Department of Management, Society and Communication

Assistant professor

Room: DH.V.2.025
Nicole Ferry

Nicole draws on her background in critical cultural theory to explore the ideological and gendered discourses of leadership and leadership development in a variety of contexts. She has published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Leadership, Gender Issues, and the Academy of Management Proceedings. Her current research focuses on the competitive and cultural dynamics of the leadership industries and the critique of popularized leadership narratives and fashions.

Since arriving at CBS, she has joined the Bowline initiative, which connects stakeholders in the Copenhagen restaurant industry with scholars and students to develop new forms of action research, learning, and collaborative engagement. 

Primary research areas
  • Leadership
  • Leadership Development
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Cultural Studies
  • Critical Theory
Administrative tasks

Co-coordinator, Diversity and Change Management Concentration in Business, Language and Culture program

Curriculum Vitae
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  • Leadership (Cand Merc in Strategy, Organization and Leadership)
  • Leading Complex Organizations (MSc in Business, Language and Culture)
  • Leadership and Communication (BSc in Business Administration and Digital Management)
  • Introduction to Leadership: Conventional and Critical Perspectives (BSc in Business, Language and Culture)
  • Diversity Management – Diversity, Gender and Equality in Organisations (MSc in Business, Language and Culture)
Selected publications
Guthey, E., Ferry, N. C., & Remke, R. (2021). Taking leadership fashions seriously as a vehicle for leadership learning. Management Learning.
Ferry, N. , & Guthey, E. (2020, July). There is no Lean In for men. Proceedings of the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Ferry, N., & Guthey, E. (2020). Start ‘em early: Pastoral power and the confessional culture of student leadership development in US universities. The Journal of Business Ethics.
Jeffries, M., Boyd, A., Lash, J., & Ferry, N. (2020). Privilege and practice: Examining gender through personal narrative. In S. Woolley and L. Airton (Eds.) Teaching about gender diversity: Teacher-tested lesson plans for K–12 classrooms (pp. 131-136). Canadian Scholars. 
Torres, J., & Ferry, N. (2019). Not everyone gets a seat at the table!: Responding to the language games of diversity. In S. Sharma and A. M. Lazar (Eds.), Rethinking 21st century diversity in teacher preparation, k-12 education, and school policy: Theory, research, and practice (pp. 21-28). Springer.
Ferry, N. (2017). It’s a family business!: Leadership texts as technologies of heteronormativity. Leadership, 14(6), 603-621.


Publications sorted by:
Nicole Capriel Ferry; Eric Guthey / A Feature, not a Bug : Sexual Harassment as Organizational Context, and Implications for Leadership.
Paper presented at 5th Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Leadership Symposium, 2022
Paper > peer review
Nicole Capriel Ferry / Lean In for Men : A Feminist Thought Experiment for Gender-Based Leadership Development.
Paper presented at The 20th International Studying Leadership Conference, 2022
Paper > peer review
Eric Guthey; Nicole Capriel Ferry; Robyn Remke / Taking Leadership Fashions Seriously as a Vehicle for Leadership Learning
In: Management Learning, Vol. 53, No. 3, 7.2022, p. 397-416
Journal article > peer review
Eric Guthey; Nicole Capriel Ferry / The Concept of Ideology in Leadership Studies : A Critical Review.
Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022, 2022
Paper > peer review
Nicole Capriel Ferry; Eric Guthey / Start ‘Em Early : Pastoral Power and the Confessional Culture of Leadership Development in the US University.
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 173, No. 4, 11.2021, p. 723-736
Journal article > peer review
Nicole Capriel Ferry; Eric Guthey / There is No Lean In for Men
In: Proceedings of the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Guclu Atinc. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2020 (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Article in proceedings > peer review
Academic Interests



Outside activities

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