Sierk Ybema has published on relational and temporal identity talk, inter-organizational relationships, intercultural conflict, boundary work and in/exclusion, managerial discourse and ‘postalgia’, narratives of organizational change, workplace resistance, and organizational ethnography. After finishing his MA in Organisational Psychology, he taught Organisational Anthropology and, in 2003, finished his PhD-thesis on organizational identity crisis. Today, he participates in a variety of externally funded projects, ranging from cross-cultural collaboration (Chinese business in Europe) to organizational change (e.g., in police and healthcare organizations). Besides his position at Anglia Ruskin University, he is also teaching and researching at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), the Netherlands.
Over the last two decades, Sierk has undertaken ethnographic research in an amusement park and in the editorial staffs of national newspapers. As a supervisor and co-researcher, more recent research focused on Japanese, Chinese an Dutch multinational companies, the Amsterdam municipality, the Dutch National Police, the cultural industries, and health care organizations. This research was funded by the government, public organizations and industry partners.
Some of Sierk's PhD supervisions include:
Glimmerveen, L., S. Ybema & H. Nies (2018). Empowering citizens or mining resources? The contested domain of citizen engagement in professional care services. Social Science & Medicine.
Daubner, D., S. Ybema & C. Vinkenburg (2018). The talent paradox: Talent Management as a mixed blessing. Journal of Organizational Ethnography.
Ybema, S. & Horvers, M. (2017). Resistance through compliance: The strategic and subversive potential of frontstage and backstage resistance. Organization Studies, 38(9), 1233-1251.
Zanoni, P., A. Thoelen & S. Ybema (2017). Unveiling the subject behind diversity: Exploring the micro-politics of representation in ethnic minority creatives’ identity work. Organization, 24(3), 330-354.
Alvesson, M., D. Kärreman & S. Ybema (2017) Studying culture in organizations: Not taking for granted the taken-for-granted. In A. Wilkinson, S.J. Armstrong & M. Lounsbury (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Management. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 103-126. ISBN: 9780198708612
Beech, N., Gilmore, C., Hibbert, P., & Ybema, S. (2016). Identity-in-the-work and musicians’ struggles: The production of self-questioning identity work. Work, Employment & Society, 30 (3), 506-522.
Van Marrewijk, A., Ybema, S., Smits, K., Clegg, S. & Pitsis, T. (2016). Clash of the titans: Temporal organizing and collaborative dynamics in the Panama Canal Expansion Project. Organization Studies, 37(12), 1745-1769.
Van Hulst, M., S. Ybema & D. Yanow (2016) Ethnography and organizational processes. In A. Langley & H. Tsoukas (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Process Organization Studies. London: Sage, pp. 223-236.
Ybema, S., R. Thomas & C. Hardy (2016) Organizational change and resistance: An identity perspective. In D. Courpasson & S. Vallas (eds.) The Sage handbook of resistance. London: Sage, pp. 386-404. ISBN 978-1-4739-0643-3
Ybema, S. & P. Nyíri (2015). The Hofstede factor: the consequences of Culture’s Consequences. In N. Holden, S. Michailova & S. Tietze (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Cross-Cultural Management. London: Routledge, pp. 37-53.Hoedemaekers, C. & S. Ybema (2015). All of me: Art, industry and identity struggles. In N. Beech & C. Gilmore (Eds.) Music and Management, pp. 172-180.
Kamsteeg, F.H., Ybema, S.B. & Jong, M.B. (2013). Ethnographic strategies for making the familiar strange: Struggling with ‘distance’ and ‘immersion’ among Moroccan-Dutch students. Journal of Business Anthropology, 2(2), 168-186.
Eubanks, D.L., A.D. Brown & S.B. Ybema (2012). Leadership, identity, and ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 107, 1-3.
Ybema, S., M. Vroemisse & A.H. Van Marrewijk (2012). Constructing identity by deconstructing distinctiveness: Building partnerships across cultural and hierarchical divides. Scandinavian Journal of Management 28(1), 48-59.
Yanow, D., S. Ybema & M. van Hulst (2012). ‘Practising organizational ethnography’ in G. Symon & C. Cassell (eds.) Qualitative Organizational Research:Core Methods and Current Challenges, pp. 331-350.
Ybema, S., D. Yanow & I. Sabelis (eds.) (2011) Organizational culture. Volume 1 & Volume 2. (International Library of Critical Writings on Business and Management, 15). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. ISBN: 9781849800471