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Dr Gosia Ciesielska

Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

Gosia Ciesielska

About Gosia Ciesielska

Malgorzata Ciesielska holds a PhD in Organisation and Management Studies from Copenhagen Business School and a MSc in Business Management and Marketing degree with distinction from Warsaw University, Poland.  Before joining Teesside Business School in April 2012, she was a Research Associate and part-time Lecturer at Newcastle University.

Dr Ciesielska has previously worked at several universities in Europe, including Warsaw University, Poland, Växjö University, Sweden and Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. She used to teach various undergraduate, graduate and MBA courses, in particular organisational behaviour and critical management theories, cross-cultural and international management, and a qualitative research methodology. 

Prior to her academic career, Dr Ciesielska was a consultant on data protection in pharmaceutical industry and diversity management. In 2003-2005 she held a position of EU Coordinator in pharmaceuticals in the Polish Ministry of Health. 

Currently, she acts as Business UoA REF Lead. Her research interests range from digital economy, strategy, innovation to gender and HRM in high tech industry.

Research interests and activities

Innovation and management in high tech organisations, are Dr Ciesielska’s main research focus. Her doctoral dissertation looked at the case of NOKIA corporation and their open source strategy.  Dr Ciesielska spend over two years following NOKIA’s actions within two Open Source Software projects: Linux-based GNOME and Maemo (currently Intel’s MeeGo), which enabled her to gain in-depth knowledge about the nature of the software business and open source innovation challenges. To analyse an emerging hybrid business model in between two institutional arrangements (market and open source), three themes were taken into account: knowledge management, trust and internal identity struggle between being an open and close-mode company. 

Research projects & external funding

Between 2010-2012 Dr Ciesielska was part of Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy project investigating smart home business cases in the connected home industry. Dr Ciesielska has also undertaken research in entrepreneurial processes in SMEs.

Currently Dr Ciesielska is involved in Creative Fuse North East project looking at creative, digital and tech sectors to drive innovation and growth of the region’s economy.

Dr Ciesielska is co-editor of new edited volumes on Qualitative Methodology in Organisation Studies. The  publication, which features contributions from world class experts and researchers, will be available in October 2017.

PhD and research opportunities

Dr Ciesielska has supervised 7 research students to completion and is currently involved in supervising a range of project from innovation, technology and diversity management.

External roles and professional activities

  • Associate Editor of TAMARA Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

External research collaborations

  • Visiting Academic at Kozminski University

  • Visiting Research Fellow at Newcastle University


Learning and teaching interests

Dr Ciesielska is an academic coach and mentor. She is interested in non-standard, active learning techniques and is a Programme leader for BA(Hons) Business with Enterprise and Innovation and  also developing a 3- year BA(Hons) Team Entrepreneurship.The programme is built around team work and support of coaches and mentors. Working on a variety of real-business projects the students learn human resource management, team work, finance, business law, marketing, leadership and strategy. The students will also practice creative thinking techniques and link them with innovative business design.

Enterprise interest and activities

  • Smart homes

  • Open Innovation

  • Mobile industry

  • Open business models

  • Hybrid organisations

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Diversity management

  • Business and executive coaching


Selected publications:

Ciesielska, M. & Jemielniak D. (eds) (2018) Qualitative Research in Organization Studies: Volume 1: Theories and New Approaches Palgrave

Ciesielska, M. & Jemielniak D. (eds) (2018)  Qualitative Research in Organization Studies: Volume 2: Methods and Possibilities. Palgrave 

Ciesielska, M. (in press) Nokia on the slope. The failure of open source/corporate model. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Iskoujina, Z.; Ciesielska, M.; Roberts, J.; Li, F. (2017) 'Grasping the Business Value of Online Communities.' Journal of Organizational Change Management 30 (4)

Ciesielska, M. (2016) 'A review of Jemielniak, D. (2014) Common Knowledge? An Ethnography of Wikipedia' Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management; 11 (1): 84-86

Bowden, A. & Ciesielska M. (2016) 'Ecomuseums as Cross-Sector Partnerships: Similarities and Dissimilarities in their Governance, Strategy and Leadership.' Public Money and Management 36(1), pp.23-30.

Ciesielska, M. & Westenholz, (2016) 'Dilemmas within commercial involvement in Open Source Software.' Journal of Organizational Change Management 29(3).

Bowden, A. & Ciesielska, M. (2014) 'Accretion, angst and antidote: the transition from knowledge worker to manager in the UK heritage sector in an era of austerity.' In: Jemielniak, D. (Ed) The Laws of the Knowledge Workplace: Changing Roles and the Meaning of Work in Knowledge-Intensive Environments. Gower/Ashgate.

Ciesielska, M. & Petersen, G. (2013) 'Boundary object as a trust buffer. The study of an open source code repository.' Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry; Vol. 11(3); pp. 5-14.

Westenholz, A. (ed.), Brinker, B., Gundelach, P. & Ciesielska, M. (2012) The Janus face of commercial Open Source Software communities. Copenhagen Business School Press.

Ciesielska, M. & Iskoujina, Z. (2012) 'Trust as a success factor in open innovation. The case of Nokia and Gnome.' In: Jemielniak, D. and Marks, A. (Eds) Managing Dynamic Technology-Oriented Business: High-Tech Organizations and Workplaces. Information Science Reference 2012.

Ciesielska, M. & Li, F. (2011) 'The connected home: From market barriers to business model Solutions.' In: T. Skersys et al. (Eds) IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technologies, 353, IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, Springer, pp. 189-199.

Ciesielska, M. (2010) Hybrid organisations. A case of the Open Source-business setting. Frederiksberg: Copenhagen Business School Press.

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