Conferences & lectures

Arman Motaghi and Mostafa Henaway | Social Justice Fellows Series

'Managerial Controls' and 'Municipal Politics'

Monday, November 18, 2019
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Arman Motaghi and Mostafa Henaway




Travis LaCroix


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room LB-207



Two fellows of the Social Justice Centre, Arman Motaghi (PhD student in Business Administration) and Mostafa Henaway (PhD student in Geography, Planning and Environment), are presenting their current research projects.

Arman Motaghi

Arman Motaghi - Managerial controls and organizational injustice

Accountancy literatures sees managerial controls as tools in managers’ hands to direct and empower employees toward organizational objectives. Nevertheless, managers can use these controls towards their own agency and against employees. In this study, I investigate a case of a misuse of organizational controls by a new management against a senior employee. In order to shade its deficiencies and to stabilize its position among shareholders, the new management used organizational controls and incurred all three types of organizational injustice against a senior employee. This on-going case is going through mediations and later on court hearing by Quebec Occupational Health Agency.

Mostafa Henaway

Mostafa Henaway - The perils and promises of municipal politics: A Citizen’s Guide to City Politics: towards a just and sustainable Montreal in the 21st Century

In recent years there has been much attention paid to the role of urban social movements, such as the right to the city movements in the United States, anti-eviction movements in Spain, sanctuary city movements across North America, and progressive electoral campaigns on the municipal level such as Barcelona, New York, Paris, and Seattle. Activists and progressive parties have sparked the imagination of residents by recasting our cities as sustainable cities with increased public transportation, decent housing for all, decent work, and as more egalitarian and democratic cities. Yet the contradictions of municipal governance, and the limits to electoral politics in Montreal have also come to the fore with the recent election of Projet Montreal, as the urban scale is also central to neoliberalism and corporate power. As municipal government and the urban scale have increasingly become a central vehicle for capital accumulation and economic growth, corporations are acquiring increasing power at the municipal level and driving key economic, social policy for their own benefit against the vast majority or urban residents. Given these limits, how much can a municipal government contribute to fundamental social change? Can capturing the city government make a real difference? Can the city government act to mobilize and engage residents in a wider process of building opposition to corporate power that shapes our society?

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