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Karen Hughes

Professor

Alberta School of Business

Strategic Management and Organization

About Me

Funding

Current Research Project Grants

2014/18
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Grant. Project title: "Women's Leadership and Organizational Innovation in Canada: Entrepreneurial and STEM/SETT Sectors". Prinicipal Investigator ($180,000)

2012/13
Killam Fund, Cornerstones Grant. Project title: “Gender Diversity, Leadership, and Organizational Innovation in Engineering Firms”. Principal Investigator ($42,000).

2012/19
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Partnership Grant. Project title: “On the Move: Employment-related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context. Co-Investigator with B. Neis [PI], Memorial University ($2.5 million).

2008/13
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Major Collaborative Research Initiative. Project Title: “Building Institutions and Capabilities for Work and Employment in the Global Era”. Co-Investigator with G. Murray, [PI], Université de Montréal ($2.5 million).


Past Research Project Grants

2010/11
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences for 2010 DIANA Conference on Women’s Entrepreneurship Research, Banff, Canada, Aug 3-4, 2010 ($21,510).

2005/09
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Standard Research Grant. Project title: “Female Enterprise in Canada: Past, Present and Future”. Sole Investigator ($122,640).

2005/09
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Standard Research Grant. Project title: “The Land of Milk and Honey? After the Live-In Caregiver Program. Co-investigator with D.L. Spitzer, [PI], U Ottawa ($95,450).

2003/08
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Rethinking Institutions for Work and Employment in the Global Era. Co-Investigator with G. Murray, [PI], Université de Montréal ($2.5 million).

1998/2002
Medical Research Council of Canada, Operating Grant. Project title “Patterns and Types of Non-support of Women Caregivers in Diverse Caregiving Situations”. Co-Investigator with A. Neufeld [PI], University of Alberta ($144,200).

1997/2001
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Standard Research Grant. Project title “Gender and Economic Restructuring in Canada”. Sole Investigator ($64,000).


Research

Research Interests

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.


Books

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.


Teaching

Teaching Interests

I began my teaching career at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom 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 am very active supervising and collaborating with MA and PhD students in my two departments – Strategic Management and Organization (School of Business) and Sociology (Faculty of Arts).