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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

Head of Academic Staff

Organisational identities; career sensemaking; discourse at work

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 was recently awarded the BAM research medal for sustained impact on research on identities at work. She is influential within the field of identities research, which is illustrated though co-editing special issues e.g. ‘Exploring the registers of identity research’, International Journal of Management Reviews, in 2017 and ‘Identities in action: Processes and outcomes’, Scandinavian Journal of Management, in 2012. She co-edited a book with Adrian Wilkinson and Donald Hislop called ‘Perspectives on Contemporary Professional Work: Challenges and Experiences’, in 2016, contributing two chapters. One chapter was on discursive approaches to understanding professional identities and one entitled, ‘Voices from the field’ with Maree Boyle (Griffith University) on comparative experiences from professional practitioners in Australia and the UK. 

More recently, Christine’s influence has moved to the European conference arena. In July 2020 in Hamburg, Germany, Christine will be co-organizing, with Professor Leanne Cutcher from the University of Sydney, Australia and Professor Andrew D. Brown from the University of Bath, UK at the EGOS conference, an identities stream called ‘Organizing identities: Sustaining the agile self’. This will be the third in a series of EGOS streams around Identities. The first was in July 2018, in Tallinn, Estonia, a stream called ‘Organizing identities: From the mundane to the surprising’, the second was in July 2019 ‘‘Faking It’: Identity Work in an Age of Exclusion’ held in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has a call for submissions currently out for a Special Issue in Management Learning, ‘Identity and learning (not) to be different’ with a deadline for submissions of 1st of March 2010.

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; Spedale, Coupland & Tempest, 2014) 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 theorizing the processes of organizing career, she has been working in the area of exploring careers as embodied experiences in constant transition. This work is published in Organization, Organization Studies and Journal of Vocational Behaviour. 

  • Corlett, S., McInnes, P., Coupland, C. and Sheep, M. (2017) Exploring the registers of identity research, International Journal of Management Reviews, 19, 261-272.
  • Tempest, S. and Coupland, C. (2017) Lost in time and space: temporal and spatial challenges facing older workers in a global economy from a career capital perspective. International Journal of HRM, 28, 2159-2183.
  • Reedy, P., King, D. and Coupland, C. (2016) Organizing for individuation: alternative organizing, politics and new identities. Organization Studies, 37, 1553-1573.
  • Coupland, C. (2015) Entry and exit as embodied career choice in professional sport, Journal of Vocational Behavior, 90, 111-121.
  • 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, 1585-1604.End-of-term editorial: On (Scandinavian) management studies: What works, what doesn’t, and what can we do better?