Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Stefanie Reissner

Senior Lecturer in Management and Organisation Studies, Deputy Subject Group Head Leadership, Work and Organisation (LWO)



MA Coaching for Organisational Excellence
MA Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
PhD (Dunelm)
MA International Business Administration

Academic Employment

2015-         : Senior Lecturer in Management and Organization Studies
2010-2015: Lecturer in HRM / Organization Studies, Newcastle University Business School
2006-2010: Senior Lecturer in Business and Management, Sunderland Business School
2004-2006: Lecturer in Strategic Management, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England



Member, ESRC Peer Review College (by appointment)
Assoc Acad Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Member, European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS)
Member, British Academy of Management (BAM)


Esteem indicators

Research grant assessment:

ESRC Peer Review College (by appointment)
The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (by invitation)

Editorial work:

2013-15: Book review editor Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management (QROM)

Reviewer for:

Organisation Studies
Human Relations
British Journal of Management
Journal of Management Studies
European Management Review
Management Communication Quarterly
Culture and Organisation
Journal of Change Management
Journal of Organizational Change Management
Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management
Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung

Conference organization:

23rd Organizational Storytelling Seminar (with M. Izak and M. Daskalaki), 16 February 2018, University of Roehampton.
Keynote speakers: Professor Yiannis Gabriel (Bath), Dr Jerzy Kociatkiewicz (Sheffield) and Professor Martyna Sliwa (Essex).

Conducting Qualitative Research Internationally, 12 June 2015, Newcastle University Business School. Organized on behalf of the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI). Speakers: Dr Alan Firth (Newcastle), Dr Agnieszka Chidlow (Birmingham), Professor Catherine Cassell (Leeds) and Professor Bill Lee (Sheffield), Dr David Guttormsen (Exeter), Dr Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki (Leeds), Dr Prue Holmes and Dr Mariam Attia (Durham).

9th Annual Teaching Research Methods to Business and Management Students, 25 March 2014, Newcastle University Business School. Organized on behalf of the British Academy of Management special interest group on Research Methodology. Speakers: Prof Kathryn Haynes, Dr Tyrone Pitsis, Dr Rob Wilson, Dr Stefanie Reissner, Dr Ian Biddle, Dr Darren Kelsey (all Newcastle University). 

24 Hours of Strategy (with C. Carter and T. Pitsis), 4-5 September 2012, Newcastle University Business School. Speakers: Chris Mullin (ex-MP), Prof Yves Gendron (Universite Laval), Prof Andrea Whittle (Cardiff) and Prof Frank Mueller (Newcastle University Business School), Dr Neil Pollock (Edinburgh), Prof Mairi Maclean (Exeter) and Prof Charles Harvey (Newcastle), Prof Alan McKinlay (Heriot-Watt), Dr Tyrone Pitsis, Dr Ben Golant and Prof John Sillince (all Newcastle University Business School).

19th Organizational Storytelling Seminar, 2 April 2012, Newcastle University Business School
Speakers: Prof Michael Humphreys (Durham University), Dr Ben Golant and Prof John Sillince, Dr Stefanie Reissner and Victoria Pagan (all Newcastle University Business School).


Research Interests

I am a social scientist with an interest in how social actors make sense of their experiences in organizations and how they talk about these experiences through language and storytelling. My work has focused on sensemaking under conditions of change and the effects on individual, professional and organizational identities in a variety of settings. Methodologically, my work has been qualitative and interpretive with a focus on narrative and storytelling. I have been working on the following projects in recent years.

(1) Professional Identity Formation

This pilot project, entitled 'Becoming a vet: Veterinary students' experiences of professional identity development', examines how veterinary students develop an understanding of what it means to be a vet through formal learning, socialization into the profession and individual identity work. It addresses concerns among the profession that veterinary students are under significant academic pressure, that a comparatively high number of graduates either do not enter practice or leave it within a few years, and that a shared understanding of what it means to be a vet is lacking. The 18-month project is funded by the British Academy of Management under the Transition Grant Scheme and started in March 2018 with fieldwork currently being undertaken.

