Dr Isidora Kourti

Isidora Kourti

Position: Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Research Methods
Email: kourtii@regents.ac.uk
Faculty: Fashion and Design​
Areas of Expertise: Organisational Psychology

Professional Biography

Dr Isidora Kourti has obtained her PhD in Organisational Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). Her doctoral research was funded by the LSE Research Studentship scheme and followed a processual understanding of inter-organisational collaborations (IOCs) in order to explore how IOC partners manage the multiple identities present in daily collaborative work from a practice and boundary work perspective. The findings illustrated that IOC partners move between planned and emergent collaboration as mutually depending and enabling processes in order to increase the likelihood of collaborative success. Isidora’s research suggests that collaborative work can be accomplished without partners developing a coherent collaborative identity. In contrast, non-collaborative identities, such as personal, group, and organisational identities, enable partners to redraft the collaborative boundaries and respond with flexibility to the changing needs of the IOC. 

Isidora has taken part in a number of research projects that followed a processual and practice-based study of organisations and organising. For example, InCaS (Intellectual Capital Statement), run by the LSE, was an EU project with partners from 5 European academic institutes and explored knowledge sharing and transfer in temporary SMEs. FLAME (Federated Local Access Management Environment) was a project run by the LSE and funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). The project examined identity development and management in UK Universities. Diversified Teams project was conducted by Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge and analysed decision making and boundary management strategies in diversified project teams.

Before joining Regent’s University London, Isidora taught for 5 years modules in the areas of Organisational Behaviour, and Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods at an undergraduate and postgraduate level at the LSE and Birkbeck.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Organisational Psychology, London School of Economics, 2013
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, London School of Economics, 2009
  • MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology, London School of Economics, 2006
  • BSc in Psychology, Pedagogy and Philosophy, University of Ioannina, Greece, 2004

Relevant Past Employment

Research Employment

  • 2014- Present: Peer Reviewer, Group and Organization Management journal; International Journal of Business Performance Management; ESRC projects,
  • 2012 – 2012: Research Officer, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • 2008 – 2009: Research Officer, Library -Research Division, London School of Economics,
  • 2007: Research Assistant, London Multimedia Lab, London School of Economics, 2007:

Teaching Employment

  • 2014 – Present: Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Research Methods, Regent's University London
  • 2012 – 2014: Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Research Methods, Regent's University London,
  • 2012: Sessional Lecturer, Birkbeck
  • 2007 – 2012: Sessional Lecturer, London School of Economics

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Principal member of the Knowledge, Organisation and Development Network
  • Member of the European Group for Organizational Studies
  • Member of the Regent's Centre of Transnational Studies

Teaching & Course Development

Development and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the areas of Organisational Behaviour, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

Research Supervision

Supervision of postgraduate dissertations in Organisational Behaviour related areas

Research Interests

Isidora's research is located within the tradition of the social psychology of work, and follows a processual and practice-based study of organisations and organising. Her research has focused on exploring the impact of fragmented and temporary working conditions on employees and working practices.  Specific areas of her research include:

- Inter-organisational collaborations (e.g. identity tensions, boundary management, interactions and spatial dynamics)

- SMEs (e.g. knowledge sharing and transfer, intellectual capital reporting)

- Project teams (e.g. permanent and temporary organising, boundary strategies)

Isidora uses qualitative, ethnographic methodologies (e.g. interviews, focus groups, observations as well as thematic, narrative, discourse and working practices analysis) but she is also interested in new research methodologies such as digital ethnography.

Publications

Research Papers

Yu, A., Garcia-Lorenzo, L. and Kourti, I. (In Press). The role of Intellectual Capital Reporting (ICR) in organisational transformation: a discursive practice perspective. Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

Kourti, I. (2017). Effective performance management of inter-organisational collaborations through the construction of identities. International Journal of Business Performance Management, 18(2): 236-252.  

Kourti, I. (2016). Using personal narratives to explore multiple identities in organisational contexts. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 11(3):169-188.

Kourti. I, Garcia-Lorenzo, L., and Yu, A. (2013). The role of strategic alignment in collaboration: seeking collaborative advantages via boundary negotiation.  Proceedings of the 20th Multi-Organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks conference, Newcastle.

Kourti. I and Garcia-Lorenzo, L. (2012). Travelling in between spaces: Boundary and identity development in a Greek Educational partnership. Proceedings of the 30th Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Barcelona.

Kourti. I. (2010). The social space of collaboration: Boundary and identity development within a Greek educational partnership. Proceedings of the 17th Multi-Organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks conference, Keele.

Kourti. I. and Paschoud, J. (2009). Exploring identity management: The LSE challenge. Proceedings of the 15th European University Information Systems conference, Santiago de Compostela. 

Chapter Publication

- Kourti, I. and Garcia-Lorenzo, L. (2012). Partnership strategies to support children with special educational needs in Greece: The KDAY challenge. In: Patelis, T. (Ed.), Research Studies and Perspectives in Psychological Science. Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research. Pp 81-95.

 

Other Outputs

  • 2009 – 2013: London School of Economics Research Studentship Award
    2000 – 2004: Greek State Scholarships Foundation

Conference Papers Given

- Kourti, I. and Garcia-Lorenzo, L. (2014). Studying Project-based Organizing through a Temporal Lens. Accepted for presentation in the 30th European Group of Organizational Studies Colloquium, Rotterdam.

- Kourti, I. (2013). The flow of collaboration: Innovating (inter)actions and relationships in a Greek educational partnership through identity and boundary management. Paper presented at the 20th Multi-Organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks conference, Newcastle.

- Garcia-Lorenzo, L. and Kourti, I.  (2013). Participating in knowledge practices: The enacted narratives of an inter-organisational ICT project team. Paper presented at the Management Learning conference, Lancaster.

Yu, A., Garcia-Lorenzo, L. and Kourti, I . (2013) Becoming engaged; amplifying a practice-based approach view on employee engagement. Proceedings of the 15thAsia-Pacific Researchers in Organisational Studies conference, Tokyo

- Kourti. I. (2012). Developing collaborative working spaces: Boundary and identity in a Greek Educational partnership. Paper presented at the 7thOrganization Studies Workshop, Rhodes.

- Kourti, I. (2012). Exploring the collaboration space: A boundary and identity approach for handling ambiguity in a Greek educational partnership. Proceedings of the 19thMulti-Organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks conference, Wageninger.

- Kourti, I. and Garcia-Lorenzo, L. (2012). Collaboration as an emergent space of practice: Activating boundaries in a Greek educational partnership. Paper presented at the 28th European Group of Organizational Studies Colloquium, Helsinki.

Last updated: 08 December 2017