A philosophically inclined social epistemologist, Dmitrijs is primarily interested in how people in organizations enact memory, temporality and collective knowledge. His latest study was an empirical re-conceptualization of the ideas and concepts to do with the practical performance of organizational memory.

Dmitrijs holds a PhD from the University of Warwick Business School, where he also maintains affiliation with the IKON Research Unit. He is currently Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the University of Sussex, UK. 

Before joining the academic world full-time, he spent two years working in underwater technology as well as briefly trying out management consultancy. Typically unwilling to settle for a manageable load of activities, Dmitrijs is continuously looking to follow his curiosity and begin/join various enterprises of interest (starting an amazing new podcast, for example!).

Dmitrijs is the creator and founding member of the podcast, as well as a regular host of the show.


Pedro is currently a Doctoral Researcher at University of Warwick Business School. Originally raised as a cultural sociologist, his fascination for knowledge and innovation lead him to become an ethnographer of work and organizations.

His academic interests fall within three areas. First, the management and unfolding of cross-expertise collaboration and knowledge circulation. Second, the use social sciences theories and methods in applied contexts with a special interest in corporate ethnography. Third, the academic (and political) development of feminist and queer theory. He is also a keen thinker of how art might nurture our sociological imagination, baking and improvising at the piano.

Pedro is founding member of the podcast and a regular host of the show.

Tom Galvin

Dr. Tom Galvin is an Assistant Professor of leadership studies at the U.S. Army War College. He teaches strategic leadership and defense management courses for the resident class and also courses in leading organizational change and strategic communication, the latter two being the subject of a how-to books he is currently writing.

His primary academic interests are organizational identity and institution theory, which both feed into his strategic communication model. During his 29-year military career, he acquired the callsign of "Neo", a la the Matrix character, for reasons he will only divulge after being offered some genuine Munich Oktoberfest lager or a goblet of real Belgian Trappist ale. He is also a fiction writer, husband of 14 years to his Javanese sweetheart Veronica and father to their three strapping and active young boys.

Tom joined TAOP as a semi-regular host for Season 3. He is now a regular host of the show.


After achieving a Bachelor and Master degree in Business studies in Italy, Miranda decided to pursue an academic career in the field of entrepreneurship.

Currently a PhD student at Warwick Business School in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation group, her research looks at top management teams and the nexus between cognition and growth literature. More specifically, she focuses on what entrepreneurial teams think about growth on a deeper level in terms of implicit motivations and how these affect growth ambitions and intentions at the venture level.

Miranda is founding member of the podcast, currently taking part in semi-regular capacity.


Ralph (also known as "Rafael") Soule is a retired United States Navy Captain. He holds a Doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

In the Navy, Rafael was a nuclear engineer for over 29 years, leading large and small teams of engineers, white-collar workers, and craftsmen in technically complex repairs and construction of nuclear powered aircraft carriers and submarines. In his Navy service, he observed that organizing, teaching, motivating, and leading people presented far more interesting challenges than the equipment. For this reason (and his anti-positivist views), Rafael is considered slightly (okay, a lot) off-center by his former colleagues. This may also be related to the different color hats he wears.

His research interests include adult learning, accelerating expertise, organizational culture, and high reliability organizing. Rafael really enjoys traveling, meeting new people, mentoring and working on interesting projects so this podcast is a great fit for him.

Ralph is founding member of the podcast, a regular host of the show and Season Leader (our version of CEO) for Season 4.


Jarryd Daymond

Jarryd is a Research Associate and PhD student in Work and Organisational Studies at The University of Sydney Business School.

His research examines strategy practices in organisations and collaborative work across boundaries, which are areas he first became interested in while consulting on immersive workshop processes. He has a particular interest in how materiality and discourse combine in the strategy process, and how multimodal materiality enables, constrains and links strategy work. He has a passion for qualitative research methods including video ethnography. 

Jarryd used to enjoy rowing and triathlons, but now he spends most of his time rolling on the floor with his young son (which is a lot more fun!). One day soon he will return to the pleasure and pain of endurance sports.

Jarryd is a full-time member of the podcast.

Ella is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Business Information Systems at the University of Sydney Business School, Australia.

Her dissertation looked at how people who work from home are included in organisational activities and how remote workers use technology to stay connected. Ella's background is multidisciplinary - she has degrees in Media and Communications, Cultural Studies, Work and Organisational Studies and Teaching. Her main research interest is how technology is being integrated into the workplace and how we maintain a sense of belonging when we work together digitally.

Ella lives in Australia with three parrots and a sausage dog.


Ella joined TAOP as a semi-regular host for Seasons 3 and 4. Listen to her on Episodes 27, 28, 31, 32 and 35.

