Patricia Lewis' research is located in the broad area of Gender and Organisation Studies and she is interested in exploring the impact of social and cultural norms (connected to gender) on managers, management and organisations. She draws on a range of concepts derived from a poststructuralist feminist position with attention directed at issues of gendered discourses, gendered identity and gendered identity work. Her empirical work is largely located in the area of entrepreneurship studies with a main focus on female entrepreneurs. Within this context she has explored issues such as the masculine norm attached to entrepreneurship and its impact on women's access to the entrepreneurial field; the identity work of female entrepreneurs; the emergence of the 'mumpreneur' as a new entrepreneurial persona.
She is currently exploring the notion of postfeminism, working from a position which understands this cultural phenomena as a discursive formation which is shaping and fashioning contemporary feminine identity. In seeking to demonstrate how the concept of postfeminism can be used critically in the gender and organisation studies field she is developing the notion of entrepreneurial femininities and argues for the need to build in-depth understanding of the (gendered) nature of women's inclusion in organisations in general and entrepreneurship in particular.
Patricia has published her work in a range of journals including Organization Studies, Human Relations, Gender, Work and Organization, International Journal of Management Reviews, British Journal of Management and Journal of Business Ethics. Patricia is currently a co-researcher with colleagues from Cranfield University, University of Essex and Middlesex University on an ESRC funded seminar series entitled Exploring Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations.
Kent Business School
Thursday: 9.00 - 11.00
Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository
- Gender and Identity
- Gendered Identity Work
- Entrepreneurial Femininities
- Female Entrepreneurs
''Patricia has previously written under the name of Carr''
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Within Kent Business School Patricia convenes four modules as follows:
- Introduction to Management (BBA and IB)
- Contemporary Management Challenges (BBA)
- Entrepreneurship (MBA)
- Qualitative Methods (PhD)
- Hyun Jeon Oh: A comparative Study of National Film Policy in France and Korea
- Nayika Kamales: Gender, Networking & Career Development in a Thai Bureaucracy.
- Faleh Albouss: Postfeminism and Middle Eastern Female Academics in UK Universities: A Discursive Analysis
- Mathew Todres: What Makes Social Enterprise 'Social'?
- Chris Cornell: Exploring the synergy and distinct differences between the management of profit and non profit business in the UK
- Muntaha Bani Hani: Women's Work Engagement in Jordan
- Rodwan Fallatah: The Applicability of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Model to Saudi Religious and Non-Religious Organisations