Professor Beverley Hawkins
Associate Professor of Leadership / Organisation Studies, Director of Education (Organisation Studies)
+44 (0) 1392 722581
Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK
Beverley Hawkins researches and teaches in the field of leadership/management practice, learning and development; her work often focuses on how people ‘make things happen’. She is especially interested in the experiences of those leading themselves and others through times of transition, and in the aesthetic, material aspects of leadership learning and practice.
Beverley’s research has been funded by a number of highly competitive funding bodies. Her research projects include Clear about Carbon; an award-winning, ESF-funded project that explored how leaders in organizations learn to develop and implement more sustainable ways of organizing. Beverley has also hosted ESRC-funded workshops developing leadership skills for students immersed in the transitional time of post-16 education.
Beverley is currently lead academic researcher on an Arts Council England funded research project in partnership with Libraries Unlimited, the Real Ideas Organization and Open Data Institute. This high profile project seeks to help libraries develop and capture their impact on local communities, and connect this ‘social value’ to financial value by creating new models of revenue generation.
Beverley has published in high-ranking journals in the fields of management and Higher Education learning, sociology and interdisciplinary management/organization studies. Her doctorate, published in 2009, received an Emerald ‘Highly Commended’ award in the Human Resource Management category.
Beverley is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. She has a PhD in Management from Keele University, a PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education also from Keele University, and a MA (Distinction) in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, from Warwick Business School, where she won an academic scholarship.
- Director of Education, Management/Organization Studies Departments.
BSc (University of Wales, Swansea), MA (University of Warwick), PhD in Management (University of Keele)
- Leadership and teamwork
- Leadership as a sociomaterial, embodied, relational and politicised effect.
- Leading change towards sustainable organisations and societies
- Transitions towards and away from leadership positions
- Organisational culture
- Gender and identity work
- Control and resistance practices at work
Dr Hawkins undertook a PhD in Management, drawing on poststructuralist feminist theory, to show team members 'do teamwork' by invoking certain ways of thinking, being and doing, which help them to become thought of as 'good team members'. In this way, Dr Hawkins focuses on how 'doing teamwork' is intricately bound up with the way team members regulate their own, and each other's identities. Her published work has also explored how employees and leaders negotiate, identify with, and resist 'corporate culture', which uses metaphors, symbols and specific rituals to encourage identification with the corporate brand. She draws upon notions of leadership as the collaborative, negotiated performance of narratives, embedded in power relations, which open up and foreclose available ways of 'doing organisation'.
More recently Dr Hawkins' work focuses on the embodied, politicised, relational experiences of individuals and communities as they develop, accomplish and even move away from leadership. The idea of transition (between the human and the non-human, towards a more sustainable future in the circular economy, towards new identities and forms of leadership practice) is a central theme running through this focus.
Dr Hawkins has produced a number of research papers which focus on:
- the contributions material objects make to leadership performances
- the challenges faced by students and educators of Leadership Studies in Higher Education,
- the branding of University Business Schools
- the implications of the low carbon agenda for organisations
- how team members draw upon notions of family and parenting to help organise and process their work activities
- how team members negotiate gendered corporate culture narratives.
Dr Hawkins has been involved in 'Clear about Carbon' - an award-winning ESF-funded project, which aims to develop leadership skills for sustainable procurement in Cornwall-based organisations. Other partners in the project are Cornwall Council, Duchy College and the Eden Project.
Dr Hawkins has co-written a textbook on Perspectives on Leadership with Jonathan Gosling, Richard Bolden and Scott Taylor, of the Centre for Leadership Studies.
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Dr Hawkins has experience of teaching a diverse student population, from undergraduates to management and leadership practitioners. She has also been involved in teaching distance learning and regular contact courses.
Her teaching commitments currently focus on engaging students with theoretical and practical aspects of leadership studies. She encourages students to reflect on their own leadership experiences during class participation and assessment methods. She aims to show students how to apply theories to their own reflections of leadership reality, and to highlight the complex and emergent nature of leadership challenges using interactive learning techniques.
Dr Hawkins has also acted as a guest lecturer in the Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour undergraduate modules, and has been involved in teaching on the MA in Leadership Studies.