Susan Vinnicombe, professor of women and leadership, Cranfield School of Management
Sian Harrington, September 18, 2016
Susan Vinnicombe's research interests focus on the lack of women in leadership, specifically on corporate boards; women's leadership styles and the issues involved in women developing their executive careers.
Vinnicombe was founder director of the Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders from 1999 to 2016 and the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Endowed Chair in Women's Leadership at Simmons College, Boston, USA from 2013-2016. She and her co-authors produce the annual Female FTSE Board Report, which she launched in 1999. This is regarded as the premier research resource on women directors in the UK and is renowned globally.
Vinnicombe has written ten books and over one hundred articles, reports and conference papers. Her latest book Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers (Eds. S Vinnicombe, R.J. Burke, S. Blake-Beard and L.L. Moore) was published by Edward Elgar in 2013.
Vinnicombe has consulted for organisations in over 20 countries including the US, Ireland, India, the UAE, Philippines, Trinidad, Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand, on how best to attract, retain and develop women executives. Vinnicombe is regularly interviewed by the press, on the radio and on television for her expert views on women directors, and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences.
She is the founder and chair of the judges for Women in the City Awards, and is a judge for the Sunday Times best NEDs of the year awards. She is vice patron of the charity Working Families. Vinnicombe was a member of the Davies Steering Committee from 2010 – 2015, is a member of the advisory board of Sir Philip Hampton/Dame Helen Alexander’s Review on the lack of women in the executive pipeline, and that of Sir John Parker’s Review on the lack of ethnicity on FTSE 100 boards.
Vinnicombe was elected to fellow of the British Academy of Management in 2013. She has been honoured by The International Alliance of Women (TIAW) in 2013 when she was awarded the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award 2013, which recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the economic empowerment of women. In 2016 she was made a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management and honoured by the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Washington as a woman who has ‘made a difference’ in the world. She was also named in HR magazine's HR Most Influential Thinkers 2016, and was awarded the British Academy of Management’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
Vinnicombe was awarded an OBE for her Services to Diversity in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2005 and subsequently awarded a CBE for her Services to Gender Equality in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2014.
- Atewologun D, Sealy R & Vinnicombe S (2016) Revealing Intersectional Dynamics in Organizations: Introducing 'Intersectional Identity Work', Gender, Work and Organization, 23 (3) 223-247.
- Doldor E, Sealy R & Vinnicombe S (2016) Accidental activists: headhunters as marginal diversity actors in institutional change towards more women on boards, Human Resource Management Journal, 26 (3) 285-303.
- Vinnicombe S (2013) Lean in, but keep your balance, Management Focus, 35 (Autumn) 24-25.
- Doldor E, Doldor E, Anderson D & Vinnicombe S (2013) Refining the Concept of Political Will: A Gender Perspective, British Journal of Management, 24 (3) 414-427.
- Chen A, Doherty N & Vinnicombe S (2012) Developing women's career competencies through an EMBA, Gender in Management: An International Journal, 27 (4) 232-248.
- Chen A, Doherty N & Vinnicombe S (2012) The perceived value of networking through an EMBA: a study of Taiwanese women, Career Development International, 17 (7) 646-662.
- Anderson D, Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2010) Women partners leaving the firm: Choice, what choice?, Gender in Management: An International Journal, 25 (3) 170-183.
- Kumra S & Vinnicombe S (2010) Impressing for success: A gendered analysis of a key social capital accumulation strategy, Gender, Work and Organization, 17 (5) 521-546.
- Sealy R & Vinnicombe S (2010) Boardroom Balance, Management Focus (28) 24-25.
- Kumra S & Vinnicombe S (2008) A study of the promotion to partner process in a professional services firm: How women are disadvantaged, British Journal of Management, 19 (S1) 65-74.
- Singh V, Terjesen S & Vinnicombe S (2008) Newly appointed directors in the boardroom: How do women and men differ?, European Management Journal, 26 (1) 48-58.
- Singh V, Vinnicombe S & Turnbull James K (2006) Constructing a professional identity: how young female managers use role models., Women In Management Review, 21 (1) 67-81.
- Singh V, Vinnicombe S & Kumra S (2006) Women in formal corporate networks: an organisational citizenship perspective., Women In Management Review, 21 (6) 458-482.
- Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2005) Creating momentum, Public Service Review (Feb).
- Wilson S, Butler M, James K, Partington D, Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2004) The fallacy of integration: work and non-work in professional services, Women In Management Review, 19 (4) 186-195.
- Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2004) Opening the invisible door to the boardroom, MBA Business (Autumn 2004).
- Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2004) Why So Few Women Directors in Top UK Boardrooms? Evidence and Theoretical Explanations, Corporate Governance, 12 (4) 479-488.
- Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2003) The 2002 female FTSE Index and women directors, Women In Management Review, 18 (7) 349-358.
- Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2003) Locks and keys to the boardroom, Women In Management Review, 18 (6) 325-333.
- Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2003) Women-only Management Training: An Essential Part of Women's Leadership Development?, Journal of Change Management, 3 (4) 294-306.
- Singh V, Kumra S & Vinnicombe S (2002) Gender and Impression Management: Playing the Promotion Game, Journal of Business Ethics, 37 (1) 77-89.
- Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2002) Sex Role Stereotyping and Requisites of Successful Top Managers, Women In Management Review, 17 (3/4) 120-130.
- Singh V, Bains D & Vinnicombe S (2002) Informal mentoring as an organisational resource, Long Range Planning, 35 (4) 389-405.
- Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2002) Gender and Ethnic Diversity on Top Corporate Boards, Apollo.
- Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2001) Keys to the Boardroom, Inclusion Magazine (Spring 2001).
- Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2001) Impression Management, Commitment and Gender: Managing Others' Good Opinions, European Management Journal, 19 (2) 183-194.
- Vinnicombe S, Singh V & Cames I (2001) Profiles of 'Successful Managers' held by Male and Female Banking Managers across Europe, Women In Management Review, 16 (3) 108-117.
- Singh V, Vinnicombe S & Johnson P (2001) Women Directors on Top UK Boards, Corporate Governance, 9 (3) 206-216.
- Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2000) What does Commitment Really Mean? Views of British and Swedish Engineering Managers, Personnel Review, 29 (2) 228-254.
- Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2000) Gendered Meanings of Commitment from High Technology Engineering Managers in the UK and Sweden, Gender, Work and Organization, 7 (1) 1-19.
- Sahdev K, Vinnicombe S & Tyson S (1999) Downsizing and the Changing Role of HR, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 10 (5) 906-923.
- Vinnicombe S & Cames I (1998) A Study of the Leadership Styles of Female and Male Managers in 10 Different Nationality Banks in Luxembourg, Using the Personal Attributes Questionnaire, International Review of Women and Leadership, 4 (2) 24-33.
- Vinnicombe S (1997) Women in Management - The Business Case, Independent Today, 2 (1) 25-27.
- Doherty N, Bank J & Vinnicombe S (1996) Managing Survivors: The Experience of Survivors in BT and the British Financial Sector, Journal of Managerial Psychology, 11 (7) 51-60.