Dr. Bradley (Joe) has had an extensive career in ship operations, maintenance, repair and organizational design. Repeatedly called upon to start new activities for the United States Navy, he successfully met a succession of unique challenges.

Respected for his technical skill, leadership, innovative solutions and focus on personnel and organization development, he led the initiatives that resulted in the broad adoption of Theory of Constraints within the Navy’s ship maintenance community, efforts to improve quality performance, and developed educational programs to improve individual and organizational performance. Joe's research has led to the creation of a wholly new approach to the creation, development, assessment and transformation of competency models, a vital management element in any large technical organization seeking long term viability.

Joseph founded Leading Change, LLC as a vehicle to continue research and consulting to industry and government. Immediately in demand, he is assisting several organizations in what can only be characterized as global, long term complex, problems. 

Joe joined TAOP as a semi-regular host for Seasons 3 and 4. Listen to him on Episodes 24, 26, 30, 33, 34 and 36.




Katharina is an Assistant Professor (Oberassistent) at the Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich in Switzerland, where she also holds a Ph.D. in Management Studies from.

Her research interests include organizational routines and strategy, with a particular emphasis on practice-theoretical approaches and qualitative research methods. Thanks to a scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Katharina has recently been a visiting scholar at the University of California at Irvine, USA and at the University of Warwick Business School, UK.

Katharina was our special guest on Episode 4, Supplement to Episode 4, and a bit later on Episode 21!


Henry Mintzberg is is an internationally renowned academic and a prolific business and management author.

He is currently the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Much of Henry's work is concerned with developing new approaches to management education and reflecting on the actual managerial practices and organization of work. He has published around 170 articles, 17 books (all available for reference on his website), and holds a great number of significant honours and awards. 

Most recently, Henry shifted towards more general writing, including commentaries, short stories and blogs. He is currently completing a monograph entitled Managing the Myths of Health Care

Henry was our special guest on Episode 14, where we discussed his 2013 book Simply Managing

Arianna is a PhD student in Industrial Relations at Warwick Business School, and a keen trade union and labour rights activist. A political scientist by training, her current research interests focus on the evolution of welfare and labour market institutions in European economies in the aftermath of the financial crisis, and on the role of trade unions and employers’ organisations in public policy.

Arianna holds a BA in Politics and Development Studies from SOAS, University of London, and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining WBS, she worked as a researcher at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Condition (Dublin, Ireland) and at the Institute for Employment Studies (Brighton, UK).

Arianna was our Special Guest on Episode 18 and Summary of Episode 18 where we discussed Gig Economy and Algorithmic Management!

Barton works in the Chief Data Office at Deutsche Bank based in London. He supports the bank in developing and implementing a coherent data strategy and human-centred practices that result in innovation. 

Barton has recently completed a Doctorate in the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management group at the University of Warwick Business School. His area of research interest is in the relationships people in organisations form with computational objects and the ways in which these relationships affect team performance and communication. 

Having had the privilege to work at both Apple and NeXT, Barton worked with and implemented leading edge technologies for over 25 years for companies such as American Express, JP Morgan, New York Life, British Telecom, and McCann Worldgroup. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and the Association of Computing Machinery

Barton was our special guest on Episode 22, where we discussed the relationship between organization and technology!

Sarah is Professor of Strategic Management Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

She is a co-author of the bestselling business book, Creative Destruction.  Her research explores how organizations participate in and respond to the emergence of new fields and technologies, with a particular focus on the role of interpretive practices. Her studies examine biotechnology, communications, financial services, nanotechnology and most recently, the field emerging at the nexus of gender and finance. 

Sarah is Senior Editor at Organization Science, Guest Editor of a special issue on new research methods at Strategic Management Journal, and formerly Associate Editor for The Academy of Management Annals.

Sarah was our special guest for Episode 25, where we discussed cognitive communities (Porac et al. 1989)


Mats Alvesson

Mats holds a chair in the Business Administration department at Lund University in Sweden and is also part-time professor at University of Queensland Business School.

He has done extensive research and published widely in the areas of qualitative and reflexive methodology, critical theory, organizational culture, knowledge work, identity in organizations, gender, organizational change, management consultancy etc. He has published 20 books with leading publishers and hundreds of articles, many of which are widely cited and used on higher levels in university education. 

Mats was our special guest on Episode 28, where we discussed his JMS Classic on organizations as rhetoric, and on Episode 32 - the OLKC2017 Special!


Trish is Professor in Strategic Management and Organization at Alberta School of Business and Distinguished Research Environment Professor of Organization Studies at Warwick Business School.

