Professor Andrea Whittle
Chair in Management and Organization Studies
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Before joining Newcastle University in 2013, Andrea held a Chair in Organisation Studies at Cardiff University. Andrea graduated with a first class honours degree in Natural Science from Durham University in 1999 and gained her ESRC funded PhD in Sociology from Brunel University at the Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology (CRICT) in 2003, followed by an ESRC funded post-doctoral research fellowship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Her research is driven by a passion for understanding the role of language in management settings and is informed by theories and methodologies from the fields of discourse analysis, narrative, discursive psychology, ethnography, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. She has conducted research on management consultants, identity, branding, organizational change, technology and strategy. Recent research has focused on sensemaking in official discourse and strategy discourse and narratives.
Her research has been published in leading journals, including Organization Studies, Human Relations, Management Communication Quarterly and Organization. She has co-authored two SAGE textbooks, Understanding Identity and Organizations (2011) and Strategy: Theory and Practice (2017).
Andrea is currently Head of the Leadership, Work and Organization Subject Group (2016-) and was previously Head of the Strategy, Organizations and Society (SOS) Research Group (2013-2015).
My passion is studying language and discourse in management and organizational settings. I have incorporated a broad range of theories into my research, from a variety of fields, including post-structuralism, socio-linguistics, narrative, discursive psychology, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. The core research question in all my studies is simple: how do practices of language-use enable organizations to get their business done?
I work with naturally-occurring linguistic data gathered primarily through ethnographic observation or audio-/video-recording, but I also work with secondary sources such as publicly-available texts. I have conducted research on a range of topics, including:
- Technological change
- Management consultancy
- Identity and narrative
- Organizational change
- Strategic planning
- Business-to-business interaction
- Manager-employee interaction
I was principal investigator on an ESRC funded Research Grant in 2004-2005, which examined technological change in public sector organizations.
I am interested in collaborating on research projects that involve analysing discourse and language-use in organizational and institutional settings.
I am currently involved in teaching Management of Change and Strategic Management at post-graduate level. I currently supervise three doctoral students.
I am interested in supervising prospective PhD students on research projects that involve analysing practices of language-use in (or about) organizations - please drop me a line to discuss potential topics and funding opportunities.
- Whittle A, Housley W. Ethnomethodology. In: Langley, A; Tsoukas, H, ed. The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies. London: SAGE, 2017, pp.174-189.
- Whittle A. Ethnomethodology. In: Catherine Cassell, Ann Cunliffe and Gina Grandy, ed. SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Business and Management. SAGE, 2017. In Press.
- Neyland D, Whittle A. Garfinkel on strategy: Using ethnomethodology to make sense of “rubbish strategy”. Critical Perspectives on Accounting 2017, (ePub ahead of Print).
- Kelsey D, Mueller F, Whittle A, KhosraviNik M, ed. The Discourse of Financial Crisis and Austerity : critical analyses of business and economics across disciplines. London: Routledge, 2017.
- Whittle A, Mueller F. Accounting for the banking crisis: Repertoires of agency and structure. Critical Discourse Studies 2016, 13(1), 20-40.
- Kelsey D, Mueller F, Whittle A, KhosraviNik M. Financial crisis and austerity: Interdisciplinary concerns in critical discourse studies. Critical Discourse Studies 2016, 13(1), 1-19.
- Whittle A, Mueller F, Gilchrist A, Lenney P. Sensemaking, Sense-censoring and Strategic Inaction: The Discursive Enactment of Power and Politics in a Multinational Corporation. Organization Studies 2016, 37(9), 1323-1351.
- Whittle A, Mueller F, Carter C. The ‘Big Four’ in the spotlight: Accountability and professional legitimacy in the UK audit market. Journal of Professions and Organization 2016, 3(2), 119-141.
- Kelsey D, Mueller F, Whittle A, KhosraviNik M, ed. The discourse of crisis and austerity: Critical analyses of business and economics across disciplines. 2016. In Press.
