Professor MariaLaura Di Domenico
Director of Research and Deputy Head of Surrey Business School (Research)
Qualifications: PhD, MRes, PGCE HE, FHEA, MCIPD, BA(Hons)
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Professor MariaLaura Di Domenico is Director of Research and Deputy Head of Surrey Business School, University of Surrey. Previously she held academic positions at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, the Open University Business School, and the University of Westminster. She holds a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD), and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
Currently she is External Examiner at the University of Strathclyde.
MariaLaura is a leading international researcher known for her cutting edge research.
Her research is focussed on social and community entrepreneurship, small and medium sized enterprises (specifically in relation to home/ work boundaries), and organisational sociology.
Her research interests and expertise centre on the following key areas:
- Entrepreneurship; home-based businesses and mobile working; the home/work interface in small firms and family businesses;
- Social entrepreneurship, social/ community enterprises and the 'third' sector;
- Organisational discourse, identity and critical theory.
MariaLaura's research is published in the leading management and social science journals including Human Relations; Organization Studies; Organization; Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice; British Journal of Management; Journal of Management Inquiry; Regional Studies; Tourism Management; Gender, Work and Organization; as well as in books and monographs. For example, her latest book, for which she is Lead Editor, is 'Organisational Collaboration: Themes and Issues', published by Routledge.
Her work has been funded by a range of bodies, including the British Academy, RCUK, ESRC, EEUK, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, as well as Third Sector organizations. She is currently leading and researching a number of exciting and impactful funded research projects.
- 'Starting Up or Slowing Down? A Multi-Level Dialectical-Paradox Lens for Top Management Team (TMT) Strategic Decision-Making in a Corporate-Venture'. British Journal of Management, . (2015)
- ''Mental mobility' in the digital age: Entrepreneurs and the online home-based business'.
New Technology, Work and Employment, 29 (3), pp. 266-281.doi: 10.1111/ntwe.12034
- 'Location independent working in academia'.
Journal of Workplace Rights, 17 (4), pp. 425-442.doi: 10.2190/WR.17.3-4.k
In this article, we consider the extent to which the practice of location independent working (LIW) enables academic employees to make choices and have agency in their life-work balance, and the extent to which it may support (or potentially be used as a form of resistance to) increased managerial control. Set within the context of an increasingly performance-led, managerialist public sector landscape, the impact and implications of these working practices are examined through the lens of labour process theory. Drawing on findings from an ongoing in-depth ethnographic study set in a post-1992 university business school in central England, we suggest that the practice of LIW is being used both to enable employees and to support managerial control.
- 'Effectuation and home-based online business entrepreneurs'.
International Small Business Journal, Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/805674/
This article explores effectual processes within home-based online businesses. Our empirical evidence provides a number of refinements to the concept of effectuation in this specific domain. First, the ubiquity of non-proprietary online trading platforms encourages the adoption of effectual approaches and removes the importance of forming proprietary strategic alliances and pre-commitments. Second, the notion of affordable loss – a central tenet of effectuation – should be extended beyond the notion of economic to social affordable loss, including loss of status and reputation, and finally, home-based online businesses allow effectuation to be associated with low levels of entrepreneurial self-efficacy and experience.
- '"Time(x) Out of Joint": Interpreting Spectral Imagery in Media Representations of the 1993 Timex Industrial Dispute in Scotland'.
Journal of Management Inquiry, 23 (1), pp. 80-92.Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/805728/
The prolonged and acrimonious industrial dispute and subsequent closure of the Timex Electronics plant in Dundee, Scotland, in 1993 is a key marker in U.K. manufacturing and labor relations history that was extensively covered in the media at that time. A discourse analysis of U.K. print-media representations of the dispute reveals both vivid accounts of the labor relations collapse and evocative imagery reaching beyond this particular event. Newspaper accounts were found to be laced with dark images including those of death and specters from the past, symbolizing the continuing expiration of much of British manufacturing and ghostly ever presence of Thatcher-era industrial relations. This leads us to a deeper interpretation, drawing on Derrida's Spectres of Marx, exposing the dark shadow lurking within the post-1989 neoliberal capitalist ebullience present at the time of the strike, and presaging the present global crisis in capitalism and regret over the closure of such manufacturing plants. © The Author(s) 2013.
