Karen Hughes, PhD (University of Cambridge)

Professor, Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Mgt (Business) and Sociology (Arts) , University of Alberta

Contact

Professor, Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Mgt (Business) and Sociology (Arts) , University of Alberta
Email
karen.hughes@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-7146
Address
2-32L Business Building
11203 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2R6

Overview

About

I am a Professor in the Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Management (Business) and Department of Sociology (Arts). I hold a PhD from the University of Cambridge and joined the University of Alberta in 1994.

My research and teaching focuses on the changing nature of work, organizations, and labour markets. During my career, I have led projects on a wide range of topics, including gender diversity on corporate boards; women's entrance into non-traditional fields; technological change in the workplace; and women's high-growth enterprise. I have a special interest in entrepreneurship which has grown dramatically in Canada in recent years.

Currently, I am working on three major research projects. With colleagues from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), I am studying the impact of regional ecosystems for women's entrepreneurial success in Canada. We are also examining, in a related project, the impact of COVID-19 on women-led businesses in Canada. In a third project, funded by SSHRC-ESRC, BIAS: Responsible AI for Labour Market Equality, I am working with a cross disciplinary team of 10 social scientists and computer scientists in Canada and the U.K. to understand how to mitigate gender and racial bias in algorithms used in human resource and labour market processes (e.g. hiring, promotion).

My publications appear in leading journals, including: Human Relations; Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice; Gender, Work and Organizations; and Work, Employment and Society. I am also a co-author of Work, Industry and Canadian Society, now in its 8th edition, a standard reference in the field and used in universities across the country.

I am a Visiting Research Scholar at the Diana International Research Institute (DIRI) at Babson College, and a team member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Canada. I am also a member of the Gender & Trade Advisory Group for the Government of Canada (Global Affairs).

I currently serve on the editorial boards of the International Small Business Journal (ISBJ) and Gender in Management: An International Journal.


Research

Books

  • Krahn, H.J., Lowe, G.S. and Hughes, K.D. (2020) Work, Industry and Canadian Society. 8th Edition, Nelson.
  • Hughes, K.D. and Jennings, J.E. (2012) Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Research: Diverse Settings, Questions, and Approaches. London: Edward Elgar.
  • Female Enterprise in the New Economy Hughes, K.D. (2005) Female Enterprise in the New Economy. University of Toronto Press.

Refereed Journal Articles (past 10 years only)

  • Hughes KD and WA Silver (2020) “Beyond Time Binds: Rethinking Work-Family Dynamics for a Mobile World”, Human Relations. 
  • Hughes, KD and T Yang (2020) “Building Gender-Aware Ecosystems for Learning, Leadership and Growth”, Gender in Management: An International Journal.
  • Zhao, W, Yang, T, Hughes, KD and Y Li (2020) “Entrepreneurial Alertness and Business Model Innovation: The Role of Entrepreneurial Learning and Risk Perception”, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal.
  • Hughes, KD and JE Jennings (2020) “A Legacy of Attention to Embeddedness in Gendered Institutions: Reflections on a Key Contribution of Women’s Entrepreneurship Research”, International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.
  • Hughes, KD (2018) Women’s Entrepreneurship in Alberta: Insights from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Special Report prepared for Alberta Status of Women. Calgary: The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS), University of Calgary.
  • Hughes, KD (2017) Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2015/16 Canada Report on Women's Entrepreneurship. Calgary: The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS), University of Calgary. 
  • Hughes, KD and JE Jennings (2015) “Women’s Entrepreneurship”, Oxford On-Line Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. 
  • Hughes KD and N Anderson (2015) “Childcare and Domestic Cleaning”. Reprinted in Mignon Duffy, Amy Armenia, and Clare L. Stacey (eds) Caring on the Clock: The Complexities and Contradictions of Paid Care Work. Rutgers University Press. [originally published in Gender, Work and Organization 17(4): 381-405] 
  • Hughes, KD (2015) Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2013/14 Canada Report on Women's Entrepreneurship. Calgary: The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS), University of Calgary.
  • Hughes, KD, JE Jennings, C Brush, F Welter, and S Carter (2012) “Extending Women’s Entrepreneurship Research in New Directions”, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 36 (3): 429-442. 
  • Torres, S, Spitzer, DL, Hughes, KD, Oxman-Martinez, J and J Hanley (2012) "From Temporary Worker to Resident: The Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) and Its Impact Through an Intersectional Lens", in Patti Lenard and Christine Straehle (eds) Temporary Foreign Work in Canada. McGill-Queen's University Press.
  • Hughes, KD (2010) “Women' Entrepreneurship in Canada” in Fielden, S and M Davidson (eds) International Handbook on Women Entrepreneurs. Edward Elgar Publisher.
  • Anderson, N and KD Hughes (2010) “The Business of Caring: Women’s Self-Employment and the Marketization of Care”, Gender, Work and Organization 17(4): 381-405.
  • Jennings, JE, KD Hughes and PD Jennings (2010) “The Work-Family Interface Strategies of Male and Female Entrepreneurs: Are There Any Differences?” in Brush, C., A. deBruin, E. Gatewood, and C. Henry (eds) Women's Entrepreneurship and Growth Influences. Edward Elgar Publisher.

