Emotion, Seduction & Intimacy

Emotion, Seduction & Intimacy

Alternative Perspectives on Human Behaviour

by: Dr. Rory Ridley-Duff

Workplace relationships seen in a new light, with focus on the role of seduction and intimacy in personal dynamics


In most organizations the vast majority of employees feel that management has failed to deal effectively with issues of sexuality and intimacy in the workplace.  Yet personal relationships can profoundly affect productivity, morale, and the well-being of employees. 

In this brilliant book, author Rory Ridley-Duff proposes:

  • A new framework for appreciating both potential benefits and harms of workplace relationships, and
  • A new, constructive, and non-confrontational approach to sexual relations in the workplace.

Based on years of case-study research and up-to-date scholarship, this book shows how business managers can benefit from a better understanding of the connection between emotion and intelligence.

What others are saying about Emotion, Seduction and Intimacy:

“Rory‘s work is insightful and helps to redress some of the imbalances in the feminist theory of patriarchy while simultaneously introducing the concepts of gender and intimacy to the subject of enterprise governance.”

—Prof. Phil Johnson, Head of HRM and Organisational Behaviour, Sheffield University


“There was a time when managers would request that people leave their brains and their emotions at home.  Now, they recognise that bringing one’s brain to work has certain advantages!  However, we still need to learn about our emotions and sexuality at work. Rory Ridley-Duff’s work has made substantial contributions to our understanding of emotion, seduction and intimacy in the workplace.  It is very well researched and presented with deep insight and clarity.  This book sheds a new light on relationships at work and needs to be taken seriously as understanding its content offers new ways of organising for work.”

– Professor Bob Garvey, author of Coaching and Mentoring: Theory and Practice, Sage Publications

“Rory is a man who…does not shun the moral maze of human desires and passions but brings greater understanding to that very facet of life —he forbidden fruit that made us fall from grace and its role in our emancipation.”

—Dr. Poonam Thapa, gender, culture ,and sexual health expert


“Rory eloquently straddles the world of practitioner and academic: his writing is engaging and constantly draws the reader into the web of everyday emotions found bubbling away under the surface in the workplace. Sexual interplay, power and vengeance are played out on the pages – beats Dan Brown hands down!”

– Dr Sally East, Specialist on Work-Life Balance, Royal Veterinary College

“Rory’s book has a magnificent tone – serious, high level addressing of issues of both organisational and theoretical importance. For me it is one of the very best studies I have read.”

– David Megginson, Emeritus Professor of Human Resource Development, Sheffield Hallam University

About Author:

Dr. Rory Ridley-Duff is a rare individual who applies creative skills to a wide range of artistic and academic pursuits.  A director of Computercraft Ltd. throughout the 1990s, he later became CEO of First Contact Software Ltd where he won a DTI Smart Award. He is now a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in Human Resources and Organisation Behaviour and was recognised by Marquis’s Who’s Who in the World in 2009 for his contributions to music and knowledge. His active research interests are in governance, gender relations, and social enterprise. His second book, Emotion, Seduction, & Intimacy: Alternative Perspectives on Organisation Behaviour, was published in November 2007.

When not lecturing and researching, Rory develops music interests. An accomplished musician, Rory has released six albums of music (three solo, three with the rock band Protos).  In February 2007, Rory reached #1 in the SoundClick ‘Hottest Bands’ chart.
Learn more at his website, http://www.roryridleyduff.com/

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