Professor MariaLaura Di Domenico

Director of Research and Deputy Head of Surrey Business School (Research)

Qualifications: PhD, MRes, PGCE HE, FHEA, MCIPD, BA(Hons)

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Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00

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Biography

MariaLaura Di Domenico is Director of Research and Professor of Entrepreneurship & Organization at the Surrey Business School, University of Surrey. Previously she held academic positions at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, the Open University Business School, and the University of Westminster. She holds a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD), and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. 

MariaLaura's research is focussed on social and community entrepreneurship, small and medium sized enterprises (specifically in relation to home/ work boundaries), and organisational sociology. 

Her research interests and expertise centre on the following key areas: 

  • Entrepreneurship; home-based businesses and mobile working; the home/work interface in small firms and family businesses; 
  • Social entrepreneurship, social/ community enterprises and the 'third' sector;
  • Organisational discourse, identity and critical theory. 

Her research is published in leading management and social science journals including Human Relations; Organization Studies; Organization; Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice; British Journal of Management; Journal of Management Inquiry; Regional Studies; Tourism Management; Gender, Work and Organization; as well as in books and monographs. For example, her latest book, for which she is Lead Editor, is 'Organisational Collaboration: Themes and Issues', published by Routledge.   

Research Interests

MariaLaura's research is focussed on social and community entrepreneurship, small and medium sized enterprises (specifically in relation to home/ work boundaries), and organisational sociology. 

Her research interests and expertise centre on the following key areas: 

  • Entrepreneurship; home-based businesses and mobile working; the home/work interface in small firms and family businesses; 
  • Social entrepreneurship, social/ community enterprises and the 'third' sector;
  • Organisational discourse, identity and critical theory. 

Publications

Journal articles

  • Costanzo L, Di Domenico M. (2015) 'Starting Up or Slowing Down? A Multi-Level Dialectical-Paradox Lens for Top Management Team (TMT) Strategic Decision-Making in a Corporate-Venture'. British Journal of Management,
    [ Status: Accepted ]
  • Daniel EM, Di Domenico M, Sharma S. (2014) 'Effectuation and home-based online business entrepreneurs'. International Small Business Journal,

    Abstract

    This article explores effectual processes within home-based online businesses. Our empirical evidence provides a number of refinements to the concept of effectuation in this specific domain. First, the ubiquity of non-proprietary online trading platforms encourages the adoption of effectual approaches and removes the importance of forming proprietary strategic alliances and pre-commitments. Second, the notion of affordable loss – a central tenet of effectuation – should be extended beyond the notion of economic to social affordable loss, including loss of status and reputation, and finally, home-based online businesses allow effectuation to be associated with low levels of entrepreneurial self-efficacy and experience.

  • Di Domenico M, Fleming P. (2014) '‘Time (x) Out of Joint’: Interpreting Spectral Imagery in Media Representations of the 1993 Timex Industrial Dispute in Scotland'. Journal of Management Inquiry, 23 (1), pp. 80-92.
  • Nunan D, Di Domenico M. (2013) 'Market research and the ethics of big data'. International Journal of Market Research, 55 (4), pp. 41-56.
  • Di Domenico M, Miller G. (2012) 'Farming and tourism enterprise: Experiential authenticity in the diversification of independent small-scale family farming'. Tourism Management, 33 (2), pp. 285-294.

    Abstract

    This article examines the business choices made by independent farming families, when confronting the need to diversify away from traditional agricultural activities by starting farm-based tourism businesses. Based on interviews with farm family members who have set up tourism attractions on their farms, and drawing upon the concept of experiential authenticity, the article explores their self-conceptions of their family identities. In so doing, it addresses the choices and dilemmas facing farm families who attempt diversification through the tourism attraction route, and considers how this affects their attitudes towards more traditional farming activities. Using qualitative case study data, an empirically grounded framework is proposed that expresses the choices and challenges facing tourism entrepreneurial family farm members in the UK, through the conceptual lens of experiential authenticity. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

  • Di Domenico M, Ball K. (2011) 'A hotel inspector calls: exploring surveillance at the home-work interface'. SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD ORGANIZATION, 18 (5), pp. 615-636.

