Marialaura Di Domenico

Professor MariaLaura Di Domenico

Director of Research & Professor (Chair) of Entrepreneurship, Work and Organization
PhD, MRes, PGCert HE, BA(Hons), MCIPD, FHEA
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MariaLaura Di Domenico is Director of Research & Professor of Entrepreneurship, Work and Organization at Surrey Business School, University of Surrey.

She has held various leadership positions at the University of Surrey including Deputy Head of Surrey Business School, Head of Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Director of Research.

MariaLaura was the University of Surrey's REF 2021 Lead for Business and Management Studies.

Previously she held academic positions at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, the Open University Business School, and the University of Westminster.

MariaLaura holds a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).


MariaLaura is a leading international researcher known for her cutting edge research. Her research is focussed on entrepreneurship and new working practices in the digital age; social enterprise; the work-life interface; and the sociology of work and organizations.

Her research interests and expertise centre on the following key areas:

  • Entrepreneurship; new working practices in the digital age, mobile working and technological innovation; the work-life interface and the changing nature of work;
  • Social entrepreneurship and social enterprises;
  • Socio-theoretical approaches to entrepreneurship, work and organizations.

MariaLaura's research is published in the leading management and social science journals including: Journal of Management Studies; Human Relations; Organization Studies; Organization; Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice; British Journal of Management; Journal of Business Ethics; International Small Business Journal; Journal of Management Inquiry; Regional Studies; Annals of Tourism Research; Tourism Management; Journal of Small Business ManagementNew Technology, Work and Employment; Journal of Travel Research; and Gender, Work and Organization. 

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Market Research and serves as a regular reviewer for many of the leading management and social science journals.

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 research projects.


Experienced at teaching a range of subjects including entrepreneurship and research methods (qualitative) at Doctoral, PG (including MBA) and UG levels.

Experienced PhD Supervisor and PhD Examiner.

University roles and responsibilities 


- Deputy Head of Surrey Business School (Research)