Policy Reports (past 10 years only)

  • Hughes, KD and C Saunders. (2020) Women’s Entrepreneurship in Western Canada. Results from the GEM Canada 2019 Survey. Special Report prepared for Western Economic Diversification, Government of Canada. Calgary: The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS). 86 pages.
  • Hughes, KD and C Saunders. (2020) Trends in Women’s Entrepreneurship in Canada, 2013-19. Special Report prepared for GEM Canada and the Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub. Toronto: Ryerson University. 46 pages.
  • Hughes, KD (2018) Women’s Entrepreneurship in Alberta: Insights from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Special Report prepared for Alberta Status of Women. Calgary: The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS). 66 pages.
  • Hughes, KD (2017) Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2015/16 Canada Report on Women's Entrepreneurship. Calgary: The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS). 71 pages.
  • Hughes, KD (2015) Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2013/14 Canada Report on Women's Entrepreneurship. Calgary: The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS). 41 pages.
  • Hughes, KD, GS Lowe and G Schellenberg (2003) Men and Women’s Quality of Work in the New Economy. Ottawa: Canadian Policy Research Networks. 67 pages.
  • Hughes, KD (2001) Self-Employment, Skill Development and Training in Canada. Ottawa: Human Resources Development Canada. 34 pages.
  • Hughes, KD (2000) Women and Corporate Directorships in Canada: Trends and Issues. Ottawa: Canadian Policy Research Networks. 39 pages.

Editorial and Review Work

I currently serve on the Editorial Boards of Gender in Management: An International Journal, and International Small Business Journal. I am active in reviewing manuscripts for a wide variety of journals in sociology and organizational studies. I also served as co-editor for the following special issue: 

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Hughes, K.D. and Jennings, J.E. 2012. Editors of Special Issue on “Extending Women’s Entrepreneurship in New Directions”, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

I am also a Canada team member for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM).


Teaching

I began my teaching career at the University of Cambridge in the UK where I completed my PhD, and held a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Since joining the University of Alberta in 1994, I have taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on work, occupations, and organizations; gender and family; and research methods.

Currently I teach three courses on a regular basis: SMO 405: Gender Issues in Organizations; SOC 363: Sociology of Work; and SOC 565: Graduate Seminar in Work and Organizations. I have also taught past courses on the ‘Social Environment’ and ‘Women and Corporate Boards’ for the Centre for Executive Education in the Alberta School of Business.

At the graduate level, I enjoy working with MA and PhD students in my two departments – Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management (School of Business) and Sociology (Faculty of Arts). I am always happy to hear from potential graduate student with research interests related to gender, work, organizations, and entrepreneurship.