Work & Organisational Psychology Group
Cinzia is a lecturer in Organisation Studies at Aston Business School. Her research interests and publications are in the fields of Gender and organisation, Managerial identities and practices, Higher Education, Culture, HRM, Identity and Employee Branding and Team-work. She teaches Organisational Behaviour (MSc), leadership (MBA), research methods (MSc) and contributes to other courses on topics such as diversity. Before joining Aston she worked at Keele University and Wolverhampton University. Cinzia’s research takes a critical perspective on work and organisations and focuses on qualitative methodologies. Cinzia holds a PhD in Management and a Laurea (Italian taught doctorate) in Psychology with a specialisation in Work and Organisational Psychology. At Aston she is an associate of two research centres: InterLand (Aston Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Language and Diversity) and the Aston Centre for Human Resources (ACHRs).
- 2001-2002: Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in HE
- 1997-2001: PhD in Management
- 1989-1995: 'Laurea' in Psychology with specialisation in psychology of work and organisations.
- 2008 - Present, Lecturer in Organisation Studies - Aston Business School, Aston University
- 2005 - 2008, Lecturer in Management - Keele Management School, Keele University
- 2002 - 2005, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology - University of Wolverhampton Business School
- 2000 - 2002, Lecturer in Organisational Psychology - University of Wolverhampton Business School
- Since 2004 Fellow member of the Higher Education Academy
- Since 2002 Chartered Psychologist. The British Psychological Society
- Since 2002 Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society
- Since 1998 Italian Chartered Psychologist status
- I am also a member of EGOS (European Group of Organization Studies), SCOS (Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism), EURAM (European Academy of Management) and BAM (British Academy of Management)
- Since 2002 member of the CIPD publishing editorial board
- I also act as ad-hoc reviewer for various academic journals and book publishers
- Brannan, M.J., Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (2011) (Eds)Branded Lives: The Production and Consumption of Meaning at Work. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (2012) Agents for Change and Changed Agents. The Micro-Politics of Change and Feminism in the Academy, Gender, Work and Organization’, early view online
- 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.
- Priola, V. (2010), Gendering the Knowledge Economy. Comparative Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillian, Gender, Work and Organization, 17(1), 115-117 (Book Review)
- Priola, V. and Brannan, M.J. (2009) 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place': Exploring Women's Experiences 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.
- 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.
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. (2009), 'Masculinity and Femininity'. In Mills, A., Durepos, G., Wiebe, E. (Eds), SAGE Encyclopedia of Case Study Research. London: SAGE. p.546.
- Priola, V. (2009), 'Multimethods Research Programs'. In Mills, A., Durepos, G., Wiebe, E. (Eds), SAGE Encyclopedia of Case Study Research. London: SAGE. p.579.
- Gilbert, K., Jordan, G., Priola, V., Worrall, L., Greenland, M., McEntegart, T., Osman, S. (2005) Management Skills Development for Women in the Black Country, Birmingham: Learning and Skills Council - Black Country.
Brannan, M.J. Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (2011) Employee Branding. Work Values and Relations in the Era of the Brand. British Academy of Management (BAM) conference, Aston University Birmingham, 9-11 September
Brannan, M.J. Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (2011) Living the Brand: Interpreting Employee Branding through Organization Theory. 27th EGOS Colloquium, 6-9 June, Gothenburg
McKinney, R.E. Jr, Priola V., Harrison M.A. (2010) Diversity Strategies In Higher Education. An International Comparison. Managing Diversity in Organizations: Bridging the World of Science and Practical Significance, EAWOP Small Group Meeting. Aston Business School, Birmingham, U.K., 23-24 September, 2010
Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (2010) The Micro-politics of Feminism in the Managerial University. The Emotional Journey Between Politics And Self-Care. Gender, Work and Organization, 6th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, June, Keele University
- Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (2009) The Eternal Bridge of 'Becoming a Feminist': Female Academics' Experiences of Transition and Displacement. 27th Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (SCOS), 8-11 July, Copenhagen.
- Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (2008) Agents for Change and Changed Agents: Women's Experiences of Researching their own Organisations. 24th EGOS Colloquium, 10-12 July, Amsterdam. Nominated for the EGOS Best Paper Award (best paper of the stream 'Changing Gender Gendering Change').
- Parsons, E. & Priola, V. (2008) Narrating Academia from Academia. Reflecting on the Journey of Women Academics doing Gender Research. EURAM 2008 8th, 14-17 May, Ljubljana and Bled, Slovenia.
