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Dr Ziyun Fan


Department: Newcastle Business School

Ziyun joined Newcastle Business School in August 2018. She holds a PhD in Organization Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London (September 2018). Her research interests primarily focus on critical management studies, secrecy, organizational communication, gossip, silence.

Ziyun is the convener of the research interest group 'The Critical Perspectives in Management Studies' that draws on and develops the understanding of critical management studies. It challenges the taken-for-granted understanding of the phenomena and practices that we interact with in our everyday organisational life and is concerned with issues of the marginalised and powerless such as workplace voice, silence, resistance, emancipation. Further details of the research interest group can be found here: 


Ziyun Fan

Campus Address

Room 009a, City Campus East 1
Newcastle Business School
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Her research draws on qualitative research methods and primarily focuses on critical management studies, secrecy, organizational communication, gossip, silence.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Decoding secrecy as multiple temporal processes: Co-constitution of concealment and revelation in archival stories, Fan, Z., Liu, Y. 15 Apr 2021, In: Human Relations
  • Everyday secrecy: Boundaries of confidential gossip, Fan, Z., Grey, C. 4 May 2021, In: Culture and Organization
  • Gossip as evaluative sensemaking and the concealment of confidential gossip in the everyday life of organizations, Fan, Z., Dawson, P. 28 Jan 2021, In: Management Learning
  • Sounds of Silence: The Reflexivity, Self-decentralization, and Transformation Dimensions of Silence at Work, Vu, M., Fan, Z. 22 Apr 2021, In: Journal of Management Inquiry
  • Book Review: David Graeber, Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, Fan, Z. 27 Nov 2020, In: Organization Studies
  • Confidential Gossip and Organization Studies, Fan, Z., Grey, C., Kärreman, D. 11 Aug 2020, In: Organization Studies
  • The Secret Life of Organization: Confidential Gossip at Work, Fan, Z. 2018
  • A reflexive exploration of emotional dilemmas of researching confidential gossip, Fan, Z. Aug 2017, The 12th Annual International Ethnography Symposium
  • Secrecy and communication: towards a research agenda, Fan, Z., Costas, J., Grey, C. 2 Oct 2017, In: Corporate Communications
  • The ethnography of secrecy and the secrecy of ethnography: Ethical and emotional dilemmas of researching organizational secrecy, Fan, Z., Grey, C. Jul 2017, European Group for Organizational Studies

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