- 'Market research and the ethics of big data'. International Journal of Market Research, 55 (4), pp. 41-56. . (2013)
- 'Farming and tourism enterprise: Experiential authenticity in the diversification of independent small-scale family farming'.
Tourism Management, 33 (2), pp. 285-294.Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/182704/
This article examines the business choices made by independent farming families, when confronting the need to diversify away from traditional agricultural activities by starting farm-based tourism businesses. Based on interviews with farm family members who have set up tourism attractions on their farms, and drawing upon the concept of experiential authenticity, the article explores their self-conceptions of their family identities. In so doing, it addresses the choices and dilemmas facing farm families who attempt diversification through the tourism attraction route, and considers how this affects their attitudes towards more traditional farming activities. Using qualitative case study data, an empirically grounded framework is proposed that expresses the choices and challenges facing tourism entrepreneurial family farm members in the UK, through the conceptual lens of experiential authenticity. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
- 'A hotel inspector calls: exploring surveillance at the home-work interface'.
ORGANIZATION, 18 (5), pp. 615-636.Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/185986/
This article, which examines inspection experiences in the home-based context of the B&B, makes a distinctive contribution to surveillance theory, and specifically the concept of „exposure‟. It draws on Levinas‟s phenomenological ideas on identity and his concept of „sensibility‟, in order to better place the „exposed‟ subject at the centre of analysis. Our empirical research shows how B&B proprietors negotiate their exposure to surveillance within their homes when they take part in the tourist board‟s accommodation grading process. Their „lifestyle businesses‟ involve exposing the context of their own lives to their paying guests, and by extension to the hotel inspectors from the tourist board with its own covert inspectorial procedures. These are described from both the inspector‟s and proprietor‟s perspectives. We explore not only their subjective experiences of the inspection process, but also the power dynamics between proprietor and inspector, and the various resistance and counter-resistance strategies which each employ
- 'Farming and tourism enterprise: Experiential authenticity in the diversification of independent small-scale family farming'.
Tourism Management, In PressFull text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/6921/
This article examines the business choices made by independent farming families, when confronting the need to diversify away from traditional agricultural activities by starting farm-based tourism businesses. Based on interviews with farm family members who have set up tourism attractions on their farms, and drawing upon the concept of experiential authenticity, the article explores their self-conceptions of their family identities. In so doing, it addresses the choices and dilemmas facing farm families who attempt diversification through the tourism attraction route, and considers how this affects their attitudes towards more traditional farming activities. Using qualitative case study data, an empirically grounded framework is proposed that expresses the choices and challenges facing tourism entrepreneurial family farm members in the UK, through the conceptual lens of experiential authenticity.
- 'Social Bricolage: Theorizing Social Value Creation in Social Enterprises'. ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE, 34 (4), pp. 681-703. . (2010)
- 'Sustaining the Ivory Tower: Oxbridge Formal Dining as Organizational Ritual'.
JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT INQUIRY, 18 (4), pp. 326-343.Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/533747/
- 'The Dialectic of Social Exchange: Theorizing Corporate-Social Enterprise Collaboration'. ORGANIZATION STUDIES, 30 (8), pp. 887-907. . (2009)
- ''It's a guesthouse not a brothel': Policing sex in the home-workplace'.
HUMAN RELATIONS, 62 (2), pp. 245-269.Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/562726/
- 'Social Economy Involvement in Public Service Delivery: Community Engagement and Accountability'.
