University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Professor Yiannis Gabriel

Professor Yiannis Gabriel

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Leading Refereed Journal Papers
Other Outputs

BSc(Eng), MSc (Imperial), DIC, PhD (Berkeley)

Job Title:

Chair in Organisation Studies
Acting Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programmes

Affiliated Research Centre:

International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM)


Strategy & Organisation

Key Research Interests:

Leader-follower relations, leader pedagogy and leadership dysfunctions - Storytelling, narrative and folklore as means of studying organizational symbolism, culture and politics - Management learning and the nature of management knowledge - Consumption and consumerism, especially in relation to material artefacts and identity and the organization-customer interface - Psychoanalysis and organizations, notably the exploration of organizational phenomena through psychoanalytic concepts and theories, including unconscious, narcissism and desire - Emotion and fantasy in organizations.

Research Interests

I have long been fascinated by stories and storytelling and have used them extensively in my organizational and social research. By eliciting, collecting, listening to and analysing stories, I have explored diverse phenomena such as leader-follower relations, experiences of job loss and unemployment, group politics, dynamics and fantasies, organizational nostalgia, insults and apologies. I am co-founder and co-ordinator of the Organizational Storytelling Seminar series, now in its ninth year. More recently, I have carried out a series of studies of leadership and management. I was part of a team engaged in a four-year field study of leadership and patient-care in the hospital sector, in which storytelling was used as a major part of the methodology. I have also recently carried out research into the experiences of unemployed managers and professionals in the current economic recession. As a committed teacher, I have written a number of textbooks, and have carried our research into the experiences of students in the classroom and have explored the nature of management and professional knowledge and its dissemination.

My current research includes work on the importance of an ethic of care in health and education, the dark side of certain organizations captured in the concept of miasma, the relation between image and narrative and the exploration of the ways in which clinicians defend themselves against work-related anxieties.

PhD Supervision

I welcome PhD applications from prospective students interested in the following areas:


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Leading Refereed Journal Papers

Lindebaum, D., & Gabriel, Y. 2016. Anger and Organization Studies: From Social Disorder to Moral Order. Organization Studies, 37 (7): 903-918. DOI: 10.1177/0170840616640848

Gabriel, Y. 2016. The Essay as an Endangered Species: Should We Care? Journal of Management Studies, 53(2): 244-249. DOI: 10.1111/joms.12176

Gabriel, Y., Korczynski, M., & Rieder, K. 2015. Organizations and their consumers: Bridging work and consumption. Organization, 22(5): 629-643. DOI: 10.1177/1350508415586040

Gabriel, Y. 2015. Identity, choice and consumer freedom – the new opiates? A psychoanalytic interrogation. Marketing Theory, 15(1): 25-30. DOI: 10.1177/1470593114558525

Alvesson, M., & Gabriel, Y. 2015. Grandiosity in contemporary management and education. Management Learning, 47(4):464-473. DOI: 10.1177/1350507615618321.

Gray, D. E., Gabriel, Y., & Goregaokar, H. 2015. Coaching unemployed managers and professionals through the trauma of unemployment: Derailed or undaunted? Management Learning, 46(3): 299-316. DOI: 10.1177/1350507614532752

Nixon, E., & Gabriel, Y. 2015. ‘So much choice and no choice at all’: A socio-psychoanalytic interpretation of consumerism as a source of pollution. Marketing Theory, 16(1): 39-56. DOI: 10.1177/1470593115593624

Gabriel, Y., Korczynski, M. & Rieder, K. 2013. Organizations and their consumers: Bridging work and consumption. Organization, 20(6): 955, DOI: 10.1177/1350508413503272.

Gabriel, Y. 2015. Identity, choice and consumer freedom – the new opiates? A psychoanalytic interrogation. Marketing Theory, 15(1): 25-30, DOI: 10.1177/1470593114558525.

Gabriel, Y., Gray, D. E., & Goregaokar, H. 2013. Job loss and its aftermath among managers and professionals: wounded, fragmented and flexible. Work, Employment & Society, 27(1): 56-72, DOI: 10.1177/0950017012460326.

Clancy, A., Vince, R., & Gabriel, Y. 2012. That Unwanted Feeling: A Psychodynamic Study of Disappointment in Organizations. British Journal of Management, 23(4): 518-531, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2011.00780.x.

Gabriel, Y. 2012. Organizations in a state of darkness: Towards a theory of organizational miasma. Organization Studies, 33(9): 1137-1152, DOI: 10.1177/0170840612448154.

Gabriel, Y. 2010. Organization Studies: A space for ideas, identities and agonies. Organization Studies, 31(6): 757-775, DOI: 10.1177/0170840610372574.

Gabriel, Y., & Connell, N. A. D. 2010. Co-creating stories: Collaborative experiments in storytelling. Management Learning, 41(5): 507-523, DOI: 10.1177/1350507609358158.

Gabriel, Y., Gray, D. E., & Goregaokar H. 2010. Temporary Derailment or the End of the Line? Managers Coping with Unemployment at 50. Organization Studies, 31(12): 1687-1712, DOI: 10.1177/0170840610387237.

Stokes, P., & Gabriel, Y. 2010. Engaging with genocide: the challenge for organization and management studies. Organization, 17(4): 461-480, DOI: 10.1177/1350508409353198.