- Mueller F, Carter C, Whittle A. Can Audit (Still) Be Trusted?. Organization Studies 2015, 36(9), 1171-1203.
- Whittle A, Housley W, Gilchrist A, Mueller F, Lenney P. Category predication work, discursive leadership and strategic sensemaking. Human Relations 2015, 68(3), 377-407.
- Whittle A, Wilson J. Ethnomethodology and the production of history: Studying ‘history-in-action’. Business History 2015, 57(1), 41-63.
- Whittle A, Carter C, Mueller F. 'Above the fray': Interests, discourse and legitimacy in the audit field. Critical Perspectives on Accounting 2014, 25(8), 783-802.
- Whittle A, Mueller F, Lenney P, Gilchrist A. Interest-Talk as Access-Talk: How Interests are Displayed, Made and Down-played in Management Research. British Journal of Management 2014, 25(3), 607-628.
- Whittle A, Housley W, Gilchrist A, Lenney P, Mueller F. Power, Politics and Organizational Communication: An Ethnomethodological Perspective. In: François Cooren, Eero Vaara, Ann Langley and Haridimos Tsoukas, ed. Language and Communication at Work: Discourse, Narrativity, and Organizing. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp.71-94.
- Mueller F, Whittle A, Gilchrist A, Lenney P. Politics and Strategy Practice: An Ethnomethodologically-informed Discourse Analysis Perspective. Business History 2013, 55(7), 1168-1199.
- Whittle A, Mueller F. Bankers in the Dock: Moral Storytelling in Action. Human Relations 2012, 65(1), 111-139.
- Whittle A, Mueller F. Villains, Victims and the Financial Crisis: Positioning Identities through Descriptions. In: Schultz, A., Maguire, S., Langley, M., Tsoukas, H, ed. Constructing Identity in and around Organizations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp.147-179.
- Whittle A, Suhomlinova O, Mueller F. Dialogue and distributed agency in institutional transmission. Journal of Management and Organization 2011, 17(4), 548-569.
- Whittle A, Mueller F. The Language of Interests: The Contribution of Discursive Psychology. Human Relations 2011, 64(3), 415-435.
- Mueller F, Whittle A. Translating Management Ideas: A Discursive Devices Analysis. Organization Studies 2011, 32(2), 187-210.
- Kenny K, Whittle A, Willmott H. Understanding Identity and Organisations. London: Sage Publications Ltd, 2011.
- Whittle A, Suhomlinova O, Mueller F. Funnel of interests: The discursive translation of organizational change. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 2010, 46(1), 16-37.
- Whittle A, Mueller F. Strategy, enrolment and accounting: The politics of strategic ideas. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 2010, 23(5), 626-646.
- Whittle A, Mueller F. 'I could be dead for two weeks and my boss would never know': Telework and the politics of representation. New Technology, Work and Employment 2009, 24(2), 131-143.
- Whittle A, Mueller F, Mangan A. Storytelling and 'character': Victims, villains and heroes in a case of technological change. Organization 2009, 16(3), 425-442.
- Whittle A. From flexibility to work-life balance: Exploring the changing discourses of management consultants. Organization 2008, 15(4), 513-534.
- Whittle A, Mueller F, Mangan A. In search of subtlety: Discursive devices and rhetorical competence. Management Communication Quarterly 2008, 22(1), 99-122.
- Whittle A, Mueller F. Intra-preneurship and enrolment: Building networks of ideas. Organization 2008, 15(3), 445-462.
- Whittle A, Spicer A. Is Actor Network Theory Critique?. Organization Studies 2008, 29(4), 611-629.
- Whittle A. The paradoxical repertoires of management consultancy. Journal of Organizational Change Management 2006, 19(4), 424-436.
- Whittle A. Preaching and practising 'flexibility': Implications for theories of subjectivity at work. Human Relations 2005, 58(10), 1301-1322.