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Elena Raviola


The Design
Visiting address
Viktoriagatan 13, plan 3
41125 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 603
40530 Göteborg


Gothenburg Research
Visiting address
Viktoriagatan 13, plan 3
41125 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 603
40530 Göteborg

About Elena Raviola

ON LEAVE - Works at Academy of Design and Crafts.

My main research interest lies in understanding the role of technology and other material artifacts in organizing professional work. I am more specifically interested in how professional norms, rules, structures and ideas are enacted, changed and maintained, in practice and how technology intervenes in these professional practices, transforming over time what is considered professional. Theoretically, I have mainly worked between institutional theory and actor-network theory.

My main field of investigation has been news production. I have conducted a number of ethnographic studies in Italy, France and Sweden in established and new news organizations, all struggling with the establishment and development of so-called digital journalism. Most recently, I have been following two relatively new trends in journalism, namely entrepreneurial journalism and robotjournalism. Both enabled by digital technologies, they have been different responses to the so-much-debated crisis of journalism and news organizations.

I am at the moment leading a project where we take a multi-actor perspective on news production and try to investigate how different news producers (like newspapers, news agencies, companies, public organizations, PR agencies, communication agencies, event organizers, etc.) altogether contribute to the emergence and development of news in the public debate.

I am also interested in the meeting between the arts and business both in academic and industrial practices. I have done research on artistic interventions, that is the use of art in business and other organizations. I have a deep interest for developing qualitative studies and academic writing and in particular by looking at art practices, such as choreography.

I have studied and worked internationally in different countries. I have been visiting researcher at Stanford, Bocconi University and Sciences Po. I have also worked at Jönköping International Business School and Copenhagen Business School before coming to the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg.

Research areas

  • Organizing technology, managing professional work, institutional work, news production, qualitative methods

Teaching areas

  • Organization theory, Strategy, Qualitative Methods, Media management

Selected publications

Stabilizing Movements: How Television Professionals Use Other People's Voices to Cope with New Professional Practices During Times of Change
Norbäck, Maria, Helin, Jenny, Raviola, Elena
Journal of Change Management, 14:4, s. 434-452, 2014

Bringing Technology and Meaning into Institutional Work: Making News at an Italian Business Newspaper
Raviola, Elena, Norbäck, Maria
Organization Studies, 34:8, s. 1171-1194, 2013

The logic of practice in the practice of logics: practicing journalism and its relationship with business in times of technological changes
, Raviola, Elena, Dubini, Paola
Journal of Cultural Economy, 9(2): 197-213, 2016

Fostering creativity through artistic interventions: Two stories of failed attempts to commodify creativity
Raviola, Elena, Schnugg, Claudia
Artistic Interventions in Organizations: Research, theory and practice, Routledge, 2015

Liberal Arts in Business and Business in Liberal Arts: The View from Bocconi
Dubini, Paola, Raviola, Elena
Routledge Companion to the Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education, Routledge, 2016

We have never been pure: negotiations between journalism and business in newspaper organizations
Raviola, Elena
: Pallas, Josef; Strannegård, Lars & Jonsson, Stefan (red.) Organizations and the media. Organizing in a medialized world, Abingdon, Oxton : Routledge, s. 96-115, 2014

Paper Meets Web. How the Institutions of News Production Works On Paper and Online
Raviola, Elena

Skrivande om skrivande
Borgström, Benedikte, Helin, Jenny, Norbäck, Maria, Raviola, Elena

Exploring multiple framings: Journalism and Management in Newspaper Organizations
Raviola, Elena
Information, Communication and Society, 2012

Balancing Tensions During Re-Organization: Duality Management in a Newspaper Company
Achtenhagen, Leona, Raviola, Elena
International Journal of Media Management, Spring 2009, 11:1, s. 32-41, 2009