particular, the production and reproduction of socio-economic and organisational relations at Christmas. He has published widely in leading journals in the field of organisation studies and sociology and has published books such as Work, Postmodernism and Organization: A Critical Introduction (Sage) and Art and Aesthetics at Work (Palgrave). He is an editorial board member of the journals Organization Studies, Organization and Work, Employment and Society.