Dr Helen Louise Delaney
PhD, BCom (Hons) First Class, BCom and BA Conjoint
Helen Delaney (nee Nicholson) completed her PhD at the University of Auckland then undertook a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Business Administration, Lund University, Sweden. She is now a senior lecturer in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland.
Research | Current
Helen’s research centres on the critical study of work and organisations. She is interested in workplace democracy; global labour governance; power and politics in organisations; gender and identity; and academic labour. Alongside Professor Catherine Casey (Loughborough University, UK) and Dr Antje Fielder (University of Auckland), she is working on a project that investigates worker voice and rights in Asia-Pacific subsidiaries of European headquartered multinational corporations (funded by a Hans-Böckler Stiftung research grant).
Casey, C., Delaney, H and Fiedler, A (forthcoming) 'Recalling the moral dimension: Transnational labour interests and corporate social responsibilities'. Industrial Relations Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/irj.12341
Casey, C and Delaney, H (forthcoming) 'Keeping it quiet? The micro-politics of employee voice in company strategic decision-making'. Work, Employment and Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/09500170211011340
Delaney, H and Casey, C (forthcoming) 'The promise of a four-day week? A critical appraisal of a management-led initiative'. Employee Relations. https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-02-2021-0056
Delaney, H and Sullivan, K (forthcoming) 'The political is personal: Postfeminism and the construction of the ideal working mother'. Gender, Work and Organization. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12702
Butler, N., Delaney, H., Hesselbo, E., Spoelstra (2020) 'Beyond measure'. ephemera: theory & politics in organization. 1-16. http://www.ephemerajournal.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/contribution/20-3Butler.pdf
Teaching | Current
Helen teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses focused on the critical study of work and organisations, including:
MGMT 223 Understanding work and people
GLMI 706 Working in an age of uncertainty
BUSINESS 712 Advanced qualitative research methods
Current PhD supervision
Lydia Martin, PhD thesis entitled 'The feminist literary mode in leadership studies: Imagining alternatives and enacting resistance through feminist speculative fiction'
Nicola Russell, PhD thesis entitled 'Exploring the social construction of employee engagement through discourse analysis'
Alexandra Tod, PhD thesis entitled 'The Social Construction of Leadership by the Media: The Myth of Leadership'
Completed PhD supervision
Laura Harvey, PhD thesis entitled 'Learning from failure in labour-management partnership'
Elena Obushenkova, PhD thesis entitled, 'Shifting subjectivities: Experiences of agency and well-being in connected organisations'
Betty Ofe-Grant, PhD thesis entitled 'Smashing through the ‘brown glass ceiling’: Exploring perceived barriers of career advancement for Sāmoans working in Aotearoa, New Zealand'
Majoreen Amankwah, PhD thesis entitled 'Job quality: The perceptions and strategies of New Zealand workers'
- 2014 Recipient of Marsden Fast-Start Research Grant (2015-2017)
- 2014 Research Excellence Award, University of Auckland Business School
- 2012 Recipient of Wallander Post-Doctoral Research Grant, Sweden
- 2011 PhD thesis awarded place on Dean's List
- 2008 New Zealand Postgraduate Study Abroad Scholarship
- 2008 Universitas 21 Doctoral Mobility Scholarship
- 2008 University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
- 2007 Enterprise Scholarship (Tertiary Education Commission)
- 2005 Senior prize in English
- 2005 Senior prize in Management Studies
Director of PhD programme, Department of Management and International Business (2021-)
Areas of expertise
- Sociology of work and organisations
- Gender, power, and identity at work
- Critical organisation theory
- Critical approaches to leadership and leadership development
- Qualitative research methods
Affiliate of the journal ephemera: theory & politics of organization
Member of the Lund University Management and Organisation Studies Group
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Spoelstra, S., Butler, N., & Delaney, H. (2020). Measures of Faith: Science and Belief in Leadership Studies. Journal of Management Inquiry, online first10.1177/1056492620901793
- Casey, C., & Delaney, H. (2019). The effort of partnership: Capacity development and moral capital in partnership for mutual gains. ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY10.1177/0143831X19883007
- Butler, N., Delaney, H. L., & Spoelstra, S. (2018). Risky business: Reflections on critical performativity in practice. Organization, 25 (3), 428-445. 10.1177/1350508417749737
- Sullivan, K., & Delaney, H. (2017). Does God want female entrepreneurs to have it all?. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2017/10/23/does-god-want-female-entrepreneurs-to-have-it-all/. Related URL.
- Sullivan, K. R., & Delaney, H. (2017). A femininity that 'giveth and taketh away': The prosperity gospel and postfeminism in the neoliberal economy. Human Relations, 70 (7), 836-859. 10.1177/0018726716676322
- Butler, N., Delaney, H., & Sliwa, M. (2017). The labour of academia. Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization, 17 (3), 467-480. Related URL.
- Butler, N., Delaney, H., & Spoelstra, S. (2017). The Gray Zone: Questionable Research Practices in the Business School. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 16 (1), 94-109. 10.5465/amle.2015.0201
- Butler, N., Delaney, H. L., & Spoelstra, S. (2016). The grey zone: How questionable research practices are blurring the boundary between science and misconduct. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/grey-zone-how-questionable-research-practices-are-blurring-boundary-between-science-and. Related URL.