Fabio James Petani


Qualifications: Maître de Conférences (MdC), Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (République Française) | PhD, summa cum laude, Institute of Marketing and Communication Management Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano (Switzerland) | Postgraduate Master, European School for Advanced Studies (ESAS) of the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia University (Italy)


Fabio J. Petani is assistant professor at INSEEC School of Business & Economics, where he  teaches  Business  Ethics,  CSR  and  Geopolitics  at  the  Master  in  International Business  Management.He  is  part  of INSEEC’sresearch  chair  in  Digital  Innovation, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, andteaches strategy atthe Mastersin Bank, Finance and Insurance ofthe public university Lumière Lyon 2. Before taking a PhD in  Lugano  (Switzerland),  Fabio  has  worked  in  London,Milan and Paris(in  TV broadcasting and publishing).His research and publications focus onorganizational space, sustainable digital transformation, smart citiesand pragmatic sociology.

Areas of Expertise


Research Interest

Organization & Management

  • Book Chapters 

Petani, F.J., & Mengis, J. (2018). Rhythms of historical disposal: The role of absent spaces in the organizational process of space planning. In K. Dale, S. Kingma & V. Wasserman (Eds.) Organisational Space and Beyond: The Significance of Henri Lefebvre for Organisation Studies (pp. 46-71). London, UK: Routledge.

  • Papers in Refereed Journals (from more to less recent)

Petani F.J., Chabanet D. & Richard, D. (2022, forthcoming). How (im)mobile are coworkers in midsized cities? Comparing the spatial mobility trajectories of coworking communities in Lille, Lyon and Rouen. Management International, Volume 26.

Petani F.J. & Mengis J. (2021). Technology and the hybrid workplace: The affective living of IT-enabled space. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 

Petani, F.J., Ramirez, C. & Gendron, Y. (2021). Special issue on Digitalization, work, and professions. Critical Perspectives on Accounting  Available online 31 July 2021, 102354  

Chabanet, D., Cloarec, M. A., Petani, F. J., Richard, D., & Zaoui, I. (2021). L’appropriation intelligente de la transformation digitale: un processus collectif peu formalisé. Management Avenir, (2), 171-192.

 (FNEGE rang 3)

Petani, F.J., Zaoui, I., Kovalev, S., & Montagnon, P. (2021). What will (and should) sustainable digital maturity look like in business ecosystems? A Delphi study on the best practices, barriers and regulation of digital transformation. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2021.10035083  

Petani, F.J. (2019). Confessions of an organizational space writer. Organization 26(6), 961-971. 

Petani, F.J. (2018). Entrepreneurship in Former Yugoslavia: Diversity, Institutional Constraints and Prospects. European Planning Studies, 26(10), 2099-2102.

Petani, F.J. & Mengis, J. (2016). In search of lost space: The process of space planning through remembering and history. Organization, 23(1), 71-89.

  • Working papers (active pipeline of work in R&R process)

Kovalev S., Chalamon I. & Petani F.J. (2020). Maximizing Single Attribute Diversity in Group Selection (under review with a CNRS rang 2 journal)

Mattia A., Spee, P., Gillespie, N., Petani F.J. (2021). Reassessing the legitimacy of institutionalized practices in times of instability. (undergoing second revision at a CNRS rang 1 journal)

Mengis, J., Petani, F.J. & Scholz, C. (2021). Embodied microhistories on the move: Materializing microhistories through walking to include the affective memories of everyday life (in the planning of smart cities). In Decker, S., Foster, W. & Giovannoni, E. (2022) Handbook of Historical Methods for Management Edward Elgar Publishing.

Petani (2021). Beyond a prevention strategy approach to suicide (under review at a CNRS rang 1 journal) 

Petani F.J. & Mengis, J. (2020). Containing space during construction: Achieving closure amidst plural relationalities. (under revision following an invitation to resubmit by a CNRS rang 1 journal)

Wylde A., Ng, W., Chabanet, D. & Petani, F.J. (2021) Preventing violations of trust: how virtual relationships envision collaborative action in digitally-enabled organizations. (Review CNRS rang 3 journal)

  • Papers in Conference Proceedings (in chronological order from most recent)

Cortambert, L. & Petani, F.J. (2021). Inclusion devices that exclude – Organizing solidarity in urban places for the homeless. Presented at the 37th EGOS Colloquium, Amsterdam, 7-10 July, 2021. 

Petani, F.J., Chabanet, D. & Richard, D. (2021). Coworking spaces as diverse urban villages in three midsized provincial French cities: Comparing the international migratory mobility patterns of a thousand coworkers. Presented at the 37th EGOS Colloquium, Amsterdam, 7-10 July, 2021

Petani, F.J., Mengis, J. & Vignali, G. (2021). Towards a microhistory method for tracing diverse materializations of time in smart cities. Presented at the 11th OAP workshop, 17-18 June, 2021.

Erspamer, C., Mengis, J. & Petani, F.J. (2020a). Top-down participation and the unsustainable lightness of history: A literature review of smart city governance organizational practices. Presented at the 36th EGOS Colloquium, 2-4 July 2020, Hamburg (Germany). 

Erspamer, C., Mengis, J. & Petani, F.J. (2020b). Participation and exclusion in smart city planning: an organizational review of smart city projects and their underlying stakeholder tensions. PhD Seminar on Organizations, Management and Theories of the Firm (OMTF) University of Zurich.

Petani F.J., Richard, C. & Chabanet, D. (2020). Are the commons of coworking spaces different in non-cosmopolitan urban areas? At the centre of province: Exploring Now Coworking communities in Lyon, Lille and Rouen. Presented at the Symposium of the Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS), 23, 24 January 2020, Lyon (France). 

