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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 have now retired from the University of Bath and no longer supervise doctoral students.

External positions

Visiting Professor, Lund University

1 May 2013 → …


  • HM Sociology

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Research Output

Case Studies as Narratives: Reflections Prompted by the Case of Victor, the Wild Child of Aveyron

Gabriel, Y., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Management Inquiry. 28, 4, p. 403-408 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Leadership in a post-truth era: A new narrative disorder?

Foroughi, H., Gabriel, Y. & Fotaki, M., 1 Apr 2019, In : Leadership. 15, 2, p. 135-151 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
5 Citations (Scopus)

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

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    Indifference in a Culture of Consumption

    Author: Nixon, E., 30 Jun 2013

    Supervisor: Gabriel, Y. (Supervisor) & Shankar, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Navigating Creative Work: Work, self, and emotions in the creative organisation

    Author: Josefsson, I., 30 May 2018

    Supervisor: Brown, A. (Supervisor) & Gabriel, Y. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Organisational restructuring, job insecurities and work intensification in the Thames Valley high-tech cluster

    Author: Parkin, K., 2 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Tomlinson, P. (Supervisor) & Gabriel, Y. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Studying Workplace Emotions in India: A Rapprochement of Psychoanalytic and Social Constructionist Approaches

    Author: Ulus, E., 31 Dec 2012

    Supervisor: Gabriel, Y. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD