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Andrea Wessendorf

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Andrea Wessendorf.

PhD Candidate

MPhil (University of Cambridge)

Research topic

Occupations, Organisations & Inequality

Biography

Andrea is a final year PhD student in the Strategy & International Business group at the University of Cambridge. As an organisational ethnographer and field researcher, she seeks to understand how occupational dynamics affect important outcomes, such as intra- and inter-occupational collaboration in crisis response or how social inequality is sustained in the workplace – despite the growing attention to diversity, equity and inclusion. Andrea is particularly interested in studying how occupational and organisational dynamics interact to enable or constrain individuals’ agency and advancement in the workplace. To do so, she examines what occupational members do in their day-to-day work and how they relate to others within the workplace.

Andrea explores these dynamics by immersing herself into the social worlds of those who she studies. By conducting in-depth field studies, she seeks to uncover empirical puzzles and develop novel theory. In her work to date, she has studied clinicians and managers in healthcare organisations, and used a large-scale diversity survey to investigate the selection of partners in law firms.

Prior to starting her PhD, Andrea completed the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School. Before commencing an academic career, she gained industry experience in an international corporation, most recently as the Director of Marketing (EMEA).

Research interests

Occupations and work; careers; social inequality; diversity.

Andrea Wessendorf is a member of the Strategy & International Business subject group.

Publications & papers

Conference & workshop presentations

Wessendorf, A. and Munir, K. (2021) “Cross-team collaboration: professionals’ influence on centrally controlled crisis management structures during the COVID-19 pandemic.” In: Triennial Alberta Institutions Conference, 14-16 October 2021 (postponed), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Wessendorf, A. and Paolella, L. (2021) “Racial inequality in employee selection: the effect of employment and diversity practices on selection decisions.” In: SMS Annual Conference, 18-21 September 2021, Virtual.

Wessendorf, A. and Paolella, L. (2021) “Racial inequality in employee selection: the effect of employment and diversity practices on selection decisions.” In: Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Refereed Roundtable Presentation, 6-10 August 2021, Virtual.

Wessendorf, A. and Munir, K. (2021) “Cross-team collaboration: professionals’ influence on centrally controlled crisis management structures during the COVID-19 pandemic.” In: AOM Annual Meeting (Showcase Symposium Talk), 29 July-4 August 2021, Virtual.

  • Co-organiser of Presenter Showcase Symposium: Meeting the COVID-19 Challenge: Changes in Health Care Provision in Response to the Pandemic

Wessendorf, A. and Paolella, L. (2021) “Racial inequality in employee selection: the effect of employment and diversity practices on selection decisions.” In: AOM Annual Meeting, 29 July-4 August 2021, Virtual.

Wessendorf, A. and Munir, K. (2021) “Cross-team collaboration: professionals’ influence on centrally controlled crisis management structures during the COVID-19 pandemic.” In: EGOS Colloquium, 4 August 2021, Virtual.

Wessendorf, A. and Paolella, L. (2021) “Racial inequality in employee selection: the effect of employment and diversity practices on selection decisions.” In: EGOS Colloquium, 8-10 July 2021, Virtual.

Wessendorf, A. and Munir, K. (2020) “Archetypes: practitioner schemata and the maintenance of social inequality in and through organizations.” In: EGOS Colloquium, 2-4 July 2020, Hamburg, Germany.

Wessendorf, A. (2020) “Dissertation proposal: Social inequality in and through organizations.” In: EGOS Pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop, 30 June 2020.

Wessendorf, A. and Munir, K. (2020) “Archetypes: practitioner schemata and the maintenance of social inequality in and through organizations.” In: European Theory Development Workshop, 24-25 June 2020 (postponed to 2022), Jerusalem, Israel.

Wessendorf, A. and Munir, K. (2020) “Archetypes: practitioner schemata and the maintenance of social inequality in and through organizations.” In: Edinburgh Paper Development Workshop, 2 March 2020, Edinburgh, UK.

Wessendorf, A. and Munir, K. (2019) “Organisations’ contribution to social inequality: an intersectional lens on the simultaneous structure of advantage and disadvantage.” In: American Sociological Association Annual Meeting; Refereed Roundtable, 10-13 August 2019, New York, NY, USA.

Wessendorf, A. and Munir, K. (2019) “How organisations perpetuate social inequality: an intersectional lens on the simultaneous structures of advantage and disadvantage.” In: AOM Annual Meeting, 9-13 August 2019, Boston, MA, USA.

Wessendorf, A. and Paolellla, L. (2019) “Partner selection decisions in US-based law firms: equal opportunity for diverse associates.” In: AOM Annual Meeting (Research Development Workshop “Careers in the Rough”), 9-13 August 2019, Boston, MA, USA.

Wessendorf, A. and Paolellla, L. (2019) “Partner selection decisions in US-based law firms: equal opportunity for diverse associates.” In: AOM Annual Meeting (Paper Development Workshop “On-Boarding Diversity in Corporate Boards Research”), 9-13 August 2019, Boston, MA, USA.

Wessendorf, A. and Munir, K. (2019) “How organisations perpetuate social inequality: an intersectional lens on the simultaneous structure of advantage and disadvantage.” In: EGOS Colloquium, 4-7 July 2019, Edinburgh, UK.

Wessendorf, A. and Munir, K. (2018) “When you don’t fit the archetype: dissecting gender-, race- and class-based inequalities in organizations.” In: “Women in the Digital Future” Conference (Poster Presentation), 7 December 2018, Munich, Germany.

Contact details

Andrea Wessendorf
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

[email protected]

Year of entry

2018

Supervisor

Dr Kamal Munir

Pathway

Strategic Management