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Professor Elisabeth Kelan

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Professor Elisabeth Kelan

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Biography

Elisabeth Kelan, PhD, is a Professor of Leadership and Organisation, and Head of the Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management Group at Essex Business School, University of Essex. Her research focuses on women in leadership, men as change agents for gender equality, generations at work, and diversity, inclusion and belonging. Her new research explores the future of work, digitalisation, and gender (Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship [MRF-2019-069]). She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in leading academic journals such as the British Journal of Management (ABS 4), Human Relations (FT Top 50, ABS 4), the Academy of Management Learning and Education (ABS 4), the Journal of Business Ethics (FT Top 50), Management Learning (ABS 3), and Gender, Work and Organization (ABS 3). She is also the author of three books. Elisabeth Kelan held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship and was the Dahlem International Network Professor for Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council and various private sector institutions. She is an associate editor of the journal Gender, Work and Organization and is on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Management, Management Learning, and Gender in Management. She edits the Routledge Studies in Gender and Organizations book series. Her research is regularly featured in the media such as the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Telegraph and HR Magazine. The Times featured her as one of the management thinkers to watch. She has won various practitioner and academic awards for her research such as the Academy of Management Gender and Diversity in Organizations Faculty Transnational Research Award 2016 and the award for the Most Influential Leadership Research by the Leadership Awards (2016). She is regularly providing thought-leadership and consulting to businesses and international organisations. Elisabeth Kelan has worked with businesses such as Accenture, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Google, KPMG, Linklaters, Johnson & Johnson, Ooredoo and PwC and international organisations such as the Council of Europe, CERN, the European Central Bank, the European Parliament and the United Nations Systems Staff College, United Nations Women, the United Nations Global Compact, and the International Labour Organization. Prior to joining the University of Essex, Elisabeth Kelan held appointments at London Business School, the London School of Economics and Political Science, King's College London, Cranfield School of Management and Zurich University. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Current UK Research Excellence Framework Cycle (REF2021): four articles in ABS List 4* journals and seven articles in ABS 3* journals. Elisabeth welcomes inquiries from potential PhD students on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: -gender and leadership -digitalisation and gender -leadership development

Qualifications

  • PhD London School of Economics and Political Science,

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Professor of Leadership and Organisation, Essex Business School, University of Essex (1/8/2018 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Digitalisation and Gender

Open to supervise

Leadership Development

Open to supervise

Gender and Leadership

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Leadership in Organisations (BE420)

  • Leading with Impact (BE875)

Publications

Journal articles (31)

Baker, DT. and Kelan, EK., (2019). Splitting and blaming: The psychic life of neoliberal executive women. Human Relations. 72 (1), 69-97

Adamson, M. and Kelan, EK., (2019). ‘Female Heroes’: Celebrity Executives as Postfeminist Role Models. British Journal of Management. 30 (4), 981-996

Humbert, AL., Kelan, E. and van den Brink, M., (2019). The Perils of Gender Beliefs for Men Leaders as Change Agents for Gender Equality. European Management Review. 16 (4), 1143-1157

Jonsen, K., Point, S., Kelan, EK. and Grieble, A., (2019). Diversity and inclusion branding: a five-country comparison of corporate websites. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 1-34

Humbert, AL., Kelan, E. and Clayton-Hathway, K., (2019). A Rights-Based Approach to Board Quotas and How Hard Sanctions Work for Gender Equality. European Journal of Women's Studies. 26 (4), 447-468

Lewis, P., Adamson, M., Biese, I. and Kelan, E., (2019). Introduction to special issue: Exploring the emergence of moderate feminism(s) in contemporary organizations. Gender, Work & Organization. 26 (8), 1063-1072

Kelan, E., (2019). The Inclusive Leader, The Smart Strategist and The Forced Altruist: Subject Positions for Men as Gender Equality Partner. European Management Review

Kelan, EK., (2018). Men Doing and Undoing Gender at Work: A Review and Research Agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews. 20 (2), 544-558

Kelan, EK. and Wratil, P., (2018). Post-Heroic Leadership, Tempered Radicalism and Senior Leaders as Change Agents for Gender Equality. European Management Review. 15 (1), 5-18

Gill, R., Kelan, EK. and M. Scharff, C., (2017). A Postfeminist Sensibility at Work. Gender, Work and Organization. 24 (3), 226-244

Adamson, M., Kelan, E., Lewis, P., Rumens, N. and Sliwa, M., (2016). The quality of equality: thinking differently about gender inclusion in organizations. Human Resource Management International Digest. 24 (7), 8-11

Kelan, EK., (2016). The Language of Female LeadershipThe Language of Female Leadership Baxter Judith Palgrave Basingstoke 2010. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. 35 (5/6), 383-385

Jonsen, K., Point, S. and Kelan, EK., (2016). Diversity Branding: A Five-Country Comparison Of Corporate Websites. Academy of Management Proceedings. 2016 (1), 11605-11605

Kelan, EK. and Wratil, P., (2015). Skirting Merit - Senior Leaders on Merit and Gender Equality (WITHDRAWN). Academy of Management Proceedings. 2015 (1), 13464-13464

Quental, C. and Kelan, EK., (2015). The Gendered Construction of Skills in the Promotion to Partner. Academy of Management Proceedings. 2015 (1), 15689-15689

