Dr. Galit Ailon

Director, Departmental Ph.D.Committee
Dr. Galit Ailon
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BOOK (Author)


Ailon, Galit. 2007. Global Ambitions and Local Identities: An Israeli-American High-Tech Merger. NY & Oxford: Berghahn Books, 181 pages.




Kunda, Gideon and Galit Ailon-Souday. 2005. “Managers, Markets and Ideologies: Design and Devotion Revisited.” In S. Ackroyed, R. Batt, P. Thompson, and P. Tolberts (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Work and OrganizationOxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 200-219.




Ailon-Souday, Galit and Gideon Kunda. 2003. “The Local Selves of Global Workers: The Social Construction of National Identity in Face of Organizational Globalization.” Organization Studies 24(7): 1073-1096.


Ailon, Galit. 2006. “What Would Otherwise Do: A Critique of Conceptualizations of ‘Power’ in Organization Theory.” Organization, 13(6): 771-800.


2.a.            Reproduced as:

                  Ailon, Galit. 2009. “What Would Otherwise Do: A Critique of Conceptualizations of ‘Power’ in Organization Theory.” In Stewart R. Clegg (editor), SAGE Directions in Organization Studies. London: Sage.


Ailon, Galit. 2008. “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Culture’s Consequences at a Value Test of Its Own Design.” Academy of Management Review, 33(4): 885-904.


Invited dialogue-paper following article publication:

Ailon, Galit. 2009. "AMR Dialogue - A Reply to Geert Hofstede" Academy of Management Review, 34 (3): 571-573.


Ailon, Galit and Gideon Kunda. 2009. "'The One-Company Approach': Transnationalism in an Israeli-Palestinian Subsidiary of an MNC." Organization Studies, 30(7): 693-712.


*This paper won the EGOS (European Group for Organization Studies) Roland Calori Prize for the best paper published in Organization Studies between 2009-2010.



Ailon, Galit. 2011. "Mapping the Cultural Grammar of Reflexivity: The Case of the Enron Scandal." Economy and Society, 40 (1), 141-166.


Ailon, Galit and Daniella Arieli. 2011. "Empathetic Critique: A Reevaluation of the Role of the Critical Sociologist." (In Hebrew) Israeli Sociology, 13(1): 9-27.


Ailon, Galit. 2012. "The Discursive Management of Financial Risk Scandals:  The Case of Wall Street Journal Commentaries on LTCM and Enron" Qualitative Sociology, 35 (3): 251-270.


Ailon, Galit. 2013. "The Psycho-Discursive Origins of Moral Panics: Attempting a New Theoretical Synthesis". Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. 18: 35-55.


Ailon, Galit. 2013. "Setting Sail on Stormy Waters: On the Role of Organizational Ethnographers in the Age of Financialization." The Journal of Business Anthropology, 2(1): 33-48.


Ailon, Galit. 2014. "Financial Risk-Taking as a Sociological Gamble: Notes on the Development of a New Social Perspective." Sociology 48(3): 606-621.


Ailon, Galit. 2015. "From Superstars to Devils: The Ethical Discourse on Managerial Figures Involved in a Corporate Scandal." Organization 22(1): 78-99.


Ailon, Galit. Forthcoming. "Rethinking Calculation: The Popularization of Financial Trading Outside the Global Centres of Finance." Economy and Society.




Ailon, Galit. 2014. "Online Financial Markets: An Ethnographic Study of Independent Day-Traders in Israel." Economic Sociology_The Europoean Electronic Newletter 16(1): 26-27



Research fields: 

 Organizational Culture 

Financial Culture

Economic Sociology

Organizational Theory 

Economic and Managerial Discourse

Organizational Globalization




Dr. Ailon received her Ph.D. from the Department of Labor Studies at Tel-Aviv University. Her research, consisting of ethnographic fieldworks as well as textual and discourse analyses, has primarily focused on the study of culture and power in organizations and financial markets. Exploring the social construction of identity and national culture in global work contexts, her work unraveled the political subtexts inherent in cross-cultural organizational realities as well as in theoretical accounts of these realities. Moreover, she studied representations of corporate financial scandals in the popular business media, thus analyzing the social construction of corporate power and failure within a broader cultural perspective. In her most recent research project, Dr. Ailon studies popular financial culture.