Dr Marianne Afanassieva

Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour / Analysis

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


+44 (0) 1482 463198

Dr Marianne Afanassieva is a lecturer in organisational analysis and behaviour.

With a background in political economy and economics, Marianne is interested in new institutional approaches, economic sociology, issues of trust and networks.

The current interest in creative / cultural industries applies this inter-disciplinary approach, whereby she collaborates with colleagues across the University of Hull through her membership of the Culture, Place and Policy Institute.

Dr Afanassieva was previously a research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton's Local Economic Development in Transition Economies Unit.


Research Interests

  • Creative economy, cultural industries, cultural entrepreneurship, management of cultural organisations
  • New institutionalism, institutional logics
  • Networks and trust in inter-organisational relationships
  • Cross-cultural and comparative business and management
  • Work and organisation in transitional economies and emerging markets
  • Gender and management

Research groups

  • Member of the Organisation, Ethics and Society Research Group, HUBS
  • Member of the Culture, Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull
  • Continuing links with networks related to EGOS and EURAM


Bozionelos N and Afanassieva M, 'Does Having More Women on the Board Impact Firms’ Acquisition Behavior?', Academy of Management Perspectives, vol 29, no 1, (2015)

Afanassieva M, 'Survival Through Networks: the ‘Grip’ of the Administrative Links in the Russian Post-Soviet Context', Public Management Review, vol 17, no 9, pp 1261–1281 (2015)

Afanassieva M, 'Investing in Russia', Perspectives on EU-Russia Relations, Johnson D and Robinson P (eds), Routledge (2005)

Metcalfe B and Afanassieva M, 'Gender, Work and Equal Opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe', Women in Management Review, vol 20, no 6 (2005)

Metcalfe B and Afanassieva M, 'The Woman Question: Gender and Management in the Russian Federation', Women in Management Review, vol 20, no 6 (2005)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Cross-Cultural Management (UG, PG)
  • People Management (PG)
  • Research Methods (UG)
  • Dissertation supervision (UG, PG)

Research PhDs

Dr Afanassieva’s current research is focused on new institutional approaches to the operation of organisations in the creative/cultural industries as well as inter-organisational networks and trust in the context of transition economies; regional development, gender and economic transition. She welcomes applications from potential PhD students interested in these and related areas.

Completed PhDs

  • Dr Khalid Alogaili, The Influence of National Culture on Leadership Styles in Saudi Arabia, first supervisor (2016)
  • Dr Jasim Tariq, Exploring Entrepreneurial Motivations and Barriers: a Study of Female Business Owners in Pakistan, second supervisor (2016)
  • Dr Mohamed Musa, Financial Experts and the Impact on the Role and Authority of Audit Committees in Relation to Financial Reporting: a Comparative Study of the US, UK and Germany, second supervisor (2016)

Current PhD supervisions

  • Jurry Hatammimi, Institutional Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries in Emerging Markets: The Case of Fashion Industry in Bandung, Indonesia, first supervisor

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy
  • PGCHE (Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education), University of Hull

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA and MA in Political Economy (Moscow State University)
  • MSc in Economics (University College London)
  • PhD in Russian and East European Studies (University of Birmingham)

External roles

External examiner on international business degree courses at Anglia Ruskin University’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Organised and co-convened the ‘Forwink/Forswunk’ stream at the 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference

Guest edited (with Dr B Metcalfe) 'Development in Gender and Management in Eastern Europe', special issue of Women in Management Review, vols 20/5 and 20/6 (2005)

Reviewer for submissions to EURAM, European Academy of Management, and such journals as Human Relations, Organisation Studies, European Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Baltic Journal of Management, Europe-Asia Studies, Journal of Baltic Studies, Systems Research and Behavioral Science.

Professional highlights

Participated in a focus group on the Civic Role of Arts Organisations, organised by What Next? and Heads Up Festival in Hull (October 2016)

Member of the steering group for the project, Creation of Cross-Disciplinary Doctoral Programme in contemporary Russian and Chinese Law in a Global Economy (RUCHIN), Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme (2010-2012)