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Ziyun Fan
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Organization Studies



Ziyun joined the School for Business and Society as Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Organization Studies in September 2021. Prior to that, she was a lecturer in Organization Studies in Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, where she led the research interest group ‘critical perspectives in management studies’.
Ziyun has a BA (Hons) in International Business Management from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Management and Organizational Analysis from the University of Warwick. She obtained her PhD in Management (specializes in Organization Studies) from Royal Holloway, University of London in September 2018.



Ziyun’s research interests have a sociological and historical focus and draw on qualitative and ethnographic approaches. She is fascinated by the ‘irregularities’ and ‘peculiarities’ in our everyday organizational life and has explored topics such as organizational secrecy, (confidential) gossip, silence, and temporality. 


Selected publications

Suddaby, R., Manelli, L., Fan, Z. (forthcoming) Corporate purpose: A social value judgement. Strategy Science.

Fan, Z. & Bettin, C. (2023). Reinventing intellectual craftsmanship through book review. Management Learning.
Fan, Z. & Christensen, L. T. (2023). The dialogic performativity of secrecy and transparency. Human Relations (CABS 4), Epub ahead of print,
Fan, Z., & Dawson, P. (2022). Gossip as evaluative sensemaking and the concealment of confidential gossip in the everyday life of organizations. Management Learning (CABS3), 53(2), 146-166,
Fan, Z., & Liu, Y. (2022). Decoding secrecy as multiple temporal processes: Co-constitution of concealment and revelation in archival stories. Human Relations (CABS 4), 75(6), 1028-1052,

Liu, Y., & Fan, Z. (2022). Spatializing gossip as chaotic and multiple liminal space. Human Relations (CABS 4), Epub ahead of
Vu, M. & Fan, Z. (2022). Sounds of silence: The reflexivity, self-decentralization, and transformation dimensions of silence at work. Journal of Management Inquiry (CABS3), 31(3), 307-325,  
Fan, Z. (2022). Bullshit jobs: A theory. Organization Studies, 43(2), 311-316,
Fan, Z., Grey, C., & Kärreman, D. (2021). Confidential gossip and organization studies. Organization Studies (CABS 4), 42(10), 1651-1664,

Fan, Z. & Grey, C. (2021). Everyday secrecy: Boundaries of confidential gossip. Culture and Organization (CABS 2), 27(3), 209-225,
Fan, Z., Costas, J. & Grey, C. (2017). Secrecy and communication: Towards a research agenda. Corporate Communications: An International Journal (CABS 1), 22(4), 562-566,
Örtenblad, A., Fan, Z., Peng, C., Li, B., Li, Z., Cong, X., & Zhou, J. (2013) Putting the learning organization into context: Contributions from previous works. In: Örtenblad, A., ed. Handbook of Research on the Learning Organization: Adaptation and context. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.35-50.

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