Dr Ishan JalanLecturer
BA (Hons.), MSc (LSE), PhD (Bath), PostDoc (Lund)
I have long been fascinated by the various nuances of emotions in organizations: their ambiguities, dynamics, mysteries, mechanisms and manifestations, and particularly, how they influence affairs at work, and how events at work influence our emotions.
Drawing from a social, critical and a psychoanalytical approach, my research interests closely interweaves through the following themes:
- Emotions at work: particularly complex, taboo and hidden emotions (eg: envy, humour, fear, shame, guilt); derivative emotions; organizations as emotion spaces;
- Leadership studies: leadership dysfunctions, leader-follower relations, critical approach; gender and leadership;
- Identity studies: Identity formation and preservation; self & subjectivity; professional identities;
- Psychoanalytic approaches to studying organizational phenomena: defence mechanisms, unconscious drives & fantasy, narcissism, organizational diagnosis and intervention, psychodynamic approaches;
- Learning: the academic profession, cynicism, reflexive learning, students as consumers;
- Qualitative research methods: semiotics (themes, metaphors & symbolism), storytelling, free-association approach.
- Organizational darkness: derision, miasma and toxicity.
I studied for an MSc in Organizational and Social Psychology at the Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a PhD in Management (in Organization Studies) at the School of Management, University of Bath, where I was supervised by Professor Yiannis Gabriel. After completing my PhD, I pursued a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Lund University where I was part of an international project that explored knowledge production among leadership scholars.
I believe that as a researcher, my strength lies in introspection, observation and theorization and through my research I aim to make a contribution to the development of critical and psychoanalytic approaches to the fields of leadership, identity and organization studies.
My doctorate research offers a psychoanalytic exploration of the emotion of envy, particularly in organizational and professional contexts, through a systematic examination of its ambiguities, dynamics, mechanisms and manifestations. The study demonstrates what makes envy a destructive emotion for the subject, the target and at times an entire organization, highlighting the role that other emotions, particularly shame, guilt and resentment, play in envy dynamics. The theory developed in this thesis offers a new way of studying emotions in organizational and professional contexts and lends legitimacy to discussions of negative emotions. It also serves as a platform for the study of emotional dynamics that are regularly repressed, both individually and institutionally.
The PhD research was nominated for the Grigor McClelland Doctoral Dissertation Award 2014 [award is supported by the Journal of Management Studies (JMS) and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS)] and recognizes innovative research that is imaginative & covers significantly new terrain within management research.
My most recent papers looks into extreme work/normal work narrative using the case of hospital clowns; defences against failure and anxiety at workplace; envy dynamics in professions; leadership & change management, qualitiative research methods.
- Lecturer, Deputy Director and Tutor on MNGT200 - Management and Consulting: Practice and Critique
- Lecturer and Tutor on MNGT320 - Rethinking Leadership
- Lecturer on MNGT 510 - Research Methods (Qualitative Methods)
- Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Supervision
Narratives of fate and misfortune in organizational life: stories of success and failure
Jalan, I., Sinha, S., Ulus, E. 1/12/2014 In: Culture and Organization. 20, 5, p. 410-429. 20 p.
Re-shaping work, identity and social citizenship: an ethnographic account
Jalan, I. 2014
Creative de-construction: the metamorphosis between being and becoming
Jalan, I. 2013
The ‘dark side’ of affect: the case of envy in organizational life
Jalan, I. 2013
Envy as a defence against Lack: a psychoanalytic inquiry into destructive workplace emotions
Jalan, I. 2013 260 p.
Importance of personal failure in investigating identity
Sinha, S., Jalan, I., Ulus, E. 2012
Organizing in chaos: identity construction of global managers during frequent travel and displacement
Jalan, I. 2012
Narratives of misfortune, chance and luck in organizational life: stories of success and failure
Jalan, I., Sinha, S., Ulus, E. 2012
Intra-psychic processes of successful change leaders
Jalan, I. 2008
The relationship between social support, stress and health: a sociological analysis
Jalan, I. 2007
17th Storytelling Seminar
Participation in conference
Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings
British Journal of Management
Envy and Consumerism
Ephemera: Critical Dialogues on Organization
IDEA Generation Workshop, (Lund University)
Participation in conference
The case of envy