Professor Stefanie Reissner

EBS - Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
Professor Stefanie Reissner



Stefanie Reissner, PhD, is Professor of Work and Organization Studies at Essex Business School. Prior to joining Essex Business School in 2022, she worked - for a total of 18 years - at Newcastle University Business School, Sunderland Business School, and Bristol Business School contributing to research, teaching, and leadership. Stefanie is an elected member of British Academy of Management (BAM) Council where she is working on the Research & Publications Sub-Committee. She has recently taken the role of BAM Chair of Research Grants, in which she has strategic oversight of the research grant portfolio of the British Academy of Management and partners. Moreover, Stefanie serves on the Peer Review Colleges of ESRC and BAM and also reviews research grants for the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Stefanie’s research interests are identity, narrative / storytelling, and interpretive work / sensemaking. She is further interested in research methodology (particularly qualitative interviewing), reflexivity, and learning. Stefanie has received funding by ESRC, British Academy / Leverhulme Trust, British Academy of Management, and Council for International Veterinary Medical Education. Her work has been published in major journals, such as Work, Employment & Society, Public Administration, European Management Review, and International Journal of Human Resource Management as well as in two research monographs. Stefanie is further a committed management educator and co-author of the best-selling textbook Developing Skills for Business Leadership, of which a completely revised edition is due to be published in 2023. She has been actively involved in doctoral training through invited keynote speeches at doctoral symposia, research methods workshops for the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative, and mentoring as part of the British Academy of Management’s doctoral symposium.


  • PhD University of Durham,

  • MA Coaching for Organisational Excellence University of Sunderland,

  • MA Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University of Sunderland,

  • MA International Business Administration University of Northumbria,


University of Essex

  • Professor of Work and Organization Studies, Essex Business School, University of Essex (6/6/2022 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Understanding Organisational Management (BE707)

  • Independent Research Project: Management/Marketing (BE939)

  • Philosophies of Research and Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (BE968)


Journal articles (17)

Izak, M., Reissner, S. and McKinlay, A., “Uncomfortable when not seen’” – Governmentality, Flexible Working and the Entrepreneurial Self. Organization Studies

Whittle, A. and Reissner, S., Making knowledge claims from qualitative interviews: Epistemological modes, paradigms, and problems. Organizational Research Methods

Armitage-Chan, E., Reissner, S., Jackson, E., Kedrowicz, A. and Schoenfeld-Tacher, R., (2022). How Do Veterinary Students Engage When Using Creative Methods to Critically Reflect on Experience? A Qualitative Analysis of Assessed Reflective Work. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. 49 (5), e20210070-e20210070

Reissner, S. and Whittle, A., (2022). Interview-based research in management and organisation studies: making sense of the plurality of methodological practices and presentational styles. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal. 17 (1), 61-83

Pagan, V., Haynes, K. and Reissner, S., (2022). Accountable selves and responsibility within a global forum. Journal of Business Ethics

Reissner, SC., Izak, M. and Hislop, D., (2021). Configurations of Boundary Management Practices among Knowledge Workers. Work, Employment and Society. 35 (2), 296-315

Armitage‐Chan, E. and Reissner, S., (2020). How do veterinary students engage when reflecting on their development towards being veterinary surgeons?. Veterinary Record. 187 (9), e77-

Reissner, SC., (2019). ‘We are this hybrid’: Members’ search for organizational identity in an institutionalized public–private partnership. Public Administration. 97 (1), 48-63

Reissner, SC., (2018). Interactional Challenges and Researcher Reflexivity: Mapping and Analysing Conversational Space. European Management Review. 15 (2), 205-219

Reissner, S. and Pagan, V., (2013). Generating employee engagement in a public–private partnership: management communication activities and employee experiences. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. 24 (14), 2741-2759

du Toit, A. and Reissner, S., (2012). Experiences of coaching in team learning. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education. 1 (3), 177-190

Reissner, SC., (2011). Patterns of stories of organisational change. Journal of Organizational Change Management. 24 (5), 593-609

Reissner, SC., Pagan, V. and Smith, C., (2011). ‘Our iceberg is melting’: Story, metaphor and the management of organisational change. Culture and Organization. 17 (5), 417-433

Reissner, SC. and Du Toit, A., (2011). Power and the tale: coaching as storyselling. Journal of Management Development. 30 (3), 247-259

Reissner, SC., (2010). Change, meaning and identity at the workplace. Journal of Organizational Change Management. 23 (3), 287-299

Reissner, SC., (2005). Learning and innovation: a narrative analysis. Journal of Organizational Change Management. 18 (5), 482-494

Reissner, SC., (2004). Learning by Story-Telling? Narratives in the Study of Work-Based Learning. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education. 10 (2), 99-113

Books (1)

Reissner, S. and Pagan, V., (2013). Storytelling in Management Practice. Routledge. 9780203079584

Book chapters (1)

Reissner, S., Plot and storyline analysis of personal identity narratives. In: Handbook of Research Methods for Studying Identity. Editors: Winkler, I., Cascon, R. and Reissner, S., . Edward Elgar

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