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PhD projects

I am looking to supervise academically excellent PhD candidates from all areas of the world for the following or closely related topics: Innovative (arts-based and reflexive) leadership development and leader learning Dialogue, debate, and discourse in leadership development Content analysis of communication and cultural artefacts in leadership or followership Individual, relational, and socially embedded aspects of moral reasoning in leadership and followership Crisis leadership, crisis leadership communication Care ethics, Nussbaum's ethics, moral capitalism (A. Smith) in leadership and/or HRD (Womens’) motivation to lead, Women’s leadership, the agency myth Motivation to serve (servant leadership), Moral reasoning orientation in leadership and followership, Dual system processing in ethics Narcissism, toxic leadership, bullying, gossip, and egoism and their impact on leadership processes/outcomes Ethical aspects of power, empowerment vs. gaslighting and manipulation Innovative (arts-based and reflexive) leadership development and leader learning: leadership ethics, followership ethics Critical Leadership / Management Studies The reflexive construction of leader ethical identity through the medium of poetry, Communicative and socially embedded construction of gendered leader identity (gendered discourse analysis of business leaders' communication) Arts-based inquiry of relational and socially embedded aspects of ethical and unethical leadership Content analysis of women and men's constructions of leadership and moral reasoning in epideictic rhetoric. Self-leadership in the leadership relationship in non-profit organisations Women’s leadership in non-profit organisations Women’s motivation to lead

20102021

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Personal profile

Overview

I joined UWS from my previous post as Senior Lecturer in Leadership at the University of Huddersfield which I held from 2014-2019. Prior to joining the Huddersfield Business School I had a five-month lecturship in Saudi Arabia, worked three years as an adjunct professor in the United States, and spent two years teaching in higher education in Germany. During my PhD studies I also facilitated online master's thesis and portfolio supervision as a graduate teaching assistant. I have also delivered online teaching as a volunteer professor for Jesuit Worldwide Learning Higher Education at the Margins 

I have been a Fellow of the HEA since 2015.
Before entering the academy I led large scale Internet-based projects in business consultancy, online marketing and communication for international corporations in Berlin in the automotive (VW), telecommunications (T-Systems), publishing (Holzbrinck), and public sector (German Libraries Institute).

My research expertise and interests encompass:

  • Leadership communication
  • Communicative construction of moral reasoning
  • Care ethics, feminist ethics, moral reasoning orientation
  • Servant leadership
  • Gender in leadership and women’s leadership
  • Ethical aspects of leadership, followership, and ethical leadership development
  • Content analysis of cultural artefacts
  • Innovative (arts-based and reflexive) research 
  • Dialogue, debate, and discourse

I conduct research projects in niche and interdisciplinary areas applying post-postivisit, pragmatic, interpretivist, and critical perspectives. I am interested primarily in innovative approaches to research using arts-based inquiry and content analysis, including rhetorical and discourse analysis, but also expanding into further approaches such as the analysis and interpretations of communication and cultural artefacts as they embody and perpetuate meaning.

Current research activities

My current projects explore:

  • The reflexive construction of leader ethical identity through the medium of poetry,
  • Communicative and socially embedded construction of gendered leader identity (gendered discourse analysis of business leaders' radio interviews)
  • Arts-based inquiry of relational and socially embedded aspects of ethical and unethical leadership
  • Content analysis of women and men's constructions of leadership and moral reasoning in epideictic rhetoric.
  • Self-leadership in the leadership relationship in non-profit organisations
  • Women’s leadership in non-profit organisations
  • Women’s motivation to lead
  • Motivation to serve, moral reasoning orientation in servant leadership

Current PhD/DBA Supervision

I have supervised, advised, and examined PGR theses on gender and leadership, servant leadership, work ethics, OCB, and performance appraisals in various occupational (higher education, HRM, retail, finance, hospitality) and cultural settings (Caribbean, West Africa, Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, East Asia, UK). 

