Department of Organization

Silviya Svejenova

Room: KIL/14.A-4.64
Primary research areas

Creative industries

Institutional theory

Organizational forms

Creativity and innovation

Executive power structures

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Silviya is Professor in Leadership & Innovation at the Department of Organization (IOA) and academic coordinator of the MSc (Cand.Merc.) program SOL – Strategy, Organization, and Leadership. She has a PhD in Management from IESE Business School, and has been on the faculty of ESADE Business School, Cranfield School of Management, and University of Economics – Varna (Bulgaria), as well as visiting scholar at Stanford University and Harvard Business School.

Silviya’s research is on organizing and managing for creativity and innovation, with emphasis on creative industries and power structures. She has examined the roles, relationships, and careers of creatives and executives, the emergence of novelty and the role of entrepreneurs and business models in it. Her work has been published in JIBS, JMS, JOB, LRP, Organization, Organization Science, Sloan Management Review, among others, and discussed in the press (WSJ, Fortune, etc.). Her book Sharing Executive Power (Cambridge University Press, 2005) was a 2007 finalist for the Academy of Management Terry Book Award.

At present her research is on transient forms of organizing, change in executive power structures, and the visual and material dimensions of innovation. She is co-editing a special issue of Organization Studies on drivers of innovation in the creative industries, and is on the Editorial Review Boards of Organization Science and Global Strategy Journal. She is the Chair of EGOS, the European Group for Organizational Studies and co-convener of its SWG on Creative Industries.

At CBS, Silviya teaches MSc courses in Managing Organizational Change, and Managing Creative and Innovative Organizations, and supervises Master and PhD students with theses in related areas. She has taught on executive education programs for a number of international companies and delivered courses in partnership with colleagues from Georgetown University and Art Centre College of Design, Pasadena, USA. Her course "International Entrepreneurship" has been recognized by CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education) as Course of the Year for 2008.

Selected publications

Stjerne, I.S. and Svejenova, S. 2016. Connecting Temporary and Permanent Organizing: Tensions and Boundary Work in a Series of Film Projects. Organization Studies. Special issue on Temporary Organizing, 37(12).

Jones, C., Svejenova, S., Strandgaard Pedersen, J, and Townley, B. 2016. Misfits, Mavericks and Mainstreams: Drivers of Innovation in the Creative Industries. Organization Studies. Special issue introduction, 37(6): 751-768.

Svejenova, S., Croidieu, G., Meyer, R. 2013. ‘Welcome to the Hotel California’: Strangers and Hospitable Organizations. Nordiske Organisasjonsstudier, 15(4): 68-90.

Zahra, S., AbdelGawad, S., Svejenova, S., and Sapienza, H. 2013. Strategic Leadership and Entrepreneurial Capability for Game Change. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 20(4): 394-407.

Jones, C., Maoret, M., Massa, F, and Svejenova, S. 2012. Rebels with a Cause: Formation, Contestation, and Expansion of the De Novo Category “Modern Architecture,” 1870–1975. Organization Science, 23(6): 1523-1545.

Svejenova, S., Vives, L., and Alvarez, J.L. 2010. At the Crossroads of Agency and Communion: Defining the Shared Career. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31(5): 707-725.

Svejenova, S., Mazza, C., and Planellas, M. 2007. Cooking Up Change in Haute Cuisine: Ferran Adrià as Institutional Entrepreneur. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 28(5): 539-561.

Alvarez, J.L. and Svejenova, S. 2005. Sharing Executive Power: Roles and Relationships at the Top. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Publications & dissemination
Silviya Svejenova Velikova; José Luis Alvarez / Changing the C-suite : New Chief Officer Roles as Strategic Responses to Institutional Complexity.
In: New Themes in Institutional Analysis: Topics and Issues from European Research. . ed. /Georg Krücken; Carmelo Mazza; Renate E. Meyer; Peter Walgenbach. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated 2017, p. 135-161
Book chapter
Minna Paunova; Silviya Svejenova Velikova / The Orchestra as a Laboratory : Generative Organizing for Performance and Learning.
In: Academy of Management Proceedings, Vol. 2017, No. 1, 2017, 1 p.
Conference abstract in journal
Lærke Højgaard Christiansen; Silviya Svejenova Velikova / Architecture as an Institutional Resource : A Visualmaterial Approach to Collective Identities.
Paper presented at The 32nd EGOS Colloquium 2016, 2016
Iben Sandal Stjerne; Silviya Svejenova Velikova / Connecting Temporary and Permanent Organizing : Tensions and Boundary Work in Sequential Film Projects.
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 37, No. 12, 2016, p. 1771-1792
Journal article
Lærke Højgaard Christiansen; Silviya Svejenova Velikova / Institutionalizing Collective Identities through Architecture : The Tiny House Movement.
Paper presented at 12th Workshop on New Institutionalism in Organization Theory , 2016
Candace Jones; Silviya Svejenova Velikova; Jesper Strandgaard; Barbara Townley / Introduction to the Special Issue: Misfits, Mavericks and Mainstreams : Drivers of Innovation in the Creative Industries.
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 37, No. 6, 2016, p. 751-768
Journal article
Barbara Slavich; Silviya Svejenova Velikova / Managing Creativity : A Critical Examination, Synthesis, and New Frontiers.
In: European Management Review, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2016, p. 237–250
Journal article
Minna Paunova; Silviya Svejenova Velikova / The Orchestra as a Laboratory : In-Between Organizing at Spira Mirabilis.
Paper presented at The 32nd EGOS Colloquium 2016, 2016
Barbara Slavich; Silviya Svejenova; Maria Pilar Opazo; Gerardo Patriotta / What's in a Name? : Giving Form and Meaning to a New Culinary Category.
In: Proceedings of the Seventy-sixth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /John Humphreys. Briar Cliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2016, p. 1378-1382 (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Article in proceedings
Silviya Svejenova / “What’s Cooking?” : Serendipitous Opportunities and Creative Action in Data Collection.
In: Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research: Innovative Pathways and Methods. . ed. /Kimberly Elsbach; Roderick Kramer. New York : Routledge 2016, p. 298-308
Book chapter
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