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Elena Tavella


  • Universitetsvej 1, 26.0

    DK-4000 Roskilde



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My research focuses on group strategizing and decision making in complex and uncertain situations particularly in the context of food production and distribution, climate change, and human health. I am interested in analysing the process of strategizing and decision making, and the links to outcomes. I am particularly interested in how aspects of strategizing and decision making evolve over time, and how such aspects lead to outcomes. The aspects of strategizing and decision making comprise: conversations, knowledge creation, sense-making, the use of artefacts (e.g. models, flipcharts, post-it notes, documents, and PowerPoint), learning and emotions, as well as behavioural and conversational tactics, amongst others. To identify how those aspects evolve, and how they lead to outcomes I carry out qualitative, systematic and fine-grained analysis of data from group interactions (e.g. meetings), interviews and documents.

Research focus:

- Strategy as something that people 'do' (Strategy-as-Practice)
- Strategy as a process
- Strategy as an emergent pattern
- Strategy discourse
- Teams of middle and top-managers
- Participation

Education/Academic qualification

Management Science , PhD

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Research Output

Dynamics of Inclusive Strategizing: Exploring the shifts between different degrees of openness

Tavella, E., 2019, Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings . Atinc, G. (ed.). New York: Academy of Management, Vol. 1.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference abstract in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Negotiating perspectives and values through soft OR in the context of urban renewal

Tavella, E., 2019, In : Journal of the Operational Research Society. 70, 1, p. 136-161 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

On the usefulness of soft OR models in decision making: A comparison of Problem Structuring Methods supported and self-organized workshops

Tavella, E., Jun 2019, In : European Journal of Operational Research. 275, 3, p. 1020-1036 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Laughing Out Loud: How Humor Shapes Innovation Processes Within and Across Organizations

Tavella, E., 2018, Not All Claps and Cheers: Humor in Business and Society Relationships. Maon, F., Lindgreen, A., Vanhamme, J., Angell, R. J. & Memery, J. (eds.). London & New York: Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

On novice facilitators doing research - research in problem structuring methods as autoethnography

Tavella, E., 2018, In : Systems Research and Behavioral Science. 35, 1, p. 58–75 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review