Professor Carole Elliott
PhD, MSc, BA
Professor of Organisation Studies
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Sheffield University Management School
Carole was awarded her PhD from Lancaster University in 2004. She gained her MSc in Human Resource Development (with Distinction) from Lancaster University in 1998, and a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Western Australia. She is an Academic Fellow of the CIPD, a Council Member of the British Academy of Management (BAM), and a former editor-in-chief of 'Human Resource Development International'. She has previously worked at the Universities of Lancaster, Hull, Durham, and Roehampton, before her appointment as Professor of Organisation Studies at Sheffield in May 2020.
- Research interests
Carole's research interests lie at the intersection of disciplinary fields: management and leadership learning, organization studies and human resource development. Her early research interests developed in response to a curiosity about the development of the self for work, particularly among managers and leaders. The interpretive foundation for this body of research is located in critical theory, particularly as it has been applied to the management studies and human resource development fields.
Her early research focus on the individual learning experience provides a backdrop for continuing inquiries into the power dynamics of learning environments, including her interest in women’s leadership learning, and in teaching and learning within international management education settings. An examination of business schools’ visual representations of their claims to internationalisation has led to an innovative area of methodological work that adopts a visual semiotic framework as one stage of a hermeneutic analysis of webpages. She continues to develop and apply this methodological development to different contexts: examinations of women leaders’ visual representations; organisations’ representation of their corporate ‘historic’ web identity; and conceptual contributions around the implications for organizations in the light of the ‘visual’ and ‘digital’ turns.
She has worked with, and taken the lead in research with scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds: management learning; organization studies; leadership; human resource management, and organization psychology.
From 2014-2017 she was the principal investigator of the ESRC Seminar Series 'Challenging Gendered Media Mis(s)Representations of Women Professionals and Leaders'. The seminar series has led to outputs in: Organization Studies; Gender, Work and Organization; Management Learning, and the edited collection Gender, Media and Organization: Challenging Mis(s)Representation of Women Leaders and Managers.
- Gender, Media, and Organization: Challenging Mis(s)Representations of Women Leaders and Managers. Charlotte, NC, USA: Information Age Publishing.
- In praise of holistic scholarship : a collective essay in memory of Mark Easterby-Smith. Management Learning.
- Where is the visible commitment to gender in the advertised content of UK management degree programmes?. Gender in Management.
- Discourses of practice : an examination of KEF and its effects on the AL/HRD community. Action Learning: Research and Practice.
- Advancing book clubs as non-formal learning to facilitate critical public pedagogy in organizations. Management Learning.
- Leadership legitimacy and the mobilization of capital(s): Disrupting politics and reproducing heteronormativity. Leadership.
- Impossible or just irrelevant? Unravelling the ‘authentic leadership’ paradox through the lens of emotional labour. Leadership. View this article in WRRO
- Gender hegemony and its impact on HRD research and practice. Human Resource Development International, 23(5), 469-472.
- HRD professional education provision in the UK: past, present and future. Human Resource Development International. View this article in WRRO
- Fantasy spaces and emotional derailment: Reflections on failure in academic activism. Organization, 27(3), 506-514. View this article in WRRO
- The role of HRD in bridging the research-practice gap: the case of learning and development. Human Resource Development International, 23(2), 108-124. View this article in WRRO
- From chain to net : assessing interdisciplinary contributions to academic impact through narrative case studies. Studies in Higher Education, 1-16. View this article in WRRO
- Power, powerlessness, and journal ranking lists: The marginalization of fields of practice. Academy of Management Learning & Education. View this article in WRRO
- Succession in Chinese family-SMEs: a gendered analysis of successor learning and development. Human Resource Development International, 22(5), 504-525. View this article in WRRO
- The curious case of human resource development in family‐small‐to‐medium sized enterprises. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 30(3), 281-290. View this article in WRRO
- Economies of visibility as a moderator of feminism: ‘Never mind Brexit. Who won Legs‐it!’. Gender, Work & Organization, 26(8), 1156-1175. View this article in WRRO
- Guest editorial. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 34(3), 186-187. View this article in WRRO
- Pedagogies of power: Media artefacts as public pedagogy for women’s leadership development. Management Learning, 50(2), 171-188. View this article in WRRO
- Constructing women’s leadership representation in the UK press during a time of financial crisis : gender capitals and dialectical tensions. Organization Studies, 39(1), 19-45. View this article in WRRO
- Articulating the entrepreneurship career : a study of German women entrepreneurs. International Small Business Journal, 35(5), 535-557. View this article in WRRO
- Developing a tradition of scholarship : the emergence and evolution of the AHRD-sponsored journals. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 18(4), 495-511. View this article in WRRO
- Women managers, leaders and the media gaze. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 31(5/6), 314-321.
- Modernism, Postmodernism, and corporate power: historicizing the architectural typology of the corporate campus. Management & Organizational History, 11(2), 123-146. View this article in WRRO
- Non-domination, contestation and freedom: The contribution of Philip Pettit to learning and democracy in organisations. Management Learning, 46(3), 317-336. View this article in WRRO
- Research group
- 2020-2022: BA/Leverhulme. 'Returners' Programmes: a solution to motherhood penalty and skills' shortage?. '£9,600.00. PI: Dr Cecile Guillaume, University of Roehampton
- 2016: Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS). 'Developing Women’s Leadership: Theory and Practice'. £2,500.00
- 2016-2017: British Academy of Management. ' Gender and Diversity in Management Education'. £33,586.00. PI: Dr Linda Perriton, University of Stirling.
- 2014-2017. ESRC Seminar Series. ' Challenging Gendered Mis(s)representations of women professionals and leaders'. £30,000.00
- 2013. Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS). 'Reclaiming Impact'. £5,000.00
- Teaching interests
Carole's teaching is closely related to her early research interests in learning and critical management education. She views her role as an educator as one that supports, facilitates, and challenges learners in making explicit the knowledge that may hitherto be implicit. Her approach to learning design is rooted in her early higher education teaching experience when she worked with experienced practitioners, from a variety of sectors, on a part-time Masters degree underpinned by a philosophy of collaborative learning. Carole has taught undergraduate modules on leadership, organisational behaviour, and management. At postgraduate level she has taught specialist modules focusing on Human Research Development, Leadership and Change, and qualitative methodologies.
- Professional activities
I am an Academic Fellow, CIPD, and Fellow of the HEA. I am a member of several scholarly associations including: the British Academy of Management, Academy of Management, EGOS, an the Academy of HRD.
- PhD supervision
I welcome proposals using qualitative research in the following areas: Management and Leadership Learning; Gender and Leadership; Critical Management Studies; Critical Human Resource Development; Visual Approaches to Organisation Studies.