Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Stefanie Reissner

Senior Lecturer in Management and Organisation Studies, Deputy Subject Group Head Leadership, Work and Organisation (LWO)

Background

Qualifications

MA Coaching for Organisational Excellence
MA Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
PhD (Dunelm)
MA International Business Administration


Academic Employment

2015-         : Senior Lecturer in Management and Organization Studies
2010-2015: Lecturer in HRM / Organization Studies, Newcastle University Business School
2006-2010: Senior Lecturer in Business and Management, Sunderland Business School
2004-2006: Lecturer in Strategic Management, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England
2003-2004: Seminar tutor (p/t), Durham University Business School

 

Memberships

Member, ESRC Peer Review College (by appointment)
Assoc Acad Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Member, European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS)
Member, British Academy of Management (BAM)

 

Esteem indicators

Editorial work:

2013-15: Book review editor Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management (QROM)

Reviewer for:

Organization
Organisation Studies
Human Relations
British Journal of Management
Journal of Management Studies
European Journal of Management
Management Communication Quarterly
Culture and Organisation
Journal of Change Management
Journal of Organizational Change Management
Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management
Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung
M@n@agement


Conference organization:

23rd Organizational Storytelling Seminar (with M. Izak), 16 February 2018, University of Roehampton.
Keynote speakers: Prof Yiannis Gabriel (University of Bath), Dr Jerzy Kociatkiewicz (University of Leeds) and Prof Martyna Sliwa (University of Essex).

Conducting Qualitative Research Internationally, 12 June 2015, Newcastle University Business School. Organized on behalf of the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI). Speakers: Dr Alan Firth (Newcastle), Dr Agnieszka Chidlow (Birmingham), Professor Catherine Cassell (Leeds) and Professor Bill Lee (Sheffield), Dr David Guttormsen (Exeter), Dr Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki (Leeds), Dr Prue Holmes and Dr Mariam Attia (Durham).

9th Annual Teaching Research Methods to Business and Management Students, 25 March 2014, Newcastle University Business School. Organized on behalf of the British Academy of Management special interest group on Research Methodology. Speakers: Prof Kathryn Haynes, Dr Tyrone Pitsis, Dr Rob Wilson, Dr Stefanie Reissner, Dr Ian Biddle, Dr Darren Kelsey (all Newcastle University). 

24 Hours of Strategy (with C. Carter and T. Pitsis), 4-5 September 2012, Newcastle University Business School. Speakers: Chris Mullin (ex-MP), Prof Yves Gendron (Universite Laval), Prof Andrea Whittle (Cardiff) and Prof Frank Mueller (Newcastle University Business School), Dr Neil Pollock (Edinburgh), Prof Mairi Maclean (Exeter) and Prof Charles Harvey (Newcastle), Prof Alan McKinlay (Heriot-Watt), Dr Tyrone Pitsis, Dr Ben Golant and Prof John Sillince (all Newcastle University Business School).

19th Organizational Storytelling Seminar, 2 April 2012, Newcastle University Business School
Speakers: Prof Michael Humphreys (Durham University), Dr Ben Golant and Prof John Sillince, Dr Stefanie Reissner and Victoria Pagan (all Newcastle University Business School).

Research

Research Interests

The overarching theme of my research is an interest in how social actors make sense of their experiences in organizations and how they talk about these experiences through language and storytelling. My work has focused on processes of sensemaking under conditions of change and the effects on individual and organizational identities. Methodologically, my work has been qualitative and interpretive with a focus on narrative and storytelling. I have been working on the following projects in recent years.

(1) Teleworkers' Boundary Work

My current research is a two-year project in collaboration with Dr Michal Izak (University of Roehampton) to study the spatial and conceptual boundaries of work and nonwork spaces amongst mobile workers using narrative and visual methods. The project has been funded by the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences / Leverhulme Trust under the Small Grant Scheme (award No. SG152296). The research started in April 2016 and will conclude in March 2018. Work in progress have been presented at this year's Critical Management Studies, European Group for Organization Studies and British Academy of Management Conferences and articles are being prepared for publication.

