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Personal profile


Since 2016 I have been Professor of Human Resource Development at the University of Roehampton Business School I am editor-in-chief of the Taylor and Francis journal Human Resource Development International. From 2014-2017 she was Principal Investigator for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Seminar Series “Challenging Gendered Media (Mis)representations of Women Professionals and Leaders.”

I am currenlty working with Dr Linda Perriton, University of Stirling, on a British Academy of Management funded project examiing the visibility of gender and diversity on the management education curriculum.

My research interests have emerged from my PhD research in management learning and education. With Dr Valerie Stead, Lancaster University, I have contributed to the development of gendered understandings of leadership learning,  With Valerie Stead I have conducted qualitative research and narrative interviews with women leaders, resulting in scholarly articles in journals such as Management Learning and Leadership including the research monograph Women’s Leadership (2009). With Gareth Edwards, Marian Iszatt-White, and Doris Schedlitzki, I co-edited a special issue of Management Learning, “Critical and Alternative Approaches to Leadership Learning and Development” (2013), and an issue of Advances in Developing Human Resources titled “Using Creative Techniques in Leadership Learning and Development” (2015).

Current research projects include an examination of the mobilization of textual and visual representations of women’s leadership in the media. This has led to the publication in 2018 of the Organization Studies paper "Constructing women's leadership representatino in the UK press during a time of financial crisis: gender capitals and dialectical tensions". Other projects include collaborations with Sarah Robinson and Ron Kerr focused on the development of critical hermeneutic and visual methods, leading to papers published in Management Learning and book chapters published in The Routledge Companion to Visual Organization and in Exploring Moran's Metaphors: Theory, Research and Practice in Organization Studies

I regularly present my research at national and international conferences, I am an academic fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation in the U.K. and visiting Professor at Huddersfield University Business School.



External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Huddersfield

31 Jul 201731 Jul 2020

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Research Output

From Chain to Net: assessing interdisciplinary contributions to academic impact through narrative case studies

Ross, C., Nichol, L., Elliott, C., Sambrook, S. & Stewart, J., 9 Feb 2020, In : STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION. p. 1 17 p., 10.1080/03075079.2020.1723522.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Power, powerlessness, and journal ranking lists: The marginalization of fields of practice

Anderson, V., Elliott, C. & Callahan, J., 3 Jan 2020, In : Academy of Management Learning and Education. p. 1 48 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fantasy spaces and emotional derailment: Reflections on failure in academic activism

Callahan, J. & Elliott, C., 1 Mar 2019, In : ORGANIZATION.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Succession in Chinese Family-SMEs: A Gendered Analysis of Successor Learning and Development

Mustafa, M., Elliott, C. & Zhou, L., 25 Apr 2019, In : Human Resource Development International. p. 1-37 37 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
116 Downloads (Pure)


  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Media article or participation
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Rethinking the Future of Human Resource Development Research

Carole Elliott (Speaker)

24 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Educating Rita

Carole Elliott (Speaker)

28 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Media Artefacts as Public Pedagogy for Women's Leadership Development

Carole Elliott (Organiser)

29 Jan 2019

Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

Writing for Publication

Carole Elliott (Speaker)

10 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Public Pedagogy, popular culture and women's leadership learning

Carole Elliott (Organiser)

12 Jul 2018

Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation


Drifts, shifts and career ladders: career agency and gender in academia

Author: Jönsas, K., 16 Apr 2020

Supervisor: Elliott, C. (Supervisor) & Robson, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis