Dr Kate Kenny

MBS, PhD.

 
researcher
 

Biography

Kate Kenny is Professor of Business and Society. Her research focuses on identity, affect, power and whistleblowing in organizations. She has held research fellowships at Cambridge University's Judge Business School, and the Edmond J. Safra Lab at Harvard University. Professor Kenny's work has been published in Organization Studies, Gender Work and Organizations, ephemera and Human Relations among other journals. She serves on the editorial boards of two FT50 journals. Her books include Whistleblowing: Toward a New Theory (Harvard University Press, 2019), The Whistleblowing Guide: Speak Up Arrangements, Challenges and Best Practices (Wiley, 2019), Understanding Identity and Organizations (Sage 2011, with A. Whittle and H. Willmott), and Affect at Work: The Psychosocial and Organization Studies (Palgrave 2014, with M. Fotaki).  See www.whistleblowingimpact.org for more details of her current research including articles, reports and video.

Research Interests

See here for latest books, journal articles, newspaper contributions and video:  www.whistleblowingimpact.org 

My research centres on the contribution of social and political theory to the understanding of organisations. I am particularly interested in critical theory, psychoanalysis, feminism and poststructuralism, and how these perspectives can shed light on workplace identity and culture. My research currently focuses on whistleblowing in organizations. I welcome working with PhD students in any of these areas, and on related ideas.


Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Postdisclosure survival strategies: Transforming Whistleblowers' experiences 01-JAN-17 07-SEP-18
Effective Speak-up arrangements for whistleblowers: a multi-case study on the role of responsiveness, trust, and culture 30-NOV-15 30-NOV-16
Whistleblowing in Banking Organizations 26-JUN-13 01-JAN-15
MILLENNIUM FUND 2010 EXPLORING ORG ORGANISATIONAL IDENTITY KATE KENNY 01-JAN-11 30-JUN-13

