Background

Prior to joining Cranfield University, Elisabeth worked at King's College London, London Business School, the London School of Economics and Political Science and Zurich University.  She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Current activities

Elisabeth Kelan, PhD, is a Professor of Leadership and the Director of the Global Centre for Gender and Leadership at Cranfield School of Management. Her research focuses on gender and leadership, generations in organizations, leadership and diversity and inclusion. She has published two books (Rising Stars - Developing Millennial Women as Leaders and Performing Gender, both with Palgrave) and numerous peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and practitioner reports. She is an associate editor of the journal Gender, Work and Organization and is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Management. Elisabeth is the Series Editor for Routledge Studies in Gender and Organizations . She was a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (academic year 2014/15) and her research project explored gender inclusive leadership practices. She is currently involved in an ESRC funded seminar series on Gendered Inclusion (2015-2018).  

Her research has been recognized through various academic and practitioner awards. She is also regularly providing thought-leadership to businesses and international organizations. She sits on the advisory boards of the Women's Empowerment Principles, a partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, as well as the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation. 


Clients

Supranational Organizations: United Nations Focal Point for Women, United Nations Global Compact/UN Women, Council of Europe, European Central Bank, OECD, CERN European Organization of Nuclear Research.

Corporations: Accenture, Allianz, Airbus, Ashurst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Cassidian, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), EY, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Google, JPMorgan, KPMG, Linklaters, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, Saatchi & Saatchi, Novartis, Roche, RWE.


Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Kelan & EK (2016) Men, Managers and Moderate Feminism – Analysing the Construction of Men in Gender Equality Efforts. In: 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Gender, Work and Organization conferenc, Keele University.
  • Carr M & Kelan EK (2016) Mobilising femininities in the workplace: Offering intra-gender support as a way to make work 'work'. In: 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Gender, Work and Organization conferenc, Keele University.
  • Brown SE & Kelan EK (2016) 'There’s Never Been a Better Time to be a Woman’: Neoliberal Feminism and Women on Board. In: 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Gender, Work and Organization conferenc, Keele University.
  • Baker DT & Kelan EK (2016) Snakes and ladders: comparing the career trajectories of men and women in finance and accounting. In: 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Gender, Work and Organization conferenc, Keele University.
  • Baker DT & Kelan EK (2016) Giving an account of oneself. In: 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Gender, Work and Organization conferenc, Keele University.
  • Baker DT & Kelan EK (2016) Transmogrifying organisational space. In: 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Gender, Work and Organization conferenc, Keele University.
  • Adamson M & Kelan EK (2016) Modelling the Corporate Feminist? Celebrity Business Women as Postfeminist Role Models’. In: 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Gender, Work and Organization conferenc, Keele University.
  • Humbert AL, Kelan EK & van den Brink M (2016) How Leaders See Gender Quotas: A comparative analysis of attitudes toward legislated board quotas in the EU. In: 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Gender, Work and Organization conferenc, Keele University.
  • Brown, SE & Kelan EK (2015) Corporate and Management elites. In: Change Elites in Europe Conference, London School of Economics.
  • Quental C & Kelan E (2015) The Gendered Construction of Skills in the Promotion to Partner. In: Academy of Management, Vancouver.
  • Brown SE & Kelan EK (2014) Gender in the Board Appointment Process: Discursive Effects of the 'Ideal' Board Member. In: 8th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele.
  • Kelan EK & Wratil P (2014) In Defence of Merit - Have CEOs become Corporate Feminists?. In: 8th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele.
  • Kelan EK & Wratil P (2014) The Tone at the Top - CEOs as Macro Change Agents for Gender Equality. In: EURAM 2014 - 14th European Academy of Management Annual Conference, Valencia.
  • Kelan EK (2012) Gender in Professional Service Firms - A Review and Research Agenda. In: 2012 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Kelan EK (2012) Gendered Identification: Between Idealization and Admiration. In: 2012 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Kelan EK (2011) Performing Diversity. In: Diversity Conference, Paris.
  • Kelan EK (2011) Re(dis)covering the Self - Analysing the Practice of Yoga. In: 29th Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism , Istanbul.
  • Kelan EK (2010) Embodying Professionalism: The Role of Dress in Constructing Gendered Professionalism. In: 6th international interdisciplinary conference , Keele.
  • Kelan EK (2010) Collective Individualism - How Technology Changes Expectations of Work. In: 26th EGOS Colloquium, Lisbon.
  • Kelan EK & Mah A (2009) Making Young Professionals Brand Conform: Embodying Brands and Gender. In: 25th EGOS Colloquium, Barcelona.
  • Kelan EK & Humbert A (2008) Patchwork Identities: Gendering ICT Entrepreneurship in an Irish Context. In: ISBE 2008, Belfast.
  • Kelan EK (2008) Gender Fatigue - Camouflaging Gender Discrimination in Organizations. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2008, Anaheim.
  • Kelan E 15/12/2015 - Doing Leadership, Doing Gender - A Critical Performative Approach to Gender Inclusive Leadership. In: 14th International Studying Leadership Conference, Lancaster University.

Books

  • Baker DT & Kelan EK (2015) Policy and practice of diversity management in the workplace. In: Managing Diversity and Inclusion - An International Perspective. Syed J, Ozbilgin MF (ed.), Sage Publications Ltd, p. 78-105.
  • Kelan E (2015) Glass Ceiling. In: Wiley Encyclopedia of Management. 5:1, John Wiley & Sons.
  • Kelan EK (2014) Unspeakable Masculinities in Business Schools. In: Gender in Organizations: Are Men Allies or Adversaries to Women’s Career Advancement?. Burke R, Major D (ed.), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 234-269.
  • Kelan EK (2012) Rising Stars - Developing Millennial Women as Leaders. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kelan EK (2012) Gender in Consulting: A Review and Research Agenda. In: The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting. Kipping M, Clark T (ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Edwards MR & Kelan EK (2011) Employer branding and diversity: Foes or friends?. In: Branded Lives: The Production and Consumption of Meaning at Work. Brannan MJ, Parsons E, Priola V (ed.), p. 168-184.
  • Humbert A, Drew E & Kelan EK (2010) Gender identity and ICT entrepreneurship in an Irish context. In: Handbook Of Research On High-Technology Entrepreneurs. Ozbilgin M, Malach-Pines A (ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., p. 123-141.
  • Kelan EK & Nentwich JC (2009) The value of seeing gender as a 'doing'. In: Equality, diversity and inclusion at work: A research companion. Ozbilgin M (ed.), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Kelan EK (2009) The Politics of Gender and Technology. In: A Companion to Philosophy of Technology. Berg Olsen JK, Pendersen SA, Hendricks VF (ed.), Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 338-341.
  • Kelan EK (2009) Performing Gender at Work. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kelan EK (2009) Discursive Theories of Gender. In: Encyclopaedia of Gender and Society. O'Brien J (ed.), London: Sage.
  • Kelan EK (2008) Self-Entrepreneurial Careers: Current Management Practices in Swiss ICT work. In: Management Practices in High Tech Environments. Jemielniak D, Kociatkiewicz J (ed.), Hershey: Information Science Reference, p. 283-297.