I am interested in the changing nature of work and organizations. A constant focus in all my work is in understanding how and why economic transformations occur, and how they impact employees and organizations, as well as families, communities, and the broader social fabric. Much of my research focuses on the ways in which gender, professional, and family status, in particular, shape processes of economic, organizational, and social change. In the past, I have pursued a wide range of questions under this broad umbrella. More recently, my work has focused on several interrelated areas: women’s entrepreneurship and leadership; gender diversity and inclusivity in organizations; and the relationship between work and care. My book Female Enterprise in the New Economy examines the dramatic rise of women's entrepreneurship in Canada, and the relationship between entrepreneurial motivation, business growth, and success. In collaboration with my colleague Jennifer Jennings, I am co-editor of Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Research, which examines the diversity of women’s entrepreneurship around the globe. I am also a co-author (with Harvey Krahn and Graham Lowe) of Work, Industry and Canadian Society (7th edition), which examines current trends and issues in the Canadian economy.
My journal publications can be found in leading business and sociology outlets, including: Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice; Work, Employment and Society; and Gender, Work and Organizations. In addition to my current and ongoing interests, my past publications have addressed a wide range of issues, including: women’s leadership and corporate boards; women’s entrance into non-traditional fields; work-family balance; transnational caregiving; and the relationship between work and care.
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. 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.
Editorial Work - Special Issues
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.
Recent Papers and Book Chapters (since 2010)
Hughes, K. D., Jennings, J.E., Brush, C., Welter, F., and Carter, S. 2012. “Introduction: Extending Women’s Entrepreneurship Research in New Directions” Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 36 (3): 429-442.
Hughes, K.D. and Jennings, J.E. 2012. "Introduction: Showcasing the Diversity of Women’s Entrepreneurship Research" in Karen D. Hughes and Jennifer E. Jennings (eds) Global Women's Entrepreneurship Research: Diverse Settings, Questions and Approaches. Edward Elgar.
Hughes, K.D. and Jennings, J.E. 2012. "Conclusion: Reflecting on the Diversity of Women’s Entrepreneurship Research" in Karen D. Hughes and Jennifer E. Jennings (eds) Global Women's Entrepreneurship Research: Diverse Settings, Questions and Approaches. Edward Elgar.
Torres, S., Spitzer, D.L., Hughes, K.D., Oxman-Martinez, J. and Hanley, J. 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, K.D. 2010. “Women' Entrepreneurship in Canada” in Fielden, S. and Davidson, M. (eds) International Handbook on Women Entrepreneurs. Edward Elgar Publisher.
Jennings, J.E., Hughes, K.D., Jennings, P.D. 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.
Anderson, N. and Hughes, K.D. 2010. “The Business of Caring: Women’s Self-Employment and the Marketization of Care”. Gender, Work and Organization 17(4): 381-405.