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Prof. Dr. Jana Costas

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Prof. Dr. Jana Costas


Phone: +49 (0)335 5534 2509

Fax: +49 (0)335 5534 2519


Hauptgebäude, Room HG 030

Student Office Hours

By appointment. Prior registration by email outlining topic of discussion for meeting necessary.


Academic Appointments

2014 - presentChair in Business Administration (People, Work and Management), Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
2013 - 2014European Union Marie Curie Fellow, Copenhagen Business School (early termination due to appointment to the Chair)
2009 - 2014Assistant Professor, Department of Management, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin


2009PhD, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School
2006MPhil, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School
2004BSc Management, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)




Costas, J. & C. Grey (2016) Secrecy at Work: The Hidden Architecture of Organizational Life. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

Beyes T., Costas J. & G. Ortmann (2019) Novel Thought: Towards a Literary Study of Organization. Organization Studies.  40 (12), 1787–1803.

Blagoev B., Costas J. & D. Kärreman (2019) 'We are all herd animals’: Community and organizationality in coworking spaces. Organization, 26(6), 894–916.

Costas, J. & C. Grey (2019) Violence and Organization Studies. Organization Studies, 40(10), 1573-1586.

Florian, M., Costas, J. & D. Kärreman (2018) Struggling with meaningfulness when context shifts. Volunteer work in a German refugee shelter. Journal of Management Studies, 56 (3), 589-616.

Albu, O. B. & J. Costas (2018) Thrice-born and in-between? Exploring the Différance between “At-home” ethnography and ethnography abroad. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 7 (2), 106-113.

Fan, Z., Costas, J. & C. Grey (2017) Secrecy and Communication: Towards a Research Agenda. Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 22 (4), 562-566.

Costas, J., Blagoev, B. & D. Kärreman (2016) The Arena of the Professional Body: Sport, Autonomy and Ambition in Professional Services Firms. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 32 (1), 10-19.

Costas, J. & D. Kärreman (2016) The Bored Self in Knowledge Work. Human Relations, 69 (1), 61-83.

Costas, J. & G. Kunda (2015) When I Hear the Word Culture. Journal of Business Anthropology, 4 (1), 113-117.

Costas, J. & C. Grey (2014) Bringing Secrecy into the Open: Towards a Theorization of the Social Processes of Organizational Secrecy. Organization Studies, 35 (10), 1423-1447.

Costas, J. & C. Grey (2014) The Temporality of Power and the Power of Temporality: Imaginary Futures Selves in Professional Service Firms. Organization Studies, 35 (6), 909-937.

Bewernick, M., Schreyögg, G. & J. Costas (2013) Charismatische Führung: Die Konstruktion von Charisma durch die deutsche Wirtschaftspresse am Beispiel von Ferdinand Piëch. Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung, August/September, 434-465.

Costas, J. (2013) Problematizing Mobility: A Metaphor of Stickiness, Non-places and the Kinetic Elite. Organization Studies, 34 (10), 1467-1485.

Costas, J. & D. Kärreman (2013) Conscience as Control: Managing Employees through CSR. Organization, 20 (3), 394-415.

Costas, J. & C. Grey (2013) Outsourcing Your Life - Separating Exploration and Exploitation in the 4-Hour Work week. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 37, 221-247.

Costas, J. & A. Taheri (2012) "The Return of the Primal Father" in Postmodernity? A Lacanian Analysis of Authentic Leadership. Organization Studies, 33 (9), 1195-1216.

Costas, J. (2012) "We Are All Friends Here" – Reinforcing Paradoxes of Normative Control in a  Culture of Friendship. Journal of Management Inquiry, 21 (4), 377-395.

Costas, J. & P. Fleming (2009) Beyond Dis-identification – Towards a Discursive Approach to Self-alienation in Contemporary Organizations. Human Relations, 62 (3), 353-378.

Costas, J. (2009) On Mystifications of Power – Some Reflections on Lars von Trier’s ‘The Boss of It All’. Ephemera – Theory and Politics in Organizations, 9 (1), 52-60.

Book Chapters
Costas, J. (2019) Die Macht der Gewalt in Kafkas Der Proceß. Jenseits der Disziplinarmacht in Organisationen. Ortmann,  G. & M. Schuller (eds) Kafka – Organisation, Recht, Schrift, 125-140. Weilerswist: Velbrück.

 Costas, J. (2018) What are you famous for? Beziehungswirtschaft. Creative.NRW (Ed.) Hidden Values - Die Währungen der Zukunft.

Costas, J. & C. Grey (2016) Invisible Organizations – A Research Agenda. Czarniawska, B. (Ed.). A Research Agenda for Management and Organization Studies, 136-146. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Book Review

Costas, J. (2010) Unveiling the Masks: Critical Management Studies. Book review: Alvesson, M., Bridgman, T. & Willmott, H. (eds) (2009) The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies. Organization, 17 (6), 789-792.

Costas, J. (2009) Organizing Identity of du Gay, P. (2007) Work, Employment and Society, 23 (1), 197-199.

Other Publications

Costas, J. & G. Kunda (2015) The Future of Work: Worlds Apart. Pacific Standard.