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Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies, The Open University

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.


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    Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies, The Open University