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Professor Ruth Sealy

Professor Ruth Sealy

Associate Professor of Organisation Studies, Co-Director Exeter Centre for Leadership

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

With global academic expertise on women on corporate boards, Ruth’s research areas include women in leadership; board composition; role models; and various aspects of corporate governance. Ruth was the lead researcher of the annual Female FTSE Report, monitoring women on listed boards and executive committees, from 2007-2016, including co-creating the “100 Women to Watch” list at Cranfield in 2009. She has co-authored similar reports in Hong Kong and India and presented report findings to academic and practitioner audiences, globally. Working closely with the Government Equalities Office and Business Innovation & Skills department, Ruth and her team provided the data for the Lord Davies Review into women on boards 2010-2015.

Ruth is currently a member of the NHS Advisory Board, which has been set an ambitious target of “50:50 by 2020” for all NHS hospital and CCG boards. She is also an invited member of the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Board Effectiveness Group.

Prior to becoming an academic, Ruth was the Managing Director of a specialist holiday company, which she sold to a larger tour operator. She then worked for a number of years as a management psychology consultant, before starting a PhD at Cranfield School of Management in 2004, where she later became Deputy Director of the International Centre for Women Leaders. In 2013, Ruth moved City University of London to be Programme Director for MSc Organisational Psychology, and in 2016, took up an Associate Professorship at Exeter University Business School, where she is currently Co-Director for the Centre for Leadership Studies.

Nationality: British

Qualifications

BSc., MSc., PhD, MCIPD

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Research clusters

Research interests

  • Women in leadership
  • Board demographics, dynamics and governance
  • Role models
  • Meritocracy & legitimacy

Ruth has co-authored over 20 major reports for the UK government, EU Commission, Financial Regulatory Council and various professional bodies. These have been launched by senior ministers (including David Cameron, Theresa May, Vince Cable) at No. 10 Downing Street, No. 11 Downing Street, The London Stock Exchange and various corporate headquarters.

She has written several book chapters, numerous practitioner articles and has a number of key academic articles.

Research projects

Current funded research projects:

  • The role of mentoring in the emergence of atypical leaders in a Big4 professional service firm
  • The role of board governance evaluators in boardroom diversity (Hampton-Alexander Review)

Current Doctoral Research:

  • Boardroom dynamics and the critical mass of women (Louise Tilbury – Co-supervised with Professor Carol Woodhams & Dr Emma Jeanes)
  • The role of gender, nationality & ethnicity for British BAME professional women (Victoria Opara – Co-supervised with Professor Michelle Ryan)
  • Exploring the experience of Shared Parental Leave for fathers and its impact on their professional careers (Fiona Cooper – Co-supervised with Dr Emma Jeanes)

Completed Doctoral Supervisions:

  • Doyin Atewologun – PhD 2009-12: “An examination of senior Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women and men’s identity work following episodes of identity salience at work”.
  • Patricia Pryce – PhD 2009-13: “The role of social capital in men and women’s promotion to Managing Director in an investment bank”

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Sealy R, Doldor E, Vinnicommbe S, Terjesen S, Anderson D, Atewologun D (In Press). Expanding the notion of dialogic reading zones for impactful research: the case of women on boards research. British Journal of Management Full text.
Doldor E, Sealy R, Vinnicombe S (2016). Accidental activists: headhunters as marginal diversity actors in institutional change towards more women on boards. Human Resource Management Journal, 26(3), 285-303. Full text. DOI.
Terjesen S, Sealy R (2016). Board Gender Quotas: Exploring Ethical Tensions from a Multi-Theoretical Perspective. Business Ethics Quarterly, 26(01), 23-65. Full text. DOI.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Sealy R, Doldor E, Vinnicommbe S, Terjesen S, Anderson D, Atewologun D (In Press). Expanding the notion of dialogic reading zones for impactful research: the case of women on boards research. British Journal of Management Full text.
Sealy R, Harman C (In Press). Opt-In or Opt-Out: Exploring how women construe their ambition at early career stages. Career Development International Full text. DOI.
Doldor E, Sealy R, Vinnicombe S (2016). Accidental activists: headhunters as marginal diversity actors in institutional change towards more women on boards. Human Resource Management Journal, 26(3), 285-303. Full text. DOI.
Terjesen S, Sealy R (2016). Board Gender Quotas: Exploring Ethical Tensions from a Multi-Theoretical Perspective. Business Ethics Quarterly, 26(01), 23-65. Full text. DOI.
Atewologun D, Sealy R, Vinnicombe S (2015). Revealing Intersectional Dynamics in Organizations: Introducing ‘Intersectional Identity Work’. Gender, Work & Organization, 23(3), 223-247. Full text. DOI.
Atewologun D, Sealy R (2014). Experiencing privilege at ethnic, gender and senior intersections. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 29(4), 423-439. Full text. DOI.
Pryce P, Sealy R (2013). Promoting women to MD in investment banking: multi-level influences. Gender in Management: an International Journal, 28(8), 448-467. DOI.
Sealy R (2010). Changing perceptions of meritocracy in senior women's careers. Gender in Management: an International Journal, 25(3), 184-197. Full text. DOI.
Sealy RHV, Singh V (2009). The importance of role models and demographic context for senior women's work identity development. International Journal of Management Reviews Full text. DOI.
Terjesen S, Sealy R, Singh V (2009). Women Directors on Corporate Boards: a Review and Research Agenda. Corporate Governance: an International Review, 17(3), 320-337. Full text. DOI.

