Contact Dr Val Singh

Background

Val is a Consultant and Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management, following a career there as Reader in the Organizational Behaviour field, specialising in diversity on corporate boards, and barriers and facilitators to board-level careers. She was Deputy Director, International Centre for Women Leaders (ICWL). Starting her academic career in mid-life, Val was Gender Editor of The Journal of Business Ethics, Associate Editor of Gender Work & Organization, and published widely in academic & practitioner journals, books and newspapers including The Financial Times. She is co-editor of the book: Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: International Research and Practice (Edward Elgar, 2008). She has been a plenary speaker at international conferences, and was a National Business Awards judge for several years. Recent activities include a 2012 study for the Dubai Women Establishment on Top Women’s Career and Board Experiences, and their Recommendations regarding a potential Quota for Female Directors on UAE boards; research for the Davies Commission on women directors, a study of French corporate boards, a study of directors’ governance roles in Iceland, career workshops for academics, and for engineers/scientists on profile-building and cv development. She is still actively involved in writing academic papers. Prior to retirement from 2008: Co-initiator with Prof Susan Vinnicombe of annual Female FTSE Studies in 1999, acknowledged as UK’s premier research resource on women directors and leaders. Initiator of similar studies on ethnic minority directors in FTSE 100 companies. As well as her research into diversity at board level, Val worked with a variety of large companies, public sector organisations, policy makers, media and other academic centres both in the UK and internationally.

Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Doldor E & Singh V (2008) The challenge of organizational politics: Bridging the gap across theoretical domains. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2008, Anaheim, 8 August 2008.
  • Sealy R, Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2008) FTSE 350 Female directors and women in the executive committees. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2008, Anaheim, 8 August 2008.
  • Singh V & Nelson D (2008) The influence of Chairmen and Chief Executives as gender diversity change agents in the Boardroom. In: EABIS 2008 Colloquium: Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Cranfield.
  • Sealy R & Singh V (2008) Changing the faces at the top for better governance: the value of female role models. In: EABIS 2008 Colloquium: Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Cranfield.
  • Herzfelt R, Chrobot-Mason D, Gentry B, Khapova S, Korotov K, Lasher A, Ruderman M, Sealy R, Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2008) Understanding career development of European women in Russia, Spain, UK and the Netherlands. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2008, Anaheim, 8 August 2008.
  • Singh V & Terjesen S (2007) Global prerequisites of politics, pay and pipeline for the presence of women corporate directors. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.
  • Doldor E & Singh V (2007) Being political, being (in)visible: women's political behaviours in organizations and the masculine construal of corporate power. In: Gender, Work & Organisation Conference, Keele.
  • Broadbridge A & Singh V (2007) Women directors in FTSE 350 retailing companies. In: Conference proceedings 2007 : British Academy of Management : management research, education and business success : is the future as clear as the past?, Warwick, 11 September 2007.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2007) An exploratory study of executive committee demography in top companies: Another gendered layer revealed. In: Gender, Work & Organisation Conference, Keele.
  • Anderson D, Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2007) Up and out: the exit of women partners from a global consultancy firm. In: Conference proceedings 2007 : British Academy of Management : management research, education and business success : is the future as clear as the past?, Warwick, 11 September 2007.
  • Anderson D, Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2007) Women above the glass ceiling: Exploring why women partners leave. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2006) Women on boards of directors: United Kingdom stakeholder collaboration strategies. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta.
  • Singh V, Vinnicombe S & Kumra S (2006) Women above the glass ceiling: Voice through womens corporate networks. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta.
  • Sealy R & Singh V (2006) Role models, work identity and senior womens career progression Why are role models important?. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta.
  • Vinnicombe S, Singh V & Anderson D (2006) Exploring why women partners leave. In: Gender and Career Advancement Small Group Meeting, Netherlands.
  • Anderson D, Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2006) Women above the glass ceiling: Exit. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta.
  • Singh V, Anderson D & Vinnicombe S (2006) Stepping out from gendered cultures: Fond farewells from successful women. In: British Academy of Management Conference, Belfast.
  • Jonsdottir T & Singh V (2006) Hurdles for women? Exploring the non-executive director recruitment process. In: EURAM Conference, Oslo.
  • Singh V (2006) Ethnic and international diversity in FTSE 100 boards. In: EURAM Annual Conference, Oslo.
  • Singh V (2006) Women and Career Success. In: Women and Work annual meeting, Milton Keynes.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2005) Continuity and change within top UK boardrooms: From homogeneity to gender diversity. In: EGOS 21st Colloquium, Berlin.
  • Singh V, Vinnicombe S & Kumra S (2005) Women making good connections through corporate networks - an exploratory study. In: British Academy of Management Conference, Oxford.
  • Singh V, Vinnicombe S & Terjesen S (2005) Human capital and gender diversity in FTSE 100 board appointments. In: Gender, Work & Organisation Conference, Keele.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2005) Corporate governance and gender diversity on top UK boards. In: EURAM Conference, Rome, 19 May 2010.
  • Collins J & Singh V (2005) Successful leadership: The importance of credit. In: Critical Leadership Conference, Lancaster.
  • Singh V & Point S (2004) Promoting gender and ethnicity stereotypes in a digital world. In: EGOS 20th Colloquium, Ljubljana.
  • Singh V & Point S (2004) Playing out equality and diversity on the web across Europe. In: SAM/IFSAM 7th World Congress, Gothenburg.
  • Collins J, Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2004) Examining socially constructed leadership. In: British Academy of Management Conference, St Andrews.
  • Singh V (2004) Making the most of diversity. In: National Council of Women Malta, St Julians, Malta.
  • Singh V (2004) Making good connections: Best practice for Women's Organisational Networks. In: GE European Women's Network Conference, Chantilly.
  • Singh V & Point S (2004) Leveraging legitimacy from managing diversity discourse. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference, 2004**, St Andrews, Scotland, 30 August - 1 September 2004.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2003) Constructing a personal identity: How young female managers use role models. In: Gender, Work & Organization Conference, Keele.
  • Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2003) Gender differences in managers' beliefs about prerequisite characteristics for leadership. In: 11th European Congress on Work & Organisational Psychology (EAWOP), Lisbon.
  • Collins J, Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2003) The rhetoric, discourse and meanings of leadership of public sector organisations in post-devolution Scotland. In: British Academy of Management Conference, Harrogate.
  • Singh V & Point S (2003) Promoting diversity through websites: a comparison of top European companies. In: EGOS 19th Colloquium, Copenhagen.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2003) Women directors in the UK: empirical trends and theoretical connections. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2003, Seattle, WA, 1 August 2003.
  • Wilson SP, Butler M, James K, Partington D, Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2003) The fallacy of integration: building boundaries between work and non-work within professional services. In: British Academy of Management Conference, Harrogate.
  • Collins J, Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2003) The leadership language in Scottish public service organisations. In: Critical Leadership Conference, Lancaster.
  • Singh V, Schiuma G & Vinnicombe S (2002) Assessing Diversity Management. In: PMA 2002 Conference, Boston.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2002) Elites and Diversity: Women Directors in Top UK Companies. In: EGOS 18th Colloquium, Barcelona.
  • Singh V (2002) Managers' Work Life Balance and Commitment: An Exploratory Study. In: EURAM 2nd annual conference, Stockholm.
  • Singh V, Vinnicombe S & Cames I (2002) Women and Gendered Leadership Images. In: International Workshop on Crossing Issues of Gender & Management in Organizations (EIASM), Brussels.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2002) Women Directors: Swimming, Sinking or not even in the Pool?. In: Gender Research Forum, London.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2002) The 2002 Female FTSE Report: Women Directors moving Forward. In: Women's Leadership Summit, London.
  • Singh V (2002) Managing Diversity for Strategic Advantage. In: Diversity and Leadership: Moving On Conference, Dundee.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2002) Top Companies without Women Directors: A Persistent and International Phenomenon. In: Gender Research Forum, London.
  • Singh V, Bains D & Vinnicombe S (2001) Informal Mentoring: Perceived Benefits to the Organisation. In: Gender, Work & Organisation Conference, Keele.
  • Singh V (2001) Attitudes towards women engineering managers in three leading British and Swedish companies. In: Global HRM Conference, Barcelona.
  • Vinnicombe S, Singh V & Cames I (2001) Profiles of 'successful managers' held by male and female banking managers across Europe. In: Women in the Workplace: International and Cultural Prespectives Conference, Oxford.
  • Singh V (2001) Developing women managers' careers: the role of management style. In: EGOS 17th Colloquium, Lyon.
  • Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2000) Taking Stock: The Making of Women Managers. In: IFSAM Conference, Montreal.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2000) Managing the promotion of high commitment through impression management strategies: A study of male and female managers. In: EGOS 16th Colloquium, Helsinki.
  • Singh V (2000) Calibrating commitment - time to stop counting the hours?. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Toronto.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2000) Gender and Impression Management Strategies: Managing the Good Impressions held by Others for Career Success. In: British Academy of Management Conference, Edinburgh.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (1999) If you've got it, flaunt it! Is Visibility through Impression Management the Key to Unlock Negative Perceptions of Women Managers' Commitment?. In: 8th International Conference on Women and Leadership, Perth.
  • Singh V (1998) Gender and Managerial Meanings of Commitment in High Tech Engineering in the UK and Sweden. In: 1st Gender, Work and Organisation Conference, Manchester.
  • Singh V (1997) Engineering Careers and Gendered Perceptions of Commitment in the UK and Sweden. In: EGOS 13th Colloquium, Budapest.
  • Singh V (1996) Exploring the Impact of Commitment of UK and Swedish Women Engineers on their Opportunities for Career Development: Research Strategies. In: 5th EDAMBA Conference, Leuven.
  • Singh V (1996) Exploring the Impact of Managerially Perceived Commitment of UK and Swedish Women Engineers on their Career Development - Defining the Question. In: British Academy of Management Conference, Birmingham.

