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Gerardo Patriotta

Phone: +44 (0)24 7652 2143


Room: 2.136

Profile (biography)

Gerardo Patriotta holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies from the University of Warwick.

His work has combined sociological and organizational theory to understand the work practices and behaviours of, amongst others, shopfloor operators, courtrooms judges, business consultants, global bank managers, air force pilots, e-markets sellers, and news workers.

Gerardo currently serves as General Editor at the Journal of Management Studies and as an editorial board member at the Academy of Management Review and Organization Studies.

Research Interests

Gerardo’s research interests include organizational sensemaking, particularly in the contexts of controversies, noise and breakdowns, transitions between routine and non-routine events, learning from errors, face-to-face interaction, and identity work. He is also interested in institutional theory with a particular focus on legitimacy processes, categorization, knowledge-based dynamics, and the interaction of innovation and convention.


Journal articles

Patriotta, G. (2021). The future of the corporation. Journal of Management Studies. Forthcoming.

Tsoukas, H., Patriotta, G., Sutcliffe, K. M., and Maitlis, S. (2020). On the way to Ithaka: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Karl E. Weick’s The Social Psychology of Organizing. Journal of Management Studies, 57, 7, 1315-1330.

Curchod, C., Patriotta, G., Cohen, L., and Neysen, N. (2020). Working for an algorithm: Power asymmetries and agency in online work settings. Administrative Science Quarterly, 65, 3, 644-676.

Curchod, C. Patriotta, G., and Wright, M. (2020). Self-categorization as a nonmarket strategy for MNE subsidiaries: Tracking the international expansion of an online platform. Journal of World Business, 55, 3.

Fernando, D., and Patriotta, G. (2020). “Us versus them”: Sensemaking and identity processes in skilled migrants’ experiences of occupational downgrading. Journal of World Business, 55, 4.

Patriotta, G. (2020). Writing impactful review articles. Journal of Management Studies, 57, 6, 1272-1276.

Patriotta, G. (2020). Actors and actorhood in institutional theory. Journal of Management Studies, 57, 4, 867-872.

Patriotta, G. (2020). Noise, identity and pre-interpreted worlds: A phenomenological perspective. In Brown, A. D. (editor). The Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 214-227.

Slavich, B., Svejenova, S., Opazo, P., and Patriotta, G. (2020). Politics of meaning in categorizing innovation: how chefs advanced molecular gastronomy by resisting the label. Organization Studies, 41, 2, 267-290.

Farnese, M. L. Barbieri, B., Chirumbolo, A., and Patriotta, G. (2019). Managing knowledge in organizations: A Nonaka’s SECI model operationalization. Frontiers in Psychology, 10:2730. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02730

Patriotta, G. (2019). Imagination, self-knowledge, and poise: Jim March’s lessons for leadership. Journal of Management Studies, 56, 8, pp. 1753-1765.

Patriotta, G. and Siegel, D.S. (2019). The context of entrepreneurship. Journal of Management Studies, 56, 6, pp. 1194-1196.

Patriotta, G. (2017). Crafting papers for publication: Novelty and convention in academic writing. Journal of Management Studies, 54, 5, pp. 747-759.

Patriotta, G. (2016). Cities of noise: Sensemaking, sensemakers and organized worlds. Academy of Management Review, 41, 3, pp. 557-570.

Patriotta, G. and Hirsch, P. M. (2016). Mainstreaming innovation in art worlds: Cooperative links, conventions and amphibious artists. Organization Studies, 37, 6, pp. 867-887.

Slavich, B., Svejenova, S., Opazo, P., and Patriotta, G. (2016). What's in a name? Giving form and meaning to a new culinary category. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Patriotta, G. and Gruber, D. (2015). Newsmaking and sensemaking: Navigating temporal transitions between planned and unexpected events. Organization Science, 26, 6, pp. 1574–1592.

Curchod, C., Patriotta, G. and Neysen, N. (2014). Categorization and identification: The identity work of ‘business sellers’ at eBay. Human Relations, 67 (11), pp. 1293-1320.

Catino, M. and Patriotta, G. (2013). Learning from errors: Cognition, emotions and just culture at the Italian Air Force. Organization Studies, 34 (4), pp. 437-467.

Patriotta, G., Castellano, A. and Wright, M. (2013). Coordinating knowledge transfer: Global managers as higher-level intermediaries. Journal of World Business, 48 (4), pp. 515-526.

Patriotta, G., Gond, J.P. and Schultz. F. A. (2011). Maintaining legitimacy: Controversies, orders of worth and public justifications. Journal of Management Studies, 48, 8, pp. 1804-1836. Awarded ‘honorable mention’ as runner up for best paper published in the Journal of Management Studies in 2011.

