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Dr Sarah Gilmore

Dr Sarah Gilmore

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies, Director of Impact

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

Dr Sarah Gilmore is a Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies and the Business School’s Director of Research Impact. Her research is located within the field of elite sports and she is currently investigating the professionalization of sport scientists – exploring the impact of managerial turnover on their practices, careers and well-being. Her previous work has been used in the development and training of football club managers and she has engaged in consultancy work for several sports governing bodies as well as a range of English football clubs. Sarah’s research has been published in several 4* journals such as Organization Studies and Human Relations and her work has also featured in a range of sports science and medicine publications. She is a Representative at Large for the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management and an Editorial Board member for the journal Organization.

Nationality: British

Qualifications

BA (Hons) English & European Literature, University of Essex; MSc Psychoanalytic Theory, University College London; PhD Business & Management, University of Portsmouth.

Research interests

  • Emergent professions
  • Sports science careers in elite sports
  • Ethnographic and qualitative research methods

Much of Dr Gilmore’s published work has been located in the elite sport domain: specifically English professional football. Her initial work focused on the development and training of English football club managers and her research was adopted by the FA,LMA and PFA in the construction of their certificate in professional management. Subsequent work in this area has deployed extended ethnographic field work to explore the work of sports science/sports scientists in attaining and sustaining high performance outcomes.

In addition to her work on sports, Dr Gilmore has an abiding interest in psychoanalysis. Research in this area has focused on analyzing internal representations of the football manager for those he/she manages. More recently her research has used the work of the object relations analyst, Christopher Bollas, to explore the material presence of leaders and has blended his insights with the work of Jessica Benjamin to analyse how love for one’s work can implicated in systems of domination.

Finally, she is part of the ‘writing differently’ movement which explores the ways by which academics can write about aspects of organizing, management, being a worker, being a researcher that go beyond the current restrictions on academic writing. To this end, she has co-organised writing retreats, conference streams and is involved in the co-editorship of special issues devoted to this form of work.

Research projects

Current work explores the precarity of key sport science workers within a professional sport context and how the nature of their employment impacts on their career paths as well as the making of a life outside of work.

Additional projects focus on:
Workplace relationships using data from a longitudinal ethnography: exploring the ways by which engaging in kinship behaviours ameliorate isolation and facilitate inclusion within an organisation. 

The analysis of love and domination within the workplace using case study data from a major UK arts organisation.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Ford J, Harding N, Gilmore S, Richardson S (In Press). Becoming the leader: Leadership as material presence. Organization Studies Full text. DOI.
Hings B, Wagstaff CRD, Thelwell R, Anderson V (In Press). Emotional labor and professional practice in sports medicine and science. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports Full text.
Gilmore SE, Wagstaff C, Smith J (In Press). Sports psychology in the English Premier League: ‘It feels precarious and is precarious’. Work, Employment and Society Full text. DOI.
Gilmore SE, Anderson V (2016). The emotional turn in higher education: a psychoanalytic contribution. Teaching in Higher Education, 21, 686-699. DOI.
Gilmore SE, Schyns B, Dietz G (2016). WHAT LESSONS CAN WE LEARN FROM FOOTBALL ABOUT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT?. In Peus C, Schyns B, Braun S (Eds.) Leadership Lessons from Compelling Contexts, Bradford, UK: Emerald. Abstract.
Cox A, Gilmore S, Graham A (2015). The European dilemma: evaluating the implications of UEFA Europa League participation on English Premier League clubs. Soccer & Society, 18(7), 817-835. Full text. DOI.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Ford J, Harding N, Gilmore S, Richardson S (In Press). Becoming the leader: Leadership as material presence. Organization Studies Full text. DOI.
Hings B, Wagstaff CRD, Thelwell R, Anderson V (In Press). Emotional labor and professional practice in sports medicine and science. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports Full text.
Gilmore SE, Hings R, Wagstaff C, Anderson V, Thelwell R (In Press). Professional challenges in elite sports medicine and science: Composite vignettes of practitioner emotional labor. Psychology of Sport and Exercise Full text.
Gilmore SE, Wagstaff C, Smith J (In Press). Sports psychology in the English Premier League: ‘It feels precarious and is precarious’. Work, Employment and Society Full text. DOI.
Gilmore SE, Anderson V (2016). The emotional turn in higher education: a psychoanalytic contribution. Teaching in Higher Education, 21, 686-699. DOI.
Cox A, Gilmore S, Graham A (2015). The European dilemma: evaluating the implications of UEFA Europa League participation on English Premier League clubs. Soccer & Society, 18(7), 817-835. Full text. DOI.
Gilmore SE, Sillince J (2014). Institutional theory and change: the institutionalization of change at Club X. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 27, 313-330. Full text. DOI.
Wagstaff CRD, Gilmore S, Thelwell RC (2014). Sport medicine and sport science practitioners' experiences of organizational change. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 25(5), 685-698. Full text. DOI.
Gilmore S, Kenny K (2014). Work-worlds colliding: Self-reflexivity, power and emotion in organizational ethnography. Human Relations, 68(1), 55-78. DOI.