- Brannan, M.J. and Priola, V. (2007) Exploring the Role of gender in the lives of junior managers in contemporary service work, Gender, Work and Organization, 5th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, 27th-29th June, Keele University.
- Brannan, M.J. and Priola, V. (2006) Between a rock and a hard place. Towards a theorisation of the role of gender in junior management, XXIV Anniversary Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (SCOS), Nijmegen, 12-15 July.
- Priola V. and Gilbert K. (2005), Women as Managers in the West Midlands. Gender, Work and Organization, 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference, 22nd-24th June, Keele University.
- Priola V. (2002), Gender and Femininity in Education Management. A case study of a British University. XX Anniversary Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (SCOS), Budapest.
- Priola V. and Smith, J.L. (2001), The Chameleon Researcher: Multiple Paradigms Inquiry in Social Science. The British Psychological Society - Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Surrey.
- Priola V. and Songhurst D. (2001), Industrial Relations systems as constructed by British HR managers. 17th EGOS Colloquium, Lyon.
- Singh G. and Priola V. (2001), Long-distant Learning and Social Networks. An Investigation into the social learning environment of on-Line students. ELSIN 6th Annual Learning Style Conference, Conference Proceedings, Glamorgan.
- Priola V., Smith J.L. and Armstrong S.J., (2000) Team Work and Cognitive Style. A Multi-Methodological Study of the relationship between Cognitive Style and Group Processes. ELSIN 5th Annual Learning Style Conference, Conference Proceedings, Hertfordshire. Also published in Sunderland Business School discussion papers.
- Priola V. (1999), Cognitive Style and Work-groups: toward a slicker organisation. IV European Congress of Psychology, Rome.
- Armstrong S.J. and Priola V. (1998) Individual Cognitive Style and the Composition of Self Managing Work-Teams, Leeds-Lancaster Collaborative Conference: 'Emergent fields in Management. Connecting Learning and Critique', Conference Proceedings, Leeds. Also published in Sunderland Business School discussion papers, 2(2).
- Armstrong, S.J. and Priola V. (1998), An Examination of how differences in cognitive style affect the functioning of self managing work-teams. An Empirical Study. ELSIN 3rd Annual Learning Style Conference, Conference Proceedings, Sunderland.
- Critical perspectives on gender, organisation and sexuality at work
- Managerial identity and gender
- Gender and Organisational Change
- Culture, Identity, HRM and Employee Branding
- Higher Education and Managerialism
- 2009 - £800: ABS internal award (SPO research programme)
- 2008 - £200: British Academy Conference Grant
- 2004 - £108,000: K. Gilbert, G. Jordan, V. Priola and L. Worrall, Management Skills Development for Women in the Black Country. SPONSOR: Learning and Skill Council and European Social Fund co-financing
- 2004 - £5000: Promising young researchers scheme. SPONSOR: University of Wolverhampton internal grant.
- MBA Full-Time Leadership Development
- MBA Part-Time Leadership Development
- MBA Distance Learners Leadership Development
- MSc Research Methods (PT)
- Contributions to Contemporary Issues in HRM (UG)
- Contributions to Contemporary Issues in work psychology (MSc)
- Responsible for the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) aspect of the MSc in HRM and Business
At Aston I have supervised the following PhDs to successful completion with minor amendments: Mrs Mariam Shebaya (October 2011) and Mr Jesse Blasongame (November 2011)
I am currently supervising three PhD students as the first supervisor (Shafaq Chaudhry, Elaine Bullock and Susie Kennedy) and a further two students as the second supervisor (Ralph Mckinney and Sheila Barrett). In addition I supervise MBA and MSc dissertation projects and company placements.
- Guest Speaker at the BAM Gender in Management and Identity Research Seminar (joint Gender and Identity SIGs), held at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, on the 23rd of April 2010.
- Guest Speaker at the 'Seminar five: The Body, Emotion, Field Work: physicality and fear'. ESRC seminar series on Emotion and Embodiment; held at the University of Warwick's Venice base, the Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava, on the 26th of August 2009.
- Co-chair at 4th Annual International Ethnography Symposium track: Gender, Ethnography and Gendering Ethnography. Liverpool, 22-25 August 2009.
- Co-chair at EURAM 2009 conference track: Branded Lives: Identity And Work In The Era Of The Brand. Liverpool, 11-14 May.
- Guest Speaker at Aston University as part of the Aston Year of Gender Progress and Power. 05 May 2009.