Parisa's research focuses on Leadership Development and Identity Dynamics, in the context of post-merger organisational change.

Parisa Gilani

Parisa graduated from Reading University with a BA (Hons) in International Management and Business Administration with French (2006) and an MSc in International Management and Consulting (2007). During her undergraduate studies she spent a year studying at L’École Supérieure de Commerce de Bretagne à Brest in France and conducted research in the Middle East. These two experiences enhanced her interest in international management and the influence of culture.

Between obtaining her Masters and commencing her PhD studies Parisa worked as a marketing intern for O2 and a market analyst for TNS (now part of WPP) specialising in the telecommunications industry. Both of these roles allowed her to apply the knowledge gained through her academic studies to life within multinational organisations.

Parisa has been a PhD student in the Centre for Leadership Studies since October 2009. Her research focuses on Leadership Development and its Evaluation in a context of post-merger organisational change. The methodology adopted is a case study approach consisting predominantly of semi-structured interviews. The study contains a longitudinal dimension; collecting data at three different points in time over the course of a year. Her other research interests include cross-cultural management and identity.

She is supervised by Professor Annie Pye and Dr Richard Bolden.

 Address: Centre for Leadership Studies, 
University of Exeter, 
Streatham Court 1-50, 
Reenes Drive, 
Tel: 01392 726113

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