Department of Organization

  • Centre for Organization and Time (COT)
  • imagine .. Centre for Creative Industries and Institutions
Silviya Svejenova

Room: KIL/14.A-3.57

Silviya Svejenova conducts research on multimodal and temporal aspects of creativity, innovation, inclusion, space, and place, with particular interest in creative industries and strategic leadership. Empirically, she has studied art, architectural firms, city identities, festivals, film-making, food, haute cuisine, public libraries, orchestras, and university spaces. Her work has been published in Organization Science, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, MIT Sloan Management Review, etc. She is co-author of Sharing Executive Power (Cambridge University Press), and is currently completing a new book The Changing C-Suite (Oxford University Press). At CBS, she is co-director of the research centre ‘imagine.. Creative Industries and Institutions’ and member of the Centre for Organizational Time (COT). Silviya is co-principal investigator of Velux-funded project ‘The Temporality of Innovations’. She has been Chair and Executive Board member of EGOS, the European Group for Organizational Studies, and long-term coordinator of its PhD workshop. She is Senior Editor of Organization Studies.  

Primary research areas
  • Creative industries
  • Institutional theory
  • Organizational forms
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Executive power structures


Administrative tasks

Curriculum Vitae
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  • Strategy, Organization, and Leadership (MSc in EBA), Strategy & Identity


PhD projects
Michelle Brennum, Jonathan Feddersen (industrial PhD, DAC)
Paola Bellis, School of Management, Politecnico di Milano (primary advisor: Roberto Verganti)
Sinaida Hackmann, Hertie School, The University of Governance in Berlin (primary advisor: Johanna Mair)
Master theses of students from Creative Business Processes (CBP) and Strategy, Organization and Leadership (SOL)
Other teaching activities

Selected publications
  • Svejenova, S. 2019. Constructive Pluralism for a Theory of Organization: Rediscovering Our Community, Identity, and Vocation. Organization Studies, 40(1): 59-63.
  • Boxenbaum, E., Jones, C., Meyer, R., and Svejenova, S. 2018. Towards an Articulation of the Material and Visual Turn in Organization Studies. Special issue introduction. Organization Studies, 39(5-6): 597-616.
  • Svejenova, S. and Alvarez, J.L. 2017. Changing the C-suite: New Chief Officer Roles as Strategic Responses to Institutional Complexity. In Krücken et a. (eds.) New Themes in Institutional Analysis: Topics and Issues from European Research, pp. 135-161. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • 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 sorted by:
Christine Moser; Juliane Reinecke; Frank den Hond; Silviya Svejenova; Grégoire Croidieu / Biomateriality and Organizing : Towards an Organizational Perspective on Food.
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2.2021, p. 175-193
Journal article > peer review
Iben Sandal Stjerne; Matthias Wenzel; Silviya Svejenova / Gaining Commitment for Tackling Grand Challenges through Unconventional Forms of Organizing
Paper presented at 36th EGOS Colloquium 2020, 2021
Paper > peer review
Elke Schüßler; Silviya Svejenova; Patrick Cohendet / Organizing Creativity for Innovation : Situated Practices and Process Perspectives.
In: Organizing Creativity in the Innovation Journey . ed. /Elke Schüssler ; Patrick Cohendet; Silviya Svejenova. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing 2021, p. 1-16 (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 75)
Book chapter > peer review
Elke Schüßler (Editor) ; Patrick Cohendet (Editor) ; Silviya Svejenova (Editor) / Organizing Creativity in the Innovation Journey
Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing 2021, 296 p. (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 75)
Anthology > peer review
Marianne Stang Våland; Silviya Svejenova; Rune Thorbjørn Clausen / Renewing Creative Work for Business Innovation : Architectural Practice in the Trading Zone.
In: European Management Review, 27.5.2021
Journal article > peer review
Silviya Svejenova; Eva Boxenbaum; Renate Meyer / Turning Public Libraries into Collaborative Spaces : The Role of Multimodal Imaginaries.
In: Collaborative Spaces at Work: Innovation, Creativity and Relations. . ed. /Fabrizio Montanari; Elisa Mattarelli; Anna Chiara Scapolan. Abingdon : Routledge 2021, p. 197-216 (Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies)
Book chapter > peer review
Barbara Slavich; Silviya Svejenova; M. Pilar Opazo; Gerardo Patriotta / Politics of Meaning in Categorizing Innovation : How Chefs Advanced Molecular Gastronomy by Resisting the Label.
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2.2020, p. 267-290
Journal article > peer review
Silviya Svejenova / Constructive Pluralism for a Theory of Organization : Rediscovering Our Community, Identity, and Vocation.
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 40, No. 1, 1.2019, p. 59-64
Journal article > peer review
Iben Sandal Stjerne; Silviya Svejenova / Mobilizing for Change through Temporal Work at Events
Abstract from 35th EGOS Colloquium 2019, 2019
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Silviya Svejenova / "It Must Give Birth to a World" : Temporality and Creative Leadership for Artistic Innovation.
In: Creative Leadership: Contexts and Prospects. . ed. /Charalampos Mainemelis; Olga Epitropaki; Ronit Kark. New York : Routledge 2018, p. 171-188 (Routledge Studies in Leadership Research)
Book chapter > peer review
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Adjunct Professor, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway
Adjunct Professor, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna, Austria
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