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Alessandro Niccolò Tirapani

PhD Student

Faculty of Management


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Bunhill Row


Postal Address

Cass Business School
106 Bunhill Row
United Kingdom


Alessandro Niccolò joined Cass in September 2015 as a PhD student.

His work explores the political dimension of organisation studies. More precisely, he focuses on the reproduction of neoliberalism within and through organisations.

He is also involved in the ETHOS group of Cass Business School.

As such, his research falls within organisational theory and his interests revolve around Political Corporate Social Responsibility, economic sociology, and critical discourse analysis.

He also has experience as head of the research department of a Bruxelles-based think tank.

Supervisors: Sebastien Mena and Hugh Willmott


  1. Postgraduate certificate for Learning, Teaching and Assessing, City, University of London, United Kingdom, Jun 2017
  2. MA in International Relations, University of Bologna, Italy, Sep 2012 – Dec 2014
  3. MSc in International Management, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Sep 2009 – Sep 2011
  4. BA in Economics, Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland, Oct 2006 – Aug 2009

Memberships of Professional Organisations

  1. Student Member, EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies), Apr 2017 – present
  2. Student Member, Academy of Management, Apr 2017 – present


English (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review), French (can read, speak and understand spoken), Italian (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review) and Spanish; Castilian (can read, speak and understand spoken).


Geographic Areas

  • Europe

Title of Thesis: How does neoliberalism reproduce in organizations? A poststructuralist approach to politics in management

Sep 2015 – Oct 2019

Summary of Research

This work aims at studying the political dimension of organisations from a discursive perspective. When do alternative ways of organising fail to arise? The thesis will be structured in three papers: the first, conceptual, lays down the theoretical setting. The second and third go a step further and approach the case of interns in Brussels, focusing on precariousness, competition and hope.

1st Supervisor

2nd Supervisor

Events/Conferences (6)

  1. 77th Academy of Management Meeting. (Conference) Atlanta, GA, USA (2017). Review Panel. Invited speaker.
    Paper: How does neoliberalism reproduce in organizations? A poststructuralist approach
    Author: Tirapani, A.N.
  2. 33rd EGOS Colloquium. (Conference) Copenhagen Business School, DK (2017). Invited speaker.
    Paper: How does neoliberalism reproduce in organisation?
    Author: Alessandro N. Tirapani
  3. 10th International Critical Management Studies Conference. (Conference) Liverpool, UK (2017). Invited speaker.
    Paper: 'There is no budget!'. A study of interns in Brussels
    Author: Alessandro N. Tirapani
  4. Political Economy of Management. (Workshop) SOAS, London, UK (2017).
  5. Organizing for the common good: revisiting performativity. (Workshop) (2017). Chair, Session/Day Chair, Organising Committee and Review Panel.
    Description: One day workshop organised at Cass with scholars from around Europe. Co-organised and chaired a session
  6. PhD school in Critical Management Studies. (Seminar) University of Lund, SE (2016). Invited speaker.
    Description: A PhD school lasting 5 days. Prominent scholars in the field present the latest developments and organise activities for around 15 students. In the final day, participants present their work