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Dr Caroline Clarke

Dr Caroline  Clarke

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for People and Organisations
  • caroline.clarke

Professional biography

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

Teaching interests

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.

Publications

Careering through academia: securing identities or engaging ethical subjectivities? (2015)
Clarke, Caroline A. and Knights, David
Human Relations, 68(12) (pp. 1865-1888)
‘It’s a bittersweet symphony, this life: fragile academic selves and insecure identities at work’ (2014-03)
Knights, David and Clarke, Caroline
Organization Studies, 35(3) (pp. 335-357)
Biting the hand that feeds: reflections on power, politics, identity and managerialism at work in academia (2014)
Berg, Elisabeth; Clarke, Caroline and Knights, David
Journal of Workplace Rights, 17(3/4) (pp. 383-388)
A labour of love? Academics in business schools (2012-03)
Clarke, Caroline; Knights, David and Jarvis, Carol
Scandinavian Journal of Management, 28(1) (pp. 5-15)
Going global, feeling small: an examination of managers' reactions to global restructuring in a multinational organisation (2012)
Kelliher, Clare; Clarke, Caroline; Hope Hailey, Veronica and Farndale, Elaine
The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(11) (pp. 2163-2179)
Working identities? Antagonistic discursive resources and managerial identity (2009-03)
Clarke, Caroline A.; Brown, Andrew D. and Hope Hailey, Veronica
Human Relations, 62(3) (pp. 323-353)
Being real or really being someone else?: change, managers and emotion work (2007-04)
Clarke, Caroline; Hope-Hailey, Veronica and Kelliher, Clare
European Management Journal, 25(2) (pp. 92-103)
Negotiating identities: fluidity, diversity and researcher emotion. (2015-11-18)
Clarke, Caroline and Knights, David
In: Clarke, Caroline; Broussine, Michael and Watts, Linda eds. Researching with Feeling: The Emotional Aspects of Social and Organisational Research (pp. 35-50)
ISBN : 978-0-415-64435-8 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Tales from post-field work: writing up; vivas; conferences; and publications. (2015)
Clarke, Caroline
In: Clarke, Caroline; Broussine, Michael and Watts, Linda eds. Researching with Feeling: The Emotional Aspects of Social and Organisational Research (pp. 126-146)
ISBN : 978-0-415-64435-8 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Essay: labouring under false pretences? The emotional labour of authentic leadership (2013-10-31)
Clarke, Caroline; Kelliher, Clare and Schledlitzki, Doris
In: Ladkin, Donna and Spiller, Chellie eds. Authentic Leadership: Clashes, Convergences and Coalescences (pp. 75-92)
ISBN : 978-1-78100-637-5 | Publisher : Edward Elgar | Published : Cheltenham
Case Study 2: BCP Aerospace (2008)
Balogun, Julia; Clarke, Caroline and Hope Hailey, Veronica
In: Balogun, Julia and Hope Hailey, Veronica eds. Exploring Strategic Change, 3rd Edition (pp. 265-281)
ISBN : 273708023 | Publisher : Financial Times / Prentice Hall | Published : Harlow, UK
Researching with Feeling: The Emotional Aspects of Social and Organisational Research. (2015)
Clarke, Caroline; Broussine, Michael and Watts, Linda eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-64435-8 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon