Dr Etlyn Kenny

Dr Etlyn Kenny

Department of Management
Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour

Contact details

Address
Birmingham Business School
University House
Birmingham
B15 2TY

Etlyn Kenny joined Birmingham Business School in September 2014 and is a member of the Department of Management.  Prior to this Etlyn was a lecturer in the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London.  Etlyn is currently the module leader for the Training and Development module on the MSc HRM.

Etlyn's research interests are in the field of employee diversity and organizational careers. Her research and publications focus both on how employees experience organizations as minorities as well as the analysis of organizational practices and structures designed to facilitate equal access to career opportunities and progression.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Human Psychology, Aston University, Birmingham
  • MSc Occupational Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London
  • PhD Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London

Teaching

  • Training and Development, MSc HRM, autumn term
  • MSc HRM dissertation supervision

Postgraduate supervision

Etyln currently supervises one PhD student and one Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

Research

Etyln's research interests centre upon organizational diversity and careers, and primarily the way in which ethnicity, gender and social class are relevant to how individuals might experience their organizations.

She is the UoB Principal Investigator on a MoD-funded project around diversity and inclusion in Defence and also leading a British Academy funded-project on how female IT professionals experience their gender identity within their male-dominated profession.  Etlyn is also part of a Social Mobility Commission funded project to examine socio-economic diversity and access to careers in investment banking.

She is involved in research projects on pan ethnic identification, employee networks and inclusive leadership in organisations and serves as a reviewer for a wide range of academic journals and conferences.

Etlyn is interested in supervising PhD students who are looking to research topics around organisational diversity and careers.

Other activities

Member of British Psychological Society (BPS) – Division of Occupational Society (DOP)

Member and former Co-Chair of BPS DOP Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion

Member of British Academy of Management

Member of European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology

Academic Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Publications

Journal articles

Kenny, E. J. & Donnelly, R. (forthcoming) Navigating the gender structure in IT: How does this affect the experiences and behaviours of women in tech?  Human Relations

Fernando, W .D .A. & Kenny, E. J. (2018) Navigating panethnic categorization in the workplace: A study of British Sri Lankan employees. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 91 (4) 769-797.

Kenny, E. J. & Briner, R. B. (2014) Stereotype threat and minority ethnic employees: What should our research priorities be?  Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 7 (3) 425-429.

Kenny, E. J. & Briner, R.B. (2013) Increases in salience of ethnic identity at work: the roles of ethnic assignation and ethnic identification. Human Relations, 66 (5), 725-748.

Kenny, E. J. & Briner, R. B. (2010). Exploring ethnicity in organizations. Equality, Diversity, Inclusion: An International Journal, 29, (4), 348-363.

Kenny, E.J. & Briner, R.B. (2007) Ethnicity and behaviour in organizations: A review of British research. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 80, (3), 437-457.

Book chapters

Kenny, E. J. (2017) Minority ethnic employees experiences in the workplace. In Cornish T. & Calvard T. (Eds). The Psychology of Ethnicity in Organizations.  London: Palgrave. 

Reports

Moore, J., Higham, L., Moutford-Zimdars, A., Ashley, L., Birkett, H., Duberley, J.  & Kenny, E. J. (2016) Socio-economic diversity in life sciences and investment banking.  Social Mobility Commission, London.

Conferences

Kenny, E. J .& Donnelly, R. (2018) Navigating the gender structure in IT: Examining women's experiences and behaviors.  American Academy of Management Conference, Best Paper Proceedings, Gender, Diversity and Organisation Stream, Chicago, USA,  August 2018.

Kenny, E. J. & Donnelly, R. (2018) ‘Women can’t code’: Female IT Professionals Navigating Assumptions, Bias and Identity, Accepted at the British Psychological Association Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon, January 2018.

Kenny, E. J. & Donnelly, R. (2017) Women in IT: Navigating gender salience in an increasingly male dominated industry. British Academy of Management Conference, Coventry, September 2017.

Kenny, E. J. (2014) Increasing ‘safety’, minimising identity threat, de-stigmatising salience: Towards making organizations fit for a diverse workforce. International Congress on Applied Psychology, Paris, July 2014.

Kenny, E. J. & Briner, R. B. (2013). Understanding increases in the salience of minority ethnic identity at work. 16th European Congress on Work and Organizational Psychology, Muenster, Germany, May 2013.

Kenny, E.J. & Briner, R. B. (2008). A study of ethnicity in organizations. Proceedings of the Equal Opportunities International Conference, Norwich, July 2008.

Kenny, E.J. & Briner, R. B. (2006). Experiencing ethnicity at work: A study of black British professionals. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, Glasgow, January 2006, 44-46.

Kenny, E.J. & Briner, R. B. (2005). Experiences and identities: Ethnicity in organizations. European Group of Organizational Studies conference, Berlin, July 2005.

Kenny, E.J. & Briner, R. B. (2004). Ethnicity in organizations: The contribution of UK organizational psychology. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon, January 2004, pp 87-90.

Kenny, E.J. & Briner, R. B. (2003). Entry into graduate careers: The role of ethnicity and social class in career decision-making. 11th European Congress on Work and Organizational Psychology, Lisbon, Portugal May 2003.

Presentations and Keynote Addresses

Kenny, E. J. (2011) Psychology and ethnicity in the UK: The research.  Keynote address given to the Ethnicity at Work: the Value of Psychology Conference. British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Ethnic Diversity at Work Group.  London, September 2011.

Kenny, E. J. (2008) Organizational psychology and ethnicity research:  Where have we been and where are we going?  Presentation given to the Organizational Psychology and Ethnicity at Work: Research Agenda, Approaches and Perspectives Seminar.  Birkbeck, University of London, June 2008.

Briner, R. B.; Kenny, E. J.; Miller, G.; Kandola, B. (2005) Understanding ethnicity and work behaviour: The challenges for UK occupational psychology research and practice. Professional forum delivered to the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, Warwick, January 2005.

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