Dr Susanne Tietze

Bradford University School of Management


Susanne's first degree, an MA in English and German (first class), was awarded by Karl-Ruprechts-Universitšt, Heidelberg (Germany). She worked as a librarian, properties manager for a theatre company and translator before taking up a teaching scholarship awarded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) in 1989 to teach German at Sheffield City Polytechnic. In 1994 she completed a part-time MBA at Sheffield Hallam University. For her PhD, which she researched between 1995 and 1998, she used an ethnographic approach to investigate the role of language and meaning-making during organisational change.

She joined the School of Management in 2005, having previously worked at Sheffield Hallam University and Nottingham Trent University.

Susanne teaches Organisational Behaviour (level 1) and Organisational Analysis (level 2) on the undergraduate programmes. She also teaches on the MBA People in Organisation module, and is involved in the supervision of masters dissertations and PhD theses.
Susanne leads the Organisational Analysis (undergraduate) and People in Organisation (MBA) modules, and is director of study of a collaborative undergraduate programme delivered in Hong Kong.
Professional associations:
  • Member of the European Group of Organisation Studies
  • Member of the Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism
Research interests:

Susanne is interested in language and culture and has explored and analysed how the cultural processes and hidden assumptions of organisational actors can be explored using theories and concepts derived from linguistics. More recently, she has written about English as the lingua franca of international business and management, theorising in particular that it may bring about convergence in management thinking and practice.

Susanne has also investigated the implementation and management of (home-based) telework - mainly in two funded studies, the more recent being an ESRC award. In this project, the focus is on understanding the impact of flexible employment practices on organisational relationships, the household of the remote/teleworker and the professional identity of the flexible worker.