Return to Meaning
A Social Science with Something to Say
Mats Alvesson, Yiannis Gabriel, and Roland Paulsen
Mats Alvesson, Professor, Lund University, Yiannis Gabriel, Professor of Organizational Theory, University of Bath, and Roland Paulsen, Assistant Professor, Lund University
Mats Alvesson works at Lund University, Sweden and also at University of Queensland, Brisbane and City University, London. He is interested in critical theory, qualitative method, and organization studies. He has published about 30 books, including The Stupidity Paradox (Profile, with A Spicer), Managerial Lives (Cambridge University Press, with & S Sveningsson), Reflexive Leadership (Sage, with M Blom & S Sveningsson) and Reflexive Methodology (Sage, with J Sköldberg) and The Triumph of Emptiness (Oxford University Press).
Yiannis Gabriel is Professor of Organizational Theory at Bath University. Yiannis is known for his work into organizational storytelling and narratives, leadership, management learning and the culture, and politics of contemporary consumption. He has used stories as a way of studying numerous social and organizational phenomena including leader-follower relations, group dynamics and fantasies, nostalgia, insults and apologies. Another area of his work has been dedicated to developing a psychoanalytic approach to the study of organizations. He is Senior Editor of Organization Studies and author of nine books. His enduring fascination as a researcher lies in what he describes as the unmanageable qualities of life in and out of organizations.
Roland Paulsen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Administration, Lund University. He is the author of three books including Empty Labor: Idleness and Workplace Resistance (Cambridge University Press) where he addresses the mystery of why some employees can be very idle at work whereas others suffer from stress and work intensification. He has also studied and written about the Swedish workfare system.