Employee Profile

Federica De Molli

Associate Professor - Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour


Federica De Molli, Ph.D, is Associate Professor at BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo. Her research interests are in aesthetics of organizations, organizational culture, cultural and creative organizations, arts-based methods and organizational learning. Her research has appeared in academic journals such as Organization Studies, Culture and Organization, International Journal of Work Organization and Emotion. She wrote several book chapters and edited for Routledge the volume “The Metamorphosis of Cultural and Creative Organizations: Exploring Change from a Spatial Perspective”. She received her Ph.D in 2019 from the USI, Lugano (Switzerland). Prior to her current engagement, she was a visiting scholar at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and at Burgundy School of Business, Dijon (France).

She is a member of Eupean Group of Organization Studies (EGOS); Research Group on Emotions in Workplace and Organizational Settings of the Academy of Management (EMONET); Association of Italian Organization Studies Academics (ASSIOA); Member of the Scientific Committee of the Research Centre for Innovation and Life Sciences Management (CrESIT).

In addition to her work in academia, Federica has been working in project management for companies and cultural organizations, following projects in countries such as France, Luxembourg, Italy and Hong Kong.
For more information on her research: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Federica-De-Molli

The most recent publications include:

Peer reviewed journals:

- De Molli F., Mengis J. & van Marrewijk A. (2020). The aestheticization of hybrid space: The atmosphere of the Locarno Film Festival. Organization Studies, vol. 41, No. 11, p. 1491–1512. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0170840619867348

- De Molli F. (Published Online: 12 August 2020). Participatory Interpretation: A Way to Overcome Analytical Challenges in Organizational Aesthetic Research. Culture and Organization. https://doi.org/10.1080/14759551.2020.1806839

- De Molli F. & De Paoli D. (2020). Middle Managers in Open-Plan Office: Feeling Free and Frustrated. International Journal of Work Organization and Emotion, vol. 11, No. 3, p. 231-246. https://www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/abs/10.1504/IJWOE.2020.111317

- De Molli, F. (2019) An aesthetic account of space: a report on recent developments in organizational research. Studi Organizzativi, 1/2019: 38-63. https://www.francoangeli.it/riviste/SchedaRivista.aspx?doi=10.3280/SO2019-001002&lingua=EN

- De Molli, F. & Vecco, M. (Eds.) (2021) The Metamorphosis of Cultural and Creative Organizations: Exploring Change from a Spatial Perspective. Routledge Research in the Creative and Cultural Industries, ISBN 9780367681937.
Book chapters:

- De Molli, F. & De Paoli, D. (2021) From co-workers to friends: How the aesthetic experience of third places affects the creative process. In: (a cura di): Montanari F., Mattarelli E., & Scapolan C., Collaborative Spaces at Work. Innovation, Creativity and Relations. Chapter 9, pp. 147-159. Routledge, ISBN: 9780367350451. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429329425

- Montanari, F. & De Molli, F. (2020) L’organizzazione della creatività. In: (a cura di): Buonocore F., Montanari F., & Solari L., Organizzazione aziendale. Comportamenti e decisioni per il management. pp. 235-260. De Agostini, ISBN: 978-88-8008-394-8


De Molli, Federica (2021)

Participatory interpretation: a way to overcome analytical challenges in organizational aesthetic research

Culture and Organization, 27(3), s. 226- 239. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14759551.2020.1806839

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2019 Università della Svizzera italiana PhD