May 6, 2021

Dr. Katie Beavan, Adjunct Professor of Human Capital Management, Wins 2021 Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award

NYU School of Professional Studies is delighted to announce that Dr. Katie Beavan, adjunct professor of Human Capital Management, Division of Programs in Business, has been awarded the prestigious 2021 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) Outstanding Dissertation Award, Experimental Category. Her practitioner–scholar dissertation, “(Re)Writing Women in Organization: Portraits of Afflictions, Tales of Resistances, Hopes for Living Differently” was selected as the winner among distinguished international candidates. Using an interdisciplinary approach including narrative and poetic discourses, Dr. Beavan represented the emotional experiences of herself and colleagues working in the hypermasculine context of global banking. Her aim was to give women—and all who are othered in the workplace—voice and to innovate methodologically in the Organizational Behavior field. In a commitment to praxis, the dissertation also took the form of a social theater piece which she performed in front of a public audience at the Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield, Connecticut. As the winner, Dr. Beavan’s name will be included in the annual ICQI Conference program starting this year and moving forward as the 2021 recipient.

Dr. Katie Beavan is a practitioner-scholar with over 30 years of HR experience and deep expertise in executive leadership development and organization development. She has coached many senior leaders including CEOs and top teams. Dr. Beavan holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, a Masters in Coaching and Consulting for Change from INSEAD, a BA and MA in History from Cambridge University and a Masters in Fine Arts, Creative Writing from Naropa University. She was recently a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her long practitioner career spans global executive roles including as Global CHRO of Russell Investments, senior talent and learning roles in investment banking, and ten years spent in international business consulting. 

As well as running a consulting and coaching practice she teaches in the MS in Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting program at NYU SPS and is carrying out primary research on boards. She is a certified online synchronous and asynchronous course developer and teacher. She publishes in top academic journals in the field and presents her research at international conferences.


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