REG STUD, 43 (7), pp. 981-992.Full text is available at: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/244020/
- ''I'm not just a housewife': Gendered roles and identities in the home-based hospitality enterprise'. GENDER WORK AND ORGANIZATION, 15 (4), pp. 313-332. . (2008)
- 'Host/guest encounters in the commercial home'. Leisure Studies, 26 (3), pp. 321-338. . (2007)
- 'Heritage and urban renewal in Dundee: Learning from the past when planning for the future of a post-industrial city'. Journal of Retail and Leisure Property, 6 (4), pp. 327-339. . (2007)
- 'Social action research and small hospitality firms'. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 15 (5), pp. 268-273. . (2003)
- 'Fixed, Tethered or Free: The Role of Space and Place in Online Home-Based Businesses'. Invited Keynote. ESRC Seminar Series: Entrepreneurship in Homes and Neighbourhoods, Middlesex University London. . (2014)
- 'Linking back, linking forward: Developing a future research agenda for digital entrepreneurship'. University of Surrey: Digital Entrepreneurship: A Cutting Edge Interactive Research Symposium . (2014)
- 'An inspector calls: Exploring surveillance at the home-work interface'. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) International Research Colloquium . (2008)
- 'Legitimacy formation by social economy organizations: A political perspective on a form of stakeholder coalition'. Tampere, Finland: International Association of Business and Society (IABS) Conference . (2008)
- 'Bricolage, pragmatism and persuasion: Creating social value in deprived and under-resourced environments'. Philadelphia, USA: Academy of Management Conference . (2007)
- 'Social enterprise cross-sector collaborations'. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark: International Social Entrepreneurship Research Conference . (2007)
- 'Representations of Scottish identity in commercial home enterprises'. Dubrovnik, Croatia: Embodying Tourism Research Conference . (2005)
- 'Theorising corporate-community enterprise partnerships: The dialectic of social exchange'. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany: European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) International Research Colloquium . (2005)
- 'Farm-based tourism attractions: A case-based analysis of diversification in Yorkshire'. Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, Australia: CAUTHE Conference . (2005)
- 'Home (dis)comforts and the host/guest encounter'. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland: Tourism: The State of The Art International Conference . (2004)
- 'Networking activities of lifestyle entrepreneurs in the hospitality sector'. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland: Tourism: The State of The Art International Conference . (2004)
- 'An examination of the justification, choice and use of a particular social scientific qualitative approach in an urban tourism research study'. Glasgow, Scotland: Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) Conference: Urban Tourism, Mapping the Future . (2003)
- 'Locating the Scottish guest house owner-occupier'. Centre for the Study of Small Tourism and Hospitality Firms, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK: Small Firms in the Tourism and Hospitality Sectors International Conference . (2002)
- 'The Scottish guest house owner occupier: Lifestyle entrepreneur?'. University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Wales,: International Tourism Research Conference . (2002)
- 'Small hospitality firms: A conceptual framework for qualitative research'. Leeds Metropolitan University, UK: CHME Conference . (2002)
- 'The use of cultural heritage tourism in a bid to boost Dundee: 'City of Discovery' or 'Women’s City' of Scotland?'. Canberra: University of Canberra, Australia: Capitalising on Research, CAUTHE . (2001)
- 'Discourse Analysis in Organizational Research: Methods and Debates'. in Buchanan D, Bryman A (eds.) Handbook of Organizational Research Methods London : Sage . (2011)
- 'The Home/Work Interface in Family Hospitality Businesses: Gender Dimensions and Constructions'. in Hamington M (ed.) Feminism and Hospitality: Gender in the Host/Guest Relationship Lexington Books , pp. 207-220. . (2010)
- 'Strategic Partnerships: Results from a Survey of Development Trusts in the UK'. in Hockerts K, Mair J, Robinson J (eds.) Values and Opportunities in Social Entrepreneurship Palgrave MacMillan , pp. 203-220. . (2009)
- 'Tourism in Rwanda: The challenges of managing and presenting a sensitive heritage'. in Fleming S (ed.) Leisure and Tourism: International Perspectives on Cultural Practice Leisure Studies Association , pp. 3-16. . (2009)
- 'Participant Observation'. in Mills AJ, Durepos G, Wiebe E (eds.) Encyclopedia of Case Study Research
List of Entries Abduction Action-Based Data Collection Activity Theory Actor- Network Theory Agency Alienation Analysis of Visual Data Analytic ...
- 'Symbolic interactionism'. in Clegg S, Bailey JR (eds.) International encyclopedia of organization studies Sage Publications, Inc . (2008)
- 'Are plastic cows the future for farming? Implications of an alternative diversification model'. in Tribe J, Airey D (eds.) Tourism Research: new directions, challenges and applications (Developments in tourism research)
Elsevier Science Ltd
, pp. 21-32.
