Professor Michaela Driver

Chair in Management

Michaela Driver

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Personal details

I hold an appointment at the University of Leicester School of Management as a Chair in Management, and as Professor of Business Administration at a university in Colorado, Denver. I previously worked at East Tennessee State University and have industry experience as a senior consultant with Price Waterhouse and in supply chain management with Mercedes and General Motors.

My work has been published in journals including:

  • Organisation Studies
  • Human Relations
  • Academy of Management Learning and Education
  • Organisation
  • Management Learning
  • Journal of Organizational Change Management
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Journal of Management Inquiry

I serve on several editorial boards including:

  • Organisation
  • Organisation Studies
  • Management Learning
  • The Journal of Management Inquiry

Teaching

I provide specialist research support and advanced specialised topics courses in my areas of expertise, such as the psychoanalytic study of organisations.

Administrative responsibilities

I support grant and REF-related activities in my area of research specialisation.

Research

I am interested in examining the subjective experience of individuals in organisations today. Whether it is to participate in organisational change, engage in learning or leadership or simply consume food and drink, I'm interested in finding out how this is experienced and narrated and how it constructs subjectivity consciously and unconsciously in the workplace.

Recently, I examined the subjective experience of trusting others in organisations and of constructing identities as social entrepreneurs. Using a Lacanian perspective, among others, I'm interested in exploring how organisation is experienced, perhaps as a failed fantasy and what emancipatory spaces may be opened up in the process.

I research alternative and psychoanalytic approaches to a wide range of organisational topics such as:

  • Organisational identity and learning
  • Emotions
  • Spirituality
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Identity work
  • Creativity
  • Embodied subjectivity and leadership
  • Supervision

    I'm interested in working with PhD students in the areas of Lacanian psychoanalysis and storytelling and anything related to examine the subjective experience in organizations from food practices to questions of identity, learning, leadership and social entrepreneurship.

    Publications

    Driver, M. How Trust Functions in the Context of Identity Work. Human Relations, forthcoming.

    Driver. M. 2014. The Stressed Subject: Lack, Empowerment and Liberation. Organization 21(1): 90-105.

    Driver, M. 2013. The Lack of Power or the Power of Lack in Leadership as a Discursively Constructed Identity. Organization Studies, 34(3): 407-422.

    Driver, M. 2012. An Interview with Michael Porter: Social Entrepreneurship and the Transformation of Capitalism. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(3): 421-431.

    Driver, M. 2010. Learning as Lack: Individual Learning in Organizations as an Empowering Encounter with Failed Imaginary Constructions of the Self. Management Learning, 41(5): 561-574.

    Driver, M. 2009. Encountering the Arugula Leaf: The Failure of the Imaginary and Its Implications for Research on Identity in Organizations. Organization, 16(4): 487-504.

    Driver, M. 2009. Struggling with Lack: A Lacanian Perspective on Organizational Identity. Organization Studies, 30(1): 55-72.

    Driver, M. 2009. From Loss to Lack: Stories of Organizational Change as Encounters with Failed Fantasies of Self, Work and Organization. Organization, 16(3): 353-369.

    Driver, M. 2008. New and Useless: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Organizational Creativity. Journal of Management Inquiry, 17(3): 187-197.

    Driver, M. 2008. Every Bite You Take…Food and the Struggles of Embodied Subjectivity in Organizations. Human Relations, 61(7): 913-934.

    Full listing of publications

    Journal articles

    Driver. M. 2014. The Stressed Subject: Lack, Empowerment and Liberation. Forthcoming in Organization

    Driver, M. 2013. The Lack of Power or the Power of Lack in Leadership as a Discursively Constructed Identity. Organization Studies, 34(3): 407-422.

    Driver, M. 2012. An Interview with Michael Porter: Social Entrepreneurship and the Transformation of Capitalism. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(3): 421-431.

