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
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  • Leadership (Cand Merc in Strategy, Organization and Leadership)
  • Leading Complex Organizations (Cand Merc Int in Diversity and Change Management)
  • Leadership and Communication (BSc in Business Administration and Digital Management)
Selected publications
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:
Eric Guthey; Nicole Capriel Ferry; Robyn Remke / Taking Leadership Fashions Seriously as a Vehicle for Leadership Learning
In: Management Learning, 22.4.2021
Journal article > 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, 4.7.2020
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
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