Fellow Tyson Rallens is pursuing a PhD in Strategic Management at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His research, which is sponsored by the Clarendon Fund, Green Templeton College, and the Saïd Foundation, concerns the impact of shared practices at work on the ability of organizations to change. It examines organizations as communities with distinct visions of human flourishing that are shaped by their shared practices and which shape their ability to enact specific business strategies. Tyson believes that human concerns for meaning, purpose, and wellbeing must be central in scholarship on organizations and strategy.
Tyson joined the IHMA PhD Network in Fall 2017. More recently, he helped IHMA create an online reading group for PhD students and others interested in the foundational ideas of humanistic management. He is organizing a workshop at the AOM Annual Meeting, with help from the editors of the Humanistic Management Journal, for involving early career academics in collaborative research on Humanistic Management.
Before starting a PhD, Tyson earned two masters degrees from the University of Oxford: an Executive MBA and an MSt in Literature and Arts. He has worked extensively as a software engineer and manager on teams creating data storage devices and remote monitoring tools for enterprise computing environments. He holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Culture and a BS in Computer Engineering. For fun, Tyson rows and coxes with Merton College Boat Club. When time permits, he also indulges a taste for classical literature and philosophy.
Dr. Sophia Town
Fellow Dr. Sophia Town earned her Ph.D. in organizational communication from Arizona State University. Her research, which spans the fields of organizational communication and management, is humanistic, use-inspired and guided by one key question: “How can scholars and practitioners promote human flourishing in organizations?” Within the organizational sciences, Dr. Town takes a decidedly discursive approach by emphasizing the ways leadership and organizing are constructed in and through language.
As a scholar, Dr. Town’s research centers around humanistic leadership, mindfulness, and organizational paradox. Her current work explores how mindfulness practice (e.g., meditation) informs the way leaders approach paradoxes that arise in their organizations. This research identifies counterintuitive strategies leaders can utilize to mindfully navigate organizational paradoxes while maintaining personal and organizational wellbeing. This work is supported, in part, by the Jeanne Lind Herberger Fellowship for transformative research and praxis.
As an educator, Dr. Town aims to inspire her students beyond a theoretical understanding of course concepts (e.g., learning about leadership) toward an embodiment of those concepts (e.g., becoming leadership). To do this, she grounds her classes in experiential learning, critical reflexivity, compassion, and mindfulness-based approaches. In 2018, Dr. Town won Arizona State University’s Teaching Excellence Award.
As a citizen, Dr. Town regularly delivers mindful leadership workshops within her community. She also serves as a research consultant for ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, & Resilience.
Dr. Reut Livne-Tarandach
Dr. Reut Livne-Tarandach is an Assistant Professor of Management at Manhattan College’s O’Malley School of Business. Her scholarly work focuses on the conditions and processes underlying the phenomenon of renewal. In her research Reut draws from mixed methods and field research to weave together theories of compassion, novelty, and change that explore how and why individuals, teams and/or organizations can simultaneously build on and transcend their past.
Her most recent work is centered on the processes that help mobilize compassion within organizations and activate organizational members to cultivate a sense of community in temporary teams.
Reut’s research has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Academy of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Research in Organizational Change and Development, Institution and Entrepreneurship: Research in the Sociology of Work, Humanistic Management Journal, Integral Theory In Action and Experimental Business Research: Marketing, Accounting and Cognitive Perspectives and Handbook of Innovative Qualitative Research Methods: Innovative Pathways and Methods.
Reut teaches UG and Graduate level courses in Organizational Behavior, Cross-Cultural Management and executive education workshops on “Cultivating Compassion”. As an educator, Reut seeks to cultivate experiential, student-centered educational experiences designed to empower students to discover how to create workplaces as nurturing spheres for humans to thrive in.
The International Humanistic Management Association has been a central learning community with which Reut has been affiliated. Reut has served as PDW co-organizer, a panelist, and round table leader in Humanistic Management Association PDWs. Reut has been an invited participant to the IHMA Social Innovation Thought Leadership conferences, where seeds of recent research collaborations have been planted.
Reut is passionate about cultivating engaged scholarships that can create a new vision of organizations as sites for development and expression of compassion. She is excited to partner with IHMA to expand the impact Humanistic Management can make on research, teaching, and practice.
Fellow Anke Winchenbach is an ESRC funded PhD researcher and teaching fellow in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, UK. Her research focuses on understanding livelihood diversification from fishing into tourism in coastal communities in the UK. Utilising dignity as the guiding concept, the project will explore how people experience and understand their lives in relation to their work in times of social change and declining natural resources. As a first output of her research she recently published ‘Rethinking decent work: the value of dignity in tourism employment’ in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.
Anke joined IHMA in 2019 and has since participated in several debates and seminars. More recently she established a joined research interest with other IHMA fellows for bringing humanistic management more into tourism studies.
Previously, Anke worked at NEF Consulting (the consultancy arm of the New Economic Foundation), supporting organisations on their journey towards a new sustainable economy by developing an understanding of value for money that includes social and environmental outcomes alongside the economic costs and benefits. Anke is a trained Economy for the Common Good (ECG) consultant, and active supporter of ECG internationally and in the UK. She holds a Masters with distinction in Tourism, Environment and Development from King’s College London, and has worked in several managerial roles in Travel & Tourism. Anke relaxes with running, yoga and Pilates, and loves exploring new places.
Co-Founder, United Nations Transformation Network and PhD researcher on Mindsets and Happiness
Jürgen Nagler (Germany) is passionate about transformative development, sustainability, wellbeing and happiness.
He is an international development practitioner with over 20 years’ experience successfully delivering global, regional and field development initiatives with the United Nations, international companies and NGOs.
Academically, he is undertaking a PhD on the role of mindsets for holistic human development, and holds first-class Bachelors in Business Administration (Germany) and a Masters in International Development (Australia).
Juergen currently lives and works in Bhutan, the country of the holistic Gross National Happiness (GNH) development paradigm.