    Abstract

    This article, which examines inspection experiences in the home-based context of the B&B, makes a distinctive contribution to surveillance theory, and specifically the concept of „exposure‟. It draws on Levinas‟s phenomenological ideas on identity and his concept of „sensibility‟, in order to better place the „exposed‟ subject at the centre of analysis. Our empirical research shows how B&B proprietors negotiate their exposure to surveillance within their homes when they take part in the tourist board‟s accommodation grading process. Their „lifestyle businesses‟ involve exposing the context of their own lives to their paying guests, and by extension to the hotel inspectors from the tourist board with its own covert inspectorial procedures. These are described from both the inspector‟s and proprietor‟s perspectives. We explore not only their subjective experiences of the inspection process, but also the power dynamics between proprietor and inspector, and the various resistance and counter-resistance strategies which each employ

  • Di Domenico M, Miller G. (2011) 'Farming and tourism enterprise: Experiential authenticity in the diversification of independent small-scale family farming'. Elsevier Tourism Management, In Press

    Abstract

    This article examines the business choices made by independent farming families, when confronting the need to diversify away from traditional agricultural activities by starting farm-based tourism businesses. Based on interviews with farm family members who have set up tourism attractions on their farms, and drawing upon the concept of experiential authenticity, the article explores their self-conceptions of their family identities. In so doing, it addresses the choices and dilemmas facing farm families who attempt diversification through the tourism attraction route, and considers how this affects their attitudes towards more traditional farming activities. Using qualitative case study data, an empirically grounded framework is proposed that expresses the choices and challenges facing tourism entrepreneurial family farm members in the UK, through the conceptual lens of experiential authenticity.

  • Di Domenico M, Haugh H, Tracey P. (2010) 'Social Bricolage: Theorizing Social Value Creation in Social Enterprises'. WILEY-BLACKWELL ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE, 34 (4), pp. 681-703.
  • Di Domenico M, Phillips N. (2009) 'Sustaining the Ivory Tower: Oxbridge Formal Dining as Organizational Ritual'. SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT INQUIRY, 18 (4), pp. 326-343.
  • Di Domenico M, Tracey P, Haugh H. (2009) 'The Dialectic of Social Exchange: Theorizing Corporate-Social Enterprise Collaboration'. SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD ORGANIZATION STUDIES, 30 (8), pp. 887-907.
  • Di Domenico M, Fleming P. (2009) ''It's a guesthouse not a brothel': Policing sex in the home-workplace'. SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD HUMAN RELATIONS, 62 (2), pp. 245-269.
  • Di Domenico M, Tracey P, Haugh H. (2009) 'Social Economy Involvement in Public Service Delivery: Community Engagement and Accountability'. ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD REG STUD, 43 (7), pp. 981-992.
  • Di Domenico M. (2008) ''I'm not just a housewife': Gendered roles and identities in the home-based hospitality enterprise'. WILEY-BLACKWELL GENDER WORK AND ORGANIZATION, 15 (4), pp. 313-332.
  • Di Domenico C, Di Domenico M. (2007) 'Heritage and urban renewal in Dundee: Learning from the past when planning for the future of a post-industrial city'. Journal of Retail and Leisure Property, 6 (4), pp. 327-339.
  • Di Domenico M, Lynch P. (2007) 'Host/guest encounters in the commercial home'. Leisure Studies, 26 (3), pp. 321-338.
  • Di Domenico M, Morrison A. (2003) 'Social action research and small hospitality firms'. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 15 (5), pp. 268-273.

Conference papers

  • Di Domenico M. (2014) 'Linking back, linking forward: Developing a future research agenda for digital entrepreneurship'. University of Surrey: Digital Entrepreneurship: A Cutting Edge Interactive Research Symposium
  • Di Domenico M, Ball K. (2008) 'An inspector calls: Exploring surveillance at the home-work interface'. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) International Research Colloquium
  • Di Domenico M, Zyglidopoulos SC. (2008) 'Legitimacy formation by social economy organizations: A political perspective on a form of stakeholder coalition'. Tampere, Finland: International Association of Business and Society (IABS) Conference
  • Di Domenico M, Tracey P, Haugh H. (2007) 'Bricolage, pragmatism and persuasion: Creating social value in deprived and under-resourced environments'. Philadelphia, USA: Academy of Management Conference
  • Di Domenico M, Haugh H. (2007) 'Social enterprise cross-sector collaborations'. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark: International Social Entrepreneurship Research Conference
  • Lynch P, Di Domenico M. (2005) 'Representations of Scottish identity in commercial home enterprises'. Dubrovnik, Croatia: Embodying Tourism Research Conference
  • Di Domenico M, Tracey P, Haugh H. (2005) 'Theorising corporate-community enterprise partnerships: The dialectic of social exchange'. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany: European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) International Research Colloquium
  • Di Domenico M, Miller G. (2005) 'Farm-based tourism attractions: A case-based analysis of diversification in Yorkshire'. Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, Australia: CAUTHE Conference
  • Di Domenico M, Lynch P. (2004) 'Home (dis)comforts and the host/guest encounter'. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland: Tourism: The State of The Art International Conference
  • Di Domenico M. (2004) 'Networking activities of lifestyle entrepreneurs in the hospitality sector'. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland: Tourism: The State of The Art International Conference
  • Di Domenico M. (2003) 'An examination of the justification, choice and use of a particular social scientific qualitative approach in an urban tourism research study'. Glasgow, Scotland: Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) Conference: Urban Tourism, Mapping the Future
  • Di Domenico M. (2002) 'The Scottish guest house owner occupier: Lifestyle entrepreneur?'. University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Wales,: International Tourism Research Conference
  • Di Domenico M. (2002) 'Locating the Scottish guest house owner-occupier'. Centre for the Study of Small Tourism and Hospitality Firms, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK: Small Firms in the Tourism and Hospitality Sectors International Conference
  • Di Domenico M, Morrison A. (2002) 'Small hospitality firms: A conceptual framework for qualitative research'. Leeds Metropolitan University, UK: CHME Conference
  • Di Domenico M. (2001) 'The use of cultural heritage tourism in a bid to boost Dundee: 'City of Discovery' or 'Women’s City' of Scotland?'. Canberra: University of Canberra, Australia: Capitalising on Research, CAUTHE