Chapters

Sealy R, Harman C (2017). Women's leadership ambition in early careers. In Madsen S (Ed) Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership, Edward Elgar Publishing. Full text.

Conferences

Sealy R (2017). Constructing Women Leaders’ Identity. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Leadership Symposium. 3rd - 6th May 2017. Abstract.  Full text.
Sealy R, Hawkins B, Searle R (2017). Precarious Selves: Women’s leadership identity emergence. British Academy of Management. 5th - 8th Sep 2017. Abstract.  Full text.
Harvey WS, Sealy R (2016). Building HR's reputation. Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD) Conference.  Full text.

Reports

Sealy R, Doldor E, Vinnicombe S (2016). Female FTSE Report 2016 - Women on Boards: Taking stock of where we are. KPMG; GOvernament Equalities Office,  London, Cranfield School of Management. Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Sealy R, Doldor E, Vinnicommbe S, Terjesen S, Anderson D, Atewologun D (In Press). Expanding the notion of dialogic reading zones for impactful research: the case of women on boards research. British Journal of Management Full text.
Sealy R, Harman C (In Press). Opt-In or Opt-Out: Exploring how women construe their ambition at early career stages. Career Development International Full text. DOI.

2017

Sealy R (2017). Constructing Women Leaders’ Identity. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Leadership Symposium. 3rd - 6th May 2017. Abstract.  Full text.
Sealy R, Hawkins B, Searle R (2017). Precarious Selves: Women’s leadership identity emergence. British Academy of Management. 5th - 8th Sep 2017. Abstract.  Full text.
Sealy R, Harman C (2017). Women's leadership ambition in early careers. In Madsen S (Ed) Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership, Edward Elgar Publishing. Full text.

2016

Doldor E, Sealy R, Vinnicombe S (2016). Accidental activists: headhunters as marginal diversity actors in institutional change towards more women on boards. Human Resource Management Journal, 26(3), 285-303. Full text. DOI.
Terjesen S, Sealy R (2016). Board Gender Quotas: Exploring Ethical Tensions from a Multi-Theoretical Perspective. Business Ethics Quarterly, 26(01), 23-65. Full text. DOI.
Harvey WS, Sealy R (2016). Building HR's reputation. Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD) Conference.  Full text.
Sealy R, Doldor E, Vinnicombe S (2016). Female FTSE Report 2016 - Women on Boards: Taking stock of where we are. KPMG; GOvernament Equalities Office,  London, Cranfield School of Management. Full text.

2015

Atewologun D, Sealy R, Vinnicombe S (2015). Revealing Intersectional Dynamics in Organizations: Introducing ‘Intersectional Identity Work’. Gender, Work & Organization, 23(3), 223-247. Full text. DOI.

2014

Atewologun D, Sealy R (2014). Experiencing privilege at ethnic, gender and senior intersections. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 29(4), 423-439. Full text. DOI.

2013

Pryce P, Sealy R (2013). Promoting women to MD in investment banking: multi-level influences. Gender in Management: an International Journal, 28(8), 448-467. DOI.

2010

Sealy R (2010). Changing perceptions of meritocracy in senior women's careers. Gender in Management: an International Journal, 25(3), 184-197. Full text. DOI.

2009

Sealy RHV, Singh V (2009). The importance of role models and demographic context for senior women's work identity development. International Journal of Management Reviews Full text. DOI.
Terjesen S, Sealy R, Singh V (2009). Women Directors on Corporate Boards: a Review and Research Agenda. Corporate Governance: an International Review, 17(3), 320-337. Full text. DOI.

Awards and Honours

  • Terjesen & Sealy (2015) “Questioning Quotas”, part of symposium Winner of Best International Symposium, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
  • Atewologun, D. & Sealy, R. (2011) “Advancing racio-ethnic and diversity theorising through intersectional identity work”, Best International Paper, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
  • Sealy, R. (2009) “How senior women experience gender-imbalanced work environments”, Best Paper British Academy of Management Conference, Brighton, UK.
  • Sealy, R. & Singh, V. (2006) “Role models, work identity and senior women’s career progression: Why are role models important?”, Nominated for Best Paper Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

External positions

  • Member of NHS Advisory Board  

She was academic advisor on the following:

  • Newman, P. (2011) Releasing Potential: Women doctors and clinical leadership, Cambridge, UK: NHS Midlands & East
  • Confederation of British Industry (2010), Room at the top: Improving gender diversity on UK corporate boards, CBI, London.
  • Equality & Human Rights Commission (2009) Financial services enquiry: Sex discrimination and the gender pay gap, London UK.

Invited lectures

  • Ruth is a regular keynote and panel speaker at practitioner events.

Ruth leads the module CLSM158 Leadership & Global Challenges on the MSc International Management.

She also teaches on CLS1002 Introduction to Leadership Studies

Modules

2017/18