Her work explores themes related to organizational and institutional change, organizational learning, professions and professional work, and identity and role identity.

Trish was our special guest on Episode 31 - the PROS Special on Institutional Theory


Bjørn Erik is an Associate Professor of Innovation at Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, BI Norwegian Business School. He is also an Associate Fellow at the IKON Research Unit. He holds a PhD in organisational sociology from the University of Oslo, and has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and Warwick Business School.

In his research he draws upon practice-based approaches to cross-disciplinary collaboration, organising, innovation, learning and change in organisations. He is particularly interested in how processes of developing and adopting new technologies and practices in healthcare unfold, and is currently involved in an international multi-site study on this topic. In addition to being an academic, Bjørn Erik is also an Executive Director for EY (Ernst & Young) Advisory.

Bjørn Erik was our special guest on Episode 32 - the OLKC2017 Special!


Paul is an adjunct full professor in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. He was formerly Professorial Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, and has held visiting positions in Denmark and France as well as honorary positions at the universities of York and Lancaster.  

From early work on formal education, to studies of organizational learning, through historical investigation of trade marks, to recent work on the concept of 'information', Paul has sought to investigate problems that arise from reducing human communication to the mere exchange of information.

Paul was our special guest on Episode 12 - the OLKC Conference Special where we discussed the value of conferences, also featuring Emma Bell!


Jörgen Sandberg is Professor in the School of Business at the University of Queensland, Australia.

His research interests include competence and learning in organizations, leadership, practice-based research, theory development, qualitative research methods and philosophy of science. His work has appeared in several journals, including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Organization Behavior, Harvard Business Review, and Review of Educational Research.

He is currently carrying out research on professional practice and its development, frameworks and methodologies for developing more influential and relevant theories and sensemaking in organizations.

Jörgen was our special guest on Episode 15, where we talked about topics from his 2013 book - Constructing Research Questions: Doing Interesting Research!


Thomas Mercer is a retired US Navy Rear Admiral and one of the foremost proponents of the High Reliability approach to organizing. He initiated the studies of High Reliability when he invited academicians from the University of California, Berkeley, to study his crew with the goal of improving their performance. These academics were Karl Weick and Karlene Roberts, and the resulting studies are some of the best-known work in management theory.

Thomas is a distinguished naval officer, whose awards include the Defense Distinguished Medal, Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Distinguished Flying Cross (three awards), four individual Air Medals, 25 Strike Flight Air Medals, and six Navy Commendation Medals. 

Thomas was our Special Guest on Episode 20, where we discussed his practical experience of High Reliability Organizing!

Mike is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London, where he also directs the Centre for Management Buy-out Research. 

Mike has written over 40 books and more than 300 papers in academic and professional journals on management buy-outs, venture capital, habitual entrepreneurs, academic entrepreneurs, and related topics. He served two terms as an editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (1994-99), was a joint editor of the Journal of Management Studies until 2009 and is editor elect of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. He is a member of the BVCA Research Advisory Board and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Ghent. Quite impressively, Mike was recently ranked #1 worldwide for publications in academic entrepreneurship!

Mike was our special guest on Episode 23, where we discussed his JMS Classic article on emerging multinationals and the influence of institutions and factor markets!

Thomas Roulet

Thomas is an organization theorist based at King's College London and an International Research Fellow at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, as well as a Faculty Affiliate at the Society and Organizations Research Center, HEC Paris.

His work is rooted in economic sociology, organization theory and ethics, and focuses on negative social evaluations (stigma and disapproval) and ethics in the context of professional service firms (investment banking, audit firms) and cultural industries.

He is the co-editor in chief of M@n@gement, the free of charge open-access journal of the French Academy of Strategic Management

Thomas was our special guest for Episode 26, where we discussed Karl Weick's JMS Classic on enacted sensemaking.


Denise M. Rousseau is the H.J. Heinz II University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College and the Tepper School of Business. She is the faculty director of the Institute for Social Enterprise and Innovation and chair of Health Care Policy and Management program.

Denise's research focuses upon the impact workers have on the employment relationship and the firms that employ them. It informs critical concerns such as worker well-being and career development, organizational effectiveness, the management of change, firm ownership and governance, and industrial relations. Recognized in particular for developing the theory of the psychological contract, her work addresses the powerful reach individual employee's understanding of the employment relationship has on work groups, firms, and society.

Denise was our special guest on Episode 29, where we discussed Herbert Simon's JMS Classic on Business Schools.


Hari is a Greek organization and leadership theorist. He is currently the Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Cyprus, and Distinguished Research Environment Professor of Organization Studies at the Warwick Business School.

