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Dr Yemisi Bolade-Ogunfodun

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Managing People (MOOC)

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  • Organisational Culture, 
  • Meaning Systems and Work Practices, 
  • Ethnographic Research, 
  • Cultural Incongruence, 
  • Ethical Dimensions of Culture


Edith Morley building room 262, Whiteknights campus
Dr Yemisi Bolade-Ogunfodun is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Managing People (MOOC) at Henley Business School and the Lead Educator on the Business School's Massive Open Online Programme: Managing People (MOOCs).

Yemisi teaches on both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes, covering a range of organisational behaviour modules. In addition, she contributes to teaching and administrative support across Henley Business School on the Ethics in International Management (MSc) module, the Qualitative Research Methods Workshop (DBA) and participates in supervision of undergraduate, post-graduate and MBA student projects and dissertations.

Yemisi has participated in academic conferences within and outside Henley Business School, including presenting papers at the British Academy of Management conference, the International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry conference and the Annual International Ethnography Symposium.

She previously obtained a PhD in Management from the Henley Business School and held a Sessional Lectureship role. She has 10 years of work experience in commercial and retail banking within the financial services industry and rich experience of initiating and managing stakeholder relationships with both public and private sector clients and managing people within organisations.

Her PhD research specialises in the theory of organisational culture from an anthropological perspective, focusing on organisational contexts of cultural diversity such as post-merger/acquisition contexts. Yemisi's research interests also cover meaning systems underpinning work practices, ethical implications of incongruence in meanings as well as ethnographic approaches to organisational research.

Reference: Ikwuegbu, O., Bolade-Ogunfodun, O. , Yusuff, K. and Vogel, B. (2020) Igba-Boi: comparison with the German model and recommendations for the Nigerian economy. In: Adeola, O. (ed.) Indigenous African Enterprise: The Igbo Traditional Business School (I-TBS). Advanced Series in Management, 26. Emerald Publishing Limited. ISBN ISBN 9781839090349 (In Press)
Reference: Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. , Yusuff, K. and Ikwuegbu, O. (2020) Nigeria’s traditional virtue ethics: Ọmọlúàbí and its implications for business and management. In: Ogunyemi, K. (ed.) African Virtue Ethics Traditions for Business and Management. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 117-136. ISBN 9781789905953
Reference: Bolade-Ogunfodun, O. (2017) Organisational culture and meaning after a merger: challenges regarding craft, identity and values in the lab. PhD thesis, University of Reading.
Reference: Akrivou, K. , Bolade-Ogunfodun, O. and Adewale, A. A. (2016) Integrated habitus for the common good of the firm – a radically humanistic conception of organizational habitus with systemic human integrity orientation. In: Akrivou, K. and Sison, A. J. G. (eds.) Challenges of capitalism for virtue and the common good: inter-disciplinary perspectives. Edward Elgar. ISBN 9781784717902

Organisational Behaviour

This module is intended to be both practically relevant and intellectually stimulating. Whatever path students chose after university, they are highly likely to perform most of their activities in organizational...

Module code: MM254

Ethical Dimensions of Organisational Culture: A Case Study of Workgroups in Mergers and Acquisitions - paper presented at Doctoral Symposium, British Academy of Management, Newcastle. September 2016.

Navigating Uncertainty in a New Terrain: Reflections on Accessing Social Spaces in an Ethnographic Case Study of an M&A - paper presentation at 11th Annual Ethnography Symposium in Bristol, August 2016).

Seeing Their World Through Their Eyes: Ethnography and User Experience – guest lecture delivered to University Library Staff Development Hour, University of Reading, May 2016.

Bolade-Ogunfodun, O. F. (2012), Exploring the Effect of Radical Organisational Change for Employee Meaning-Making and Wellbeing: The Case of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Nigerian Banking Industry (Unpublished MSc. Dissertation, August).