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Dr Yemisi Bolade-Ogunfodun

Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour

Yemisi Bolade Ogunfoden Photo


  • 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 Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at Henley Business School. She is also the Programme Director for the Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (PGCBA, Pharmacy).

Yemisi's academic background is in organisational behaviour. She was awarded a PhD by Henley Business School and her research specialises in the theory of organisational culture from an anthropological perspective, focusing on organisational contexts of cultural diversity such as post-merger/acquisition or multinational contexts which create incongruence in meaning systems and in values underpinning work practices.

Her collaborative research projects examine the role of culture in African entrepreneurship and management. Other research interests cover socio-cultural dimensions of work groups, qualitative research methods including ethnographic approaches to organisational research and ethical implications of cultural incongruence.

Yemisi is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a faculty member of the African European Centre for Investment and Trade (AECIT), South Africa. She is a member of many professional associations in the field of management, such as the Academy of Management, the Africa Academy of Management and the European Academy of Management.

Yemisi is co-founder of the University of Reading BAME Staff Network and serves on its Steering Committee, as well as on the Henley Business School Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group. She is also the Programme Director and Academic Lead on the Henley Business School Massive Open Online Programme: Managing People.

Reference: Adunlin, G., Adedoyin, A. C. A., Adedoyin, O. O., Njoku, A., Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. and Bolaji, B. (2020) Using the protection motivation theory to examine the effects of fear arousal on the practice of social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak in rural areas. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 31 (1-4). pp. 168-172. ISSN 1540-3556 doi:
Reference: Laker, B. , Godley, W., Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. and Soga, L. (2021) Don’t let WFH get in the way of your next promotion. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
Reference: Soga, L. , Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. and Laker, B. (2021) Design your work environment to manage unintended tech consequences. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Reference: Laker, B. , Soga, L. , Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. and Malik, A. (2021) What successful freelancers do differently. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
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 9781839090349
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

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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).