Faculty Profile

Donatella De Paoli

Associate Professor - Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

Biography

Donatella De Paoli is Associate Professor at the Norwegian Business School BI at the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour. She holds a PhD from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Adm in Organizational behavior / Project Management, on a dissertation about team processes in large projects. De Paoli has worked both as a consultant in leadership development, given many speaches and been a researcher in several research projects. She has developed the field of Arts Management at BI and has wrtten reports about the cultural industries for different public agencies in Norway. De Paoli is currently involved in an international research project about the role of spaces and places for leadership and organizing, using the evolving oganizational aesthetic perspective. The leadership of creativity and specifically what business can learn from the arts and cultural orgaizations is also of specific interest.

Research areas
The main interest of Donatella De Paoli is boh the organizing of creativity and the arts, as well as how aesthetics, through spaces and places influences leadership and organizing. Art, aesthetics and creativity are key words in De Paolis research. The first book called 'Art and capital' in 2005 about the new relations and exchanges between arts&business set the tone for further research within this field. The main interest here is now what business and specifically project management can learn from the arts regarding the management of creativity and innovation. De Paoli has done research about the cultural industries and fields for different public agencies. Developing the book ' Organizing arts and culture' sparked the way for research on the leadership of art institutions and creative projects. Since 2011 she has been involved in doing research about the role of spaces and places for virtual project teams, how leadership is formed and transferred through open, flexible officing and how work space influences project leadership.

Teaching areas

Donatella De Paolis main teaching areas are the leadership of arts and cultural organizations, the leadership of creative processes, team processes in project teams and the leadership of competence based organizing. She teaches these issues both on bachelor and master level.

Publications

Gaustad, Terje & De Paoli, Donatella (2017)

New Faculty Roles in Online Education: The Professor as Writer, Director, Actor and Producer?

Tveiten, Oddgeir (red.). Smart Universities: Education´s Digital Future

Ropo, Arja; De Paoli, Donatella & Bathurst, Ralph (2017)

Aesthetic leadership in the arts

Mumford, Michael M. & Hemlin, Sven (red.). Handbook of research on leadership and creativity

De Paoli, Donatella; Sauer, Erika & Ropo, Arja (2017)

The spatial context of organizations: Critique of creative workspaces’

Journal of Management & Organization, s. 1- 22. Doi: 10.1017/jmo.2017.46 - Fulltekst i vitenarkiv

This paper examines office design as a spatial context of organizations. Organizations increasingly invest in designing workspaces to support employee creativity, foster company innovation and communicate a positive company image. This paper takes a critical view of this ‘hype’ by describing and analysing images of the headquarters of allegedly ‘creative workspaces’ published on the Internet across a broad range of industries and corporations. Our analysis shows how their design follows standardized or stereotypical approaches to nurturing creativity: playfully or artistically designed open spaces, environments reminiscent of home, sports and play, nature, past/future technologies, or culturally aligned symbols. We discern underlying connections between office spaces and creativity, suggesting that creativity flourishes in happy, relaxed and playful communities within close-knit teams. We then identify three contradictions in relation to the existing literature on creativity and workspaces: individually versus collectively produced creativity; professionally designed workspaces versus workspaces created through participation; and planned versus emerging creativity.

De Paoli, Donatella & Ropo, Arja (2017)

Creative workspaces - a fad or making real impact?

