Areas of expertise

Leading Complex Change


Michelle holds an MBA (AGSM, University of New South Wales), a MA in Industrial Organisational Psychology (Massey University), and a BA in Business Psychology (Massey University).

With over 15 years in Human Resources Management, she has expertise in leadership, organisational development and gender equality.  She is currently working for the United Nations at UN Women in the area of communications, diversity and inclusion. She also has experience in journalism across print, television and radio. She contributes to and has been published in TIME, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post and Forbes. Michelle writes on topics related to the advancement of women in organisations.

Research opportunity

Primary supervisor: Professor David Denyer

When Political Skill Is Not Enough. The Role of Political Will And Political Skill On Career Success: A Gender Perspective.

SectorProfit and non-profit

Research methods: This research will use a qualitative approach with semi-structured interviews and direct observation as the data collection methods. This research is exploratory in nature in that it seeks to explain participant meaning of their experiences as it relates to political skill, social networks, political will and gender in organisations.

Why I chose Cranfield: Cranfield School of Management has a strong reputation in my area of research interest.


Michelle King, Dianne Gardner, (2006) "Emotional intelligence and occupational stress among professional staff in New Zealand", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 14 Iss: 3, pp.186 - 203.