Dr Ioanna Iordanou

PhD, MSc, Ptychion

Reader in Human Resource Management

Oxford Brookes Business School

Role

I am a Reader in Human Resource Management. In this capacity, I lead on and teach modules on Adult Learning and Development, Research Methods, and Coaching and Mentoring. Primarily, I reach Masters and Doctoral students.

Teaching and supervision

Courses

Modules taught

  • Doctoral Thesis Workshops
  • Coaching in the Workplace
  • Transformational Learning and Adult Development
  • Prof'l & Academic Development
  • Practice Fundamental 
  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Practice

Supervision

I supervise Dissertations and Doctoral theses on Coaching and Mentoring. I also enthusiastically welcome students who are interested in researching pre-industrial organisational and business history.

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Mike Livingstone How meaningful and useful is the concept of the Life Space in Executive Coaching Active
Benita Mayhead Duty of care of the executive coach Active
Janine Roberts Working with emotions in leadership coaching Active

Research

I am an organizational and business historian with a distinct interest in Coaching as a developmental too. As such, my research expertise lies in two distinct areas: Coaching, with a specific focus on ethics in coaching and coaching as a developmental tool in management learning and education; and preindustrial organisational history, with a specific focus on the emergence and development of early modern organisations and managerial practices.

Research impact

My research has had impact in several non-academic areas. For instance, I have consulted coaching associations and accreditation bodies on issues related to ethical coaching practices. I have contributed to the early modern section on intelligence and espionage displayed at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. And, amongst others, my research features in the 2021 Edition of the Guinness World Records (Look for "First Official state cryptographer" and "First state-run intelligence organization" in the Culture and Society [Espionage] Section)!

Centres and institutes

Projects

Publications

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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • British Academy of Management
  • Economic History Society
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Association of Business Historians
  • NIAS Alumni Association

Conferences

Coaching/Management

  • ‘Navigating Ethics in Coaching Across Professional Contexts: A Systemic Lens’, Coaching Ethics Conference, 24-25 February 2022, Virtual. (with Rachel Hawley).
  • 'Critical Discourse Analysis: At the Intersection of Sociology and Historiography’, 35th European Group for Organization Studies Colloquium, Edinburgh, 4-6 July 2019 (with G. Huber and A. Bernardi).
  • ‘Beethoven & Bamboo: The Impact of Arts-based Methodologies in Higher Education Management Learning’, 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA, 4-8 Aug. 2017 (with A. Roberts).
  • ‘The Ten: Secrecy, Disciplinary Power, and Identity Work’, 33rd European Group of Organisation Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark, 6-8 July 2016 (with G. Huber).
  • ‘Back to the Basics: Humanising Management Education in the Relational, Exploratory, and Attitudinal Workspaces of Coaching Conversations’, British Academy of Management Conference, Newcastle, 6-8 Sep. 2016 (with A. Roberts) * Best Full Paper Award, Knowledge and Learning Stream 
  • ‘Come Fly with Me: Engendering Team Psychological Safety through Kinaesthetic Exertion’, British Academy of Management Conference, Newcastle, 6-8 Sep. 2016 (with A. Roberts).
  • ‘Leading a Musical Movement: Meaningful Arts-Based Methodologies for Management Education’, 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA, 5-9 Aug. 2016 (with A. Roberts and D. McKee).
  • ‘The Business School as a Powerhouse of Critical Knowledge Generation through Creativity in Open Space: A Case Study’, APROS-EGOS: Spaces, Constraints, Creativities: Organization and Disorganization, University of Technology, Sydney, 9-11 Dec. 2015.
  • ‘Come Fly With Me: Engendering Team Psychological Safety Through Physical Movement’, British Academy of Management Conference, Belfast, 11-13 September 2014 (with A. Roberts).
  • ‘Creating Creative Criticality: Teaching Cases with Emotion, Open Space and Creativity’, ICL City 2014: Innovation, Creativity and Leadership Research and Practice, City University, London 14 Apr. 2014.
  • ‘Arts-Based Team Coaching: The Impact on Higher Education Management Learning and Beyond’, Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference, Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School, Boston, 27-28 Sep. 2013.
  • ‘Coach Me If You Can: Embedding Coaching Skills in Higher Education Management Learning’, 2013 Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference, Institute of Coaching, Harvard, Boston, MA, 27-28 Sep. 2013. 
  • ‘Beethoven and BAMboo’:  The Impact of Arts-based Methodologies in Higher Education Management Learning’, British Academy of Management Conference, Liverpool, 10-12 Sep. 2013 (With A. Roberts) * Best Developmental Paper Award, Knowledge and Learning Stream 

Organisational and Business History

  • ‘Regulating the Transfer of Secret Knowledge: Ciphers as Tools of Management in Early Modern Venice’, Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Virtual, 13-15, 20-22 April 2021.
  • ‘Renaissance Venice’s Secret Service and the Rise of Signals Intelligence’, Honolulu, 25-28 March 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19).
  • ‘Regulating the Transfer of Secret Knowledge: Ciphers as Tools of Management in Early Modern Venice’, Scientiae, Belfast, 12-15 June 2019.
  • ‘Venice’s Secret Service: Intelligence Organisation in the Renaissance’, Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Toronto, 17-19 March 2019.
  • ‘Critical Discourse Analysis: Sociology and Historiography’, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Secrecy in Organisations: An International Two-Day Workshop’, Oxford Brookes University, 2-3 July 2018, with G. Huber.
  • ‘Intelligence Leadership in the 21st Century: Lessons from the United States and the United Kingdom’, International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, 4-7 April 2018. 
  • ‘Surveillance and Control in Early Modern Venice: Information Control and Intelligence Organisation in the Renaissance’, Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 17-19 March 2018.
  • ‘Code-making and Code-breaking: The Professional Development of Cryptography and Cryptanalysis in Early Modern Venice’, Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World, St. Anne's College, Oxford University, UK, 5-7 July 2016.
  • ‘Enterprising Secrets and Spies in Early Modern Venice: The Social Construction of Collective Identity’, Social History Society Conference, Lancaster University, 21-23 March 2016.
  • ‘Leading by a Myth: The Inquisitors of the State in Early Modern Venice’, Spy Chiefs: Intelligence Leaders in History, Culture and International Relations, University of Warwick, Venice, 6-7 May 2014.

Consultancy

  • Historical Consultant to the International Spy Museum, Washington DC.
  • Regularly deliver introductory Coaching training to professionals working in a variety of industries.

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