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Research interests

I have long been fascinated by stories and storytelling and have used them extensively in my organizational and social research. By eliciting, collecting, listening to and analysing stories, I have explored diverse phenomena such as leader-follower relations, experiences of job loss and unemployment, group politics, dynamics and fantasies, organizational nostalgia, insults and apologies. I am co-founder and co-ordinator of the Organizational Storytelling Seminar series, now in its ninth year. More recently, I have carried out a series of studies of leadership and management. I was part of a team engaged in a four-year field study of leadership and patient-care in the hospital sector, in which storytelling was used as a major part of the methodology. I have also recently carried out research into the experiences of unemployed managers and professionals in the current economic recession. As a committed teacher, I have written a number of textbooks, and have carried our research into the experiences of students in the classroom and have explored the nature of management and professional knowledge and its dissemination.

My current research includes work on the importance of an ethic of care in health and education, the dark side of certain organizations captured in the concept of miasma, the relation between image and narrative and the exploration of the ways in which clinicians defend themselves against work-related anxieties.

Willing to supervise PhD

I welcome PhD applications from prospective students interested in the following areas:

  • Leader-follower relations and, more generally, leadership, especially from a psychoanalytic or narrative perspective
  • Emotions and fantasies at the workplace
  • The culture, ethics and sustainability of contemporary consumption
  • Management learning and the production and dissemination of knowledge in organizations
  • Organizations in times of trouble and crisis
  • Most topics in organizational studies approached through a narrative or storytelling methodology
  • Most topics in organizational studies approached from a psychoanalytic perspective

External positions

Visiting Professor, Lund University

1 May 2013 → …


  • HM Sociology

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Managers Engineering & Materials Science
follower Social Sciences
job loss Social Sciences
Students Engineering & Materials Science
emotion Social Sciences
university teacher Social Sciences
leader Social Sciences
Education Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 1999 2018

A community of practice or a working psychological group? Group dynamics in core and peripheral community participation

Gray, D. E. & Gabriel, Y., 1 Sep 2018, In : Management Learning. 49, 4, p. 395-412 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Communities of practice

Leadership in opera: romance, betrayal, strife and sacrifice

Gabriel, Y., 2017, In : Leadership. 13, 1, p. 5-19 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
political action

Leadership narratives in a post-truth era

Foroughi, H., Gabriel, Y., McCalman, J. & Tourish, D., 1 Nov 2017, In : Leadership. 13, 5, p. 639-641 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

5 Citations

Moral emotions and ethics in organisations: introduction to the special issue

Lindebaum, D., Geddes, D. & Gabriel, Y., Apr 2017, In : Journal of Business Ethics. 141, 4, p. 645-656 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

moral philosophy
Moral Emotions
5 Citations

Anger and organization studies: from social disorder to moral order

Lindebaum, D. & Gabriel, Y., 1 Jul 2016, In : Organization Studies. 37, 7, p. 903-918 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Organization studies