(2) Storytelling in Management Practice

The project examined the purposive use of storytelling in management practice and was funded  by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under award No. RES-061-25-0144-A. Dissemination of findings is ongoing, and publications to date include:

Reissner, SC (2017) ' "We are this hybrid": Members' search for organizational identity in an institutionalized public-private partnership', Public Administration, ePub ahead of print  (DOI: 10.1111/padm.12333).

Reissner, SC (2017) 'Interactional challenges and researcher reflexivity: Mapping and analysing conversational space', European Management Review, ePub ahead of print (DOI: 10.1111/emre.12111).

Reissner, SC and Pagan, V (2013) Storytelling in Management Practice: Dynamics and Implications. Abingdon: Routledge (ISBN: 978-0-415-64433-4).

Reissner, SC and Pagan, V (2013) 'Generating employee engagement in a public–private partnership: management communication activities and employee experiences', International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24(14): 2741-2759 (DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2013.765497).

More details about the study and the findings to date can be found at http://www.managerial-storytelling.com


(3) Coaching

During my studies for an MA in Coaching for Organizational Excellence (University of Sunderland), I researched several aspects of coaching. My Master's dissertation was entitled 'Theory and Practice of Narrative and Storytelling in Coaching', thereby integrating my expertise on narrative and storytelling. Publications from this research include:

Du Toit, A and Reissner, SC (2012) 'Experiences of coaching in team learning', International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 1(3): 177-190 (DOI: 10.1108/20466851211279448).

Reissner, SC and Du Toit, A (2011) 'Power and the tale: Coaching as storytelling', Journal of Management Development, 30(3): 247-259 (DOI: 10.1108/02621711111116171).

Reissner, SC (2008) 'Narrative and story: New perspectives on coaching', International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching, 6(3): 1-5.

(4) Organizational Change, Organizational Learning, Sensemaking

My doctoral research at the University of Durham under supervision of Professor Bill Williamson investigated  how organizational actors experience and make sense of profound  change and what they learn from it. The research involves three cross-national case studies of manufacturing firms. Publications from this study include:

Reissner, SC (2011) 'Patterns of stories of organisational change'. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 24(5): 593-609 (DOI: 10.1108/09534811111158877).

Reissner, SC (2010) 'Change, meaning and identity at the workplace'. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 23(3): 287-299 (DOI: 10.1108/09534811011049617).

Reissner, SC (2008) Narratives of Organisational Change and Learning: Making Sense of Testing Times. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (ISBN: 978-1-84720-326-7).

Reissner, SC (2005) 'Learning and innovation: a narrative analysis'. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 18(5): 482-494 (DOI: 10.1108/09534810510614968).

Reissner, SC (2004) 'Learning by storytelling: Narratives in the study of work-based learning'. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 10(2): 99-113 (DOI: 10.7227/JACE.10.2.2).

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

BUS2031: Managing Change (module leader)


Postgraduate Teaching

NBS8199: Dual Awards Dissertation (supervisor)

NBS8288: The Reflexive HR Practitioner (module leader)

NBS8554: Research Designs in Management and Business Studies


Textbooks

Stefanie Reissner is co-editor (with Gillian Watson) of the core textbook Developing Skills for Business Leadership, now in its second edition. A completely revised third edition is planned for publication with Kogan Page in 2019.


External Examining

2017-:         MA Social Research, University of Birmingham

2014-2017: PG Cert. Research Methods, University of Huddersfield

2012-2014: BA (Hons) Business and HRM, Sheffield Business School


Doctoral Supervision, Completions and Examinations

PhD supervision:

D. Yagbasan (PhD pt) - German Turkish business elites (with C. Harvey)

J. Rush (PhD ft) - Development of cultural intelligence (with A. Schartner)

R. Ojeme (PhD ft) - Causes of stress leave (with T. McGovern)


PhD completions:

V. Pagan - Sustainability in an era of crisis: How new worlds emerge, Santander studentship (with K. Haynes)

P. Simoes - The nature of communication and its influence on resistance to change: Three radical change cases
(with M. Esposito and M. Maclean)


PhD examinations:

PhD, Northumbria University, October 2013

PhD, Newcastle University, August 2012

Publications