Dr Maria Adamson (BA (Hons), MA, PhD), has joined the Department of Leadership Work and Oranisation as a Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour in 2015 having previously worked and studied at the University of York, University of Essex and Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business. Maria is a critical management scholar and is passionate in her interest in gender equality in professional work and organizations. She has completed her PhD at the University of York in 2011; her thesis explored the mechanisms of professionalization and feminization of the emerging profession of counselling psychology in a post-socialist context. Maria is currently a covenor of the Work, Employment and Economic Life research group at the British Sociological Association and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. She has lived, worked and studied in four different countries: the UK, the USA, Russia and Hungary. She likes travelling, tasting delectable food from around the world, and used to be a singer in a jazz band.
HRM2003 Work, Organisation and Society
HRM3150 Authentic Leadership.
- gender (in)equality in management and professional work
- professional and workplace identities, femininity and masculinity in organisations
- postfeminism and the application of feminist theories within the field of organization studies
- business self-help and business celebrity
- professions, professionalism and professionalization
Recent articles in peer review journals:
Adamson, M. and Kelan, E.K. and Lewis, P. and Rumens, N. and Sliwa, M. (2016) The quality of equality: thinking differently about gender inclusion in organizations. Human Resource Management International Digest, doi: 10.1108/HRMID-04-2016-0060
Adamson, M and Johansson, M (2016) Compositions of professionalism in counselling work: an embodied intersectionality perspective. Human Relations, Online First doi: 10.1177/0018726716639118
Adamson, M (2015) The making of a glass slipper: exploring patterns of inclusion and exclusion in a feminized profession. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 34(3): 214-226, DOI: 10.1108/EDI-01-2014-0002
Adamson, M. and Salmenniemi, S. (2015) New Heroines of Labour: Domesticating postfeminism and neoliberal capitalism in Russia. Sociology, 49(1): 188-105, doi:10.1177/0038038513516830
Adamson, M. (2014) Reflexivity and the competing discourses of masculinity in a female-dominated profession. Gender, Work and Organization, 21(6): 559–572, DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12058
Adamson, M., Manson, S., Zakaria, I. (2014) Exploring the professional project of executive remuneration consultants in the UK through the lens of institutional work. Journal of Professions and Organization, 2(1): 19-37. doi: 10.1093/jpo/jou007
Adamson (Karepova)*, M. and Griffin, G. (2011) The feminization of a newly emerging profession: the case of women and psychological counselling in post-Soviet Russia. European Journal of Women's Studies, 18(3): 279–29. doi: 10.1177/1350506811405814
*publication under maiden name
Adamson, M. and Salmenniemi, S. (2016) 'The bottom line is that the problem is you'- Aesthetic Labour, Postfeminism and Subjectivity in Russian Self-Help Literature. In A.S. Elias, R.Gill and C. Scharff (eds) Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism. Palgrave Macmillan.
Adamson, M. and Kispiter, E. (2016) Gender and professional work in Hungary and the USSR, in C.Barker (ed.) Gender in the 20th Century Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Palgrave McMillan.
Adamson, M. (2016) Review: Crisis at Work: Identity and the End of Career by Jesse Porter, Work Employment and Society, DOI: 10.1177/0950017016638278
Adamson, M. (2015) Review: How Asian Women Lead: Lessons for Global Corporations by Jane Horan, Work, Employment and Society, May 26, 2015, doi:10.1177/0950017015579598
Adamson (Karepova), M.* (2013) Review: Professional Men, Professional Women: The European Professions from the 19th Century until Today by Maria Malatesta, International Sociology, (2) 28:179-182.
Adamson, M. (2014) Insider/Outsider dilemma in cross-cultural interviewing. SAGE Digital Case Repository. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305014527668
Recent conference papers:
- `Modelling the corporate feminist? Celebrity business women as postfeminist role models’. Gender, Work and Organisation Conference, University of Keele, 27-29 June, 2016
- Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and the Construction of new Femininities in Business Celebrity Autobiography. Critical Management Studies Conference, University of Leicester, 8-10 July 2015
- In Her Shoes: Constructing Gender in Business Celebrity Autobiographies. Consuming Culture: Women and Girls in Print and Pixels, Oxford Brookes University, 5-6 June 2015
- Business celebrity autobiographies: writing gendered success. Gender Work and Organization Conference, Keele University 23-25th June 2014
-The body multiple: an intersectional analysis of embodied constructions of professionalism in counselling work (With M.Johansson). British Sociological Association conference, University of Leeds 23-25th April 2014
-The tainted occupation: executive compensation consultancy fighting for its image and reputation. Work, Employment and Society conference, University of Warwick 3-5 September 2013
-Performing counselling work in post-socialist Russia: embodied constructions of professional expertise (With Marjana Johansson). 8th International Conference in Critical Management Studies. University of Manchester 10-12 July 2013
-Domesticating postfeminism and neoliberal capitalism to Russia (with Suvi Salmenniemi) British Sociological Association Conference. London 3-5 April 2013.
-On the 'boundaries' of professionalism: Executive remuneration consultants in the UK protecting their occupational image. ESA RN19 Sociology of Professions interim meeting, University of Helsinki 23-26 May 2012
-Exploring hybridization of professional work: the case of executive compensation consultants. International Labour Processes Conference, Stockholm University 26-29 March 2012
Adamson, Maria and Kelan, Elisabeth K. (2018) ‘Female heroes’: celebrity executives as postfeminist role models. British Journal of Management . ISSN 1045-3172 (Published online first)
Adamson, Maria (2018) Book review: Like Mother, Like Daughter. Organization . ISSN 1350-5084 (Published online first)
Adamson, Maria and Kelan, Elisabeth K. and Lewis, Patricia and Rumens, Nick and Sliwa, Martyna (2017) Exploring gendered inclusion in contemporary organisations - ESRC. Impact, 2017 (9). pp. 56-57. ISSN 2398-7073
Adamson, Maria and Salmenniemi, Suvi (2017) ‘The bottom line is that the problem is you’: aesthetic labour, postfeminism and subjectivity in Russian self-help literature. In: Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 301-316. ISBN 978-1-137-47764-4
Adamson, Maria (2017) Postfeminism, neoliberalism and a ‘successfully’ balanced femininity in celebrity CEO autobiographies. Gender, Work and Organization, 24 (3). pp. 314-327. ISSN 0968-6673
2015-2018 ESRC Seminar Series. Principal Investigator. (£26000, Grant No ES/N008685/1). Project: Exploring Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organizations
2013-2016 Kone Foundation Grant. Co-Investogator (EUR180000, Grant No 26002848). Project: Constructing gender in business self-help and celebrity autobiography texts' part of the network project 'Governing the Mind' (PI Suvi Salmenniemi, University of Turku).
2012-2013 Essex Business School Research Grant. Principal investigator (£1000) Project: Professionalization of executive remuneration consultancy
2012-2013 Essex University Early Career Research Development Grant (£500).
Maria is a covenor of the Work, Employment and Economic Life research group at the British Sociological Association since 2013 and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy since 2012. She is a member of several professional associations: British Academy of Management, VIDA – Critical Management Studies Women's Association, European Group for Organization Studies, British Sociological Association and International Sociological Association. She has been a Visiting Erasmus Scholar at Copenhagen Business School in October 2015.