Brown, A. D., Gabriel, Y., & Gherardi, S. 2009. Storytelling and Change: An Unfolding Story. Organization, 16(3): 323-333, DOI: 10.1177/1350508409102298.

Gabriel, Y. 2009. Reconciling and Ethic of Care with Critical Management Pedagogy. Management Learning, 40(4): 379-385, DOI: 10.1177/1350507609352716.

► older publications

Gabriel, Y. & Griffiths, D. S. 2008. International Learning groups: Synergies and dysfunctions. Management Learning, 39(5): 503-518, DOI: 10.1177/1350507697282002.

Gabriel, Y. 2008. Against the tyranny of PowerPoint - Technology-in-use and technology abuse. Organization Studies, 29(2): 255-276, DOI: 10.1177/0170840607079536.

Mano, R., & Gabriel, Y. 2006. Workplace romances in cold and hot organizational climates: The experience of Israel and Taiwan. Human Relations, 59(1): 7-37, DOI: 10.1177/0018726706062739.

Griffiths, D. S., Winstanley, D., & Gabriel, Y. 2005. Learning shock: The trauma of return to formal learning. Management Learning, 36(3): 275-297, DOI: 10.1177/1350507605055347.

Gabriel, Y. 2005. Glass cages and glass palaces: Images of organizations in image-conscious times. Organization, 12(1): 9-27, DOI: 10.1177/1350508405048574.

Gabriel, Y., & Willman, P. 2004. The journal strap line: Boundaries or integration? Human Relations, 57(1): 7-8, DOI: 10.117/0018726704042711.


Gabriel, Y. 2008. Organizing Words: A Thesaurus for Social and Organizational Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gabriel, Y, & Lang, T. 2006. The Unmanageable Consumer. London: Sage.

Fineman, S., Gabriel, Y. & Sims, D. 2009. Organizing and organizations, (Fourth ed.). London: Sage.

Other Outputs

Gabriel, Y. 2015. Beyond compassion: replacing a blame culture with proper emotional support and management: Comment on “Why and how is compassion necessary to provide good quality healthcare?” International Journal of Health Policy Management, 4(9): 617-619.

Gabriel, Y. 2015. The caring leader – What followers expect of their leaders and why? Leadership, 11(3): 316-334.

Gabriel, Y. 2015. Reflexivity and beyond – a plea for imagination in qualitative research methodology. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 10(4): 332-336.

Gabriel, Y. 2013. Surprises: not just the spice of life but the source of knowledge. M@n@gement, 16(5): 719-731.

Gabriel, Y. 2013. Researchers as Storytellers: Storytelling in Organizational Research. In M. Gotti, & C. S. Guinda (Eds.), Narratives in academic and professional genres: 105-122. Berne: Peter Lang.

Vince, R., & Gabriel, Y. 2011. Organizations, learning and emotion. In M. Easterby-Smith, & M. A. Lyles (Eds.), Handbook of organizational learning and knowledge management, (2nd ed.): 331-348. Chichester: Wiley.

Gabriel, Y. 2011. "A picture tells more than a thousand words": Losing the plot in the era of the image. In F-R. Puyou, P. Quattrone, C. McLean, & N. Thrift (Eds.), Imagining organizations: Performative imagery in business and beyond, (1st ed.): 230-248. New York: Routledge.

Gabriel, Y. 2011. Psychoanalytic approaches to leadership. In A. Bryman, D. Collinson, K. Grint, B. Jackson, & M. Uhl-Bien (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Leadership: 393-405. London: Sage.

Fineman, S., & Gabriel, Y. 2010. Apologies and Remorse in Organizations: Saying sorry -- and meaning it? In C. Steyaert, & B. V. Looy (Eds.), Relational practices, participative organizing: 103-120. Bingley: Emerald.

Gabriel, Y. 2009. Legacies of tarnished revolutionaries rest in far too much peace. Times Higher Education, 24 September.

► older publications

Gabriel, Y. 2008. Oedipus in the Land of Organizational Darkness: Preliminary considerations on organizational miasma. In Kostera M. (Eds.), Organizational Epics and Sagas: Tales of Organizations: 51-65. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Gabriel, Y. 2008. Latte capitalism and late capitalism: Reflections on fantasy and care as part of the service triangle. In C. MacDonald & M. Korczynski (Eds.), Service work: Critical perspectives. London: Routledge.

Gabriel, Y., Griffiths, Dorothy, S. 2004. Stories in organizational research. In C. Cassell, G. Symon (Eds.), Essential guide to qualitative methods in organizational research: 114-126. London: Sage.

Gabriel, Y. 2004. The voice of experience and the voice of the expert: Can they speak to each other? In B. Hurwitz, T. Greenhalgh & V. Skultans (Eds.), Narrative research in health and illness: 168-186. Oxford: Blackwell.

Gabriel, Y. 2004. The glass cage: Flexible work, fragmented consumption, fragile selves. In J. C. Alexander, G. T. Marx & C. L. Williams (Eds.), Self, social structure and beliefs: 57-76. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Gabriel, Y. 2004. The narrative veil: Truth and untruths in storytelling. In Y. Gabriel (Eds.), Myths, Stories and Organizations: Premodern narratives for our times: 17-31. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gabriel, Y. 2004. Narratives, stories, texts. In D. Grant, C. Hardy, C. Oswick & L. L. Putnam (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Organizational Discourse: 61-79. London: Sage.