Ann L. Cunliffe

Ann Cunliffe is a Professor of Organization Studies at FGV-EAESP in Brazil. She worked previously at the Universities of Leeds (UK), Bradford (UK), New Mexico (USA), New Hampshire (USA) and California State University (USA). She is also a Visiting Professor at Università Cattolica del S. Cuore, Milano, Italy, Aalborg University, Denmark, and at the University of Bath, UK. Ann’s current research interests lie at the intersection of organizational studies, philosophy and communications, exploring how leaders and managers shape organizational life, identities and action in living conversations. In particular, she is interested in examining the relationship between language and collaborative, responsive and ethical ways of managing organizations. Other interests include: leadership; self-work; sensemaking; developing reflexive approaches to research, practice and learning; and supporting non-positivist qualitative research. Her recent publications include four books, two of which are A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Management (2014) and the co-authored Key Concepts in Organization Theory with John Luhman (2012). She recently co-edited the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods (2018). She has published articles in Organizational Research Methods, Human Relations, Management Learning, the British Journal of Management, and Organization Studies. In 2002 she was awarded the Breaking the Frame Award from the Journal of Management Inquiry for ‘the article that best exemplifies a challenge to existing thought’ and in 2016 the Lasting Impact Award from OBTS and Sage Publications for "On Becoming a Critically Reflexive Practitioner” (2004).

She is ranked 17 in the top 54 most published authors from 1998-2017 in Organizational Research Methods.Ann is Associate Editor at the British Journal of Management and was Co-Editor-in-Chief of Management Learning for 7 years. She organizes the biennial Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference in New Mexico, USA.



CUNLIFFE, ANN L.; KARUNANAYAKE, GEETHA. Relational Agency as a Dialectic of Belonging and Not Belonging within the Social Ecology of Plantation Life in Sri Lanka. Journal of Organizational Sociology, v. 1, p. 13-45, 2023

BUTLER, MICHAEL J. R.; CUNLIFFE, ANN L. The Dent in the Floor: ecological knowing in the skilful performance of work. Journal of Management Studies, v. 1, p. 1-2, 2023.

ALCADIPANI, RAFAEL; CUNLIFFE, ANN L. The Shifting Nature of Relationality in the Blurred Boundaries of Hybrid Organizational Ethnography. British Journal of Management, v. 1, p. 1-2, 2023.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L. Must I Grow a Pair of Balls to Theorize about Theory in Organization and Management Studies? Organization Theory, v. 3, p. 263178772211092, 2022.

Ann Louise Cunliffe, Kathryn Pavlovich. Making our Work Matter: from Spectator to Engagement. Academy of Management Perspectives. In-press.

Ann Cunliffe. We/Me-ness: Meanings of Community. Journal of Openness, Commons & Organizing, RGCS, 2022. ffhal-03590531f

Chelli M, Cunliffe AL. Anticipating and Addressing the Politicization of Research. Organizational Research Methods. 2022;25(1):88-113. doi:10.1177/1094428120969884

Wilson JA, Cunliffe AL. The Development and Disruption of Relationships between Leaders and Organizational Members and the Importance of Trust. Leadership. December 2021. doi:10.1177/17427150211056738

Robinson S, Contu A, Elliott C, et al. In Praise of Holistic Scholarship: a collective essay in memory of Mark Easterby-Smith. Management Learning. October 2021. doi:10.1177/13505076211032207

Cunliffe AL, Ivaldi S. Embedded Ethics and Reflexivity: narrating a charter of ethical experience. Management Learning. 2021;52(3):294-310. doi:10.1177/1350507620960014

CUNLIFFE, ANN L; LOCKE, KAREN . Working With Differences in Everyday Interactions through Anticipational Fluidity: A Hermeneutic Perspective. Organization Studies, v. 41, p. 1079-1099, 2020.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L. Reflexivity in Teaching and Researching Organizational Studies. RAE. Revista de Administração de Empresas, v. 60, p. 64-69, 2020.

ALLEN, STEPHEN; CUNLIFFE, ANN L.; EASTERBY-SMITH, MARK. Understanding Sustainability Through the Lens of Ecocentric Radical-Reflexivity: Implications for Management Education. Journal of Business Ethics, v. 154, p. 781-795, 2019.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L. Alterity: The Passion, Politics, and Ethics of Self and Scholarship. Management Learning, v. 49, p. 8-22, 2018.

