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Marianna Fotaki

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Profile (biography)

Marianna Fotaki is professor of business ethics at the University of Warwick Business School since 2013 with previous appointments as professor of organization studies, policy and ethics at University of Manchester Business School and Marie Curie research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she completed her PhD. Marianna was also an Edmond J. Safra Network Fellow (2014–2015) at Harvard University and co-directed an online think tank the Centre for Health and the Public Interest ( pro bono (2014-2017). Dr Fotaki holds degrees in medicine and public health and has worked as EU resident adviser to the governments in transition and as a medical doctor for Médecins Sans Frontières and Médecins Du Monde before joining academia. She has published over 70 articles, book chapters and books on gender, inequalities, and the marketization of public services. Marianna currently works on whistleblowing (funded by the ESRC and British Academy/Leverhulme Trust), solidarity responses to crisis and refugee arrivals in Greece.

Doctoral supervision

In the above areas and psychoanalytic studies of organizations.



  • Kenny, K., Vandekerckhove, W. and Fotaki, M. (in press 2019) The Whistleblowing Guide Speak. Arrangements and Best Practices. Wiley.
  • Fotaki, M. and Pullen, A. (2019) Diversity, Affect and Embodiment in Organizing. Palgrave.
  • Fotaki, M. and Harding, N. (2018) Gender and the Organization. Women at Work in the 21st-Century. Routledge.
  • Kenny, K. and Fotaki, M. (eds) (2014) Affect at Work. Bringing the Psychosocial to Organizations and Organizing. Palgrave.

Book Chapters:

  • Fotaki, M. (2019) ‘Choosing providers’ in Anell, A. et al. (eds) Placing the person at the centre of the health system: learning from innovation and best practice’ WHO European Observatory. Cambridge University Press.
  • Fotaki, M. (2019) ‘Julia Kristeva: Speaking of the body to understand the language of organizations’ in Pullen, A. and McMurray, R. (eds) Foundational Women Writers. Routledge.
  • Fotaki, M. (2019) Relationality in the age of neoliberal dispossession: protecting the other’. In A.Zajenkowska and U. Lewin (eds) Europe on the Couch. Karnac.
  • Fotaki, M. (2019) ‘Health services without care under marketized welfare: Throwing good money after bad’. In K Jackson and R. Rizq (eds) The Industrialisation of Care: Counselling and Psychotherapy in a Neoliberal Age. Karnac.
  • Alcaraz, J. M and Fotaki, M. (2018) ‘Teaching sustainability and management critically: ‘expectation failures’ as a powerful pedagogical tool’. In M. Brueckner, R. Spencer and P. Megan (eds) Disciplining the Undisciplined? CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance. Springer, pp. 225-242.
  • Fotaki, M. and Jingjit, R. (2018) Is there such a thing as a humanistic bureaucracy? The persistence of clan, seniority, and dependent relationship-based culture in the Thai civil service’ in S. Bice, A. Poole, and Sullivan, H. (eds) Public Policy in the Asian Century. Palgrave McMillan, pp. 154-181.
  • Daskalaki, M. and Fotaki, M. (2017) ‘The neoliberal crisis: Alternative organizing and spaces of/for feminist solidarity’ in A. Pullen, N. Harding and M. Phillips, M. Feminists and Queer Theorists Debate the Future of Critical Management Studies. Dialogue sin Critical Management Studies., Vol. 3, 1-11, Emerald Publishing, pp. 129–153.
  • Fotaki, M., Kenny, K. and Scriver, S. (2015). ‘Whistleblowing and Mental Health: A New Weapon for Retaliation?’ In Lewis, D. & Vandekerckhove, W. Developments in Whistleblowing Research 2015, London: International Whistleblowing Research Network, pp. 106-121.
  • Fotaki, M. and Kenny, K. (2014) 'An Ethics of Difference: the contribution of Bracha Ettinger to management and organization studies' in Pullen, A. and Rhodes, C. (eds) The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organization. Routledge
  • Fotaki, M. and Komporozos-Athanasiou, A. (2014) ‘Re-theorizing organizational creativity through a psychosocial lens: Introducing the radical imagination of Cornelius Castoriadis’ in Kenny, K. and Fotaki, M. (eds) (2014) Affect at Work. Bringing the Psychosocial to Organizations and Organizing, Palgrave.
  • Fotaki, M. (2013) ‘Hèléne Cixous’ (entry) Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (ed. Michael T. Gibbons) Oxford: Willey-Blackwell.
  • Fotaki, M. (2012) ‘Consumer (freedom of) choice’ in Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture (ed.) Dale Southerton. London: Sage.
  • Fotaki, M. (2012) ‘Woman’s absence from the body of knowledge: The experience of female lecturers in business and management schools in England’ in Fatima Festic (Ed) Gender and Trauma, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp.191-214.
  • Fotaki, M. (2010) ‘Individual patient choice in the English National Health Service seen from a psychoanalytic perspective’ (Eds) G. Currie, M. Learmonth, N. Harding and J. Ford Making Public Services Management Critical. Pub. Francis Taylor Books. pp.176-191.
  • Fotaki, M. (2009) ‘The unwanted body of man or why it so difficult for women to make it in academe? A feminist psychoanalytic approach’ in M. Özbilgin (Ed) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work: A research companion. Pub. Edward Elgar Press. pp. 157-171.
  • Fotaki, M. (2008) ‘Public sector organizations’ in Y. Gabriel Organizing Words A Critical Thesaurus for Social and Organization Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press ISBN13: 9780199213214. pp. 241-3.


Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)

  • Daskalaki, M., Fotaki, M. and Sotiropoulou, I. (forthcoming) Values practices and community organizing: The case of solidarity economy initiatives, Organization Studies
  • Kenny, K., Fotaki, M. and Vandekherckove, W. (forthcoming)) ‘Whistleblowing, organization and passionate attachment’, Organization Studies
  • Kenny, K., Fotaki, M. and Scriver, S. (2018) Mental Health as a Weapon: Whistleblower Retaliation and Normative Violence, Journal of Business Ethics
  • Komporozos-Athanasiou, A., Thompson, M. and Fotaki, M. (2018) ‘Performing accountability in health research, Human Relations, 36(3): 321–342.
  • Alshehri, F., Kauser, S. & Fotaki, M. (2017) ‘Muslims view of God as a predictor of ethical behaviour in organization: Scale development and validation’, Journal of Business Ethics DOI: 10.1007/s10551-017-3719-8
  • Fotaki, M., Kenny, K and Vachhani, S. (2017) ‘Thinking critically about affect in organization studies: Why it matters’ (Editorial) Organization, 24(1): 3-17.
  • Fotaki, M. (2017) ‘Relational ties of love – A psychosocial proposal for ethics of compassionate care in health and public services’ Psychodynamic Practice, 23(3):181-189.
  • Fotaki, M. and Prasad, A. (2015) ‘Questioning neoliberal capitalism and economic inequality in business schools’ Academy of Management Learning & Education, 14 (4): 1–20.
  • Fotaki, M. (2015) ‘Why and how is compassion necessary to provide good quality healthcare?’ International Journal of Health Care Policy Management, 4(1): 1-3. Editorial.
  • Komporozos-Athanasiou, A. and Fotaki, M. (2015) ‘A theory of imagination for organization studies using the work of Cornelius Castoriadis’, Organization Studies, 36(3):321-342.
  • Fotaki, M. (2015) ‘Co-production under the financial crisis and austerity. A means of democratising public services or a race to the bottom?’ Journal of Management Inquiry, 24(4): 433–438.
  • Kenny, K. and Fotaki, M. (2015) ‘From gendered organizations to compassionate borderspaces: Reading corporeal ethics with Bracha Ettinger’, Organization, 22(2): 183-199.
  • Fotaki, M. and Hyde, P. (2015) ‘Organizational blind spots: Splitting, blame and idealization in the National Health Service’, Human Relations, 68(3): 441-462.
  • Fotaki, M. (2014) ‘Can consumer choice replace trust in the National Health Service in England? Towards developing an affective psychosocial conception of trust in health care’, Sociology of Health & Illness, 36(8): 1276–1294.
  • Fotaki, M., Metcalfe, B. and Harding, N. (2014) ‘Writing materiality into organization theory’, Human Relations, 67(10): 1239-1263.
  • Fotaki, M. (2013) ‘Why even the logic of redefined choice can still contradict a logic of care in public health systems?’, International Journal of Health Care Policy Management,1(3): 243-4. Reply to the comment on the editorial.
  • Fotaki, M. (2013) ‘Is patient choice the future of health care systems?’, International Journal of Health Care Policy Management,1(2): 121-3. Editorial.
  • Fotaki, M. (2013) ‘No woman is like a man (in academia): The masculine symbolic order and the unwanted female body’, Organization Studies, 34(9): 1251-1275.
  • Khayatzadeh, A. M., Fotaki, M. and Harvey, G. (2013) ‘Priority setting and implementation in a centralized health system: A case study of Kerman province in Iran’, Health Policy and Planning, 28(5): 480-494.
  • Khayatzadeh, A. M., Fotaki, M. and Harvey, G. (2013) ‘Implementation of distributive justice theories: A case study of the Iranian health system’, Public Health Ethics, 6(1): 60-72.
  • Fotaki, M. and Harding, N. (2013) ‘Lacan and sexual difference in organization and management theory: Towards a hysterical academy?’, Organization, 20(2): 153-172.
  • Harding, N., Ford, J. and Fotaki, M. (2013) Invited contribution ‘Is ‘F’ word still dirty? Twenty years of feminism and gender studies in Organization and feminist journals’, Organization, 20(1):51-65.
  • Fotaki, M., Long, S and Schwartz, H.S. (2012) ‘What can psychoanalysis offer organization studies today? Taking stock of current developments and thinking about future directions’, Organization Studies, 33(9): 1104-1120.
