Portrait of Professor Patricia Lewis

Professor Patricia Lewis

Professor of Management
Director of the People, Management & Organisations Group

About

Patricia Lewis is a Professor of Management at Kent Business School, University of Kent.
She is currently Director of the People, Management and Organisation Group. She has previously taken on other leadership roles within the School including Director of Learning & Teaching (2012-2015), Director of Student Experience (2012-2013) and Programme Director for the BBA, BBA (Marketing) and International Business degrees (2007-2011).

She has just completed a 3 year term as Joint-Editor-in-Chief of Gender, Work & Organization (2018-2020) and was an Associate Editor on the journal between 2011 and 2017. She has also served on the editorial boards of several journals including Organization (2019 to date), Gender in Management: An International Journal (2010 to date), International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2002 to 2006) and International Journal of Work, Organisation and Emotion (2003 to 2007).

She has recently taken up the role of Institute of Directors (Kent) Ambassador for Education and Skills.
Patricia has received funding from the British Academy, ESRC and Leverhulme and has received a number of awards for her work:

  • Best Developmental Paper Award in the Gender in Management track at the British Academy of Management 2020 Conference in the Cloud - Affect and Postfeminism: Exploring the Affective Constitution of Subjectivity by Leaders in the City of London.
  • Best Reviewer Award in the Gender in Management track at the British Academy of Management 2020 Conference in the Cloud.
  • Best Developmental Paper Award in the Gender in Management track at the British Academy of Management 2019 Conference, Aston University - The Reconfiguration of Femininity: Comparing Neoliberalism, Postfeminism and Neoliberal Feminism.
  • Best Developmental Paper Award in the Gender in Management track at the British Academy of Management 2013 Conference, University of Liverpool – Hakim Revisited: Preference Theory and Postfeminism.
  • Awarded Classic in Gender Studies by Google Scholar Citations for her 2006 paper The Quest for Invisibility: Female Entrepreneurs and the Masculine Norm of Entrepreneurship. This paper is no. 5 in the top ten cited gender papers published in that year.
  • Best Paper in the Gender in Management track at the British Academy of Management 2006 Conference, Belfast – ‘Emotion Management and Emotion Space in a Special Care Baby Unit’.

Research interests

Patricia has published around 40 book chapters and refereed journal papers in journals such as:

  • Organization Studies
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Work, Employment & Society
  • Human Relations
  • Organization
  • British Journal of Management
  • Gender in Management: An International Journal
  • Gender, Work & Organization
  • International Journal of Management Reviews
  • International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

She has co-edited special issues on ‘Critically Interrogating Inclusion in Organizations’ (Organization, 2020), ‘Celebrating Joan Acker’ (Gender, Work & Organization, 2019), ‘Exploring the Emergence of Moderate Feminism(s) in Contemporary Organizations’ (Gender, Work & Organization, 2019), ‘Postfeminism, Gender and Organization’ (Gender, Work & Organization, 2017), ‘Meritocracy, Difference and Choice’ (Gender in Management: An International Journal, 2010) and ‘Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Identity’ (International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 2004).

She has co-edited four books including Postfeminism and Organization (2018), Dirty Work: Concepts and Identities (2012), Revealing and Concealing Gender: Issues of Visibility in Organizations (2010), Gendering Emotions in Organizations (2007).

Research Grants

  • Postfeminism in the City: Leadership as Lived Experience, Leverhulme Research Fellow, £53,112
  • Gendered Inclusion: Debating the Concepts & Understanding the Context, ESRC, £26,061 With Maria Adamson, Elisabeth Kelan, Nick Rumens & Martyna Sliwa
  • Mumpreneurs: Reframing Women’s Entrepreneurial Activity, British Academy, £3650
  • The Position of the Work-Centred Female Entrepreneur: A Critical Study, British Academy, £4,500
  • Establishing a Centre for Research in Emotion Work & set up of International Journal of Work, Organization & Emotion, Brunel University Strategic Initiative Fund £30,000 with Ruth Simpson, Nick Llewellyn, Nelarine Cornelius and Steve Smith
  • The Self-Made Woman: Understanding Women’s Relationship to Entrepreneurship, Brunel University Strategic Initiative Fund £2,000

Teaching

Patricia has taught across the management, diversity and qualitative methodology curriculum in the UK and Ireland at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She teaches management modules at the undergraduate level and qualitative research methods to PhD students.

Supervision

Current Supervisees

  • Arifa Syed: Unpacking the Doctor Bride Phenomenon and its Impact on Female Doctors in Pakistan: A Postfeminist Analysis (First Supervisor)
  • Nayika Kamales: Gendered Networks in a Thai State Enterprise (First Supervisor)
  • Joel Montgomery: Exploring the Motivation to Act Politically within Leadership Roles (Second Supervisor)

Past Supervisees

  • Falah Albouss: Postfeminism and Middle Eastern Female Academics in UK Universities: A Discursive Analysis (First Supervisor)
  • Matthew Todres: Exploring the ‘Social’ in Social Entrepreneurship: Applying the Concept of Network Sociality to Social Entrepreneurs (First Supervisor)
  • Hyun Jeon Oh: Institutional Logics, Cultural Identity & Internationalisation of Art Films: A Comparative Analysis of France and Korea (Second Supervisor)
  • Muntaha Banihani: Gendered Work Engagement in Jordan (Second Supervisor)

Professional

Patricia is a member of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) and the British Academy of Management (BAM).

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