Patriotta, G. and Spedale, S. (2011). Micro-interaction dynamics in group decision making: Face games, interaction order and boundary work. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 27, 4, pp. 362-374.

Kumar, R. and Patriotta, G. (2011). International alliance negotiations: A sense making perspective. International Negotiation, 16, pp. 511-533.

Patriotta, G. and Brown, A.D. (2011). Sensemaking, metaphors and performance evaluation. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 27, 1, pp. 34-43.

Patriotta, G. (2010). "Editorial: Echoes of LAEMOS", Cadernos EBAPE.BR, Vol.7 (2).

Patriotta, G. and Spedale, S. (2009). Making sense through face: Identity and social interaction in a consultancy task force. Organization Studies, 30,11, pp. 1227-1248.

De Gregorio, M. and Patriotta, G. (2009). I processi decisionali come rituali di interazione: giochi di faccia e interazione sociale in un gruppo politico di maggioranza. Studi Organizzativi, 2009/1, pp. 31-54.

Patriotta, G. and Starkey, K. (2008). From utilitarian morality to moral imagination: Re-imagining the business school. Journal of Management Inquiry, 17, 4, pp. 319-327.

Lanzara, G.F., Patriotta, G. (2007). The institutionalization of knowledge in an automotive factory: Templates, inscriptions, and the problem of durability. Organization Studies, 28, 5, pp. 635-660.

Patriotta, G., Lanzara, G.F. (2006). Identity, institutions and new work roles: The case of a green field automotive factory. American Behavioral Scientist, 49, 7, pp.987-999.

Patriotta, G. (2004). On studying organizational knowledge. Knowledge Management Research and Practice, vol. 2, no. 1., pp. 3-12.

Patriotta, G. (2003). Sensemaking on the shopfloor: narratives of knowledge in organizations. Journal of Management Studies, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 349-375.

Lanzara, G.F., Patriotta, G. (2001), Technology and the courtroom: An inquiry into knowledge making in organizations. Journal of Management Studies, vol. 38, no. 7, pp. 943-971.

Ciborra, C.U., Patriotta, G. and L. Erlicher (1999). Prova de desmontagem na linha de montagem: A teoria pratica da nova divisao da aprendizagem na Fiat Melfi. Comportamento organizacional e gestao. Vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 327-348.

Correia, M.F., Patriotta, G., Brigham, M.P. and J.M. Corbett, (1999), Making sense of telebanking information systems: the role of organizational back ups. Journal of Strategic Information Systems, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 143-156.

Ciborra, C.U., Patriotta, G. (1998), Groupware and teamwork in R&D: limits to learning and innovation. R&D Management, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 43-52.


Patriotta, G. (2003). Organizational knowledge in the making: How firms create, use and institutionalize knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book chapters

Patriotta, G. (2006), “Knowledge-In-The-Making: The ‘Construction’ of Fiat’s Melfi Factory”, in Prusak, L. and E. Matson (eds), Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning: A Reader (pp. 70-93). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Patriotta, G. (2003), “Detective stories and the narrative structure of organizing: Towards an understanding of organizations as texts”, in Czarniawska, B. and P. Gagliardi (eds), Narratives We Organize By (pp. 149-170). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Patriotta, G. (1999), ‘Knowledge Management in New Product Development’, in Scarbrough, H. and Swan, J., Case Studies in Knowledge Management (pp. 68-75). London: Institute of Personnel and Development.

Ciborra, C., Patriotta, G. (1999), “Prove di smontaggio sulla catena di montaggio: produzione avanzata e apprendimento organizzativo alla Fiat Melfi”, in C. Ciborra e G.F. Lanzara (a cura di), I labirinti dell’innovazione (pp. 79-101). Milano:ETAS.

Ciborra, C.U., Patriotta, G. (1996), "Groupware and Teamwork in the New Product Development: The Case of a Consumer Goods Multinational" in Ciborra, C.U. (editor), Teamwork & Groupware: Invisible Aid or Technical Hindrance? (pp. 121-142). Chichester: Wiley.

Patriotta, G. (1996), “Appropriazione e apprendimento del groupware nello sviluppo di nuovi prodotti e processi”, in Ciborra, C. (editor), Lavorare assieme (pp. 138-158), Milano:ETAS.

Ciborra, C.U., Patriotta, G. and L. Erlicher (1995), "Disassembling Frames on the Assembly Line: The theory and practice of the new division of learning in advanced manufacturing". In Orlikowski, W.J., Walsham, G., Jones, M.R. and J.I. DeGross (Editors), Information Technology and Changes in Organizational Work (pp. 397-418). London: Chapman and Hall.