Dr Sheena Vachhani

Dr Sheena Vachhani

Dr Sheena Vachhani
Senior Lecturer in Management

3.18 (Howard House),
Howard House, Queen's Avenue, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 39 40533

Department of Management


My research centres around themes of embodiment, difference, ethics, identity and the feminine in organisation.

I am broadly concerned with critical approaches to the study of management and organisation, especially post-structuralist perspectives and critiques of power which I continue to develop as part of an ongoing research agenda. I have a particular interest in feminist post-structuralism including, but not limited to, the work of Luce Irigaray. I utilise visceral perspectives by critiquing and investigating the relationships between affect, language and corporeality. More recently I have explored the multiple meanings of writing in an institutional setting through feminine writing.

I have a more general interest in the adoption of discursive perspectives and the relevance of, what is commonly termed, “philosophy” to the study of management and organisation. I am currently engaged in projects on leadership and materiality, ethico-political feminist resistance, dirty work, practices of remembering, and corporeality in physical labour.

I have published in scholarly journals such as Organization StudiesOrganization andCulture & Organization, as well as contributed to various edited collections. I have recently edited a special issue of Leadership on ‘The Materiality of Leadership’ (with Alison Pullen).

Fields of interest

Critical management studies, Gender, Ethics, Embodiment.

Key publications

  1. Vachhani, SJ, 2012, ‘The Subordination of the Feminine? Developing a Critical Feminist Approach to the Psychoanalysis of Organizations’. Organization Studies, vol 33., pp. 1237-1255
  2. Harvey, G, Rhodes, C, Vachhani, SJ & Williams, K, 2017, ‘Neo-villeiny and the service sector: the case of hyper flexible and precarious work in fitness centres’. Work, Employment and Society, vol 31., pp. 19-35

Latest publications

  1. Vachhani, S & Pullen, A, 2018, ‘Ethics, politics and feminist organizing: writing feminist infrapolitics and affective solidarity into everyday sexism’. Human Relations.
  2. Pullen, A & Vachhani, S, 2017, ‘A leadership ethics of sexual difference?’. in: A Bolsø, SO Sørensen , SHB Svendsen (eds) Bodies, Symbols and Organizational Practice: The Gendered Dynamics of Power.. London & New York, Routledge
  3. Pullen, A & Vachhani, S, 2017, ‘Examining The Politics of Gendered Difference in Feminine Leadership: The Absence of ‘Female Masculinity'’. in: Sujana Adapa, Alison Sheridan (eds) Inclusive Leadership: Negotiating Gendered Spaces. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
  4. Fotaki, M, Kenny, K & Vachhani, S, 2017, ‘Thinking critically about affect in organization studies: Why it matters’. Organization, vol 24., pp. 3-17
  5. Pullen, A, Vachhani, S, Gagnon, S & Cornelius, N, 2017, ‘Editorial: Critical Diversity, Philosophy and Praxis’. Gender, Work and Organization, vol 24., pp. 451-456
  6. O'Doherty, D & Vachhani, S, 2017, ‘Individual differences, personality and self’. in: David Knights, Hugh Willmott (eds) Introducing Organizational Behaviour & Management – Third Edition. Gale Cengage Learning
  7. Harvey, G, Rhodes, C, Vachhani, S & Williams, K, 2016, ‘How business is devising new ways to rip off workers’. The Conversation
  8. Vachhani, SJ, 2015, ‘Organizing Love - Thoughts on the Transformative and Activist Potential of Feminine Writing’. Gender, Work and Organization, vol 22., pp. 148-162
  9. Vachhani, SJ, 2014, ‘Always different? Exploring the monstrous-feminine and maternal embodiment in organisation’. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, vol 33., pp. 648-681
  10. Vachhani, SJ, 2014, ‘Working The Grey Zones: Feminist Ethics, Organisational Politics’. in: The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organization. London & New York, Routledge
  11. Vachhani, SJ, 2013, ‘(Re)creating objects from the past – affect, tactility and everyday creativity’. Management & Organizational History, vol 8., pp. 91-104
  12. Pullen, A & Vachhani, SJ, 2013, ‘The Materiality of Leadership’. Leadership, vol 9., pp. 315-319
  13. De Cock, C, Vachhani, SJ & Murray, J, 2013, ‘Putting into question the imaginary of recovery: a dialectical reading of the global financial crisis and its aftermath’. Culture and Organization, vol 19., pp. 396-412
  14. Vachhani, SJ, Harvey, G & Williams, K, 2013, ‘Working out: aesthetic labour, affect and the fitness industry personal trainer’. Leisure Studies, vol 32., pp. 91-104
  15. Vachhani, SJ, 2012, ‘Stains, Staining and the Ethics of Dirty Work’. in: Ruth Simpson, Natasha Slutskaya, Patricia Lewis, Heather Hopfl (eds) Dirty Work: Concepts and Identities. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
  16. O'Doherty, D & Vachhani, SJ, 2012, ‘Personality, Individual Differences and Self’. in: David Knights, Hugh Willmott (eds) Introducing Organisational Behaviour and Management – 2nd Edition.. Gale Cengage Learning
  17. Vachhani, SJ & Pullen, A, 2011, ‘Home is where the heart is? Organizing women’s work and domesticity at Christmas’. Organization, vol 18., pp. 807-821
  18. Vachhani, SJ, 2009, ‘Vagina Dentata and the Demonological Body: Explorations of the Feminine Demon in Organisation’. in: Alison Pullen, Carl Rhodes (eds) Advances in Organization Studies - Bits of Organisation. Copenhagen Business School Press
  19. Vachhani, SJ, 2006, ‘The Death of a Salesman? – An Exploration into the Discursive Production of Sales Identities’. Culture and Organization, vol 12., pp. 249-264
  20. Rehn, A & Vachhani, SJ, 2006, ‘Innovation and the Post-Original: On Moral Stances and Reproduction’. Creativity and Innovation Management, vol 15., pp. 310-322
  21. Vachhani, SJ, 2005, ‘Q is for Queer: Queerying the Business School’. in: Damian O'Doherty, Campbell Jones (eds) Organize! Manifestos for the Business School of Tomorrow. Turku: Dvalin Books

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