Books

  • Di Domenico M, Vangen S, Winchester N, Boojihawon DKB, Mordaunt J. (2011) Organizational Collaboration: Themes and Issues. London : Routledge

    Abstract

    Many organizations today operate across boundaries - both internal and external to the organization. Exploring concepts and theories about different organizational, inter-organizational and international contexts, this student reader aids understanding of the individual’s experience of working within and across such boundaries. The book adopts a critical approach to individual experience and highlights the complexities inherent in these different layers and levels of organizing. Comprising a collection of key articles and extracts presented in a readable accessible way, this book also features an introductory chapter which provides an overall critique of the book. Each part features a brief introduction before analyzing the following key themes: managing aims power and politics cultural diversity international management perspectives the darker side of collaborative arrangements Some of the readings will specifically address collaboration ‘head on’ whilst others will provide an important context or highlight significant theoretical and practical issues that are considered relevant and interesting within the framework of the themes presented. As such, this book differs from existing titles as it sits bestride collaboration and organizational behaviour / theory in order to inform learning of exchange relationships on inter-personal, intra-organizational, and inter-organizational levels. The articles included are selected as critical in approach, straddling and addressing the central contexts described above, and highlighting the experience-centred nature of learning that can be derived from the content presented. This comprehensive reference will be useful supplementary reading for organizational behaviour courses as well as core reading for those students undertaking research on collaboration.

  • Di Domenico C, Di Domenico M. (2001) Metaphorical Islands: Expatriate communities in Ibadan, Nigeria. Ibadan, Nigeria, Humanities Research Centre :

Book chapters

  • Phillips N, Di Domenico M. (2011) 'Discourse Analysis in Organizational Research: Methods and Debates'. in Buchanan D, Bryman A (eds.) Handbook of Organizational Research Methods London : Sage
  • Di Domenico M. (2010) 'The Home/Work Interface in Family Hospitality Businesses: Gender Dimensions and Constructions'. in Hamington M (ed.) Feminism and Hospitality: Gender in the Host/Guest Relationship Lexington Books , pp. 207-220.
  • Haugh H, Di Domenico M, Tracey P. (2009) 'Strategic Partnerships: Results from a Survey of Development Trusts in the UK'. in Hockerts K, Mair J, Robinson J (eds.) Values and Opportunities in Social Entrepreneurship Palgrave MacMillan , pp. 203-220.
  • Di Domenico C, Di Domenico M. (2009) 'Tourism in Rwanda: The challenges of managing and presenting a sensitive heritage'. in Fleming S (ed.) Leisure and Tourism: International Perspectives on Cultural Practice Leisure Studies Association , pp. 3-16.
  • Di Domenico M, Phillips N. (2009) 'Participant Observation'. in Mills AJ, Durepos G, Wiebe E (eds.) Encyclopedia of Case Study Research Sage

    Abstract

    List of Entries Abduction Action-Based Data Collection Activity Theory Actor- Network Theory Agency Alienation Analysis of Visual Data Analytic ...

  • Di Domenico M, Phillips N. (2008) 'Symbolic interactionism'. in Clegg S, Bailey JR (eds.) International encyclopedia of organization studies Sage Publications, Inc
  • Di Domenico M, Miller G. (2007) 'Are plastic cows the future for farming? Implications of an alternative diversification model'. in Tribe J, Airey D (eds.) Tourism Research: new directions, challenges and applications (Developments in tourism research) Elsevier Science Ltd , pp. 21-32.

