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Karen Hughes, PhD (University of Cambridge)

Professor, Sociology

Arts | Alberta School of Business

Sociology | Strategic Management and Organization

About Me

I am a sociologist of work, cross-appointed in Sociology (Arts) and Strategic Management and Organization (Business). I hold a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where I also held a SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship before joining the University of Alberta.  

My research focuses on the experience and organization of work (both paid and unpaid work) in contemporary societies. I have published on a broad range of topics over my career.  

Currently my research focuses on three interrelated topics: gender, entrepreneurship, and leadership; gender diversity and inclusivity in organizations; and the relationship between work and care. 

My publications appear in leading journals, including: Human Relations; Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice; Gender, Work and Organizations; and Work, Employment and Society.

I currently serve on the editorial boards of Gender in Management: An International Journal, and International Small Business Journal. I am also a Canada team member for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM).


Research

Books

  • Krahn, H.J., Lowe, G.S. and Hughes, K.D. (forthcoming 2020) Work, Industry and Canadian Society. 8th Edition, Thomson Nelson.
  • Hughes, K.D. and Jennings, J.E. (2012) Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Research: Diverse Settings, Questions, and Approaches. London: Edward Elgar.
  • Krahn, H.J., Lowe, G.S. and Hughes, K.D. (2015) Work, Industry and Canadian Society. 7th Edition, Thomson Nelson.
  • Female Enterprise in the New Economy Hughes, K.D. (2005) Female Enterprise in the New Economy. University of Toronto Press.

Select Articles and Papers (since 2010)

  • Hughes KD and WA Silver (2019) “Beyond Time Binds: Rethinking Work-Family Dynamics for a Mobile World”, Human Relations. 
  • Hughes, KD and JE Jennings (forthcoming 2019) “A Legacy of Attention to Embeddedness in Gendered Institutions: Reflections on a Key Contribution of Women’s Entrepreneurship Research”, International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.
  • Hughes, KD (2018) Women’s Entrepreneurship in Alberta: Insights from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Special Report prepared for Alberta Status of Women. Calgary: The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS), University of Calgary.
  • Hughes, KD (2017) Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2015/16 Canada Report on Women's Entrepreneurship. Calgary: The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS), University of Calgary. 
  • Hughes, KD and JE Jennings (2015) “Women’s Entrepreneurship”, Oxford On-Line Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. 
  • Hughes KD and N Anderson (2015) “Childcare and Domestic Cleaning”. Reprinted in Mignon Duffy, Amy Armenia, and Clare L. Stacey (eds) Caring on the Clock: The Complexities and Contradictions of Paid Care Work. Rutgers University Press. [originally published in Gender, Work and Organization 17(4): 381-405] 
  • Hughes, KD (2015) Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2013/14 Canada Report on Women's Entrepreneurship. Calgary: The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS), University of Calgary.
  • Hughes, KD, JE Jennings, C Brush, F Welter, and S Carter (2012) “Extending Women’s Entrepreneurship Research in New Directions”, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 36 (3): 429-442. 
  • Torres, S, Spitzer, DL, Hughes, KD, Oxman-Martinez, J and J Hanley (2012) "From Temporary Worker to Resident: The Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) and Its Impact Through an Intersectional Lens", in Patti Lenard and Christine Straehle (eds) Temporary Foreign Work in Canada. McGill-Queen's University Press.
  • Hughes, KD (2010) “Women' Entrepreneurship in Canada” in Fielden, S and M Davidson (eds) International Handbook on Women Entrepreneurs. Edward Elgar Publisher.
  • Anderson, N and KD Hughes (2010) “The Business of Caring: Women’s Self-Employment and the Marketization of Care”, Gender, Work and Organization 17(4): 381-405.
  • Jennings, JE, KD Hughes and PD Jennings (2010) “The Work-Family Interface Strategies of Male and Female Entrepreneurs: Are There Any Differences?” in Brush, C., A. deBruin, E. Gatewood, and C. Henry (eds) Women's Entrepreneurship and Growth Influences. Edward Elgar Publisher.

Editorial and Review Work

I currently serve on the Editorial Boards of Gender in Management: An International Journal, and International Small Business Journal. I am active in reviewing manuscripts for a wide variety of journals in sociology and organizational studies. I also served as co-editor for the following special issue: 

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Hughes, K.D. and Jennings, J.E. 2012. Editors of Special Issue on “Extending Women’s Entrepreneurship in New Directions”, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

I am also a Canada team member for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM).


Teaching

I began my teaching career at the University of Cambridge in the UK where I completed my PhD, and held a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, from 1988-1993. Since joining the University of Alberta in 1993, I have taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on work, occupations, and organizations; gender and family; and research methods.

Currently I teach three courses on a regular basis: SMO 405: Gender Issues in Organizations; SOC 363: Sociology of Work; and SOC 565: Graduate Seminar in Work and Organizations. I have also taught past courses on the ‘Social Environment’ and ‘Women and Corporate Boards’ for the Centre for Executive Education in the Alberta School of Business.

At the graduate level, I enjoy working with MA and PhD students in my two departments – Strategic Management and Organization (School of Business) and Sociology (Faculty of Arts). I am always happy to hear from potential graduate student with research interests in gender and work.