    Driver, M. 2010. Learning as Lack: Individual Learning in Organizations as an Empowering Encounter with Failed Imaginary Constructions of the Self. Management Learning, 41(5): 561-574.

    Driver, M. 2009. Encountering the Arugula Leaf: The Failure of the Imaginary and Its Implications for Research on Identity in Organizations. Organization, 16(4): 487-504.

    Driver, M. 2009. Struggling with Lack: A Lacanian Perspective on Organizational Identity. Organization Studies, 30(1): 55-72.

    Driver, M. 2009. From Loss to Lack: Stories of Organizational Change as Encounters with Failed Fantasies of Self, Work and Organization. Organization, 16(3): 353-369.

    Driver, M. 2008. New and Useless: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Organizational Creativity. Journal of Management Inquiry, 17(3): 187-197.

    Driver, M. 2008. Every Bite You Take…Food and the Struggles of Embodied Subjectivity in Organizations. Human Relations, 61(7): 913-934.

    Driver, M. 2007. Reviewer Feedback as Discourse of the Other: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Manuscript Review Process. Journal of Management Inquiry, 16(4): 351-360.

    Driver, M. 2007. Meaning and Suffering in Organizations. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 20(5): 611-632.

    Driver, M. 2007. A Spiritual Turn in Organization Studies: Meaning Making or Meaningless? Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, 4(1): 56-86.

    Driver, M. 2006. Beyond the Stalemate of Economics versus Ethics:  Corporate Social Responsibility and the Discourse of the Organizational Self. Journal of Business Ethics, 66(4): 337-356.

    Driver, M. 2005. From Empty Speech to Full Speech? Reconceptualizing Spirituality in Organizations Based on a Psychoanalytically-Grounded Understanding of the Self. Human Relations, 58(9): 1091-1110.

    Boje, D., Driver, M. and Cai, Y. 2005. Fiction and Humor in Transforming McDonald’s Narrative Strategies. Culture and Organization, 11(3): 195-208.

    Driver, M. 2003. Using Brechtian Ideas and Theatrical Practices to Reconceptualize Role Distance and Facilitate Learning in Organizations. TAMARA: Journal of Critical and Postmodern Organization Science, 2(4): 83-94.

    Driver, M. 2003. United We Stand or Else? Exploring Organizational Attempts to Control Emotional Expression by Employees on September 11, 2001. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 16(5): 534-546.

    Driver, M. 2003. Improving Group Learning through Electronically Facilitated Skillful Discussions? The Learning Organization, 10(5): 283-293.

    Driver, M. 2003. Nothing Clinical Just Business? Reflections on Psychoanalytically Grounded Organizational Diagnosis and Intervention. Human Relations, 56(1): 39-59.

    Driver, M. 2003. Diversity and Learning in Groups. The Learning Organization, 10(3): 149-166.

    Driver, M. 2002. Investigating the Benefits of Web-Centric Instruction for Student Learning: Organizational Lessons Learned. Journal of Education for Business, 77(4): 236-245.

    Driver, M. 2002. Responding to Diversity in Groups as an Opportunity for Group Learning. The Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, 7(2): 24-44.

    Driver, M. 2002. The Learning Organization: Foucauldian Gloom or Utopian Sunshine? Human Relations, 55(1): 33-53.

    Driver, M. 2002. Learning and Leadership in Organizations:  Toward Complementary Communities of Practice. Management Learning, 33(1): 99-126.

    Driver, M. 2002. Exploring Student Perceptions of Group Interaction and Class Satisfaction in the Web-Enhanced Classroom. The Internet and Higher Education Journal, 5(1): 35-45.

    Driver, M. 2001. Fostering Creativity in Business Education:  Developing Creative Classroom Environments to Provide Students with Critical Workplace Competencies. Journal of Education for Business, 77(1): 28-33.

    Driver, M. 2001. Activity-Based Costing: A Tool for Adaptive and Generative Organizational Learning? The Learning Organization, 8(3): 94-105.