This book aims to be a showcase for cutting edge research offering a high-edited selection of the best paper submitted to the 2006 tourism conference at the ...
- 'Are Plastic Cows the Future for Farming? Implications of an Alternative Diversification Model'. in Tribe J, Airey D (eds.) Developments in tourism research
Oxford, UK : Elsevier Science Ltd
, pp. 21-32.
Tourism research has come a long way since the first developments in the identification and delineation of a tourism subject area in the mid 1960s.
- 'Resident hosts and mobile strangers: Temporary exchanges within the topography of the commercial home'. in Molz JG, Gibson S (eds.) Mobilizing hospitality: the ethics of social relations in a mobile world
Ashgate Pub Co
, pp. 121-143.
Drawing on research from the fields of anthropology, geography, sociology and tourism studies, this volume examines the intersection between mobility and ...
- 'Heritage and urban renewal in Dundee: Learning from the past when planning for the future of a post-industrial city (Reprinted in the journal of Retail and Leisure Property)'. in Aitchison C, Richards G, Tallon A (eds.) Urban Transformations: Regeneration and renewal though leisure and tourism Leisure Studies Association , pp. 115-128. . (2007)
- 'Southern Nigerian urban mothers: Role strain and working in the formal sector of the economy'. in Yuill C, van Teijlingen E (eds.) Global Perspectives & Local Issues: medical sociology in North-East Scotland University of Aberdeen and The Robert Gordon University , pp. 23-37. . (2006)
- 'Conceptions of expatriate enclaves as islands: The case of Ibadan Nigeria'. in Skinner J, Hills M (eds.) Managing Island Life: social, economic and political dimensions of formality and informality in ‘island’ communities Abertay University Press , pp. 41-60. . (2006)
- 'Commercial home enterprises: Identity, space and setting'. in Lashley C, Lynch P, Morrison A (eds.) Hospitality: A social lens Elsevier Science , pp. 117-128. . (2006)
- 'Celebrating and reinterpreting a Scottish heroine at home and abroad: The Mary Slessor connection'. in Aitchison C, Prichard A (eds.) Festivals and Events: culture and identity in leisure, sport and tourism, Leisure Studies Association , pp. 153-168. . (2005)
- 'Producing hospitality, consuming lifestyles: Lifestyle entrepreneurship in urban Scotland'. in Jones E, Haven-Tang C (eds.) Tourism SMEs, Service Quality and Destination Competitiveness CABI Publishing , pp. 109-122. . (2005)
- 'Space and leisure as regenerative elements of an urban cityscape: The case of the Centre for Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)'. in Aitchison C, Pussard H (eds.) Leisure, Space and Visual Culture: practices and meanings Leisure Studies Association , pp. 151-173. . (2004)
- 'The role of 'the club' in Ibadan, Nigeria from 1960 to 2000: Exclusivity in post-colonial leisure and sports activities among members of the expatriate and Nigerian elites'. in Snape R, Thwaites E, Williams C (eds.) Access and Inclusion in Leisure and Tourism Leisure Studies Association , pp. 155-175. . (2003)
- 'Brand images of place and new urban identities in Scotland'. in Horne J (ed.) Leisure, Cultures, Consumption and Commodification Leisure Studies Association , pp. 81-92. . (2001)
- 'Re-imaging the city: heritage tourism strategies for regeneration in Dundee'. in Di Domenico C, Law A, Skinner J, Smith M (eds.) Boundaries and Identities: nation, politics and culture in Scotland Abertay University Press , pp. 191-214. . (2001)
- Is flexibility the mother of invention? [online], Open2net article for the BBC's Money Programme (4 August 2008). Open2net article for the BBC's Money Programme . (2008)
- Entrepreneurial Lives. iTunes . (2010)
MSc Dissertation Supervisor
Research Director and Deputy Head of Surrey Business School (Research)
Director of the Centre for Advanced Research in Entrepreneurship (CARE) www.surrey.ac.uk/care
Subject Group Leader - Entrepreneurship
Integrated PhD Programme Committee Member
Professional Training Supervisor