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Homage to Professor Ruth Simpson

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Sharon MavinORCiD



On June 14 of this year we organized a BAM Gender in Management Special Interest Group seminar to celebrate the contributions of Professor Ruth Simpson as she embarks on her ‘official’ retirement. We use the term ‘official retirement’, rather than simply retirement because given Ruth’s ferocious appetite for learning and extensive ongoing research commitments she is nowhere near ready to retire from the academy. The event was hosted by Roehampton Business School, University of Roehampton in London. Nearly 40 people attended and participants travelled from as far as Canada, Dubai and Nigeria to learn about, reflect upon, and celebrate Ruth’s substantial impact. This special issue marks out invited pieces by six scholars as they reflect on Ruth’s impact on their own careers and on gender and management studies. The five pieces in this special issue all speak to the richness of Ruth’s work as an exceptional academic; an academic committed to the integrity of the research process, shared meaning making and collaborative ingenuity, and writing excellence. The authors also speak intimately about the richness of her mentorship, spirit for life, and friendship. We see through their pieces how Ruth’s contribution is measured not only by the quality of her research, but also her character. The authors’ work demonstrate the breath and depth of the impact of Ruth’s work; contributions to gender and management that span such areas as dirty work, meritocracy, careers, management education, qualitative research methods, and emotion and embodiment. In what follows we reflect on our key takeaways from that day in June and more broadly on what we have learned from our dear friend and exceptional scholar Professor Ruth Simpson. We also provide a summary of the articles featured in the special issue. Read on and we hope you enjoy.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Grandy G, Lewis P, Mavin S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Gender in Management: An International Journal

Year: 2017

Volume: 32

Issue: 7

Pages: 454-460

Online publication date: 26/10/2017

Acceptance date: 01/06/2016

Date deposited: 11/11/2017

ISSN (print): 1754-2413

ISSN (electronic): 1754-2421

Publisher: Emerald


DOI: 10.1108/GM-07-2017-0087


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