Kelan, EK., (2014). From Biological Clocks to Unspeakable Inequalities: The Intersectional Positioning of Young Professionals. British Journal of Management. 25 (4), 790-804

Kelan, EK., (2014). Organising Generations - What Can Sociology Offer to the Understanding of Generations at Work?. Sociology Compass. 8 (1), 20-30

Nentwich, JC. and Kelan, EK., (2014). Towards a Topology of ‘Doing Gender’: An Analysis of Empirical Research and Its Challenges. Gender, Work & Organization. 21 (2), 121-134

Kelan, EK. and Mah, A., (2014). Gendered Identification: Between Idealization and Admiration. British Journal of Management. 25 (1), 91-101

Kelan, EK., (2013). The becoming of business bodies: Gender, appearance, and leadership development. Management Learning. 44 (1), 45-61

Wang, M. and Kelan, E., (2013). The Gender Quota and Female Leadership: Effects of the Norwegian Gender Quota on Board Chairs and CEOs. Journal of Business Ethics. 117 (3), 449-466

Kelan, EK., (2010). Gender Logic and (Un)doing Gender at Work. Gender, Work & Organization. 17 (2), 174-194

KELAN, EK. and JONES, RD., (2010). Gender and the MBA.. Academy of Management Learning & Education. 9 (1), 26-43

Kelan, EK., (2009). Gender fatigue: The ideological dilemma of gender neutrality and discrimination in organizations. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences / Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l'Administration. 26 (3), 197-210

Kelan, E. and Dunkley Jones, R., (2009). Reinventing the MBA as a rite of passage for a boundaryless era. Career Development International. 14 (6), 547-569

Kelan, EK., (2008). Emotions in a Rational Profession: The Gendering of Skills in ICT Work. Gender, Work & Organization. 0 (0), 070730013921001-???

Kelan, EK., (2008). The Discursive Construction of Gender in Contemporary Management Literature. Journal of Business Ethics. 81 (2), 427-445

Kelan, E., (2008). Gender, risk and employment insecurity: The masculine breadwinner subtext. Human Relations. 61 (9), 1171-1202

Kelan, E., (2008). Bound by stereotypes?. Business Strategy Review. 19 (1), 4-7

Kelan, EK., (2007). ‘I don't know why’ — Accounting for the scarcity of women in ICT work. Women's Studies International Forum. 30 (6), 499-511

Kelan, EK., (2007). TOOLS AND TOYS : Communicating gendered positions towards technology. Information, Communication & Society. 10 (3), 358-383

Books (2)

Kelan, E., (2012). Rising Stars Developing Millennial Women as Leaders. Palgrave Macmillan. 0230294014. 9780230294011

Kelan, E., (2009). Performing Gender at Work. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 9781349367450

Book chapters (12)

Baker, DT. and Kelan, EK., (2019). HRM practices to diversity management Individualization, precariousness and precarity. In: Human Resource Management - A Critical Approach. Editors: Collings, DG., Wood, GT. and Szamosi, LT., . Routledge. 117- 134

Kelan, E., (2018). Credit Where Credit is Due. In: Teaching Human Resource Management An Experiential Approach. Editors: de Janasz, SC. and Crossman, J., . Edward Elgar Publishing. 38- 39. 1786439794. 9781786439796

Günther, EA., Humbert, AL. and Kelan, EK., (2018). Gender Versus Sex. In: Oxford Encyclopedia of Business and Management

Kelan, EK., (2017). Contested terrain: The power to define, control and benefit from gender equality efforts. In: Postfeminism and Organization. 105- 123. 9781138212213

Kelan, E., (2014). Unspeakable masculinities in business schools. In: Gender in Organizations: Are Men Allies or Adversaries to Women's Career Advancement?. Edward Elgar Publishing. 234- 246. 9781781955697

Kelan, E., (2012). Gender In Consulting: A Review And Research Agenda. In: The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting. Oxford University Press. 9780199235049

Edwards, MR. and Kelan, EK., (2011). Employer Branding and Diversity: Foes or Friends?. In: Branded Lives: The Production and Consumption of Meaning at Work. Edward Elgar Publishing. 168- 184. 9781849800921

Humbert, AL., Drew, E. and Kelan, E., (2010). Gender Identity and ICT Entrepreneurship in an Irish Context. In: Handbook of Research on High-Technology Entrepreneurs. Edward Elgar Publishing. 123- 141. 9781847209498

Kelan, EK. and Nentwich, JC., (2009). The Value of Seeing Gender as a ‘Doing’. In: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work: A Research Companion. Edward Elgar Publishing. 136- 146. 9781847203359

Kelan, EK., (2009). The Politics of Gender and Technology. In: A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology. Wiley-Blackwell. 338- 341. 9781405146012

Kelan, EK., (2009). Discursive Theories of Gender. In: Encyclopedia of Gender and Society. Editors: O'Brien, J., . SAGE Publications, Inc.. 9781412909167

Kelan, EK., (2008). Self-Entrepreneurial Careers. In: Management Practices in High-Tech Environments. IGI Global. 282- 297. 9781599045641

Conferences (1)

Kelan, EK., (2008). Gender fatigue - Camouflaging gender discrimination in organizations

Contact

elisabeth.kelan@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873813

Location:

EBS.3.27, Colchester Campus

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