Elena is a Senior Research Fellow in Cranfield’s International Centre for Women Leaders. Her research interests lie in two core areas: organizational politics and gender diversity at leadership levels. Elena’s research examines the notion of political maturation, by exploring how male and female managers develop willingness and ability to engage in organisational politics. She is also involved in research projects examining diversity on public and private sector boards of directors in the UK and internationally, including Cranfield’s annual Female FTSE Report.
Elena presents her research frequently at international conferences in the UK and abroad. After being awarded a Fulbright Award, she spent the academic year 2007-2008 as a visiting researcher in Northwestern University, USA. Elena is a reviewer for academic journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics and Gender, Work and Organization, and a member of the American Academy of Management and the British Academy of Management.
Elena’s teaching experience includes Organizational Behaviour and Research Methods modules in MBA and MSc programmes at Cranfield School of Management, London Metropolitan University and the University of Bedfordshire. As a business psychologist, she was involved in diversity management initiatives, assessment and development centres and HR processes related to personnel selection and performance appraisal. Elena has lived and worked in Romania, France, the UK and the USA and speaks fluently English, French and her mother tongue Romanian.