    Abstract

    This book aims to be a showcase for cutting edge research offering a high-edited selection of the best paper submitted to the 2006 tourism conference at the ...

  • Lynch P, Di Domenico M, Sweeney M. (2007) 'Resident hosts and mobile strangers: Temporary exchanges within the topography of the commercial home'. in Molz JG, Gibson S (eds.) Mobilizing hospitality: the ethics of social relations in a mobile world Ashgate Pub Co , pp. 121-143.

    Abstract

    Drawing on research from the fields of anthropology, geography, sociology and tourism studies, this volume examines the intersection between mobility and ...

  • Di Domenico C, Di Domenico M. (2007) 'Heritage and urban renewal in Dundee: Learning from the past when planning for the future of a post-industrial city (Reprinted in the journal of Retail and Leisure Property)'. in Aitchison C, Richards G, Tallon A (eds.) Urban Transformations: Regeneration and renewal though leisure and tourism Leisure Studies Association , pp. 115-128.
  • Di Domenico C, Di Domenico M, Eneji T. (2006) 'Southern Nigerian urban mothers: Role strain and working in the formal sector of the economy'. in Yuill C, van Teijlingen E (eds.) Global Perspectives & Local Issues: medical sociology in North-East Scotland University of Aberdeen and The Robert Gordon University , pp. 23-37.
  • Di Domenico C, Di Domenico M. (2006) 'Conceptions of expatriate enclaves as islands: The case of Ibadan Nigeria'. in Skinner J, Hills M (eds.) Managing Island Life: social, economic and political dimensions of formality and informality in ‘island’ communities Abertay University Press , pp. 41-60.
  • Di Domenico M, Lynch P. (2006) 'Commercial home enterprises: Identity, space and setting'. in Lashley C, Lynch P, Morrison A (eds.) Hospitality: A social lens Elsevier Science , pp. 117-128.
  • Di Domenico C, Di Domenico M. (2005) 'Celebrating and reinterpreting a Scottish heroine at home and abroad: The Mary Slessor connection'. in Aitchison C, Prichard A (eds.) Festivals and Events: culture and identity in leisure, sport and tourism, Leisure Studies Association , pp. 153-168.
  • Di Domenico M. (2005) 'Producing hospitality, consuming lifestyles: Lifestyle entrepreneurship in urban Scotland'. in Jones E, Haven-Tang C (eds.) Tourism SMEs, Service Quality and Destination Competitiveness CABI Publishing , pp. 109-122.
  • Di Domenico M, Di Domenico F. (2004) 'Space and leisure as regenerative elements of an urban cityscape: The case of the Centre for Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)'. in Aitchison C, Pussard H (eds.) Leisure, Space and Visual Culture: practices and meanings Leisure Studies Association , pp. 151-173.
  • Di Domenico C, Di Domenico M. (2003) 'The role of 'the club' in Ibadan, Nigeria from 1960 to 2000: Exclusivity in post-colonial leisure and sports activities among members of the expatriate and Nigerian elites'. in Snape R, Thwaites E, Williams C (eds.) Access and Inclusion in Leisure and Tourism Leisure Studies Association , pp. 155-175.
  • Di Domenico M. (2001) 'Re-imaging the city: heritage tourism strategies for regeneration in Dundee'. in Di Domenico C, Law A, Skinner J, Smith M (eds.) Boundaries and Identities: nation, politics and culture in Scotland Abertay University Press , pp. 191-214.
  • Di Domenico M. (2001) 'Brand images of place and new urban identities in Scotland'. in Horne J (ed.) Leisure, Cultures, Consumption and Commodification Leisure Studies Association , pp. 81-92.

Internet publications

  • Di Domenico M. (2008) Is flexibility the mother of invention? [online], Open2net article for the BBC's Money Programme (4 August 2008). Open2net article for the BBC's Money Programme

Other publications

  • Di Domenico M. (2010) Entrepreneurial Lives. iTunes

Teaching

MBA/ MSc 

PhD - Developing the Professional Researcher (MANM294)

PhD and DBA Supervisor 

MSc Dissertation Supervisor 

Departmental Duties

Research Director and Deputy Head of Surrey Business School (Research)

Director of the Centre for Advanced Research in Entrepreneurship (CARE) www.surrey.ac.uk/care

Subject Group Leader - Entrepreneurship 

Integrated PhD Programme Committee Member

Professional Training Supervisor

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