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Professor Christine Coupland BSc Business and Psychology (Derby), PGCHE Certificate of Higher Education (Nottingham), PhD Organisational Behaviour (Nottingham)

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Professor of Organisational Behaviour

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Christine Coupland studied Psychology and Business Psychology at the University of Derby, having worked for a number of years in Human Resource Management. Her PhD was a study of newcomer transition into management featuring contributions to the areas of; careers, identity and graduate socialization into the workplace. Her specialist teaching areas include; Analysing Careers as an elective to the finalist undergraduate cohort, Qualitative Research Methods to PhD students and International Human Resource Management to include critical perspectives on gender and culture.

Christine’s intellectual interests centre on the on issues of identity and language, drawing upon theoretical perspectives from organisation studies and constructionist social psychology. More specifically, the individual in interaction with the institution of work and organisations in intersection with their various audiences have been the foci of her past research.

Christine has co-edited a special issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Management in 2012 with Andrew D Brown (University of Bath) entitled ‘Identities in action: Processes and outcomes’. She is currently co-editing with Donald Hislop (Loughborough University), Adrian Wilkinson and Maree Boyle (both from Griffith University, Australia) an edited book called ‘Professions under Pressure’, commissioned by Elgar Press (expected publication 2016). 

Christine’s research interests centre on identity and language as overarching foci which enables research to be undertaken in a variety of contexts. Her published work is broadly an exploration of; career (e.g. Coupland, 2004 & 2015) newcomer identity (e.g. Brown and Coupland, 2005; Coupland, 2001) and corporate web pages (e.g. Coupland, 2005; Coupland, and Brown, 2005). More recently, in keeping with an interest in theorising the processes of organising career, she has been working in the area of exploring professional sports peoples’ lives as embodied careers in constant transition. This work is published in Organization, Organization Studies and Journal of Vocational Behaviour. It is also featured in a chapter on professional sports careers entitled ‘The game of (your) life: Professional sports careers’ in the forthcoming book edited by Michael Barry and James Skinner (Griffith University) Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport by Elgar Press (expected publication 2016).

  • Coupland, C. (2015) Entry and exit as embodied career choice in professional sport, Journal of Vocational Behavior, 90, 111-121.
  • Brown, A.D. and Coupland, C (2015) Identity Threats, Identity Work and Elite Professionals, Organization Studies, 36(10), 1315-1336.
  • Coupland, C. (2015) Organizing masculine bodies in rugby league football: groomed to fail. Organization, 22(6), 793-809.
  • Spedale, S. Coupland, C. and Tempest, S. (2014) Gendered ageism and organisational routines at work: The case of day-parting in television broadcasting Special Issue ‘At a Critical Age’, Organization Studies, 35(11), 1585-1604.
  • Cunliffe, A. and Coupland, C. (2012) From hero to villain to hero: Making experience sensible through embodied narrative performance and stories, Human Relations, 65, 1, 63-88.