He is best known for his contributions to understanding organizations as knowledge and learning systems, for re-viewing organizational phenomena through the lens of process philosophy, for exploring practical reason in organizational contexts as well as the epistemology of reflective practice in management, and for bringing insights from philosophy to organization and management studies.

Hari was our special guest on Episode 31 - the PROS Special (Part 2)


Emma is a Professor of Organisation Studies at the Open University. Her approach to understanding management draws on insights from the social sciences and humanities to critically explore meaning-making in organizations. 

She is current Co-chair of the Academy of Management CMS Division and joint Editor-in-Chief of the Management Learning journal. Recently, Emma has been involved in projects related to visual organizational analysis, understanding craft work, and the production of management knowledge on the periphery.

Emma was our special guest on Episode 12 - the OLKC Conference Special, also featuring Paul Duguid!

Deborah is a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at Kingston University having previously completed her Ph.D at Warwick Business School.

She remains affiliated with the Institute of Advanced Studies at University of Warwick, as an Associate Fellow. Her broad interests are in exploring organisation, identity, and (in)equality and her approach to these ideas draws on theories from the social sciences, humanities as well as on philosophical ethics. She has previously worked on research with diversity practitioners to investigate the relations of knowledge and power that are involved in their work. She is currently developing a project on work that centres around digital labour, in particular the phenomenon of ‘Social Talent’.

Deborah has collaborated with artists on experiments in critical-creative practice, organised events to engage public audiences with research. She is also Social Media Assistant for the journal Management Learning.

Deborah was our Special Guest on Episode 17, where we discussed Tokenism.

Brian Pentland is a Professor of Accounting and Information Systems at the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University. 

He received his PhD in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and SB in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. Brian is a prolific organizational scholar, having published in Academy of Management Review, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Administrative Science Quarterly, and elsewhere.

In addition to being a brilliant scholar, Brian is also a musician, known by his stage name of Doctor Decade! Check out his music here.

Brian was our Special Guest on Episode 21, where we discussed relationship between micro and micro research!

William Starbuck is visiting professor at the Lundquist College of Business of the University of Oregon and professor emeritus at New York University.

He received his MS and PhD in industrial administration at Carnegie Institute of Technology, after receiving an AB in physics at Harvard. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates by universities in Stockholm, Paris, and Aix-en-Provence.

He has published over 170 articles on accounting, bargaining, business strategy, computer programming, computer simulation, forecasting, decision making, human-computer interaction, learning, organizational design, organizational growth and development, perception, scientific methods, and social revolutions. He has also authored two books and edited seventeen books, including the Handbook of Organizational Design, which was chosen the best book on management published during the year ending May 1982.

Bill was our special guest on Episode 24, where we discussed his work - Learning by Knowledge-Intensive Firms!


Andrew is Professor of Strategy and Organisation at Saïd Business School and Senior Golding Fellow at Brasenose College, both at the University of Oxford.

He is a leading expert on strategy and change in both the public and private sectors. Andrew’s background in sociology and anthropology, where contextual and historical study are vital, informs his research methodology. Andrew’s work has covered a broad range of sectors, both public and private, but it has consistently concentrated on the contextual study of corporate evolution, decision-making, strategy and governance. His approach emphasises the environmental and historical factors that work alongside quantitative economic issues to shape an organisation. Andrew is recognised within the management community as one of the foremost researchers and practitioners in strategy and change management.

Andrew was our special guest for Episode 27, where we discussed his JMS Classic on context and action.


Tammar Zilber is Professor of Organizational Behavior at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

She was trained in social psychology, anthropology and qualitative methodologies and her research interests include the symbolic aspects of institutional processes, organizational identity, narrative constructions of organizational realities, and qualitative methods in organizational studies.

Tammar was our special guest on Episode 31 - the PROS Special on Institutional Theory


Ann is Professor of Management at HEC Montréal and Canada Research Chair in strategic management in pluralistic settings.

Her research focuses on strategic change, leadership, identity and the use of management tools in complex organizations with an emphasis on processual and qualitative research approaches. In particular, she had a vital role in fueling an interest for process research in the management and organization studies field.

Ann was our special guest on Episode 31 - the PROS Special (Part 2)


Peter is Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy at the LMU in Munich.

He attended Williams College and then the University of Notre Dame, where he received his PhD in 2000. From then until 2012 he worked at King's College London before moving to the LMU in 2012. He has written two monographs about early Arabic philosophy, and edited many books including "The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy." His articles on philosophy in the Islamic world have been collected in two volumes in the Variorium series, available from Ashgate press. He is also the host of the History of Philosophy podcast which appears as a book series with Oxford University Press.

Peter was our special guest on Episode 37, where we discussed Oeconomicus by Xenophon