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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

Department: 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 (Bocconi University/SDA Business School, Milan) and The Netherlands (Erasmus University, Rotterdam).

She has experience of a variety of academic administrative roles, including Head of International Study in charge of student exchanges. She has been Director of Underg raduate Programmes (2013-2016), leading a large team and presiding over major changes resulting in significant improvement in the School's position in the National Student Survey and associated rankings. She is curently Research Director for the OB/HRM Division.

She has published in international journals such as Organisation Studies, Organization, the Scandinavian Journal of Management, Long Range Planning and the International Small Business Journal.

Areas of Expertise
Sensemaking, Identity theory, Inter-organisational collaboration, Institutional Change, Intersectionality, Ageism.

Administrative Roles
Departmental Research Director (OB/HRM)
WEORG initiative

School Committee Memberships
Research Directorate
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.

Simona is module convenor of the following modules:


Further Qualitative Research Methods (BUSI4311)
Further Qualitative Research Methods (BUSI4191)
Managing People and Organisations (BUSI4432)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

My research centres on key aspects of power, social interaction and institutional processes. I privilege qualitative methodologies and am especially interested in the role of language, discourse and narratives in constructing the world of individuals at work.

I have a longstanding interest in social interaction, identity and sensemaking. Past research has explored the dynamics of sensemaking in M&As and alliances, face-to-face interaction and sensemaking in organisational decision-making and within teams, and, more broadly, the connection between sensemaking and identity in a variety of contexts, including entrepreneurship.

I am currently pursuing this line of inquiry in two directions: by exploring the link between institutional complexity and organisational identity using semiotics as key methodological approach; and, by analysing institutional change and individual identity dynamics in, mostly, professional settings.

A second line of established research focuses on age-related issues - including ageism - at the individual and organisational levels. I am particularly interested in the link between age and identity and identity-work and privilege an intersectional approach that connects age with other key sociological dimensions and, most particularly, with gender. I am currently exploring these issues from a soc io-psychological perspective and am particularly interested in the notion of narrative emotions as analytical tool.

A third interdisciplinary area of research centres on innovation management (particularly team dynamics, leadership and decision making) and interorganisational collaboration (with an emphasis on process and aspects of value creation/appropriation). More specifically, I am investigating the dynamics of social interaction and sensemaking in open innovation setting (including co-design and co-creation) and creative projects, predominantly in services, and their impact on innovation output and collaboration effectiveness.

Simona is currently supervising the following Research Students:

Khalid Altayyar
Sanjukta Choudhury

The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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