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Dr Juliette Summers

Dr Juliette Summers

Lecturer in Management

Researcher profile

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Before joining the School of Management in August 2014 as a Lecturer in Management I worked at Stirling Management School, Stirling University. I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick, where my PhD thesis explored how workers acquire and lose work-related identities in employee owned organisations. Since then I have continued to focus on professional identities - including the anticipatory professional identities of students, and how female work identity is represented in the media. Employee ownership and inclusive models remain a key theme in my research, and in particular its spillover effects into wider society, and the role of 'democratic skills' within employee-owned companies. 

I also hold an MA in Industrial Development from the University of East Anglia, and a BA (Hons) in Geography from King's College London.

My interest in employee and community participation extends beyond the university; I have been a local Community Councillor, a director of a community trust and I am currently a Parent Councillor.



  • MN4213 Human Resources Management
  • MN5480 Managing and Developing People
  • MN5481 Masterclasses in Human Resources Management

Research areas

My research centres on the intersection of work, identity and democracy, and in particular on employee ownership and participation, worker and community identity development, and political consultation and participation strategies.

I have a research specialism in employee ownership (in all forms, from SAYE share ownership to cooperatives). I have a particular interest in the business ecosystem for employee ownership, skills for democratic participation, and in the spillover effects (economic, social and environmental) of employee ownership.

My work on workplace democracy and identity has led to a developing interest in organisations whose value is primarily in their positive externalities: their social worth, not their monetary value. I am investigating organisational structures designed around notions of leadership as deliberative spaces, where the deliberative space is occupied not by leaders or leadership, but by commonly identified values and worth, i.e. the public good.

Other ongoing research, and PhD supervision, examines professional identity development. This work overlaps with an interest in textual representations of identity, both in the popular media, and in government publications. I am examining the narrative construction of participant identities in government consultation and engagement documents. This work is developing the concept of heteroterse narratives as a response to discursive tensions.


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