Lara joined Surrey Business School as a PhD student enrolled in a 4-year PhD programme in 2015.
She holds a MA degree in History and Philophy from University of Milano (110/110 cum laude).
She holds a MA degree in Intercultural Communication with International Business from University of Surrey (Distinction).
Lara is a PhD student in Management, Organisational Behaviour, at Surrey Business School.
Her research interests focus on identity conflicts, psychological well-being and ethical behaviour.
Her PhD project deals with doctors’ ethical dilemmas in End-of-Life decision-making processes and she is interested in evaluating antecedents, dynamics and consequences of such dilemmas at the individual and organizational level.
Her supervisors are Dr. YingFei Heliot and Prof. Steve Woods.
Lara is a member of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) and of the British Academy of Management (BAM).
She has finished the Graduate Teaching Certificate to become a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.
Qualitative research methods (NVivo)
Quantitative research methods (SPSS and MPlus)
macro-level processes related to doctors? professional/religious identity conflict in
critical situations, such as End-of-Life (EoL) circumstances, and the consequences of such
conflict on doctors? psychological well-being (PWB). It achieves this by testing in a
multilevel, moderated mediation analysis four hypotheses in a two-wave study of doctors
working in 30 NHS Trusts in England. By providing a holistic framework on identity conflict
dynamics (its emergence, unfolding and individual consequences), this developmental paper
has the potential to make two key contributions to the literature on identity and identity
conflict as experienced by doctors in EoL circumstance. First, it clarifies micro-level
conditions and mechanisms of professional/religious identity conflict in doctors and its
impact on PWB. Second, by including ?extra-individual? forces as macro-level boundary
conditions, namely organisational ethical climate, it extends identity theories with social
information processing theory.
The purpose of this article is to offer a critical and broad perspective on how transnational companies (TNCs) behave in the global context, focusing its attention on the controversial issue of tax avoidance in the UK. It pursues this aim by taking into account not only economic globalisation, mobility of capital and tax havens, but also ethics and corporate social responsibility.
This article seeks to provide an interdisciplinary viewpoint drawing not only from well-established scholarly literature but also from real cases and evidence, such as the scandals involving corporate giants, such as Starbucks, Google and Amazon in the UK.
This article highlights the fundamental interplay and mutual aid of ethics and international laws, underlining the increasing importance of corporate social responsibility principles in todays? business practices. However, it also emphasises the need of reinforcing these principles with either regional or universalistic legal approaches to tackle TNCs? misconduct in the international arena.
Practical implications -
This article suggests that by establishing and enforcing international business laws, increasingly aligned with ethical principles, the gap between ethics and legislation can be consistently bridged. Hence, TNCs? behaviour could be more efficiently controlled.
The paper contributes to the literature on modern economic globalisation by providing a comprehensive and integrative perspective on TNCs? behaviour, accounting for the interplay of socio-ethical, legal and business principles.
Legal changes in medical regulations and advancements in medical technology have challenged healthcare organisations? approaches to ethical controversies and influenced healthcare professionals? clinical practice, especially in End-of-Life (EoL) situations. In such situations, healthcare professionals may experience moral identity conflicts and ethical dilemmas. Indeed, the moral code of conduct of doctors and nurses? professional identity can interact with the moral values of their other non-work identities. These ethical conflicts could significantly affect healthcare professionals? actions, patient care and quality of healthcare. Although a thorough understanding of identity conflict emergence, perception and influence would help healthcare professionals and organisations to promptly respond to such consequences, research has not exhaustively addressed these ethical conflict dynamics.
Therefore, through an interdisciplinary perspective integrating theoretical and empirical works in management/organisation studies and medical literature, this paper explores healthcare professionals? ethical identity conflicts perception and behaviour in EoL circumstances. To pursue this aim, a qualitative research methodology has been chosen. Semi-structured interviews (N=54) are conducted among healthcare professionals, implementing both theoretical sampling, to strengthen the rigour of the study, and random sampling, to ameliorate any potential selection bias. The tradition of thematic analysis is followed to analyse the data. Hence, by offering an in-depth understanding of how ethical conflicts are experienced by doctors and nurses and bringing new insights on healthcare professionals? behavioural consequences in terms of decision making and clinical practice, this paper enriches current works on ethical identity conflicts proposing findings and themes related to spiritual/religious identity, moral identity, procrastination of duties and absenteeism.
Due to the increasing diversity and complexity of today?s society, identity conflicts represent an unpredictable challenge in workplace environments (Horton et al., 2014). Legal changes in medical regulations and advancements in medical technology have accentuated uncertainty in healthcare organisations (Karnik & Kanekar, 2016), exposing healthcare professionals to identity conflicts in the form of personal struggles and ethical dilemmas (Hurst et al., 2005). Indeed, doctors and nurses? decision-making responsibility and clinical practice influence other people?s lives, especially in End-of-Life (EoL) circumstances (Kälvemark et al., 2004).
In these ethically-charged circumstances doctors and nurses? professional identity values can interact with their other non-work identities values (Curlin et al., 2007), leading to identity conflict experience (Ashforth et al. 2008). Such identity conflicts can impact healthcare professionals? psychological outcomes (Genuis & Lipp, 2013), decision making (Hurst et al., 2005), patient care (Bedford, 2012) and quality of the healthcare system (Sulmasy, 2008). Despite these serious consequences at individual, organisational and societal levels, how such ethical identity conflicts in healthcare professionals arise, are perceived and affect their behaviour remains unclear.