Laura Mitchell

Title: Lecturer
Phone: +044 (0)1782 733425
Email: l.mitchell@keele.ac.uk
Location: Darwin 1.07
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Laura Mitchell

I joined Keele Management School as a Lecturer in 2011 and was awarded my PhD in Management by Lancaster University in the same year. I am a fellow of the HEA, a member of the British Sociological Association and I am also a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). I currently act as membership secretary for the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS).

My research interests focus on moral conflicts in organisation, and I have a particular interest in dignity and meaningful work. I am also interested in the development of behavioural codes within small organizational groups and subcultures, exploring how everyday interactions of conflict and compromise provide resources for collective identity projects. This work draws on both performative metaphors of social life such as Goffman and actor-network-theory. My empirical interests extend to all forms of organization, including non-profit and leisure organizations as well as community groups. I have conducted research with large and small commercial and technical organizations as well as ethnographic work on the niche leisure occupation of live-action role play.

For my most up-to-date research activities you can find me on academia.edu

Selected Publications

  • Mitchell L. 2017. Dignity and membership: a route to the heart of how dignity is done in everyday interaction. In Dignity and the Organization. Kostera M and Pirson M (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan. doi>
  • Mitchell L and Hamilton L. Dignity and species difference within organisations. In Dignity and the organization. Kostera M and Pirson M (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan. doi>
  • Mitchell L. 2016. Volunteers as monstrous workers:'monsters' in UK live-action roleplay game organizations. Culture and Organization, 1-16. doi> link>
  • Hardie-Bick J, Bonner, P, Mitchell L, Fraser H, Dashper K, Goodwin Hawkins B, Emery S, Carrithers M, Hamilton L. 2016. Countryside Lives: Symbolic Terrain.
  • Mitchell L. 2016. Materiality, magic and belief: Framing the countryside in fantastical live-action roleplay games. ETHNOGRAPHY, vol. 17(3), 326-349. link> doi>

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Books

  • Hamilton L, Mitchell L, Mangan A. Hamilton L, Mitchell L, Mangan A (Eds.). 2014. Contemporary Issues in Management. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Mitchell L. 2016. Volunteers as monstrous workers:'monsters' in UK live-action roleplay game organizations. Culture and Organization, 1-16. doi> link>
  • Mitchell L. 2016. Materiality, magic and belief: Framing the countryside in fantastical live-action roleplay games. ETHNOGRAPHY, vol. 17(3), 326-349. link> doi>

Chapters

  • Mitchell L. 2017. Dignity and membership: a route to the heart of how dignity is done in everyday interaction. In Dignity and the Organization. Kostera M and Pirson M (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan. doi>
  • Mitchell L and Hamilton L. Dignity and species difference within organisations. In Dignity and the organization. Kostera M and Pirson M (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan. doi>
  • Mitchell L. 2014. Dignity and meaningful work in organisations. In Contemporary Issues in Management. Hamilton L, Mangan A, Mitchell L (Eds.). Elgar.
  • Mitchell L. 2014. Dignity and meaningful work in organisations. In Contemporary Issues in Management. Hamilton L, Mangan A, Mitchell L (Eds.). Elgar.
  • Mitchell L. 2013. Beauty or the beast? The role of 'monsters' in LARPS. In Crossing Theoretical Borders. Fantastiforbundet.

Other

  • Hardie-Bick J, Bonner, P, Mitchell L, Fraser H, Dashper K, Goodwin Hawkins B, Emery S, Carrithers M, Hamilton L. 2016. Countryside Lives: Symbolic Terrain.
  • Mitchell L. Membership, worth & escaping capitalist justifications.
  • Mitchell L. Is dignity simply alienation rebranded? Resistance and agency at work. http://www.os-workshop.com/papers2014/papers2014.html.
  • Mitchell L and Buckley C. Faking the weird, making the weird: the interaction of space, game and narrative in UK Lovecraftian horror live action roleplay.
  • Mitchell L. 2013. Leisure volunteers or exploited workers? The role of 'monsters' in UK live-action roleplay game organisation.
  • Mitchell L. 2013. Dignity as Process.
  • Mitchell L. 2012. Doing dignity in processes of organisation.
  • Mitchell L. 2012. 'Women doing dignity: An exploration of the performance of gender as a social resource in the workplace.
  • Mitchell L. 2012. Dignity and Work: A New Dimension.
  • Mitchell L. 2010. Doing dignity: A performance of worth in employment.
  • Mitchell L. Taking dignity on board: the case of Shipping Ltd.
  • Mitchell L. Performances of Dignity: Banana Time. https://conference.cbs.dk/index.php/scos/scos2009/schedConf/presentations.
  • Mitchell L. Performance of Dignity.
  • Mitchell L. 2008. Dignity: An invisible city?.
  • Mitchell L. 2008. The Negotiation of Dignity; Some Paradox and Other.
  • Mitchell L. 2007. Excavating dignity: Can the concept be applied in the contemporary workplace?.

Teaching is an important part of my work and I value the opportunity to support learners using a variety of innovative teaching and feedback mechanisms. For developing some of these mechanisms in 2014 I received a Student-Led teaching award for 'fantastic feedback'.

I have led and taught on a variety of subjects at undergraduate level, including;

  • Social Theory at Work
  • Contemporary Issues in Management
  • Comparative Business Cultures
  • Research Methods
  • Foundations of Human Resource Management
  • People in Organizations (OB)
  • Work & Employment Relations

I have also acted as programme director for both undergraduate and postgraduate taught programs.

As well as conventional routes of research dissemination such as journal articles and books, I have been involved in other projects such as the ESRC Festival of Social Science, and an independent documentary on LARP which has screened in the UK, Europe and the USA. 
 
I am interested in supervising research students with interests in the following categories;
  • moral conflict and compromise
  • dignity, honour and worth in organizations
  • meaningful work 
  • organizational culture and identity
  • stigma and discrimination
  • alternative organizations
  • volunteer work