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Dr Carolyn Hunter
Senior Lecturer in Organisational Theory & Behaviour

Profile

Biography

My research in critical management studies relates to everyday experiences of work, including: humour and happiness in fun corporate cultures; gender and the creative industries; and spatiality and temporarily of organisations. 

My first academic interest is in the phenomena of humour and ‘play' at work. My research explores how corporate cultures advocate values of fun, enjoyment and happiness, and how these discourses are mapped onto the space and materiality of the organisations. Drawing on de Certeau’s concept of strategies and tactics of the everyday and linking this to Lefebvre’s conception of space and time, my work investigates how employees interpreted the strategies of corporate discourses through everyday tactics, such as humour.

My second area of research involves gender, femininity and feminism in organisation studies, exploring abjectivity within publishing and the creative industries. I am also interested in how brands are constructed in the everyday around concepts such as girlhood. I am a co-investigator on an Academy of Finland grant on 'The Business of Childhood', where we explore how children's authors experience their day to day work around the themes of precariousness, enchantment and gender. 

I am interested in supervising PhD and masters students who take a critical approach to the study of everyday life in organisations, on the themes of gender, childhood, emotions and fun and play at
work.

Career

 

Departmental roles

 

University roles

 

Research

Overview

Areas of interest include: Gender, abjectivity and feminist writing; the everyday in constructing brands in media; happiness, play and humour within fun corporate cultures; and space, time and materiality.

Research Cluster

Centre for the Study of Working Lives

Publications

Selected publications

Kivinen, N. & Hunter, C. (2019) ‘Brand work’: Constructing assemblages in gendered creative labour. Human Relations. 72(5): 910-931

Hunter, C. & Kivinen, N. (2016) Constructing girlhood: abject labour in magazine offices. Gender, Work and Organization. 23, 6, p.551-565. 

Hunter, C., Jemielniak, D. & Postula, A. (2010) Temporal and spatial shifts within playful work. Journal of Organizational Change Management. 23, 1, p. 87-102

Full publications list

Journal Publications

Kivinen, N. & Hunter, C. (2019) ‘Brand work’: Constructing assemblages in gendered creative labour. Human Relations. 72(5): 910-931

Hunter, C. & Kivinen, N. (2016) Constructing girlhood: abject labour in magazine offices. Gender, Work and Organization. 23, 6, p.551-565. 

Hunter, C., Jemielniak, D. & Postula, A. (2010) Temporal and spatial shifts within playful work. Journal of Organizational Change Management. 23, 1, p. 87-102 

Accepted for publication

Kivinen, N. and Hunter, C. eds Organization and Affect: Understanding Ethics, the Body and Materiality. Routledge Focus on Women Writers in Organization Studies, Routledge: London

McCann, L., Bozkurt, O., Finn, R., Granter, E., Hunter, C., Kivinen, N., Kumar, A. and Weirman, B. Encyclopaedia of Critical Management Studies. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham 

Conference papers

Writing children, writing women - a study of children’s authors

Kivinen, N and Hunter C.

Gender, Work and Organisation Conference 2016 Stream: Writing: That which touches

 

Tactically Fun: Playing with identity in ‘fun’ organisational space

Hunter, C.

APROS conference, Sydney 2015

 

Branded subjectivity: Performativity and media professionals

Kivinen, N. and Hunter C.

British Academy of Management Conference, September 2015, Portsmouth University

 

Precarious writing: children’s authors as networked home-workers

Hunter C. and Kivinen, N. 

The Standing Conference of Organisational Symbolism, July 2015, Nottingham Trent University

 

Leaky bodies and abject labour in magazine offices’

Kivinen, N. and Hunter C.

Gender, Work and Organisation Conference, June 2014, Keele University

 

The Sixth Art of Management and Organisation Conference

Carolyn Hunter (Stream convenor), 4 September 2012 → 7 September 2012

 

Critical Management Studies

Carolyn Hunter (Speaker), 11 July 2011 → 15 July 2011

Activity: Conference participation › Participation in conference

 

Ephemera Conference: Work, Play and Boredom

Carolyn Hunter (Participant), 6 May 2010

Activity: Conference participation › Participation in conference

 

Gender, Work and Organization

Carolyn Hunter (Participant), 22 June 2010

Activity: Conference participation › Participation in conference

 

Critical Management Studies Conference

Carolyn Hunter (Participant), 14 July 2009

Activity: Conference participation › Participation in conference

Compositions

 

Recordings

 

Carolyn Hunter

School for Business and Society
University of York
Church Lane Building
York Science Park
Heslington
York YO10 5ZF

Tel: +44 (0) 1904 325012
Email:
carolyn.hunter@york.ac.uk
Room: CL/A/119B

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation

 

Feedback & Support hours

Wednesday 09.30 – 10.30 by appointment

Friday 11.00 – 12.00 by appointment

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Critical Management Studies (Final year undergraduate, BA Management and BSc Management)
  • Creative Business Leadership (Second year undergraduate, BA Business of the Creative Industries)

Postgraduate

  • Managing People (Masters in Management; Masters in International Business and Strategic Management; Masters in Strategic Management; Masters in Social Media and Management)