- Head of Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation


- Director of Research, Surrey Business School 

- University of Surrey REF Lead for Business and Management Studies 

- PhD Supervisor

- PhD Examiner/ Viva Chair

- Personal Tutor 


My publications


Djebali, Z., Di Domenico, M., and Saunders, M. (2022). Starting up, not slowing down: Social entrepreneurial intentions in later working life. International Small Business Journal.
Nunan, D. and Di Domenico, M. (2021). Theorizing piratical innovation: Regulatory illegitimacy and firm growth. Journal of Small Business Management. 59(4), 575-600
Power, S., Di Domenico, M. and Miller, G. (2020). Risk-types and coping mechanisms for ethical tourism entrepreneurs: A new conceptual framework. Journal of Travel Research. 59(6), 1091–1104
Nunan, D. and Di Domenico, M. (2019). Older consumers, digital marketing and public policy: A review and research agenda. Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. 38(4), 469-483
Daniel, E., Di Domenico, M. and Nunan, D. (2018). Virtual mobility and the lonely cloud: Theorising the mobility-isolation paradox for self-employed knowledge-workers in the online home-based business context. Journal of Management Studies. 55(1), 174-203
Power, S., Di Domenico, M. and Miller G. (2017). The nature of ethical entrepreneurship in tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 65, pp. 36-48.
Nunan, D. and Di Domenico, M. (2017). Big Data: A Normal Accident Waiting to Happen? Journal of Business Ethics. 145(3), 481-491
Nunan, D. and Di Domenico, M. (2016). Exploring reidentification risk: Is anonymisation a promise we can keep? International Journal of Market Research. 58(1), 19-34
Costanzo, L. A. and Di Domenico, M. (2015). 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. 26(3), 484-506
Di Domenico, M. (2015). Evolving museum identities and paradoxical response strategies to identity challenges and ambiguities: Changing ethical understandings in the handling of human remains. Journal of Management Inquiry. 24(3), 300-317
Daniel, E. M., Di Domenico, M. and Sharma, S. (2015). Effectuation and home-based online business entrepreneurs. International Small Business Journal. 33(8), 799-823
Di Domenico, M., Daniel, E. and Nunan, D. (2014). ‘‘Mental Mobility’’ in the digital age: Entrepreneurs and the online home-based business. New Technology, Work and Employment. 29(3), 266-281
Di Domenico, M. and Fleming, P. (2014). ‘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), 80-92
Lee, A., Di Domenico, M. and Saunders, M. (2014). Location independent working in academia. Journal of Workplace Rights. 17(4), 425-442
Nunan, D. and Di Domenico, M. (2013). Market research and the ethics of big data. International Journal of Market Research. 55(4), 505-520
Di Domenico, M. and Miller, G. (2012). Farming and tourism enterprise: Experiential authenticity in the diversification of independent small-scale farming. Tourism Management. 33(2), 285-294
Di Domenico, M. and Ball, K. (2011). An inspector calls: Exploring surveillance at the home-work interface. Organization. 18(5), 615-636
Editors' Picks: Experts and Organization - Selected by the editors as a key article which significantly contributes to enhancing our understanding of the politics of expert power and control within a dynamic institutional landscape:
Di Domenico, M., Haugh, H. and Tracey, P. (2010). Social bricolage: Theorizing social value creation in social enterprises. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 34(4), 681-703
Di Domenico, M., Tracey, P. and Haugh, H. (2009). The dialectic of social exchange: Theorising corporate-social enterprise collaboration. Organization Studies. 30(8), 887-907
Di Domenico, M., Tracey, P and Haugh, H. (2009). Social economy involvement in public service delivery: Community engagement and accountability. Regional Studies. 43(7), 981-992
Di Domenico, M. and Fleming, P. (2009). "It's a guesthouse not a brothel": Policing sex in the home-work place. Human Relations. 62(2), 245-269
Di Domenico, M. and Phillips, N. (2009). Sustaining the ivory tower? Oxbridge formal dining as organizational ritual. Journal of Management Inquiry, 18(4), 326-343
Di Domenico, M. (2008). "I'm not just a housewife": Gendered roles and identities in the home-based hospitality enterprise. Gender, Work and Organization. 15(4), 313-422
Di Domenico, M. and Lynch, P. (2007). Host/guest encounters in the commercial home. Leisure Studies. 26(3), 321-338
Di Domenico, C. and Di Domenico, M. (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), 327-339
Di Domenico, M. and Morrison, A. (2003). Social action research and small hospitality firms. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. 15(5), 268-273
Di Domenico, M., Vangen, S., Winchester, N., Boojihawon, D. K. & Mordaunt, J. (Eds.) (2011). Organizational Collaboration: Themes and Issues. London: Routledge.
eBook ISBN: 9781315881201
Nunan, D. and Di Domenico, M. (2015). Shamrock and tartan in New York: Celebrating the National Days
of Ireland and Scotland and building identities amongst diasporas. IN: Skinner, J. and D. Bryan (Eds.) (2015) Consuming St Patrick’s Day. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp.71-93. ISBN 978-1-4438-7631-5 (Hardback)
Di Domenico, M. (2010). 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, Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 207-220. ISBN: 978-0-7391-3627-0 (Hardback)
Haugh, H., Di Domenico, M. and Tracey, P. (2010). Strategic partnerships: Results from a survey of Development Trusts in the UK. IN: Hockerts, K., Mair, J. and Robinson, J. (Eds.) Values and Opportunities in Social Entrepreneurship, Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 203-220. ISBN: 978-0-230-29802-6.
Phillips, N. and Di Domenico, M. (2009). Discourse Analysis in Organizational Research: Methods and Debates', IN: Buchanan, D and Bryman, A (Eds.) Handbook of Organizational Research Methods. London, Sage. ISBN: 9781446200643
Lynch, P, Di Domenico, M. and Sweeney, M. (2007). Resident hosts and mobile strangers: Temporary exchanges within the topography of the commercial home. IN: Germann Molz, J. and Gibson, S. (Eds.) Mobilizing Hospitality: The Ethics of Social Relations in a Mobile World. London, Routledge, pp. 121-143.
Di Domenico, M. and Miller, G. (2007). Are plastic cows the future for farming? Implications of an alternative diversification model. IN: Tribe, J. and Airey, D. (Eds.) Tourism Research: New directions, challenges and applications. London: Routledge. pp. 21-32.
Di Domenico, M. and Lynch, P. (2006). Commercial home enterprises: Identity, space and setting. IN: Lashley, C, Lynch, P. and Morrison, A. (Eds.) Hospitality: A Social Lens, London, Routledge. pp. 117-128.
Di Domenico, M. (2005). Producing hospitality, consuming lifestyles: Lifestyle entrepreneurship in urban Scotland. IN: Jones, E. and Haven-Tang, C. (Eds.) Tourism SMEs, Service Quality and Destination Competitiveness, CABI Publishing, pp. 109-122.