International Centre for Women Business Leaders - Team #3

Cranfield School of Management

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International Centre for Women Leaders

Dr. Deirdre Anderson BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD

Deirdre Anderson

Deirdre holds a prestigious ESRC/FME Teaching Fellowship at Cranfield University, teaching Organizational Behaviour, People Management and Qualitative Research Methods at postgraduate level.  Deirdre holds an Honours degree in Business Studies (University of Bradford, 1983), a Masters degree in Occupational and Organizational Psychology (University of East London, 1991), a Masters in Research Methods (Cranfield University, 2004) and a PhD in Management (Cranfield University, 2009).

Deirdre spent over 20 years in the IT industry before taking up academic research and teaching.  After a period in Human Resource Management in the Defence industry she worked as an independent consultant and trainer in the UK and the USA with emphasis on design, development and delivery of programmes which promote change within individuals, groups and organizations.  

Research interests include flexible working, women in management, work and life harmonization, diversity management and careers.  Deirdre has presented her research at academic and practitioner conferences both within the UK and internationally.  She has published two journal articles on flexible working and a book chapter on women only leadership development. 

She is a member of the British Psychological Society, the British Academy of Management and the Academy of Management.  

She can be contacted at deirdre.anderson@cranfield.ac.uk

Journal Articles

Anderson, D. & Kelliher, C. (2009) “Flexible working and engagement: The importance of choice”, Strategic HR Review, 8, 2, 13-18

Kelliher, C. & Anderson, D. (2008) “For better or for worse? An analysis of how flexible working practices influence employees’ perceptions of job quality”, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19, 3, 421-433.

Book Chapters and Reports

Anderson, D., Rutherford, S., Sealy, R., & Vinnicombe, S. (2009), The role of governing bodies in the promotion of equality and diversity in higher education institutions (2008-2009), Report commissioned by the Equality Challenge Unit and the Foundation for Leadership in HIgher Education, London.

Anderson, D., Vinnicombe, S., & Singh, V. (2008) “Women only leadership development: a conundrum” in Leadership learning: Knowledge into action, edited by Kim Turnbull James & James Collins, Palgrave Macmillan

"Flexible working and performance: Summary of research", Working Families Publication, London April 2008

Conference Papers

Kelliher, C. & Anderson, D.A. (2009) “Flexible working and work intensification: Trading choice for effort”, US Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago.  Part of Symposium proposal on “Paradoxes of implementing work-life policies: Emerging research, theory and practice”, August,

Vinnicombe, S. & Anderson, D.A. (2009) “Personal reflections on the evolution of women’s leadership programmes”, US Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago.  Part of Symposium proposal on “Two decades of running women’s leadership programmes: Do we still need them?”, chair: Susan Vinnicombe, August,

Anderson, D.A., Singh, V. & Vinnicombe, S. (2009) “Women above the glass ceiling: Exploring why women partners leave”.  BAM Gender in Management Special Interest Group Seminar, London, May, 2009

Anderson, D.A. & Greevy, J. (2008) “Bringing together corporate responsibility and diversity”, EABIS Colloquium, Cranfield, September

Anderson, D. (2008) “An exploratory study of the career progression of managers working flexibly”, British Academy of Management Conference, Harrogate, September

Stavrou, E., Parry, E. & Anderson D. (2008) “What is the impact of firm system and societal cluster on the use of flexible working arrangements?” US Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, August

Stavrou, E., Parry, E. & Anderson D. (2007) “Flexible working arrangements through the lens of the Configurational Approach: The role of firm system, societal clusters and organizational antecedents”, Dutch HRM Network Conference, Tilburg, The Netherlands, November

Sealy, R., Anderson, D., & Vinnicombe, S. (2007) “Combining Careers and Motherhood: The influence of national policies” Caucus at the US Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, August

Anderson, D., Singh, V., & Vinnicombe, S. (2006) “ Up and out: The exit of women partners from a global management consultancy firm”, British Academy of Management Conference, Warwick, September

Kelliher, C., & Anderson, D. (2007) “Different Workplace, Different Work Day: an examination of the impact of remote working on lives”, EGOS, Vienna, Austria, July

Anderson D., & Kelliher, C. (2007) “Flexible working in a gendered culture: Formal versus informal practices”, Gender Work and Organization Conference, Keele, UK, June

Singh, V., Anderson, D. & Vinnicombe, S. (2006) “Stepping Out from Gendered Cultures: Fond Farewells from Successful Women”, British Academy of Management Conference, Belfast, N. Ireland, Sept

Anderson, D., Singh, V., & Vinnicombe, S. (2006) “Women above the glass ceiling: Exit”, US Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta.  Part of Symposium proposal on “Women above the Glass Ceiling: Collusion, Voice and Exit”, chair: Susan Vinnicombe, August,

Kelliher, C & Anderson, D. (2006) “Flexible Working and Performance: Balancing the needs of the employer and the employee”, ACREW Conference, Prato, Italy, July,

Vinnicombe, S., Singh, V. & Anderson, D. (2006) “Exploring why women partners leave”, Gender and Career Advancement Small Group Meeting, Netherlands, June  

Anderson, D. (2006) “Flexible working as a form of social exchange: An exploratory study”, EURAM Conference, Oslo, Norway, May,

Anderson, D. (2005) “An exploratory study of the career/life balance of managers and professionals who have a flexible working pattern”, British Academy of Management Conference, Oxford, UK, September,

Anderson D. (2005) “The introduction of flexible working practices: An organization theory perspective”, Gender Work and Organization Conference, Keele, UK, June

Anderson, D. (2004) “Organization theories and the introduction of flexible working practices as part of a work/life balance policy” British Academy of Management Conference, St Andrew’s, UK, September

Anderson, D (2004) “Flexible working and managers’ career/life balance” EDAMBA Conference, Soreze, France, August

 



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