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Karen D. Hughes, PhD (University of Cambridge)

Professor

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

Teaching Interests

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.