Journal of Corporate Real Estate, 19(3), s. 157- 167. Doi: 10.1108/JCRE-09-2016-0029 - Fulltekst i vitenarkiv

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the current trend of designing workspaces to foster creativity. The paper brings forth themes that seem to be connected with the so-called ‘creative workspaces’. The paper discusses how the findings relate to recent theory and research. Finally, the paper develops propositions to further elaborate the issue. Design/methodology/approach The paper adopts an inductive and social constructionist approach. In all, 40 internet pictures of workspaces claimed to be creative among a broad range of industries and companies which were analyzed through an aesthetic lens and compared to what theory and research about organizational creativity and space inform us. Findings The designs of ‘creative workspaces’ follow a rather standardized and deterministic assumption of what kind of spaces are considered to produce creativity: open offices, happy, playful communities of close-knit teams and spatial arrangements that resemble home, symbols and memories, sports, technology and nature. This view of creativity and workspaces remains a management fad unless a more balanced approach to the issue is assumed. Research limitations/implications The sample is not to be representative and the findings generalizable as such, but to bring forth the phenomenon. This exploratory and inductive approach calls for a systematic study to prove the propositions in a more controlled research setting and with a bigger sample. Practical implications The paper makes a few suggestions of what companies should pay attention to when building workspaces to improve organizational creativity – and to overcome the fad. Social implications The proposed end-user perspective may ultimately save costs, if people can voice their needs on the space arrangements from the beginning and throughout the building process, not only after the spaces are fully complete, as is typically the case. Originality/value The paper provides a critical view on the trend of building work spaces to purposefully enhance organizational creativity. It brings forth themes that are connected to creativity and workspace designs and suggests that more nuances are involved in the issue.

De Paoli, Donatella; Røyseng, Sigrid & Wennes, Grete (2017)

Embodied work and leadership in a digital age – what can we learn from theatres?

Organizational Aesthetics, 6(1), s. 99- 115. - Fulltekst i vitenarkiv

Røyseng, Sigrid; Wennes, Grete & De Paoli, Donatella (2017)

Konsekvenser av målstyring i kunsten

Praktisk økonomi & finans, 33 [i.e. 34](2), s. 172- 188. Doi: 10.18261/issn.1504-2871-2017-02-03

De Paoli, Donatella (2015)

Virtual Organizations: a call for new leadership

Ropo, Arja; Salovaara, Perttu, Sauer, Erika & De Paoli, Donatella (red.). Leadership in spaces and places

Ropo, Arja; Salovaara, Perttu, Sauer, Erika & De Paoli, Donatella (2015)

Leadership in spaces and places

Edward Elgar Publishing.

De Paoli, Donatella & Ropo, Arja (2015)

Open plan offices – the response to leadership challenges of virtual project work?

Journal of Corporate Real Estate, 17(1), s. 63- 74. Doi: 10.1108/JCRE-08-2014-0020

De Paoli, Donatella; Ropo, Arja & Sauer, Erika (2014)

Disappearing Bodies in Virtual Leadership?

Ladkin, Donna & Taylor, Steven S. (red.). The Physicality of Leadership: Gesture, Entanglement, Taboo, Possibilities.

De Paoli, Donatella; Arge, Kirsten & Blakstad, Siri Hunnes (2013)

Creating business value with open space flexible offices

Journal of Corporate Real Estate, 15(3/4), s. 181- 193. Doi: 10.1108/JCRE-11-2012-0028

De Paoli, Donatella (2012)

Leadership and change management: The case of the Norwegian National Museum of Art

Cast, Jo (red.). Arts leadership : international case studies

Bille, Trine & De Paoli, Donatella (2012)

Approaches to stimulate and support the cultural entrepreneur : the case of Denmark and Norway

Hagoort, Giep; Thomassen, Aukje & Kooyman, Rene (red.). Pioneering minds worldwide : on the entrepreneurial principles of the cultural and creative industries: actual insights into cultural and creative entrepreneurship research

Grenness, Tor & De Paoli, Donatella (2012)

Building and transferring corporate culture and leadership philosophy through alternative workplace design. The case of Telenor Norway

Journal of the Moscow State University, s. 29- 55.

De Paoli, Donatella (2010)

Kultur og næring. Richard Florida - redningsmann eller rottefanger?

Konferanserapport fra Senter for kultur- og idrettsstudiar

De Paoli, Donatella (2009)

Endring av kunstorganisasjoner - eksemplet Nasjonalmuseet for kunst

Magma - Tidsskrift for økonomi og ledelse, 12(9), s. 48- 55.