(2) Teleworkers' Boundary Work

This two-year project in collaboration with Dr Michal Izak (University of Roehampton) examines the spatial and conceptual boundaries of work and nonwork spaces amongst mobile / flexible / agile workers. It has been funded by the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences / Leverhulme Trust (award No. SG152296). The research started in April 2016 and will conclude in June 2018. Work in progress was presented at the 2017 Critical Management Studies, European Group for Organization Studies and British Academy of Management Conferences and articles are being prepared for publication. An article was recently published in The Conversation:

Reissner, SC and Izak, M (2017) 'How mobile working ruins work-life balance - unless you've got a good manager', The Conversation, 19 December 2017 [online]. Available at:

(3) Storytelling in Management Practice

The project examined the purposive use of storytelling in management practice and was funded  by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under award No. RES-061-25-0144-A. Dissemination of findings is ongoing, and publications to date include:

Reissner, SC (2017) ' "We are this hybrid": Members' search for organizational identity in an institutionalized public-private partnership', Public Administration, ePub ahead of print  (DOI: 10.1111/padm.12333).

Reissner, SC (2017) 'Interactional challenges and researcher reflexivity: Mapping and analysing conversational space', European Management Review, ePub ahead of print (DOI: 10.1111/emre.12111).

Reissner, SC and Pagan, V (2013) Storytelling in Management Practice: Dynamics and Implications. Abingdon: Routledge (ISBN: 978-0-415-64433-4).

Reissner, SC and Pagan, V (2013) 'Generating employee engagement in a public–private partnership: management communication activities and employee experiences', International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24(14): 2741-2759 (DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2013.765497).

Details about the study and the practitioner-focused findings can be found at

(4) Coaching

During my studies for an MA in Coaching for Organizational Excellence (University of Sunderland), I researched several aspects of coaching. My Master's dissertation was entitled 'Theory and Practice of Narrative and Storytelling in Coaching', thereby integrating my expertise on narrative and storytelling. Publications from this research include:

Du Toit, A and Reissner, SC (2012) 'Experiences of coaching in team learning', International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 1(3): 177-190 (DOI: 10.1108/20466851211279448).

Reissner, SC and Du Toit, A (2011) 'Power and the tale: Coaching as storytelling', Journal of Management Development, 30(3): 247-259 (DOI: 10.1108/02621711111116171).

Reissner, SC (2008) 'Narrative and story: New perspectives on coaching', International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching, 6(3): 1-5.

(5) Organizational Change, Organizational Learning, Sensemaking

My doctoral research at the University of Durham under supervision of Professor Bill Williamson and examined by Professor David Sims (Cass Business School) investigated how organizational actors experience and make sense of profound  change and what they learn from it. The research involved three cross-national case studies of manufacturing firms from the UK, South Africa and the Russian Federtion. Publications from this study include:

Reissner, SC (2011) 'Patterns of stories of organisational change'. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 24(5): 593-609 (DOI: 10.1108/09534811111158877).

Reissner, SC (2010) 'Change, meaning and identity at the workplace'. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 23(3): 287-299 (DOI: 10.1108/09534811011049617).

Reissner, SC (2008) Narratives of Organisational Change and Learning: Making Sense of Testing Times. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (ISBN: 978-1-84720-326-7).

Reissner, SC (2005) 'Learning and innovation: a narrative analysis'. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 18(5): 482-494 (DOI: 10.1108/09534810510614968).

Reissner, SC (2004) 'Learning by storytelling: Narratives in the study of work-based learning'. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 10(2): 99-113 (DOI: 10.7227/JACE.10.2.2).

Social Media Presence

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Undergraduate Teaching

BUS2031: Managing Change (module leader)
BUS3005: Advanced Business Topics (module leader from 2018/19)

Postgraduate Teaching

NBS8199: Dual Awards Dissertation (supervisor)
NBS8288: The Reflexive HR Practitioner (module leader)
NBS8554: Research Designs in Management and Business Studies


Stefanie Reissner is co-editor (with Gillian Watson) of the core textbook Developing Skills for Business Leadership, now in its second edition. A completely revised third edition is planned for publication with Kogan Page in 2019/2020.

External Examining

2017-:         MA Social Research, University of Birmingham
2014-2017: PG Cert. Research Methods, University of Huddersfield
2012-2014: BA (Hons) Business and HRM, Sheffield Business School

Doctoral Supervision, Completions and Examinations

PhD supervision:

D. Yagbasan (PhD p/t) - German Turkish business elites (with C. Harvey)
J. Rush (PhD f/t) - Development of cultural intelligence (with A. Schartner)
R. Ojeme (PhD f/t) - Causes of stress leave (with T. McGovern)

PhD completions:

V. Pagan - Sustainability in an era of crisis: How new worlds emerge, Santander studentship (with K. Haynes), 2015
P. Simoes - The nature of communication and its influence on resistance to change: Three radical change cases 
(with M. Esposito and M. Maclean), 2016

PhD examinations:

PhD, Northumbria University, October 2013
PhD, Newcastle University, August 2012