Elena Raviola


Enheten för Design
Viktoriagatan 13, plan 3
41125 Göteborg
Box 603
40530 Göteborg

Om Elena Raviola

My main research interest lies in understanding the role of technology and other material artifacts in organizing and managing professional work, especially in cultural and creative fields. 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 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.


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


  • Organization theory, Strategy, Qualitative Methods, Media management

Utvalda publikationer

Pierazzini, M. E., Bertelli, L., & Raviola, E. (2021). Working with words: Italian feminism and organization studies. Gender, Work & Organization.

Artificial Intelligence and CreativeWork: Practice and Judgement,Organizing and Structuring. Elena Raviola. Challenging Organizations and Society, 9:1, 2020.

Langley, A., Lindberg, K., Mørk, B. E., Nicolini, D., Raviola, E., & Walter, L. (2019). Boundary work among groups, occupations, and organizations: From cartography to process. Academy of Management Annals, 13(2), 704-736.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Skrivande om skrivandeBorgström, Benedikte, Helin, Jenny, Norbäck, Maria, Raviola, Elena

Exploring multiple framings: Journalism and Management in Newspaper OrganizationsRaviola, ElenaInformation, Communication and Society, 2012

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