Dr Sylvia D'souza

International Lecturer in Business Management

Research Overview

My key research interests include ethics, phronesis, culture, and embodiment. I adopt a highly interdisciplinary approach in my work, drawing from influences in philosophy and sociology. My present aim in simple terms is to embed what are generally seen as universal categories (e.g., ethics) into embodied and culturally specific categories through a practice-based lens.

My interest in practice necessitates taking a complex view of phenomena. It has led me to interrogate how macro-social and meso-organisational aspects interact, shape, modify, and orient individual embodied stances towards choice and action—particularly the ethical dimension—in diverse social worlds. This links to my concern with organisational technologies such as performance management, which have the power to reconfigure local modes of being by rewiring goals, values, interests, and so on to an instrumental logic in market-driven economies.

The broader goal of my work is to surface culturally situated modes of being, seeing, knowing, and in this way, reclaim these modes from the universalising logic of dominant epistemologies and representations. This is also to say that I have a broader interest in the question of difference/otherness, and the performativities that go into the production and maintenance of difference/otherness (including the underlying politics).

Culture and Organization (Journal)
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Organization (Journal)
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British Journal of Management (Journal)
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British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2022
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

EASST2018
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European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference 2018
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

  • Centre for Technological Futures
  • Pentland Centre