Chabanet D., Cloarec M., Petani F.J., Richard, D. Zaoui I. (2019). Comment articuler Maturité Digitale et Intelligence Collective? Presented at the 30ème Congrès de l’AGRH 2019 dans le GRT GRH, transformations numériques & Intelligence Artificielle (IA) on the 13 November in Bordeaux (France)

Kravchenco, D., & Petani, F.J. (2018). Organizational space and memory: A review and research agenda. Accepted at the Organizational Learning and Knowledge Capabilities (OLKC) conference. 26-27 April, 2018 Liverpool (UK).

Petani, F. J. (2018). What organizational literature on materiality, technology and space can learn from cities: Smart city projects and the long term, broad sociomaterial impact on work, business and society. Presented at the 8th Organizations, Artifacts & Practices (OAP) Workshop “New Ways of Working (NWW): Rematerializing Organizations in the Digital Age”. 20-22 June 2018, Amsterdam (The Netherlands). 

Petani, F.J., Zaoui, I., Kovalev, S. & Montagnon, P. (2018ab). Presented at the AOM Specialized Conference “Big Data and Managing in a Digital Economy”, 18-20 April 2018 University of Surrey (UK).           

a)  A generative literature review on digital innovation and transformation, based on calls for papers and introductions to special issues in selected FT research ranked journals (2007-2017).                                    

b) What will (and should) sustainable digital maturity look like? A Delphi study on long-term ethical implications of digital business transformation.     

Petani, F.J. & Mengis, J. (2017a). Is space time's blind spot? Towards a processual theorizing of space representation. Presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 4-8 August 2017, Atlanta (GA, USA). 

Petani, F.J. & Mengis, J. (2017b). On the inter-situational costs of sacrificed compromises and the haunting of past tests. Presented at the 33rd EGOS Colloquium, 6-8 July 2017, Copenhagen (Denmark). 

Petani, F.J., & Mengis, J. (2015a). In search of lost space. A processual view of Lefebvre. Presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (OMT Division), 7-11 August 2015, Vancouver (Canada)

Petani, F.J. & Mengis, J. (2015b). Defining places of commemoration and distinguishing them from other spaces of planned remembrance. Presented at the conference of the Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies (APROS) at UTS Business School, University of Technology, 9-11 December, 2015. Sydney (Australia)

Petani, F.J., & Mengis, J. (2014a). Value-mediated coordination in the construction of a cultural center: how pragmatic tests recursively justify knowledge through “moral” organizational lessons. Presented at the Organizational Learning and Knowledge Capabilities (OLKC) 2014, 22-24 April, 2014, Oslo (Norway).

Petani, F.J., & Mengis, J. (2014b) Space as time’s blind spot. Presented at the 6th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, 19-21 June 2014, Rhodes (Greece).

Petani, F.J., & Mengis, J. (2014c) The center for the arts that ran away but did not get far. A processual view of coordination in construction management. Presented at the 30th EGOS Colloquium, 3-5 July 2014, Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

Petani, F.J., & Mengis, J. (2014d). When coordination creates interdependencies. A processual view of a large construction project. Presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (OMT Division), 1-5 August 2014, Philadelphia (PA, USA)

Mengis, J. & Petani, F.J. (2013) SGKM Conference 2013. The Sociomaterial Mediation of Interdisciplinary Communication. 12-13 April, 2013, Winterthur (Switzerland).

Petani, F.J., & Mengis, J. (2013a) Space as a processual test: novelty emergence (and submergence) seen through absent spaces” Presented at the 5h International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, 20-22 June 2013, Crete (Greece).

Petani, F.J., & Mengis, J. (2013b). What absent spaces tell us of the aesthetic business of creating a center for the arts Presented at the 2013 EGOS Colloquium in Montreal 4–6, July, 2013, Montréal (Canada). 

  • Other Publications (online, open access and divulgation)

Petani (2016) Space and Process: The organizational importance of what is left behind. Dissertation valid for a PhD title (summa cum laude) assigned by the Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland). 

  • The Conversation 

Petani F.J. (2022) La lutte contre le suicide au travail nécessite bien plus que de la prévention 

Petani F.J., & Graziano M. (2021) Debate: A geopolitical reading of fear.

The International Affairs Forum (journal of the Center for International Relations, Washington DC)Graziano M., & Petani F.J. (2021) Fearful New World. Towards a geopolitics of unknown fears. Online publication 20.1.2021. Available at: 

  • Publications with students

As French business and economics students, we have a solution for Brexit that could stop misleading referendums for good (Geopolitics-related open letter with students, The Independent 18.11.2019)                                     

  • White papers

Petani F.J. (2020) What we talk about, when we talk about lockdown: Free reflections on digital innovation, responsible research and teaching in business management, In Les Chercheurs Inseec U face à la Covid 19, pp. 64-66. Livre Blanc INSEEC U Research Centre, accessible at 

Petani, F.J. (2020). How the software company Cegid prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): An organizational learning project to ensure legal compliance, adapt marketing strategies and change data management practices. 

Mengis J., & Petani, F.J. (2016). In chase of a runaway building: Coordinating through organizational communication. 

  • Webinars 

Suicide as a work and study-related organized practice that defies management. Broadcasted: 30.4.2020 

Towards a Geopolitics of Fear: A conversation between Fabio J. Petani and Manlio Graziano. Broadcasted: 7.7.2020

Communication in Management

Ecological, technological and territorial transitions of organizations 

Business Ethics and CSR


CSR Norms and Institutions


Political Economy and International Relations, From Geopolitics to Geoeconomics

Law, Ethics and Philosophy of Management

Ecological and digital Transformations of organizations

Project Management


Communication Management, Organizational Decision Making 

Corporate Communication Research Methods


Organization and Management Theory (OMT) division of the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, 2017.

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