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Kathleen “Katie” Stephenson is an Assistant Professor of Organization Studies with the Department of Management and Organization situated in the School of Business and Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She is the coordinator of the Leadership and Change Management MSc Program and the Director of the Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations Knowledge Hub at the VU.  Before joining the VU she was lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of Liverpool Management School. She holds a PhD from the VU Amsterdam (2019).


Katie’s research typically explores the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), leadership, and (organizational) change. As an ethnographer who was initially trained in the humanities, Katie often brings unique lenses (e.g., spatial and temporal lenses) into management and organization scholarship to theorize phenomena in new ways. Her work has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Annals, the Journal of Management Studies, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior

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  • Organizational Change
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Temporality
  • Ethnography


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