I have supervised postgraduate research students with projects focused on, for example:

  • Developing and validating new measures of leadership constructs of moral reasoning orientation in servant leadership
  • Cultural dimensions of gender egalitarianism and power distance and extra-role behaviour
  • Work-life balance policies, practices, and impacts in industry specific culture
  • Gender discrimination and inequality regimes in Scottish call-centres

Desired research direction

PhD Applicants

I am looking to supervise academically excellent PhD candidates from all areas of the world for the following or closely related topics:

  • Innovative (arts-based and reflexive) leadership development and leader learning
  • Dialogue, debate, and discourse in leadership development
  • Content analysis of communication and cultural artefacts in leadership or followership
  • Individual, relational, and socially embedded aspects of moral reasoning in leadership and followership
  • Crisis leadership, crisis leadership communication
  • Care ethics, Nussbaum's ethics, moral capitalism (A. Smith) in leadership and/or HRD
  • (Womens’) motivation to lead, Women’s leadership, the agency myth
  • Motivation to serve (servant leadership),
  • Moral reasoning orientation in leadership and followership,
  • Dual system processing in ethics 
  • Narcissism, toxic leadership, bullying, gossip, and egoism and their impact on leadership processes/outcomes
  • Ethical aspects of power, empowerment vs. gaslighting and manipulation
  • Innovative (arts-based and reflexive) leadership development and leader learning: leadership ethics, followership ethics
  • Critical Leadership / Management Studies
  • The reflexive construction of leader ethical identity through the medium of poetry,
  • Communicative and socially embedded construction of gendered leader identity (gendered discourse analysis of business leaders' communication)
  • Arts-based inquiry of relational and socially embedded aspects of ethical and unethical leadership
  • Content analysis of women and men's constructions of leadership and moral reasoning in epideictic rhetoric.
  • Self-leadership in the leadership relationship in non-profit organisations
  • Women’s leadership in non-profit organisations
  • Women’s motivation to lead

 

 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I have experience in course/programme leadership for PGT and UG, as well as the development of PGT/PGR curriculum and course design. Having served as the programme director of the PG courses MSc Business, MSc Business with HRM as well as UG courses BA Business Administration and Management and BA Human Resource Management for top-up students I have managed all aspects of course administration.  

The ongoing success and strategic importance of modules I have taught in ethical leadership have seen these developed further and expanded into the new PGT portfolio at the University of Huddersfield. I was actively involved and contributed to the PGT curriculum review and development of the new PGT portfolio at Huddersfield Business School having developed the new cross-course core PGT module: Leadership, Power and Ethics for a range of new programmes. I also contributed to the development of a new suite of courses for Strategic Communication and Leadership. I developed a concept for PGR community development for the Associate Dean of Teaching & Learning and Director of Postgraduate Studies. During my time at Huddersfield I also actively contributed to course validation processes for UG and PG courses specifically the MBA. I was also involved in the AACSB accreditation process for Huddersfield such as completing module mapping for AACSB accreditation and received AACSB traning.

Current teaching activities and interests

Teaching interests (classes taught at UWS and Huddersfield):

  • Exploring Leadership and Management
  • Organisational Ethics
  • Postgraduate Dissertation Proposal/Research Methods
  • Leadership: Power and Ethics
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Leadership: Process & Organisation

Other classes taught since 2019 at UWS:

  • Preparing an Honours Project
  • Change Management
  • Strategy and Strategists
  • Contemporary Strategy Development
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Professional Development Experience
  • People in Business
  • Understanding Organizational Design 
  • Intercultural Awareness 
  • Critical Employee Relations
  • Performance Management and Reward
  • Facilitation Skills
  • HRM in Business Contexts
  • HR Service Delivery

Other classes taught between 2014 and 2019 at Huddersfield:

  • Leading & Managing Change
  • Managing Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Real World Business Issues

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner, Lancaster University

Sep 2021 → …

External Examiner BA Professional Development In Leadership and Management, University of Dundee

2020 → …

External DBA Examiner: Ethical Leadership, University of Liverpool

20172018

External Examiner for MSc Leadership, MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care, Certificate in Professional Studies Management & Leadership, Manchester Metropolitan University

20162019

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Leadership Studies
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Followership
  • Follower Ethics
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Organisational Ethics
  • Leadership Development
  • Crisis Leadership
  • Crisis Management
  • Communication
  • Rhetoric
  • Speeches
  • Social Media
  • Poetry
  • Film
  • Gender
  • literature
  • BJ Ethics
  • Care Ethics
  • Ethic of Care
  • Feminist Ethics
  • Moral Reasoning
  • Moral Capitalism

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