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Writing About Emotions in Organizations

Organisation Studies

Speaker:Russ Vince, University of Bath
Date: Wednesday 25 March 2015
Time: 14:00
Location: Building One: Pearson Teaching Room

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There are many ways to research and write about emotions in organizations. In this seminar I intend to talk about some of my own work on emotions over the past five years. During this time, my research and theory development has touched a number of themes including learning, leadership, paradox and institutional work. The underlying approach to all of these themes is informed by a psychodynamic or psychosocial perspective that is concerned with the continuous interplay between emotions and politics/ power relations in organizations.  The focus of my work is less about the study of individuals’ emotions or attempts to manage emotion and more about collective emotional dynamics that both enable and restrict behaviour; and inform structures that define ‘the way we do things here’. A presentation of some of the ideas and concepts behind my own writing about emotions will hopefully stimulate broader associations and discussions around this fascinating and important area of research and scholarship.



Russ Vince is Professor of Leadership and Change in the School of Management, the University of Bath. He was Associate Dean (Research) from January 2011 to December 2013 and the School’s Unit of Assessment Leader for REF 2014. His research interests are in management and organizational learning, leadership and emotion in organizations. Russ has published in: the Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Organization Studies, the Journal of Management Studies, the British Journal of Management, Management Learning and the Academy of Management Learning and Education. In December 2013 Russ received the Dean’s Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Research. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the international academic journal Management Learning (2005 – 2010) and he is on the International Editorial Boards of: Academy of Management Learning and Education, Management Learning, Socio-Analysis, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and Action Learning: Research and Practice.  During his sabbatical leave in 2014, Russ was Visiting Professor in Management at George Washington University Business School (Spring Semester) and Visiting Academic in Organizational Behavior at INSEAD, France.