  • Zueva-Owens, A., Fotaki, M, and Ghauri, P. (2011) ‘Cultural evaluations in acquired companies: focusing on subjectivities’, British Journal of Management, 23(2): 272-290.
  • Fotaki, M. (2011) Invited contribution ‘Agency versus structure or nature versus nurture: When the new twist on an old debate is not that new after all’ Social Science & Medicine, 73(5):639-642.
  • Jingjit, R. and Fotaki, M. (2011) ‘Confucian ethics and the limited impact of the New Public Management reform in Thailand’, Journal of Business Ethics, 97(1): 61-73.
  • Fotaki, M. (2011) ‘Towards developing new partnerships in public services: Users as consumers, citizens and/or co-producers driving improvements in health and social care in the UK and Sweden’ Public Administration, 89(3):933–955.
  • Fotaki, M. (2011) ‘The sublime desire for knowledge (in academe). Sexuality at work in business and management schools in England’, British Journal of Management, 22(1): 42-53.
  • Fotaki, M. (2010) ‘Equity and choice in health care. Can they go hand in hand: theory and evidence’, Sociology of Health & Illness, 32(6):898-913.
  • Fotaki, M. (2010) ‘Why do public policies fail so often? Exploring health policy making as an imaginary/symbolic construction’, Organization, 17(6): 703–720.
  • Fotaki, M, Böhm, S. Hassard, J. (2010) ‘The failure of transition: Identities, ideologies and imaginary institutions in times of global capitalist crisis’, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 23(6): 637-650.
  • Fotaki. M. (2009) ‘Informal payments: a side effect of transition or a mechanism for sustaining the illusion of ‘free’ healthcare? The experience of four regions in the Russian Federation’, Journal of Social Policy, 38(4), 649-670.
  • Fotaki, M. (2009) ‘The ghosts of the past, the dreamlands of the future… ‘Journal of Communist and Post-Communist Studies, invited contribution for a Special Issue entitled: The Ghosts of the Past: 20th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism in Europe and Russia, 42, 217-232.
  • Fotaki, M. (2009) ‘Are all consumers the same? Choice in health, education and social services in the UK and elsewhere’, Public Money & Management, 29(3), 87-94.
  • Fotaki, M. (2009) ‘Maintaining the illusion of a free health service in post-socialism: A Lacanian analysis of transition from planned to market economy’, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 22(2), 141-158.
  • Fotaki, M., Roland, M., Boyd, A., McDonald, R. and Smith, L. (2008) ‘What benefits will choice bring to patients? Literature review and assessment of implications’, Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 13, 178-184.
  • Fotaki, M. (2007) ‘Patient Choice in Healthcare in the UK and Sweden: From Quasi- Market and Back to Market? A Comparative Analysis of Failure in Unlearning’, Public Administration, 85(4), 1059–1075.
  • Fotaki, M. (2007) ‘Can Directors of Public Health implement the new public health agenda in primary care? A case study of Primary Care Trusts in the North West of England’, Policy & Politics, 35(2), 309-325.
  • Fotaki, M. (2006) ‘Choice is yours: A psychodynamic exploration of health policy making and its consequences for the English National Health Service’ Human Relations, 59(12), 1711-1744.
  • Fotaki, M. (2006) ‘Users’ perceptions of health care reforms: quality of care, patients’ rights’ and satisfaction with health insurance system in four regions in the Russian Federation’, Social Science & Medicine, 63(6), 1637-47.
  • Fotaki, M. and Boyd, A. (2005) ‘From Plan to Market: a comparison of health and old age care policies in the UK and Sweden’, Public Money & Management, 25(4), 237-243.
  • Holland, W. and Fotaki, M. (2006) Invited contribution ‘Choice in health care: old wine in new bottles’, Eurohealth debate: Walter Holland versus Marianna Fotaki, Eurohealth, 12(2), 4-6.
  • Fotaki, M. (2005) ‘Patient choice under market reforms in the UK and Sweden: What does it take to make it real?’, Eurohealth, 11(3), 3-7.
  • Fotaki, M. (1999) ‘The impact of the market oriented reforms on information and choice. Case study cataract surgery in Outer London and County Council of Stockholm’, Social Science & Medicine, 48(10), 1415-1432.