Books

  • Anderson D, Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2008) Women becoming leaders. In: Leadership Learning: Knowledge into Action. Turnbull James K, Collins J (ed.), Palgrave.
  • Vinnicombe S, Singh V, Burke RJ, Bidlimoria D, Huse M (eds), (2008) Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: International Research and Practice, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Sealy R & Singh V (2008) The importance of role models in the development of leaders' professional identity. In: Leadership Learning: Knowledge into Action. Turnbull James K, Collins J (ed.), Palgrave.
  • Sealy R, Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2008) The pipeline to the board finally opens: Women's progress on FTSE 100 boards in the UK. In: Women on corporate boards of directors. Vinnicombe Susan, Singh Val, Burke Ron, Bilimoria Diana, Huse Morten (ed.), Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, p. 37-46.
  • Anderson D, Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2008) Women only leadership development: A conundrum. In: Leadership Learning: Knowledge into Action. Turnbull James K, Collins J (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan, p. 147-160.
  • Singh V, Terjesen S & Vinnicombe S (2007) Women advancing onto corporate boards. In: Handbook On Women In Business And Management. Bilimoria D, Piderit S (ed.), Edward Elgar.
  • Singh V (2007) Diversity management practices in leading edge firms. In: Building More Effective Organizations. Cooper C, Burke R (ed.), Cambridge University Press.
  • Singh V, Vinnicombe S & Terjesen S (2006) Women advancing onto corporate boards. In: Handbook of Women's Careers. Piderit S, Bilimoria D (ed.), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2006) Opening the boardroom doors: FTSE 100 companies and women directors. In: Women in Leadership and Management: A European Perspective. McTavish D, Miller K (ed.), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Singh V, Vinnicombe S & Terjesen S (2006) Gender and corporate boards. In: Handbook of Gender and Management. Bilimoria D, Piderit S (ed.), Edward Elgar.
  • Collins J & Singh V (2006) Exploring gendered leadership: Meanings of 'successful leadership' for chief executives of Scottish public bodies. In: Women in Leadership and Management: A European Perspective. McTavish D, Miller K (ed.), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Singh V & Dickson J (2002) Ethnographic approaches to the study of organizations. In: Essential Skills for Management Research, London: Sage.
  • Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2002) Developing tomorrow's women business leaders. In: Advancing Women in Corporate Management. Burke R, Meyerson D (ed.), London: Blackwells.
  • Vinnicombe S, Singh V & Sturges J (2000) Making it to the Top in Britain. In: Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: International Challenges and Opportunities. Burke R, Mattis M (ed.), Dordrecht: Kluwer.