Jeff Waistell

Senior Lecturer Global MBA

Oxford Brookes Business School


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).
  • pedagogy

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).


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Professional information


  • 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.