Chapters

Gilmore SE, Schyns B, Dietz G (2016). WHAT LESSONS CAN WE LEARN FROM FOOTBALL ABOUT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT?. In Peus C, Schyns B, Braun S (Eds.) Leadership Lessons from Compelling Contexts, Bradford, UK: Emerald. Abstract.
Gilmore SE, Kenny K (2014). From research reflexivity to research affectivity: Ethnographic research in organizations. In Kenny K, Fotaki M (Eds.) The psychosocial and organizations: Affect at work, Basingstoke: UK: Palsgrave. Abstract.

Publications by year


In Press

Ford J, Harding N, Gilmore S, Richardson S (In Press). Becoming the leader: Leadership as material presence. Organization Studies Full text. DOI.
Hings B, Wagstaff CRD, Thelwell R, Anderson V (In Press). Emotional labor and professional practice in sports medicine and science. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports Full text.
Gilmore SE, Hings R, Wagstaff C, Anderson V, Thelwell R (In Press). Professional challenges in elite sports medicine and science: Composite vignettes of practitioner emotional labor. Psychology of Sport and Exercise Full text.
Gilmore SE, Wagstaff C, Smith J (In Press). Sports psychology in the English Premier League: ‘It feels precarious and is precarious’. Work, Employment and Society Full text. DOI.

2016

Gilmore SE, Anderson V (2016). The emotional turn in higher education: a psychoanalytic contribution. Teaching in Higher Education, 21, 686-699. DOI.
Gilmore SE, Schyns B, Dietz G (2016). WHAT LESSONS CAN WE LEARN FROM FOOTBALL ABOUT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT?. In Peus C, Schyns B, Braun S (Eds.) Leadership Lessons from Compelling Contexts, Bradford, UK: Emerald. Abstract.

2015

Cox A, Gilmore S, Graham A (2015). The European dilemma: evaluating the implications of UEFA Europa League participation on English Premier League clubs. Soccer & Society, 18(7), 817-835. Full text. DOI.

2014

Gilmore SE, Kenny K (2014). From research reflexivity to research affectivity: Ethnographic research in organizations. In Kenny K, Fotaki M (Eds.) The psychosocial and organizations: Affect at work, Basingstoke: UK: Palsgrave. Abstract.
Gilmore SE, Sillince J (2014). Institutional theory and change: the institutionalization of change at Club X. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 27, 313-330. Full text. DOI.
Wagstaff CRD, Gilmore S, Thelwell RC (2014). Sport medicine and sport science practitioners' experiences of organizational change. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 25(5), 685-698. Full text. DOI.
Gilmore S, Kenny K (2014). Work-worlds colliding: Self-reflexivity, power and emotion in organizational ethnography. Human Relations, 68(1), 55-78. DOI.

External positions

  • External Examiner, York Management School
  • Series Editor, Dialogues in Critical Management Studies
  • Editorial Board Member for Organization; and the Canadian Journal of Administrative Science. Reviewer for a range of organisation and management journals.
  • Member of the Critical Management Studies Division Executive of the Academy of Management (2012-17)

Dr Gilmore’s teaching activity focuses on two subjects: employment relations and international human resource management. As a former practitioner and with a background in UK trade unions, her approach to teaching is informed by practitioner perspectives and experiences as well as scholarly research.

She also supervises a range of dissertations in the field of Human Resource Management.

Modules

2017/18