Caroline Clarke is a Senior Lecturer in Management at the Open University Business School. Caroline previously worked in Bristol Business School, and prior to that she spent five years as a researcher on the Change Management Consortium (previously at Bath and Cranfield University).
Caroline's undergraduate degree was awarded by the Open University and her positive student experience meant that returning to the Open University some years later as an academic was an easy decision to take. Caroline's main research interests are located in identity and emotion, and she has also written about managers and change, and has presented on auto-ethnography as a methodology. Caroline has recently collaborated on a 3 year study of academics in business schools exploring concepts of identities, insecurities, gender, and career behaviours amid the increasingly performative demands of academia.
Caroline is currently conducting research looking at the professional identities of Veterinary Surgeons with Professor David Knights. For this timely and important project they have been awarded several small grants and now hope to extend their work to include a cross-cultural study to help inform and make a comparison with the findings from the UK (73 veterinary surgeons).
Caroline work is qualitative, and is situated within a critical interpretive framework, with a particular interest and focus on discourse.
Caroline has published in Human Relations, Organization Studies, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, and the Scandinavian Journal of Management. Caroline also undertakes peer reviewing activity for a number of journals.
Caroline's latest publication is with David Knights:
Clarke, C and Knights, D. (in Press) 'Careering through Academia: Securing identities or engaging ethical subjectivities? Human Relations, doi: 10.1177/0018726715570978
Caroline has a number of years of experience teaching at all levels, particularly with post-graduate management students. Whilst she has taught most topics in organization studies, her favourite topics include power and politics, emotion, and culture. Caroline is empathetic in terms of experiencing life as a student at the Open University, and is excited about being part of the central academc teaching staff.
Caroline wrote the identity section of the MBA elective BB848 and is currently co-chair of B716 the foundation module for the MBA. Caroline is also unit chair of B716 'Managing People and Organizations' (Unit 2) and Unit 6 'Managing projects and change'. In addition, Caroline also teaches on the Mres course.