I accomplished my doctoral education at Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University. My doctoral thesis focuses on lifestyle factors that influence business leaders’ identity construction and leadership practices. For my thesis, I interviewed 24 sporty top managers, CEOs and corporate executives from Sweden. I took a critical approach, and used social theories of self-presentation, dramaturgical theories of social life, theories of athleticism and embodiment. I examined how sporty top managers enact informal activities in the lifestyle domain to strengthen their identity as competitive business leaders; and how they, in turn exert leadership power to construct new health ethics and behavioural norms in organisations. Based on this research, I also published one peer-reviewed journal article in 2017 (in Human Relations). Another article is currently under the review process.
Before joining Linköping University, I worked as a lecturer and researcher at Stockholm Business School (Stockholm University), Mälardalen University, Linnaeus University and Södertörn University. I have involved in teaching activities in courses such as Organisation Theories, Management Theories and Analysis, Power, Change and Resistance, Advanced Management Theories, Human Resource Management. I supervised and examined theses. I worked as a researcher in the projects of “Digitalised Work and Organisations (DAO)” (a research of digitisation of the Swedish metal industry). Based on the empirical study, I published a case report and one peer-reviewed original journal article.
The research project I am currently working on is “Performing equality on, in front of and behind the stage” (a research on equality strategies and practices in Riksteatern). I draw on the thoughts from Critical Diversity Studies, and use framing theories, feminist theories of ethics and care to explore paradoxes, issues, dilemmas that remain in the organisation’s pursuits of equality and diversity. I also focus on foregrounding individuals’, especially the vulnerable individuals’ agency in co-constructing the practices and discourses around equality, diversity and social inclusion. In addition, with this work, I aim to explore more profound understanding of the complexity of the hybrid organisations (the combined organisational form of both the professional organisation and the voluntary association). I have two journal articles currently under review based on this research project.