Keynote Speaker

Dr. Barbara Czarniawska


Dr. Barbara Czarniawska is Professor and Chair of Management Studies at Gothenburg Research Institute, School of Business, Economics and Law. She applies a constructivist perspective to her research interests which include narrative, organizational identity, image construction, organizing, and popular culture. Her methodological interests concern fieldwork techniques and the narrative approach in social science studies.

Her recent books include Cyberfactories: How news agencies produce the news (2011) and A Theory of Organizing (2008). She has recently edited Actor-Network Theory and Organizing (with Tor Hernes, 2005), Global Ideas (with Guje Sevón, 2005), Management Education & Humanities (with Pasquale Gagliardi, 2006), Organizing in the Face of Risk and Threat (2009) and Managing Overflow (with Orvar Löfgren, 2012).

She has been a visiting faculty member and distinguished professor at universities around the world. She is currently Titular Professor at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels; and a Visiting Professor at the University of Rome I "La Sapienza", Italy.

She has served on many editorial boards including Organization, Management Learning, Organization Studies, Gender Work and Organizations, European Management Review, Leadership, and Contemporary Economics

Dr. Czarniawska has received many honors during her career. She is a Member of the Finnish Society of Science and Letters in 2009. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of science (economics) from the Helsinki School of Economics. In addition she is a Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the European Institute of Advanced Studies (Brussels) in 2003.

Dr. Czarniawska also received the Lily and Sven Thureus Technical-Economic Award for internationally renowned research in organizational theory in 2000. In 2003 she was honored with the Wilhur International Prize “in recognition of creative work that has specially furthered and developed the cultural and economic progress of mankind.”

Dr. Czarniawska has a MA in social and industrial psychology from Warsaw University and a Ph.D. in economic sciences from the Warsaw School of Economics.