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Professor Susan Vinnicombe

Professor Susan Vinnicombe

Professor of Women and Leadership
Strategy, People and Leadership
School of Management
E: s.m.vinnicombe@cranfield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0) 1234 750111 x3222


Areas of expertise

Management, Leadership

Current Activities

Susan's particular research interests are gender diversity on corporate boards, women's leadership styles, and the issues involved in women developing their managerial careers. Her Research Centre is unique in Europe with its focus on women leaders and the annual Female FTSE Report is regarded as the premier research resource on women directors in the UK.  Susan has written ten books and over one hundred articles, reports and conference papers.

Women on Corporate Boards of Directors; International Research and Practice; (with R. Burke, D. Bilimoria, M. Husen and V. Singh published by Edward Elgar) was published in 2009. Her latest book; Handbook of Research on Promoting Womens Careers; (with R. Burke, L. Moore and S. Blake-Beard) was published by Edward Elgar in 2013.

  • Background

    Susan has consulted for organisations in over twenty countries including the UAE, the Philippines, Trinidad, Nigeria and Malaysia on how best to attract, retain and develop women executives. She has advised government in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Finland and Spain on how to increase the number of women on their corporate boards.

    Susan is regularly interviewed in the press and on the radio and television for her expert views on women directors, and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences. Susan is the founder and Chair of the judges for Women in the City Awards and a judge for The Sunday Times 'Best NEDs of the Year' Awards. She is a Board member of the Saudi British Joint Business Council and Vice Patron of Working Families, a charity.

    Susan has been elected as Fellow of the British Academy of Management and has been honoured by The International Alliance of Women (TIAW) who have named Susan as a recipient of the TIAW World of Differnece 100 Award 2013, that recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the economic empowerment of women. She is also Visiting Professor of Curitn University, Graduate Business School, Perth, Australia. Susan is a member of the Lord Davies Steering Committee.

    From 1 July 2013 Susan is the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Endowed Chair in Women's Leadership at Simmons College, Boston, USA. Susan was awarded an OBE for her Services to Diversity in the Queen's New Year's Honours List in 2005.

  • Publications

    Vinnicombe S, Doldor E & Turner C (2014) The Female FTSE Board Report 2014: Crossing the finish line.

    Sealy R & Vinnicombe S (2013) Women on boards in the UK: accelerating the pace of change?. In: Getting Women on to Corporate Boards: A Snowball Starting in Norway. Machold S, Huse M, Hansen K, Brogi M (ed.), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 191-200.

    Vinnicombe S, Burke R, Blake-Beard S & Moore L (2013) Handbook of Research on Promoting Women's Careers.

    Vinnicombe S (2013) Lean in, but keep your balance, Management Focus, 35 (Autumn) 24-25.

    Doldor E, Anderson D & Vinnicombe S (2013) Refining the Concept of Political Will: A Gender Perspective, British Journal of Management, 24 (3) 414-427.

    Singh V, Jonsdottir T & Vinnicombe S (2013) Directors' role identities in pre and post crisis Iceland: Board life cycle stage and gender. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2013, Orlando, FL, 9.8.2013 - 13.8.2013.

    Sealy R & Vinnicombe S (2013) The Female FTSE Board Report 2013: False Dawn of Progress for Women on Boards??.

    Chen A, Doherty N & Vinnicombe S (2012) The perceived value of networking through an EMBA: a study of Taiwanese women, Career Development International, 17 (7) 646-662.

    Chen A, Doherty N & Vinnicombe S (2012) Developing women's career competencies through an EMBA, Gender in Management: An International Journal, 27 (4) 232-248.

    Sealy R & Vinnicombe S (2012) The Female FTSE Board Report 2012: Milestone or Millstone??.

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