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  • Jeff Waistell

    Senior Lecturer Global MBA

    Business and Management

    Oxford Brookes Business School


    Phone number: +44 (0) 1865 485799


    Location: E103, Wheatley

    Jeff Waistell's main research areas are:

    *organisational change (analysing how managers deploy language to shift perceptions and thereby achieve change)

    *organisational values (with particular attention to how managers translate values over time)

    *aesthetics and sustainability (the aesthetic arguments for environmental protection and sustainable business)

    *spirituality (the ways in which managers draw on faiths or other expressions of spirituality to guide organisations).



    Jeff's primary methodology is that of discourse analysis and he has specialised in the use of metaphors and hermeneutics (theory and method of interpretation).


    Research group membership

    *Research Group for Critical International Studies.

    *Centre for Internationalisation of the Curriculum and Inquiry Network.

    *Europe Japan Research Centre

    Journal articles

    • Scherer B, Waistell J, 'Incorporating mindfulness: questioning capitalism'
      Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion (2017)
      ISSN: 1476-6086 eISSN: 1476-6086
      Abstract Website
    • Waistell J, Scherer B, 'Inter-(c)are: Höpfl and Hanh’s metaphorical mediation of intercorporeal ethicality'
      Culture and Organization 23 (2) (2016) pp.118-130
      ISSN: 1475-9551 eISSN: 1475-9551
      Abstract Website
    • Waistell J, 'Can Environmental Aesthetics Promote Corporate Sustainability?'
      Organization and Environment 29 (2) (2015) pp.175-193
      ISSN: 1086-0266 eISSN: 1086-0266
      Abstract Website
    • Koning J, Waistell J, 'Identity talk of aspirational ethical leaders'
      Journal of Business Ethics 107 (1) (2012) pp.65-77
      ISSN: 0167-4544 eISSN: 0167-4544
      Abstract Website
    • Waistell J, 'The Textual Constitution of Organisational Values'
      Philosophy of Management 7 (2) (2012)
      ISSN: 1740-3812 eISSN: 1740-3812
    • Waistell J, 'Individualism and collectivism in business school pedagogy: a research agenda for internationalising the home management student'
      Higher Education Research and Development 30 (5) (2011) pp.595-607
      ISSN: 0729-4360 eISSN: 0729-4360
      Abstract Website
    • Waistell J, 'Organising Values'
      Philosophy of Management 7 (3) (2009) pp.13-25
      ISSN: 1740-3812 eISSN: 1740-3812
    • Waistell J, 'Management Education: Critically, Dialectically, Metaphorically'
      International Journal of Management Education 8 (1) (2009)
      ISSN: 1472-8117 eISSN: 1472-8117
      Abstract Website
    • Waistell J, 'Metaphorical perspectives of organisational values'
      Culture and Organization 13 (1) (2007) pp.83-97
      ISSN: 1475-9551 eISSN: 1475-9551
      Abstract Website
    • Waistell, J., 'Metaphorical Mediation of Organizational Change Across Space and Time'
      Journal of Organizational Change Management 19 (5) (2006) pp.640-654
      ISSN: 0953-4814 eISSN: 0953-4814
      Abstract Website



    • Waistell, J. (2012) 'Mindfulness Meditation and Praxis'. Paper presented at the 2nd International Association of Buddhist Universities Academic Conference, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Thailand, May.
    • Waistell, J. (2011) ''The Way of Environmental Preservation and Restoration''. Paper presented at the United Nations Vesak Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, May.
    • Waistell, J. (2010) '(An)Aesthetics Of Nature: A Buddhist Ecology For Businesses'. Paper presented at the United Nations Vesak Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, May.
    • Waistell, J. (2009) 'Building a future in a global world: Managing Individual and Communal Knowledge at University and Work'. Paper presented at the Centre for International Curriculum Inquiry and Networking (CICIN) 'Internationalisation of the Home Student', Oxford, UK, June.
    • Haigh, M. and Waistell, J. (2009) 'Engagement with Environmental Action: Comparing Buddhist and Vaishnava Perspectives'. Paper presented at the United Nations Vesak Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, May.
    • Waistell, J. (2008) 'Philosophy of Lay Buddhism and leading organisational change'. Paper presented at the World Lay Buddhist Conference, Seoul, South Korea, October.
    • Waistell, J. (2008) 'What is Nature teaching us?'. Paper presented at the United Nations Vesak Conference, Hanoi, Vietnam, May.
    • Waistell, J. (2005) 'Hermeneutics Into Practice: Organising Values'. Paper presented at the Philosophy of Management Conference, Oxford, UK, July.
    • Waistell, J. (2005) 'Metaphorical mediation of organisational change across space and time'. Paper presented at the 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Cambridge, UK, July.
    • Waistell, J. (2005) 'The Role of Mandalas in Manufacturing Corporate Identity'. Paper presented at the 16th Meeting of Standing Conference for Management & Organization Inquiry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April.
    • Waistell, J. (2003) 'Managing Values'. Paper presented at the Managing Partnerships for Effective Performance, Cambridge, UK, January.
    • Waistell, J. (2001) 'Invited lecture tours of Brazil sponsored by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Brazilian Ministry of Industry and Commerce, and the Universities of Brazilia, Sao Paulo and Amazonas.'. Paper presented at the , Brazil, January.


    Jeff's previous experience as a senior manager in public and not-for-profit services and as a consultant in education and management informs his teaching and research.