CUNLIFFE, ANN. Learning, Reflexivity and Knowing from Within: Being Inspired by John Shotter Or Why Isn't He Wearing Socks?! Teoria e Prática em Administração, v. 8, p. 1-9, 2018.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L. Wayfaring: A Scholarship of Possibilities or Let's not get Drunk on Abstraction. M@n@gement, v. 21, p. 1429-1439, 2018.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L.; SCARATTI, GIUSEPPE. Embedding Impact in Engaged Research: Developing Socially Useful Knowledge through Dialogical Sensemaking. British Journal of Management, v. 28, p. 29-44, 2017.

CUNLIFFE, A. L.; ALCADIPANI, R. The Politics of Access in Fieldwork: Immersion, Backstage Dramas, and Deception. Organizational Research Methods, v. 19, p. 535-561, 2016.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L.“On Becoming a Critically Reflexive Practitioner” Redux: What Does It Mean to Be Reflexive? Journal of Management Education (Newbury Park, Calif.), v. 40, p. 740-746, 2016.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L. Republication of  "On Becoming a Critically Reflexive Practitioner". Journal of Management Education (Newbury Park, Calif.), v. 40, p. 747-768, 2016.

HIBBERT, PAUL; CUNLIFFE, ANN. Responsible Management: Engaging Moral Reflexive Practice through Threshold Concepts. Journal of Business Ethics, v. 127, p. 177-188, 2015.

CUNLIFFE, A. L.; SADLER-SMITH, E. Management Learning: The Journal for Critical, Reflexive Scholarship on Organization and Learning. Management Learning, v. 46, p. 3-5, 2015.

HIBBERT, P.; SILLINCE, J.; DIEFENBACH, T.; CUNLIFFE, A. L. Relationally Reflexive Practice: A Generative Approach to Theory Development in Qualitative Research. Organizational Research Methods, v. 17, p. 278-298, 2014.

CUNLIFFE, A.; SADLER-SMITH, E. Cottage Industries, Critique and Scholarship. Management Learning, v. 45, p. 3-5, 2014.

CUNLIFFE, A. L.; KARUNANAYAKE, G. Working Within Hyphen-Spaces in Ethnographic Research: Implications for Research Identities and Practice. Organizational Research Methods , v. 16, p. 364-392, 2013.

CUNLIFFE, A.; SADLER-SMITH, E. Shaping the Field. Management Learning, v. 44, p. 107-108, 2013.

CUNLIFFE, A.; COUPLAND, C. From Hero to Villain to Hero: Making Eexperience Sensible Through Embodied Narrative Sensemaking. Human Relations , v. 65, p. 63-88, 2012.

CUNLIFFE, A.; SADLER-SMITH, E. Dispelling a Management Learning Myth. Management Learning, v. 43, p. 3-4, 2012.

TRAUTRIMS, ALEXANDER; GRANT, DAVID B.; CUNLIFFE, ANN L.; WONG, CHEE. Using the "Documentary Method" to Analyse Qualitative Data in Logistics Research. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, v. 42, p. 828-842, 2012.

CUNLIFFE, A. L. Crafting Qualitative Research: Morgan and Smircich 30 Years On. Organizational Research Methods, v. 14, p. 647-673, 2011.

CUNLIFFE, A. Imagination, Distinctiveness, and Thought-Provocation. Management Learning, v. 42, p. 4, 2011.

CUNLIFFE, A. L.; ERIKSEN, M. Relational Leadership. Human Relations (New York), v. 64, p. 1425-1449, 2011.

CUNLIFFE, A. L. Retelling Tales of the Field: In Search of Organizational Ethnography 20 Years On. Organizational Research Methods, v. 13, p. 224-239, 2010.

CUNLIFFE, A.; SADLER-SMITH, E. Continuing to Be Different. Management Learning, v. 41, p. 3-5, 2010.

CUNLIFFE, A. L. The Philosopher Leader: On Relationalism, Ethics and Reflexivity--A Critical Perspective to Teaching Leadership. Management Learning , v. 40, p. 87-101, 2009.

CUNLIFFE, A. L.; LINSTEAD, S. A. Introduction: Teaching from Critical Perspectives. Management Learning , v. 40, p. 5-9, 2009.

CUNLIFFE, A. L.Orientations to Social Constructionism: Relationally Responsive Social Constructionism and its Implications for Knowledge and Learning. Management Learning , v. 39, p. 123-139, 2008.

HOGLER, R.; GROSS, M. A.; HARTMAN, J. L.; CUNLIFFE, A. L. Meaning in Organizational Communication: Why Metaphor Is the Cake, not the Icing. Management Communication Quarterly, v. 21, p. 393-412, 2008.

CUNLIFFE, A.Will You Still Need Me ... When I'm 64? The future of CMS. Management Learning , v. 15, p. 936, 2008.

CUNLIFFE, A. L.The Need for Reflexivity in Public Administration. Administration & Society , v. 37, p. 225-242, 2005.

CUNLIFFE, A. L. On Becoming a Critically Reflexive Practitioner. Journal of Management Education (Newbury Park, Calif.), v. 28, p. 407-426, 2004.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L.; LUHMAN, JOHN T.; BOJE, DAVID M. Narrative Temporality: Implications for Organizational Research. Revista do IEEE América Latina, v. 25, p. 261-286, 2004.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L. Reflexive Inquiry in Organizational Research: Questions and Possibilities. Human Relations (New York) , v. 56, p. 983-1003, 2003.

CUNLIFFE, A. L. Social Poetics as Management Inquiry: A Dialogical Approach. Journal of Management Inquiry , v. 11, p. 128-146, 2002.

CUNLIFFE, A. L. Reflexive Dialogical Practice in Management Learning. Management Learning , v. 33, p. 35-61, 2002.

CUNLIFFE, A.; FORRAY, J. M.; KNIGHTS, D. Considering Management Education: Insights from Critical Management Studies. Journal of Management Education (Newbury Park, Calif.), v. 26, p. 489-495, 2002.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L. Managers as Practical Authors: Reconstructing our Understanding of Management Practice. Journal of Management Studies , v. 38, p. 351-371, 2001.


CUNLIFFE, A. L.. A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Management. 3. ed. Califórnia: Sage Publications Ltda, 2021. v. 1. 184p .

Cassell, C; CUNLIFFE, ANN L.; Grandy, G. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods. 1.ed. London: Sage, 2018. v. 2.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L.. Il Management. Approcci, Culture, Etica. 1. ed. MIlan: Cortina Raffaello, 2017. v. 1. 200p.

CUNLIFFE, A. L. A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Management. 2.ed., 2014.

CUNLIFFE, A. L.; HATCH, M J. Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives. 3ed. OXFORD, 2012.

LUHMAN, JOHN T.; CUNLIFFE, A. Key Concepts in Organization Theory. 1ed. London Sage Publications, 2012.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L. Organization Theory. 1ed, 2008. v. 1.

Capítulos de livros: 

CUNLIFFE, A. L.; AGUIAR, A. C. ; GOES, V. ; CARREIRA, F. . Radical-reflexivity and Transdisciplinarity as Paths to Developing Responsible Management Education. In: Dirk C. Moosmayer; Oliver Laasch; Carole Parkes; Kenneth G. Brown. (Org.). The SAGE Handbook of Responsible Management Learning and Education. 1ed.London: Sage Publications Ltda, 2020, v. 1, p. 298-314.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L.; Eriksen, Matthew . Educating Caring Leaders: a paradox of collective uniqueness. In: Leah Tomkins. (Org.). Paradox and Power in Caring Leadership. 1ed.Inglaterra: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020, v. 1, p. 163-174.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L.; GORLI, M.; Ivaldi, S; SCARATTI, GIUSEPPE. Emotions as Inspiration for Reflexivity in Action Research. Action Research in a Relational Perspective: Dialogue, Reflexivity, Power and Ethics. 1ed.:, 2019, v., p. 137-156.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L.; WILSON, J. Can Leadership be Taught? The Routledge Companion to Leadership. 1ed. London: J. Storey, J. Hartley, J-L Denis, P. Hart, D, Ulrich, 2017, v. 1, p. 505-544.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L.; HIBBERT, P. The Philosophical Basis of Leadership-as-practice from a Hermeneutical Perspective.. Leadership-As-Practice: Theory and Application. 1ed. London: J. Raelin, 2016, v. 1, p. 51-70.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L. Twenty-one Words that Made a Difference: Shifting Paradigms. Joint Action: Essays in Honour of John Shotter. 1ed. London: T. Corcoran, J. Cromby, 2016, v. 1, p. 173-190.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L.. Studying Strategizing through Ethnographic Methods. Cambridge Handbook of Strategy-As-Practice (2nd Edition). 2ed. Cambridge: D. Gorlsorkhi, L. Rouleau, D. Seidl, & E. Vaara, 2015, v. 1, p. 431-446.

CUNLIFFE, ANN L.; THORPE, R.; ANDERSON, L.; STEWART, J.; GOLD, J. Crafting DBA Research. In: L. Anderson, J. Gold, J. Stewart, R. Thorpe. (Org.). A Guide to Professional Doctorates in Business and Management. 1ed. London: Sage, 2015, v. 1, p. 19-35.

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