Elstad, Beate & De Paoli, Donatella (2008)

Organisering og ledelse av kunst og kultur

Cappelen Damm Akademisk.

De Paoli, Donatella (2006)

Opplevelsesøkonomi som fagfelt i Norge keiserens nye klær?

Magma - Tidsskrift for økonomi og ledelse, 9(3), s. 76- 80.

Gran, Anne-Britt & De Paoli, Donatella (2005)

Hvorfor kunst og kapital nå? Nye strømninger i næringslivet

Magma - Tidsskrift for økonomi og ledelse, 8(5), s. 20- 27.

Gran, Anne-Britt; De Paoli, Donatella, Langdalen, Jørgen & Danielsen, Anne (2003)

Kunsten å hellige middelet - nye forbindelser mellom kunst og næringsliv

Danielsen, Anne (red.). Kunsten å hellige middelet - nye forbindelser mellom kunst og næringsliv

De Paoli, Donatella (2003)

The aesthetic organisation

The art of sanctify the instrument - about new relations between art and business

De Paoli, Donatella & Arge, Kirsten (2001)

Strategic Workplace Design

Facility Management - Risks & Opportunities / Bev Nutt (ed.)

De Paoli, Donatella (2016)

Kunsten å lede primadonnaer

NRK Ytring [Internett]

De Paoli, Donatella & Ugo, Fermariello (2015)

Ledelse av primadonnaer - Arbeidskonflikt ved Den Norske Opera

NRK Kulturnytt P2 [Radio]

De Paoli, Donatella (2015)

Arabeidskonflikt i Den Norske Opera - operasjef Per Boye Hansen får ikke forlenget åremålet sitt

NRK - Dagsnytt 18 [TV]

De Paoli, Donatella (2014)

Kvotering av innvandrere til kulturstyrer og ledelse

NRK, P2 [Kronikk]

De Paoli, Donatella (2014)

Dagsnytt 18 - Diskusjon med kulturminister. Kvotering til norske kulturstyrer og ledelse

NRK [TV]

Gaustad, Terje & De Paoli, Donatella (2014)

En utredning til besvær

Dagens næringsliv [Kronikk]

De Paoli, Donatella (2012)

Involvering av innvandrerbarn i kunst- og kultur

NRK P2 Kulturnytt [Radio]

De Paoli, Donatella Maria (2011)

Italiensk økonomisk politikk og Berlusconi

NRK Dagsnytt 18 [TV]

De Paoli, Donatella Maria (2011)

Høyt gjennomtrekk av internasjonale kunstneriske ledere i norske kunstinstitusjoner/ organisasjoner

NRK Dagsrevyen [TV]

Røyseng, Sigrid; Gaustad, Terje, Eidsvold-Tøien, Irina & De Paoli, Donatella (1)

Grenseløs norsk film – mellom Hollywood og lokal patriotisme

Dagsavisen - Nye Meninger [Kronikk]

De Paoli, Donatella (1)

Vil kvotere inn innvandrere i kulturmakten

Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.) [Kronikk]

De Paoli, Donatella (1)

Ledelse av folk du ikke ser

Kapital [Kronikk]

De Paoli, Donatella & Gaustad, Terje (1)

Film som kultur og næring - en utredning til besvær

Dagens næringsliv [Kronikk]

Traavik, Laura E. Mercer & De Paoli, Donatella (2018)

Do material artifacts act as conduits of emotional abuse?

[Academic lecture]. The Nordic Work Life Conference 2018.

De Paoli, Donatella & Ropo, Arja (2017)

Middle-level managers in an open-plan office under double control

[Academic lecture]. EGOS.

