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Dr Marco Checchi

Job: Lecturer in Business and Management (VC2020)

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University

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Personal profile

Marco joined the Department of Strategic Management & Marketing as a Lecturer in Business and Management (VC2020) in August 2017. Prior to this, he was at the School of Business, University of Leicester where he also received his PhD. Marco’s research interests focus upon a postmodern conceptualisation of the primacy of resistance in relation to management and organisation studies, with strong attention to political philosophy and social science. He is also interested in alternative forms of organisation and social and community based entrepreneurship.

Research group affiliations

Research interests/expertise

Critical management studies

Social and political philosophy

Organisation studies

Political economy

Work and employment


PhD. in Business, University of Leicester, UK

International Research Master in Social and Political Philosophy, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands

BA in Philosophy, Universita degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy

Honours and awards

Doctoral Inaugural Lecture (2018) at Doctoral College, University of Leicester.

Conference attendance

  • The primacy of resistance – An exploration of the organizational creativity of resistance exceeding its confrontational stance (2018) CPPEC, European University of Nicosia (Cyprus).

  •  More than a social clinic: experiments of creative resistance in a grass-root health centre in Thessaloniki (Greece) (2018) Presented with Kokkinidis G. at LAEMOS, IAE Business School, Buenos Aires (Argentina).

  •  Transversalità e resistenza (2017) Guattari retreat, Testalepre, Greve in Chianti (Italy).

  • Pride Without Borders. Experimenting resistance with LGBT+ refugees and asylum seekers (2016) Presented with Tacchetti M. at Crossing Borders, Cooperative Institute for Transnational Studies, Lesvos (Greece).
  • Resistance as counter-power or power as counter-resistance? Inverting the microphysics of power through the primacy of resistance (2015) MANCEPT, Manchester Centre for Political Theory, University of Manchester.
  • The primacy of labour: processes of extensification and scenarios of extinction from Autonomism to bio- financialisation (2015) PhD Spring Conference, School of Management, University of Leicester.
  • The primacy of resistance and the re-thinking of the microphysics of power (2014) Engaging Foucault, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade (Serbia).
  • “Resistance my ass!” – Reflections on the strange encounter of “resistant” academics and dinner at the yacht club (2014) What is so critical about Critical Management Studies, School of Management, University of Leicester (UK).
  • The primacy of resistance as comradeship. A Foucauldian analysis of la Boétie’s inservitude (2014) Resistance, resisting, and resisters in and around organizations, Organization Studies workshop, Corfu (Greece).
  • When there is resistance, there is power (2012) 12th Annual meeting of Foucault Circle, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY. 


Checchi, M., 2017. The primacy of resistance: conceptual explorations between historical closures and contemporary openings (Doctoral dissertation, University of Leicester).

Book chapters

Checchi, M. (2015) 'Engaging with Foucault's Microphysics of Power through The Primacy Of Resistance' in Zaharijević, A., Cvejić, I. and Losoncz, M. (eds.) Engaging Foucault. Belgrade: Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade, pp 96-111.

Journal articles

Checchi, M. (2014) 'Spotting the primacy of resistance in the virtual encounter of Foucault and Deleuze', Foucault Studies, (18), pp. 197-212.

Book reviews

Checchi, M., 2018. Gli spazi del «comune» ancora da inventare. Il manifesto, 25/08/2018, p.11. 

Checchi, M., 2017. Resistance in vulnerability with an eye to the vulnerability of power. Ephemera, 17(4), pp. 925-931.

Checchi, M., 2016. Why this is not a resistant era–Caygill’s philosophical visit to the archive of resistance. Organization, 23(1), pp.140-143.