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Marianna Fotaki

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Profile (biography)

Marianna Fotaki, Professor of Business Ethics at Warwick Business School and a visiting professor at The University of Manchester. Before joining academia Marianna has worked as EU resident adviser to the governments in transition and as a medical doctor for Médecins Sans Frontières and Médecins Du Monde for ten years in total. She is a graduate of medicine, public health, and has obtained a PhD in public policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Research interests

Public and health policy management, with a focus on: (i) market reforms in health care in EU countries and economies in transition and (ii) the impact of patient choice and competition on promoting new forms of public private partnerships and developing a new category of users/consumers. My work in this area connects conventional approaches to understanding policy making with new theoretical perspectives drawn from critical social theory such as psychosocial studies.

People in organizations, with a particular focus on: (i) user-provider interface and leadership in public services and (ii) measures to counteract exclusion and promote diversity in organisations. My research in this area applies feminist theory and intersectionality perspectives to developing deeper understandings of gendered forms of organization and counteracting exclusion in organizations and society.

The impact of business in society, including (i) ethics of diversity (ii) ethics of care and consumerism and (iii) social enterprise and public-private partnerships. I am also particularly interested in the role of business education in promoting fairness in society.

Qualitative research methods, and in particular, the application of psychodynamic methodologies, narrative analysis and other related methods of investigation to the study of organizations.



  • Fotaki, M. (forthcoming 2014) Choice in Health, Education and Social Care: Users as Consumers in Public Services. Edward Elgar
  • Fotaki, M. and Harding, N. (forthcoming 2014) Gender and the Organization. Women at Work in 21st Century. Routledge
  • Kenny, K. and Fotaki, M. (eds) (forthcoming 2014) Affect at Work. Bringing the Psychosocial to Organizations and Organizing. Palgrave
  • Fotaki, M., Kenny, K. and Reinecke, J. (forthcoming) Business Ethics and Society: Global Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century. Sage.

Book Chapters:

  • 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) (forthcoming 2014) Affect at Work. Bringing the Psychosocial to Organizations and Organizing, Palgrave.
  • Komporozos-Athanasiou, A. and Fotaki, M. (2014) ‘Imagination in organizational creativity: insights from the radical ontology of Cornelius Castoriadis’, in Tsoukas H. and Simpson, B. (eds) Perspectives on Process Organization Studies Volume 5. Oxford: OUP.
  • 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


Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)

  • Fotaki, M., Metcalfe, B. and Harding, N. (2014) ‘Writing materiality into organization theory’, Human Relations,
  • Fotaki, M. (2008) ‘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):933–95.
  • Fotaki, M. (2010) ‘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.

Guest editorials in academic journals:

  • Organization Marianna Fotaki, Kate Kenny, Sheena Vachhani co-editor of Special Issue ‘Thinking Critically about Affect in Organization Studies’ (forthcoming)
  • 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, 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)

Professional journal papers:

  • Roland, M. and Fotaki, M. (2008) ‘With choice comes responsibility', Health Service Journal, vol. 117(6075), pp. 30-1.

Review articles:

  • Fotaki, M. (2012) Book Review Howard Schwartz, Society Against Itself. Political Correctness and Organizational Self-Destruction. Organization, 18(6): 840–43.
  • Fotaki, M. (2009) Book review for The New Development Management Sadhvi Dar and Bill Cooke (eds). Journal of Health Management, 11(2): 438-440.