Pearl Phaovisaid

PhD Candidate

BSc (US Military Academy), EdM (Harvard University), MBA (National Institute of Development Administration), MPhil (University of Cambridge)

Year of entry



Professor Mark de Rond


Organisational Theory and Information Systems

Pearl Phaovisaid.

Research topic

Essays on Organisational Silence, Emotions and Institutions, and Extreme Contexts


Pearl Phaovisaid is a PhD candidate in the Organisational Theory and Information Systems group at Cambridge Judge Business School. Her research focuses on understanding how and why organisational members enact silence in extreme contexts such as war and total institutions. She is supported in her research by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Army Women’s Foundation Scholarship, and Cambridge Judge Business School.

Pearl holds a Bachelor of Science in Human & Regional Geography from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Education in Technology, Education & Innovation from Harvard University, a Master of Business Administration in Asia Pacific Business from the National Institute of Development Administration, and a Master of Philosophy in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation from the University of Cambridge.

Prior to doctoral studies, she served as lecturer and program director at Thammasat University (Thailand) where she taught undergraduate courses, ran workshops, and delivered talks on various topics including globalisation, education, and innovation. Pearl is also a former US Army Aviation officer, UH60 helicopter pilot, and combat veteran (Iraq). Her military career spanned three continents and comprised leadership, staff, and instructional roles. In her free time, Pearl enjoys exploring new landscapes, learning new skills, and playing with new tech gadgets.

Research interests

Organisational silence; emotions and institutions; embodiment; extreme contexts.

Pearl Phaovisaid is a member of the Organisational Theory and Information Systems subject group.

Publications and papers

Phaovisaid, P., de Rond, M. and Lok, J. (2022) “Organizational silence in total institutions: the enactment of emotional competence at war.” In: International Symposium on Process Organization Studies (PROS), Theme: Organizing on the Precipice: Process Studies in Extreme Contexts, 25-28 June 2022, Rhodes, Greece.

Contact details

Pearl Phaovisaid
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

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