Through the case of an international telecom company, investing in grandiose elegant facilities and implementing open-plan offices, we tell the story of how middle-level managers are at the same time seduced and suppressed. Using a spatial power and control organizational perspective, we analyze interview data of 20 middle-level managers across functions and show how the architecture and open-plan offices are creating ‘illusions of control’. Middle-level managers feel free, empowered and in control in the open-plan offices, while at the same time being controlled regularly by several management performance systems. Elaborate on the surveillance by their employees and colleagues, spatial control of middle-level managers. We illustrate, through an analysis of respondents’ perception of the built space, how spatial control through enchantment is obscuring power executed by performance evaluations systems. Middle-level managers are reporting challenges being managers in open-plan offices, in addition having developed various escape strategies to get their work done. While in a short time perspective, this tension seems to be positive for organizational high-performance, in the long run, this situation may put an unlivable burden for middle-level managers’ situation.

Gaustad, Terje & De Paoli, Donatella (2017)

New Faculty Roles in Online Education: the Professor as Writer, Director, Actor and Producer?

[Academic lecture]. World Learning Summit.

De Paoli, Donatella; Røyseng, Sigrid & Wennes, Grete (2016)

Hva kan ledere lære av teateret?

[Popular scientific article]. BI Business Review

Wennes, Grete; Røyseng, Sigrid & De Paoli, Donatella (2016)

Wennes, G., Røyseng, S. and De Paoli, D. (2016) Changing values in the public art sector? Rethinking leadership in the arts towards value-based leadership. Paper presentert på ‘International Studies Leadership Conference’ (ISLC), 11 – 13 December 2016, Edinburgh

[Academic lecture]. International Studies Leadership Conference.

De Paoli, Donatella; Røyseng, Sigrid & Wennes, Grete (2016)

Embodiment, space and technology in the leadership of theatre productions

[Academic lecture]. ABC - Colloquia.

De Paoli, Donatella (2016)

Hva kan ledere lære fra teatret?

[Popular scientific article]. BI Leadership Magazine

De Paoli, Donatella & Gaustad, Terje (2016)

Film as Arts-based Intervention in Management - the case of Hollywood storytelling

[Academic lecture]. the Eight Art of Management and Organization Conference.

De Paoli, Donatella & Ropo, Arja (2016)

Leadership in a digital time calls for rethinking leadership

[Academic lecture]. International Studying Leadership Conference.

Ropo, Arja; De Paoli, Donatella, Salovaara, Perttu & Sauer, Erika (2015)

Why does space need to be taken seriously in leadership and organization studies and practice?

Ropo, Arja; Salovaara, Perttu, Sauer, Erika & De Paoli, Donatella (red.). Leadership in spaces and places

De Paoli, Donatella (2015)

Re-conceptualizing Leadership and its Development: Space, Place and the Virtual World

[Academic lecture]. APROS-EGOS Conference.

Salovaara, Perttu; Ropo, Arja & De Paoli, Donatella (2015)

Space and Materiality in Organizations

[Academic lecture]. 31st EGOS Colloquium 2015.

Røyseng, Sigrid; De Paoli, Donatella & Wennes, Grete (2015)

Decoupled, Disciplined or Both? The Effects of the System of Management by Objectives in Norwegian Theatres

[Academic lecture]. NIT 2015.

De Paoli, Donatella; Røyseng, Sigrid & Wennes, Grete (2014)

Embodied Leadership in a Virtual Age - What can we learn from theatres?

[Academic lecture]. International Studying Leadership Conference 2014.

Elstad, Beate & De Paoli, Donatella (2014)

Organisering og ledelse av kunst og kultur

[Scientific book]. Cappelen Damm.

De Paoli, Donatella; Vaagaasar, Anne Live & Müller, Ralf (2013)

Project Leadership and Work Space

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP XI Conference (International Research Network for Organizing by Projects).

De Paoli, Donatella Maria & Ropo, Arja (2012)

Leadership, virtual teamwork and space

[Academic lecture]. 11th ISLC International Studying Leadership Conference.