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) 'Whistleblower Subjectivities: Organization and Passionate Attachment'
Kenny, K. Fotaki, M., Vandekerckhove, W. (2019) 'Whistleblower Subjectivities: Organization and Passionate Attachment'. Organization Studies, [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Mental heath as a weapon: Whistleblower retaliation and normative violence'
Kate Kenny and Marianna Fotaki and Stacey Scriver (2018) 'Mental heath as a weapon: Whistleblower retaliation and normative violence'. Journal of Business Ethics, [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Censored: Whistleblowers and impossible speech'
Kate Kenny (2018) 'Censored: Whistleblowers and impossible speech'. Human Relations, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) 'Thinking critically about affect in organization studies: Why it matters [Editorial]'
Marianna Fotaki and Kate Kenny and Sheena Vachhani (2017) 'Thinking critically about affect in organization studies: Why it matters [Editorial]'. Organization, 24 (1):3-17 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Organizations and Violence: The Child as Abject-Boundary in Ireland's Industrial Schools'
Kate Kenny (2016) 'Organizations and Violence: The Child as Abject-Boundary in Ireland's Industrial Schools'. Organization Studies, 37 (7):939-961 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) 'Healthcare and compassion: Towards an awareness of intersubjective vulnerability: Comment on “why and how is compassion necessary to provide good quality healthcare?”'
Kate Kenny (2015) 'Healthcare and compassion: Towards an awareness of intersubjective vulnerability: Comment on “why and how is compassion necessary to provide good quality healthcare?”'. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 4 (9):627-629 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Work-worlds colliding: Self-reflexivity, power and emotion in organizational ethnography'
Sarah Gilmore and Kate Kenny (2015) 'Work-worlds colliding: Self-reflexivity, power and emotion in organizational ethnography'. Human Relations, 68 (1):55-87 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) 'From gendered organizations to compassionate borderspaces: Reading corporeal ethics with Bracha Ettinger'
Kate Kenny and Marianna Fotaki (2015) 'From gendered organizations to compassionate borderspaces: Reading corporeal ethics with Bracha Ettinger'. Organization, 22 (2):183-199 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Irony as discipline: Self-help and gender in the knowledge economy: Self-help and gender in the knowledge economy'
Kate Kenny and Emma Bell (2014) 'Irony as discipline: Self-help and gender in the knowledge economy: Self-help and gender in the knowledge economy'. Social Politics, 21 (4):562-584 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Power and the Construction of Independence in ICTD Organizations'
Kenny, Kate M. (2014) 'Power and the Construction of Independence in ICTD Organizations'. Information Technology for Development, 20 (1):6-22 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Banking compliance and dependence corruption: towards an attachment perspective'
Kate Kenny (2014) 'Banking compliance and dependence corruption: towards an attachment perspective'. Law and Financial Markets Review, 8 (2):165-177 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Affective disruption: Walter Benjamin and the 'history' of Ireland's industrial schools'
K. Kenny (2013) 'Affective disruption: Walter Benjamin and the 'history' of Ireland's industrial schools'. Management and Organizational History, 8 (1):10-22 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) ''Someone big and important’: Recognition and affect in an international development workplace'
Kenny, K. (2012) ''Someone big and important’: Recognition and affect in an international development workplace'. Organization Studies, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Some Good Clean Fun': Humour, Control and Subversion in an Advertising Agency'
Kenny, K,Euchler, G (2012) 'Some Good Clean Fun': Humour, Control and Subversion in an Advertising Agency'. Gender Work And Organization, 19 :306-323 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Dangerously empty? Hegemony and the construction of the Irish entrepreneur'
Kenny, K,Scriver, S (2012) 'Dangerously empty? Hegemony and the construction of the Irish entrepreneur'. Organization, 19 :615-633 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'The effect of affect: Desire and politics in modern organizations (Editorial)'
Kenny, K., Muhr, SL, & Olaison, L (2011) 'The effect of affect: Desire and politics in modern organizations (Editorial)'. Ephemera: Theory and Politics in organization, 11 (3):235-242 [Details]
(2011) 'When care is left to roam: Carers' experiences of grassroots nonprofit services in Ireland'
Power, A,Kenny, K (2011) 'When care is left to roam: Carers' experiences of grassroots nonprofit services in Ireland'. Health & Place, 17 :422-429 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'Beyond ourselves: Passion and the dark side of identification in an ethical organization'
Kenny, KM (2010) 'Beyond ourselves: Passion and the dark side of identification in an ethical organization'. Human Relations, 63 :857-873 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Frames of war: when is life grievable? (invited review essay)'
Kenny, K. (2010) 'Frames of war: when is life grievable? (invited review essay)'. Journal Of Power, 3 (3):459-466 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'Heeding the Stains: Lacan and Organizational Change'
Kenny, K. (2009) 'Heeding the Stains: Lacan and Organizational Change'. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 22 (2) [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'The performative surprise: parody, documentary and critique'
