Dr Sheena Vachhani

Dr Sheena Vachhani

Dr Sheena Vachhani
Associate Professor in Work and Organisation Studies

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, 2019, ‘Rethinking the Politics of Writing Differently Through Écriture Féminine. Management Learning, vol 50., pp. 11-23
  2. Vachhani, SJ & Pullen, A, 2019, ‘Ethics, politics and feminist organizing: Writing feminist infrapolitics and affective solidarity into everyday sexism’. Human Relations, vol 72., pp. 23-47
  3. Bell, E & Vachhani, S, 2019, ‘Relational encounters and vital materiality in the practice of craft work’. Organization Studies.
  4. Rippin, A & Vachhani, S, 2018, ‘Craft as Resistance: A Conversation About Craftivism, Embodied Inquiry and Craft-based Methodologies’. in: Emma Bell, Gianluigi Mangia, Scott Taylor, Maria Laura Toraldo (eds) The Organization of Craft Work: Identities, Meanings and Materiality. Routledge
  5. Vachhani, S, 2018, ‘Luce Irigaray’s Philosophy of the Feminine – Exploring a Culture of Sexual Difference in the Study of Organizations’. in: Robert McMurray, Alison Pullen (eds) Gender, Embodiment and Fluidity in Organization and Management. Routledge, London
  6. 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.. Routledge
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Pullen, A, Vachhani, S, Gagnon, S & Cornelius, N, 2017, ‘Editorial: Critical Diversity, Philosophy and Praxis’. Gender, Work and Organization, vol 24., pp. 451-456
  10. Fotaki, M, Kenny, K & Vachhani, S, 2017, ‘Thinking critically about affect in organization studies: Why it matters’. Organization, vol 24., pp. 3-17
  11. Harvey, G, Rhodes, C, Vachhani, S & Williams, K, 2016, ‘How business is devising new ways to rip off workers’. The Conversation Trust (UK) Limited
  12. Vachhani, SJ, 2015, ‘Organizing Love - Thoughts on the Transformative and Activist Potential of Feminine Writing’. Gender, Work and Organization, vol 22., pp. 148-162
  13. Vachhani, SJ, 2014, ‘Working The Grey Zones: Feminist Ethics, Organisational Politics’. in: The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organization. Routledge
  14. 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
  15. Pullen, A & Vachhani, SJ, 2013, ‘The Materiality of Leadership’. Leadership, vol 9., pp. 315-319
  16. 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
  17. Vachhani, SJ, 2013, ‘(Re)creating objects from the past – affect, tactility and everyday creativity’. Management & Organizational History, vol 8., pp. 91-104
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Rehn, A & Vachhani, SJ, 2006, ‘Innovation and the Post-Original: On Moral Stances and Reproduction’. Creativity and Innovation Management, vol 15., pp. 310-322
  24. 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
  25. 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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