Guest editorials in academic journals:

  • Organization Studies Spirituality, Symbolism and Story-telling Marianna Fotaki, Yochanan Altman and Juliette Koning (2019)
  • Leadership, Leadership Narratives in a Post-Truth Era Hamid Faroughi, Yiannis Gabriel, Dennis Tourish and Marianna Fotaki (2019)
  • Organization Marianna Fotaki, Kate Kenny, Sheena Vachhani co-editor of Special Issue ‘Thinking Critically About Affect in Organization Studies’ Special Issue 2017 24(1): 3-17.
  • Management Learning Marianna Fotaki and Ajnesh Prasad ‘Social justice interrupted? Values, pedagogy, and purpose of business school academics’ – Special section, 2013, 40(1): 87–101.
  • Organization Studies Marianna Fotaki, Susan Long and Howard Schwartz co-editor of Special Issue ‘Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Organizations: What Can Psychoanalysis Offer Organization Studies Today?’ 2012, 33(9)
  • Journal of Organizational Change Management Marianna Fotaki, Steffen Böhm and John Hassard co-editor of Special Issue ‘Movements of Transition: 20 Years On: Identities, Ideologies, Imaginary Institutions', 2010 26(3)

Other contributions to the academic blogs

Politics & Policy LSE Blog

  • What the NHS can learn from the introduction of markets in social care December 5th 2013
  • Narcissistic elites are undermining the institutions created to promote public interest February 21st, 2014
  • What market-based patient choice can’t do for the NHS April 1st, 2014|

LSE Business Review

The Conversation

  • Greeks rally to help as EU-Turkey deal leaves migrants locked up in limbo. May 17, 2016
  • Outsourcing a humanitarian crisis to Turkey – is that the European thing to do? March 9, 2016
  • Why the No vote was a triumph of democracy over austerity, July 6, 2015
  • Now the Greek people will decide – why Tsipras referendum is the right move, June 27, 2015
  • Oxford’s first female vice-chancellor won’t end gender inequality on her own, May 30, 2015
  • European unity is at stake if a Greek debt deal isn’t reached, February 10, 2015
  • Syriza surges ahead of January election as Greek voters reject austerity, December 31, 2014
  • Snap election and market collapse show Greece is still crippled by crisis, December 12, 2014

EJ Centre for Ethics, Harvard University