    Driver, M. 2000. Integrating Internet-Based Resources into Classroom Instruction: An Organizational Learning Approach. Journal of Business Education, spring: 14-30.

    Book chapter coauthored

    “Innovation and Adaptation: An Organizational Learning Approach to the Development of Core Competencies” by Michaela Driver with J.Cashman, in Implementation of Competency-Based Strategies: Theory and Practice, Advances in Applied Business Strategy Series, JAI Press, Stamford CT, Vol. 7, 1999, pp.51-66.

    Invited contributions

    “Jacques Lacan with Organization Studies”, Introduction to the Special Issue by Alessia Contu, Michaela Driver and Campbell Jones in Organization (A ranking), Volume 17, Issue 3, 2010, pp. 307-315.

    “Introduction to the Special Issue: Whither the MBA? Factions, fault lines and the future” by Michael Brocklehurst, Andrew Sturdy, Diana Winstanley and Michaela Driver in Management Learning (A ranking), Volume 38, Issue 4, 2007, pp. 379-388.

    Refereed presentations and proceedings

    Driver, M. Stress at Work: When the Fantasy Fails of Who We Are In and Through Work. Presented at the Academy of Management Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2011.

    Driver, M. Donuts and Diets: Food and Subjectivity in Organizations. Presented at the Academy of Management Conference in Philadelphia, PA, 2007

    Driver, M. Neither Good nor Happy: Reflections on Goodness of and Happiness in Organizations as Imaginary Constructions of the Self. Presented at the Academy of Management Conference in Philadelphia, PA, 2007

    Driver, M. New and Useless? Rethinking the Concept of Usefulness in Organizational Creativity Research. Presented at the European Group for Organization Studies Conference in Vienna, Austria, 2007

    Driver, M. Lacanian Analysis and the Study of Identity Through Discourse in Organizations: Taking Responsibility for the Ethics of Subjectivity. Presented at the Critical Management Studies Conference in Manchester, UK, 2007

    Driver, M. Resistance and Spirituality: The Discourse of Subjectivity and the Authentic Self. Presented at the Critical Management Studies Conference in Manchester, UK, 2007

    Driver, M. Lacanian Analysis and the Study of Discourse in Organizations: Taking Responsibility for the Ethics of Subjectivity. Presented at the Annual Colloquium for Advancing Psychoanalytically Informed Organization Theory and Research, Columbia, Missouri, 2006.

    Driver, M. From Transcendence To Resistance: Toward Critical Spirituality in Organizations. Presented at the Academy of Management Meeting 2004, New Orleans, LA

    Boje, D., Driver, M. and Cai, Y. A Strategic Theory of Humor. Presented at The Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism 2004, Halifax, Canada

    Driver, M. Finding Meaning At Work: The Integration Of Suffering As A Dimension Of The Spiritual Organization. Presented at the European Group of Organization Studies Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2003

    Driver, M. Toward a Brechtian Model of Role-Related Learning in Organizations. Presented at the Academy of Management Conference, Seattle, 2003

    Driver, M. Vulnerable - A Performance. Presented at the Academy of Management Conference, Seattle, 2003

    Driver, M. Silence As Space For Purposeful Alienation. Presented at the international Critical Management Studies Conference, Lancaster, UK, 2003

    Driver, M. The Psychological Contract And The Psychoanalytical Approach. Presented at the Academy of Management Conference, 2002

    Driver, M. Serial Number 9-11-01, September 11, 2001: Voices In The Workplace – A Performance In Three Acts. Presented at the Academy of Management Conference, 2002

    Driver, M. Does Your Team Have a Learning Disorder? Presented at the DSI National Conference, 2000

    Stead, J., Stead, E. and Driver, M. Life Cycle Learning. Presented at the Eighth International Conference of the Greening of Industry Network, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1999

    Driver, M. Innovation and Adaptation:  Leading for Effective Learning in Organizations. Presented at the Southeastern DSI, 1999

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