Employee Profile

Joanne Sundet

Visiting phd candidate - Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour


Sundet, Joanne & Carlsen, Arne (2019)

Sweet dreams (are made of this): Cultivating relational agency through high-quality connections in the workplace

Burke, Ronald J. & Richardsen, Astrid Marie (red.). Creating psychologically healthy workplaces

How can people in organizations be relational agents for creating better workplaces? We explore this question based on data from an educational program where executives experimented with a range of strategies for fostering high-quality connections at work. Beyond immediate rewards of being able to create more quality and energy in their relations, we unexpectedly noted the emergence of a more foundational capacity in some of the executives. We understand this as the growth of relational agency; a reflexive and purposive capacity to initiate and carry out actions for improving relationships in the workplace. Based on a sample of seven cases we describe how such agency may be manifest in three ways: (1) being able to turn around situations; (2) lifting individual others; and (3) building collective capacity for positively influencing work relations more broadly. Relational agency has both collective and individual elements. It is anchored in a self-understanding that points back at a repertoire of previous experiences, points forward to a sense of what is desirable and possible and unfolds as a creative capacity in the contingencies of the moment.

Sundet, Joanne & Carlsen, Arne (2021)

Venturing mutuality. Growing relational agency in connection

[Academic lecture]. 12th International Process Symposium.

Sundet, Joanne & Carlsen, Arne (2019)

Daringly caring: The risky business of high-quality connecting at Work.

[Academic lecture]. 9th biannual POS research conference. Ann Arbor, June 5-6..

Sundet, Joanne & Carlsen, Arne (2018)

Designing for high-quality connections: Learning from experiential interventions

[Academic lecture]. British Academy of Management.

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2006 The Open University Master of Science
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2015 - Present BI Norwegian Business School PhD Candidate