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Dr Simona Spedale

Italian Laurea (Milan, Italy), PhD (CASS, London), MA (Sheffield), HESA (Nottingham PGCHE (30 Credits)), PhD (Sheffield), Academic Fellow (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development)
Associate Professor in OB/HRM

Division: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466216
Location: C81 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Simona Spedale is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour and HRM at Nottingham University Business School. She gained her PhD in Organisational Behaviour from CASS (City University Business School), London and has worked in Italy and The Netherlands.

She has experience of a variety of academic administrative roles and has been Director of Undergraduate Programmes between 2013-2016. She has published in international journals such as Organisation Studies, the Scandinavian Journal of Management, Long Range Planning and the International Small Business Journal.

Research Interests
Inter-organisational relationships and embeddedness; Organisational decision making and sensemaking; Identity and identity change; Entrepreneurial action

Administrative Roles
Assessment Tutor (BSc Accountancy)
I have experience of course design and delivery at different levels (UG, PG and MBA). Over the years, my teaching activity has spanned across various topics, from more basic organisational behaviour and strategy subjects to more advanced, specialist areas (such as, for instance, the management and organisation of mergers and acquisitions). I am currently Module Convenor and co-lecturer for a PG Module in qualitative research methods.

I have experience of master and PhD supervision and assessment. I am currently supervising two PhD thesis and I am regularly involved in the supervision and assessment of a number of PG and MBA dissertations and projects.


Understanding and Managing Organisational Crises (N13801)


Further Qualitative Research Methods (N14123)

Details of all modules can be found in the Module Catalogue

Current Research Activities
Most of my current research stems from an interest in three broad areas. The first is processes of collective meaning making and their relevance in organisational processes such as decision making, organisational change, innovation.

The second is innovation management, entrepreneurial action and creativity, with specific attention to new ways of working and new business models linked to the diffusion of co-development and co-creation practices. The third is ageing as a combined biological and socially-constructed process and its relevance for individual identity-work and for individual and collective experiences of the workplace.

Publications prior to 2005

Publications prior to 2005

Journal Articles

Spedale, S. (2003), "Technological Discontinuities: Is Co-operation an Option?", Long Range Planning, Vol.36, pp. 253-268.


Spedale, S.; Van den Bosch, F. 2004, "The Role of the Target Firm's Business Embeddedness in Acquisitions", at 20th EGOS Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, July.

Spedale, S.; Van den Bosch, F.; Volberda, H. 2003, "Co-evolutionary Effects: Incumbents' Exploration and Exploitation Alliances and Industry Change", at Academy of Management Annual Conference, August, Seattle.

Spedale, S. 2001, "Interfirm Co-operation and Technological Discontinuities: When Incumbents and Newcomers Coexist", at 21st Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society.

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

Spedale, S. (2018), "Deconstructing the \'older worker\': Exploring the complexities of subject positioning at the intersection of multiple discourses", Organization, pp. 1-17.

Chiles, P.; Petrelli, D.; Spedale, S. (2016), "Finding common ground: architects, end-users, and decision-makers in the renovation of the Arts Tower, Sheffield", Architectural Research Quarterly, Vol.20(4), pp. 298-311.

Spedale, S.; Coupland, C.; Tempest, S. (2014), "Gendered ageism and organisational routines at work: The case of day-parting in television broadcasting", Organization Studies, Vol.35 (11), pp. 1585-1604, Special Issue 'At a Critical Age'.

Spedale, S.; Watson, T.J. (2014), "The emergence of entrepreneurial action at the cross-roads between institutional logics and individual life-orientation", International Small Business Journal, Vol.32, pp. 759-776, DOI: 10.1177/0266242613480376.

Patriotta, G.; Spedale, S. (2011), "Micro-interaction dynamics in group decision making: face games, interaction order and boundary work", Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol.27 (4), pp.362-374.

Patriotta, G.; Spedale, S. (2009), "Making sense through face: identity and social interaction in a consultancy task force", Organization Studies, Vol.30(11), pp. 1227-1248.

Spedale, S.; Van den Bosch, F.; Volberda, H. (2007), "Preservation versus Dissolution of the Target Firm's Embedded Ties in Acquisitions", Organization Studies, Vol.28 (8), pp. 1169-1196.

Spedale, S.; Van den Bosch, F.; Volberda, H. (2007), "Behouden eu verbreken van allianties. Bevindingen uit onderzoek", AA Files, Vol.3/4, pp. 107-128.

Chapters in Books

Spedale, S.; Van den Bosch, F.; Volberda, H. (2007), "Behouden eu verbreken van allianties", in Boonstra, J. (ed) Ondernemen in allianties en netwerken, En multidisciplinair perspectief, pp. 107-129, Kluuver, Deveuter.


Roberts, D; Spedale, S; Gruel, W. 2017, "Organizing for Open Service Innovation: Moving Beyond Manufacturing", in Open and User Innovation Conference, University of Insbrucj, Austria.

Roberts, D; Spedale, S, 2016, "Open Innovation as a Sense Making Process", in Open and User Innovation Conference, Harvard Business School, Boston, M.A..

Spedale, S; Roberts, D. 2016, "Open innovation for services: Exploring knowledge frontiers in the cultural heritage industry", in Open and User Innovation Conference, Harvard Business School, Boston, M.A..

Hartwell, K.; Patriotta, G.; Spedale, S. 2015, "Institutional logics and intra-organisational dynamics Understanding changes in the identity and practices of a UK law firm", at Paper presented at the 31st Egos Colloquium, Athens, 2015.

Spedale, S. 2015, "Age variations and public performances The discursive use of age in the identity work of successful Italian women", at Paper presented at the 31st Egos Colloquium, Athens, 2015.

Spedale, S. 2013, "Organisational Change, institutional logics and intra-organisational dynamics: The transformation of the Sheffield Workhouse and the birth of the Fir Vale Hospital (1834-1906)", at Paper presented at the 29th Egos Colloquium, Montreal.

Spedale, S.; Petrelli, D. 2013, "Making sense of future every-day life through innovation: framing and sensemaking in a multidisciplinary design team", at 8th Organization studies summer workshop (organization studies and the day to day life of cultures and communities) 23-25 May 2013 Mykonos, Greece.

Spedale, S. 2012, "Entrepreneurial action and institutional logics in an inner-city district The entrepreneurial history of the public house in Kelham Island (c. 1870 - 2010)", at Paper presented at the 28th Egos Colloquium, Helsinki.

Spedale, S.; Petrelli, D.; Chiles, P. 2011, "'Faulty Tower'? Beauty contests and workplace redesign at the School of Architecture", at Paper presented at the 27th Egos Colloquium, Gotheborg.

Spedale, S. 2010, "'Becoming retired' A case-study of individual identity-work under 'Liminal' conditions", at Paper presented at the 24th British Academy of Management Conference, Sheffield.

Spedale, S.; Roberts, D. 2008, "Developing marketing learning capacity for product innovation: The role of inter-organisational relationships", at Academy of Marketing Conference, Aberdeen, 8-10 July.

Patriotta, G.; Spedale, S. 2006, "Between Controversies and Face-Games: Decision Making in a Consultancy Task Force", at 22nd EGOS Colloquium, Bergen July 6-8.



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