De Paoli, Donatella Maria; Ropo, Arja, Sauer, Erika & Salovaara, Perttu (2012)

Critique of creative space and leading creativity

[Academic lecture]. The Sixt Art of Management Conference and Organzation Conference.

De Paoli, Donatella Maria & Vaagaasar, Anne Live (2012)

The role of space and place for project work

[Academic lecture]. 28th EGOS Conference.

De Paoli, Donatella Maria & Ropo, Arja (2012)

Leadership in an open, flexible office space design

[Academic lecture]. 29th EGOS Conference.

Grenness, Tor & De Paoli, Donatella (2011)

Building and transferring corporate culture and leadership philosophy through alternative work place design. The case of Telenor, Norway

[Academic lecture]. The 9th EISAM workshop on International Strategy and Cross-Cultural Management. Moscow, Oct 21-22.

De Paoli, Donatella Maria; Ropo, Arja, Salovaara, Perttu & Sauer, Erika (2011)

EMBODIED LEADERSHIP THROUGH PLACE AND SPACE

[Academic lecture]. EGOS.

De Paoli, Donatella Maria; Ropo, Arja, Kujala, Johanna & Salovaara, Perttu (2011)

Space performing leadership and ethics

[Academic lecture]. 10th ISLC International Studying Leadership Conference.

De Paoli, Donatella Maria & Grenness, Tor (2011)

Tansfer of Telenors Scandinavian Workform, leadership philosophy and alternative office space design in Asia

[Academic lecture]. 9th Workshop on International Strategy and Cross Cultural Management.

De Paoli, Donatella Maria (2011)

The role of leadership in changing art institutions - the case of the National Museum of Art in Norway

[Academic lecture]. 11th AIMAC International Conference of Arts Management.

De Paoli, Donatella Maria & Grenness, Tor (2011)

Building and transferring corporate culture and leadership philosophy through alternative workplace design. The case of Telenor

[Academic lecture]. NORKOMM(5)Nordic Research Seminar on Communication,2011,.

Myrtveit, Ingunn & De Paoli, Donatella Maria (2009)

Leading and manageing creative projects – transferring competence between arts and business

[Academic lecture]. Creative Economy and Beyond conference.

De Paoli, Donatella Maria (2009)

Networks in arts and culture – a categorization by purpose and performance level

[Academic lecture]. AIMAC, 10th International Conference of Arts and Cultural Management.

Bjerke, Rune; Ind, Nicholas & De Paoli, Donatella (2007)

The impact of aesthetics on employee satisfaction and motivation

[Article in business/trade/industry journal]. EuroMed Journal of Business, 2(1)

Gran, Anne-Britt & De Paoli, Donatella (2005)

Kunst og kapital ? nye forbindelser mellom kunst, estetikk og næringsliv

[Scientific book]. Pax Forlag.

Bjerke, Rune & De Paoli, Donatella (2004)

The impact of aesthetics on employee satisfaction, identity, creativity, mood and motivation

[Academic lecture]. The European Academy of Management.

De Paoli, Donatella & Wennes, Grete (2004)

Measuring the Arts - the Case of Norwegian Public Theatres

[Academic lecture]. The Second Art of Management and Organisation Conference.

De Paoli, Donatella (2003)

A critical perspective on corporate branding

[Academic lecture]. Eiasm.

De Paoli, Donatella & Strønen, Fred (2003)

Strategic Use of Work Place Design

[Academic lecture]. Euram Conference.

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
1996 Norwegian School of Economics, NHH Ph.D Dr. Oecon.
1989 BI Norwegian Business School Master of Science in Business
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
1999 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Associate Professor
2011 - 2014 University of Tampere Researcher
2006 - 2009 The Strategic Danish Research Agency Member Program Committee
1999 - 2001 Norwegian Building Research Institute Researcher
1996 - 1999 AFF at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Adm, NHH Consultant
1995 - 1996 Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU Researcher
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