Department of Business Humanities and Law

  • Entrepreneurship, Ethics & Leadership Unit
Associate professor

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Sverre Spoelstra

My research interests include leadership, organizational philosophy, the relation between work and play, theological motifs in management thinking, and academic work. I am currently working on two main projects: 1) a sociological study of gamification and digital management in high performance organizations and 2) a philosophical exploration of the relation between leading and commanding. I am the author of Leadership and Organization: A Philosophical Introduction (Routledge, 2018), and Associate Editor of the journal Organization.

Primary research areas
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Philosophy
  • Work and play
  • Academic work
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I enjoy supervising on bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level

Other teaching activities

PhD supervision at Lund University, Sweden

Selected publications
  • Spoelstra, S. (2021) ‘Theory’s best practice’, ephemera, 21(4): 163-179.
  • Spoelstra, S., N. Butler and H. Delaney (2021) ‘Measures of faith: Science and belief in leadership studies’ Journal of Management Inquiry 30(3): 300-311.
  • Butler, N. and S. Spoelstra (2020) ‘Academics at play: Why the “publication game” is more than a metaphor’, Management Learning, 51(4): 414-430.
  • Spoelstra, S. (2020) ‘The truths and falsehoods of post-truth leaders’, Leadership, 16(6), 757-764.
  • Spoelstra, S. (2018) Leadership and Organization: A philosophical Introduction. London: Routledge.
Publications sorted by:
Nick Butler; Sverre Spoelstra / Redemption Through Play? : Exploring the Ethics of Workplace Gamification.
In: Journal of Business Ethics, 9.1.2024
Journal article > peer review
Nick Butler; Sverre Spoelstra / “You just Earned 10 Points!” : Gaming and Grinding in Academia.
In: Organization, Vol. 31, No. 4, 5.2024, p. 720-730
Journal article > peer review
Sverre Spoelstra; Nick Butler / Algorithmic Leadership and the Game of Business
In: Proceedings of the Eighty-third Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Sonia Taneja. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2023, 6 p. (Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Nick Butler; Sverre Spoelstra / Living in the Age of Gamification
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 44, No. 6, 6.2023, p. 1021-1024
Book review > peer review
Sverre Spoelstra / Taking Credit for Stupidity : On Being a Student in the Performative University.
In: Management Learning, 29.7.2023
Journal article > peer review
Nick Butler; Sverre Spoelstra / What is the Point of Method Sections?
In: Organization, Vol. 30, No. 6, 11.2023, p. 1266-1272
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Nick Butler; Sverre Spoelstra / Flow as an Ideology : Against Flow: Video Games and the Flowing Subject, by Braxton Soderman.
In: Organization, 27.7.2022
Book review
Sverre Spoelstra / Leadership and the Stings of Command
In: Ephemera: Theory & politics in organization, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2022, p. 155-172
Journal article > peer review
Helen Delaney; Sverre Spoelstra / Transformational Leadership : Secularized Theology?.
In: Leadership: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. . ed. /Brigid Carroll; Jackie Ford; Scott Taylor. London : SAGE Publications 2022, p. 75-93
Book chapter > peer review
Sverre Spoelstra; Nick Butler; Helen Delaney / Measures of Faith : Science and Belief in Leadership Studies.
In: Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol. 30, No. 3, 7.2021, p. 300-311
Journal article > peer review
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