Gerardo Patriotta


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Research interests

I am an organisation theorist and a qualitative researcher. My core areas of expertise are in organisational sensemaking and institutional theory. More generally, I am interested in studying and theorising the link between micro and macro dynamics in organisational settings, of which sensemaking and institutional processes are a prominent manifestation. My approach to research can be characterised as sociologically-oriented sensemaking: It is aimed at understanding social reality as a configuration of facts and storytelling, it is underpinned by the tenets of the sociological imagination, and it strives to unpack the connection between mundane situations and grand realities. My work has combined sociological and organizational theories to understand the work practices and behaviours of, amongst others, shopfloor operators, courtrooms judges, business consultants, global bank managers, air force pilots, e-markets sellers, chefs, migrant workers, and news workers.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I am interested in supervising doctoral research that concerns issues related to organisations and organising, with a particular focus on the following areas:

  • Organisational sensemaking
  • Institutional theory, categories and legitimacy
  • Identity and identity processes
  • Storytelling and narratives
  • Organisational practices and routines
  • Power

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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