I am a Senior Lecturer in Organization Studies, based in the department of People and Organisations at the Open University Business School, faculty of Business and Law. Before joining the Open University in 2014 I have worked at Aston, Keele and Wolverhampton Universities. I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I have a wide experience of teaching and researching in the UK and overseas. I regularly present my work at academic conferences and I am frequently invited as guest speakers at academic and professional seminars and events. I have organised several conferences, conference streams and symposia. I am an associate editor of the journal Gender Work and Organization and regularly review for numerous journals. Since 2014 I am a visiting professor at the University of Cagliari (Italy) in the faculty of humanities and have also taught in Libya and France.
I am currently the faculty chair of the Athena Swan charter (https://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/).
My research interests and publications are in the fields of work and social inclusion, gender and sexuality in organisations, identities in the workplace, diversity, employee branding, management practices and higher education management. Recent projects have included studies on the experiences of sexual minorities in social enterprises, women entrepreneurs, employee branding in the service sector and feminism in the academy. My research is grounded on critical theory and discursive perspectives. I have supervised several PhD students to successful completion and I am currently supervising four students: Gemma Bend, Marco Distinto, Caroline Micklewright and Vickie Williams.
Priola, V. and Chaudhry S.A. (2020) Unveiling Modest Femininities: Sexuality, Gender (In)equality and Gender Justice. British Journal of Management, early view online.
Pecis, L. and Priola, V. (2019) "The “new industrial man” as un-hero: doing postfeminist masculinities in an Italian pharmacological research centre". Gender, Work and Organization’, 26(10), 1413-1432.
Priola V., Lasio, D., Serri, F. and De Simone S. (2018) The organisation of sexuality and the sexuality of organisation. A genealogical analysis of sexual ‘inclusive exclusion’ at work. Organization. 25(6), 732-754.
Bend G.L. and Priola V. (2018) What about a career? The intersection of gender and disability. In Broadbridge A. and Fielden S. Research Handbook of Diversity and Career. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, pp 193-208.
Chaudhry S. and Priola V. (2018) Veiling Careers: Comparing gendered work in Islamic and Foreign Banks in Pakistan. In Broadbridge A. and Fielden S. Research Handbook of Diversity and Career. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, pp.375-390.
Otaye-Ebede, L., Priola, V. and Yerby, E. (2017), Diversity in Organizations: HRM and International Practices. In Crawshaw, J., R., Budhwar, P. and Davis, A. (Eds) Human Resource Management: Strategic and International Perspectives. London: Sage. 2nd edition.
Priola V. (2016) Gender. In Wilkinson, A. and Johnstone S. Encyclopaedia of Human Resource Management. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., p.155.
Brannan, M.J., Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (2015) Brands at Work: The Search for Meaning in Mundane Work. Organization Studies, 36(1), 29-53.
De Simone, S. and Priola, V. (2015) ‘What’s women’s work?’ Work-family Interface among women entrepreneurs in Italy. In Broadbridge A. and Fielden S. (Eds) Handbook of Gendered Careers in Management: Getting In, Getting On, Getting Out. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Priola, V., Lasio, D., De Simone, S. and Serri, F. (2014), The Sound of Silence: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Discrimination in ‘Inclusive Organisations’. British Journal of Management, 25(3), 488-502.
Guillaume, Y.R.F., Dawson, J.F., Priola, V., Sacramento, C.A., Woods, S.A., Budhwar, P.S., Higson, H.E. and West M. (2014) Managing Diversity in Organizations: An Integrative Model and Agenda for Future Research. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 23(5), 783-802.
Otaye, L., Priola, V. and Yerby, E. (2014), Diversity in Organizations: HRM and International Practices. In Budhwar, P., Crawshaw, J. and Davis, A. (Eds) Human Resource Management: Strategic and International Perspectives. London: Sage.
Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (2013) Agents for Change and Changed Agents. The Micro-Politics of Change and Feminism in the Academy, Gender, Work and Organization’, 20(5), 580-598
Brannan, M.J. and Priola, V. (2012) ‘Girls Who Do Boys Like They’re Girls’? Exploring the role of gender in the Junior management of contemporary service work, ‘Gender, Work and Organization’, 19(2), 119-141
Brannan, M.J., Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (Eds) (2011 hard-back - 2013 paper-back) Branded Lives: The Production and Consumption of Meaning at Work. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Brannan, M.J., Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (2011) Introduction. In Brannan, M.J., Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (Eds) Branded Lives: The Production and Consumption of Meaning at Work. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publisher.
Brannan, M.J., Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (2011) Placing Branding within Organization Theory. In Brannan, M.J., Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (Eds) Branded Lives: The Production and Consumption of Meaning at Work. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publisher.
Priola, V. and Hurrell, S.A. (2011), Organizational Culture and Change Management. In M. Butler and E. Rose (Eds), Organisational Behaviour. An Introduction. London: CIPD.
Hurrell, S.A. and Priola, V. (2011), Organizational Design, Structure and Work Organisation. In M. Butler and E. Rose (Eds), Organisational Behaviour. An Introduction. London: CIPD.
Priola, V. (2010), ‘Multimethods Research Programs’. In Mills, A., Durepos, G., Wiebe, E. (Eds), SAGE Encyclopedia of Case Study Research. London: SAGE.
Priola, V. (2010), ‘Masculinity and Femininity’. In Mills, A., Durepos, G., Wiebe, E. (Eds), SAGE Encyclopedia of Case Study Research. London: SAGE.
Priola, V. and Brannan, M.J., (2009) ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Exploring Women’s Experience of Participation and Progress in Managerial Careers, Equal Opportunities International, 28(5), 378-397
Priola V. (2007) Being Female Doing Gender. Narratives of Women in Education Management. Gender and Education, 19(1), 21-40.
Priola V. (2004) Gender and Feminine Identities. Women as managers in a UK academic institution, Women in Management Review, 19(8), 421-430
Priola V., Smith J.L. and Armstrong S.J., (2004) Group Work and Cognitive Style: A Discursive Investigation, Small Group Research, 35(5), 565-595.
Armstrong S.J. and Priola V. (2001) Individual Differences in Cognitive Style and their effects on task and social orientations of Self-Managed Work Teams, Small Group Research, 32(3), 283-312.
Book Review Articles:
Priola, V. (2019), Postfeminism and Organization. Routledge. Edited by Patricia Lewis, Yvonne Benshop and Ruth Simpson. 2018, 235 pages, ISBN: 978‐1‐138‐21221‐3. Gender, Work and Organization, 26
Priola, V. (2010), Gendering the Knowledge Economy. Comparative Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, edited by Sylvia Walby, Heidi Gottfried, Karin Gottschall and Mari Osawa, Gender, Work and Organization, 17(1), 115-117.
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My teaching interests and expertise is in the area of Organisational Behaviour, Leadership and Research Methods, at PhD, PG and UG levels. I have also taught courses on Contemporary Issues in HRM and Diversity at work. At the OU I have been the qualification lead for the MSc HRM and I have been the production chair and the main writer of the ‘Work-based Project’ (B865) and the Dissertation (B804) PG modules. I continue to be the chair of these two modules in presentations. I have also contributed to the production of several other modules. I have written various units of the modules: ‘The HR professional’ (B863) and ‘Workplace Learning, Coaching and Mentoring’ (B867), both modules are part of the MSc HRM, and I wrote the unit ‘The practices of HRM’ for the second year work-based Learning module part of the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA). Between 2014 and 2016 I was a module team member in the UG module ‘Leadership and Change’ (B204).