Kenny, K. (2009) 'The performative surprise: parody, documentary and critique'. Culture and Organization, 15 (2) [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'Aesthetics and emotion in an organisational ethnography'
Kenny, K. (2008) 'Aesthetics and emotion in an organisational ethnography'. International Journal of Work, Organization and Emotion, [ARAN Link] [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2019) Whistleblowing: Towards a new theory.
Kate Kenny (2019) Whistleblowing: Towards a new theory. : Harvard University Press. [Details]
(2019) The Whistleblowing Guide: Speak-up Arrangements, Challenges and Best Practices.
Kate Kenny, Wim Vandekerckhove, Marianna Fotaki (2019) The Whistleblowing Guide: Speak-up Arrangements, Challenges and Best Practices. London: Wiley. [Details]
(2014) The Psychosocial and Organization Studies: Affect at Work.
Kate Kenny and Marianna Fotaki (2014) The Psychosocial and Organization Studies: Affect at Work. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2011) Understanding Identity and Organizations.
Kate Kenny and Andrea Whittle and Hugh Willmott (2011) Understanding Identity and Organizations. : SAGE. [Details]
(2011) Studying Identity and Organizations. Sage: London.
Kenny, K., Willmott, H. & Whittle, A. (2011) Studying Identity and Organizations. Sage: London. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Lauren Berlant: Cruel organizations'
Kate Kenny (2018) 'Lauren Berlant: Cruel organizations' In: Morality, Ethics & Responsibility in Organization and Management, Routledge Focus on Women Writers in Organization Studies (Book 5). Routledge. [Details]
(2016) 'Organizational Identity: The Significance of Power and Politics'
Kate Kenny and Andrea Whittle and Hugh Willmott (2016) 'Organizational Identity: The Significance of Power and Politics' In: The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Identity. Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2016) 'Identity and Philosophy in Organizations: A femini[st]ne blind spot'
Kate Kenny and Nancy Harding (2016) 'Identity and Philosophy in Organizations: A femini[st]ne blind spot' In: The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies. Taylor and Francis. [Details]
(2015) 'Constructing Selves: Whistleblowing And The Role Of Time'
Kate Kenny (2015) 'Constructing Selves: Whistleblowing And The Role Of Time' In: Developments in Whistleblowing Research. International Whistleblowing Research Network. [Details]
(2015) 'Whistleblowing and Mental Health: A new weapon for retaliation?'
Fotaki, M., Kenny, K., and Scriver, S. (2015) 'Whistleblowing and Mental Health: A new weapon for retaliation?' In: Developments in whistleblowing research. London: International Whistleblowing Research Network. [Details]
(2012) ''The performative surprise’: parody, documentary and critique'
Kenny, K. (2012) ''The performative surprise’: parody, documentary and critique' In: Organizations and Popular Culture: Information, Representation and Transformation. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2011) 'Representing the Successful Managerial Body'
Kenny, K., Bell, E. (2011) 'Representing the Successful Managerial Body' In: Jeanes, E. Knights, D. and Yancey Martin, P. (eds.) Handbook of Gender, Work and Organization. Blackwell/Wiley. [Details]
(2010) 'Project Tyne: Using an Extranet for Construction'
Kenny, K. (2010) 'Project Tyne: Using an Extranet for Construction' In: Case for analysis in Daft, R, Murphy, J. and Willmott, H. (Eds), Organization Theory and Design, Cengage Learning: London. [Details]
(2008) 'Arrive Bearing Gifts’: Postcolonial Insights for Development Management'
Kenny, K. (2008) 'Arrive Bearing Gifts’: Postcolonial Insights for Development Management' In: S. Dar and B. Cooke (Eds), The New Development Management: Critiquing the Dual Modernization. Zed Books: London. [ARAN Link] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2016) Effective speak-up arrangements for whistle-blowers.
Vandekerckhove, W, Kenny, K, Fotaki, M and Ozdemir Kaya, D (2016) Effective speak-up arrangements for whistle-blowers. ACCA, London. [DOI] [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
(2012) Review of Vallas et al., 'The Sociology of Work: Structures and Inequalities'. Gender, Work and Organization.
Kenny, K. (2012) Review of Vallas et al., 'The Sociology of Work: Structures and Inequalities'. Gender, Work and Organization. Book Review [Details]
(2011) The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies.
Kenny, K (2011) The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies. Book Review [Details]
(2011) Review of Alvesson et al., 'The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies', Critical Social Policy 31(3).
Kenny, K. (2011) Review of Alvesson et al., 'The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies', Critical Social Policy 31(3). Book Review [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Academy of Management member /
European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) member /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2007 University of Cambridge, Judge Business School PhD Management Studies
2002 UCD Master of Business Studies Business Studies
1998 NUI Galway BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING Civil Engineering

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Queen's University Belfast Professor 01-AUG-17 / 30-NOV-18
Queen's University Belfast Reader 01-MAY-13 / 31-JUL-17
NUI Galway Lecturer 01-JUN-09 /
University of Cambridge University Lecturer, Judge Business School 01-JUN-07 / 01-JUN-09

Reviews

  Journal Role
Organization Studies Editoral Board
Human Relations Editoral Board
Organization Editoral Board
Human Resource Management Reviewer
Culture And Organization Reviewer
Journal Of Management Studies Reviewer
Gender Work And Organisation Reviewer

Teaching Interests