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Bristol Business School


Bristol Business School
Associate Professor in Organisation Studies

​Research: my research focuses on organisational space, artefacts and identity. I have an expertise in qualitative research methods including innovative visual methodologies, specifically, participant-led photography. I have led research and consultancy projects with the Environment Agency, Bristol, the NHS North Bristol Trust, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, London and a wide variety of Hair and Beauty Salons across the UK. My research has industry and academic impact and has been published in journals including Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, Management Learning and the International Journal of Work, Organisation and Emotion. My work is internationally recognised at the highest level, having won Paper of the Year 2015 in Human Relations.

I am currently leading a collaborative research project with industry: ISG (construction), Godfrey Syrett (furniture), and Stride Treglown (architects). Please visit for more details.

Business Engagement: I have been a Subject Business Associate in Organisation Studies for the Bristol Business Engagement Centre. I am the UWE Bristol Business School Liaison for The Small Business Charter

I work with a variety of organisations on partnership projects with economic, social and cultural impact including: ISG, Stride Treglown, and Work Wise UK:

Teaching: in 2011 I was awarded the Learning and Teaching Fellowship at the University of the West of England for excellence and innovation in academic teaching and learning. In 2014 I achieved the status of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. My teaching activities include postgraduate and undergraduate Module Leadership and Programme Leadership in the areas of leadership studies, self-leadership identity, creative interventions for change, and coaching and mentoring. My pedagogical approach encompasses reflective practice and the use of innovative visual methods and online technologies.

Social Media: I am a member of and run the blog for the Bristol Leadership and Change Centre:

I write a personal blog based on my academic work and creative practices: For work purposes only, I am active on Twitter @HarrietShortt and Instagram drharrietshortt and LinkedIn

I am Chair of the UWE Women in Research Mentoring Scheme and run the WRMS Twitter account @WomenRes_Mentor

Area of expertise organisational space; liminal space; materiality; identity; visual and creative methodologies; hair and beauty industry; interventions for creativity and change; coaching and mentoring; facilitation; teaching and learning; higher education; organisational behaviour Publications

Ward, J. and Shortt, H. (2018) Drawing in business and management research. In: Cassell, C., Cunliffe, A. and Grandy, G., eds. (2018) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods. UK: SAGE. ISBN 9781473926622 [In Press] Available from: ' Shortt, H. and Warren, S. (2017) Grounded visual pattern analysis photographs in organizational field studies. Organizational Research Methods. ISSN 1094-4281 Available from: ' Shortt, H. (2017) 'Cake and the open plan office: A foodscape of work through a Lefebvrian lens'. In: Kingma, S., Dale, K. and Wasserman, V., eds. (2017) Organizational space and beyond: The significance of Henri Lefebvre for organizational studies. London: Routledge. [In Press] Available from: ' Rippin, A., Shortt, H. and Warren, S. (2016) ‘Dress and the female professional: A case study of working woman’. In: Elliot, C., Mavin, S., Stead, V. and Williams, J., eds. (2016) Volume V: Gender, Media and Organization: Challenging Mis(s)Representations of Women Leaders and Managers in the ILA Women and Leadership Book Series. USA: Information Age Publishing, pp. 95-110. ISBN 9781681235332 Available from: ' Shortt, H. (2015) Liminality, space and the importance of ‘transitory dwelling places’ at work. Human Relations, 68 (4). pp. 633-658. ISSN 0018-7267 Available from: ' Ward, J. and Shortt, H. (2013) Evaluation in management education: A visual approach to drawing out emotion in student learning. Management Learning, 44 (5). pp. 435-452. ISSN 1350-5076 Available from: ' Betts, J., Shortt, H. and Warren, S. (2013) Visual workplace identities: Objects, emotion and resistance. In: Bell, E., Warren, S. and Schroeder, J. E., eds. (2013) The Routledge Companion to Visual Organization. Routledge. ISBN 9780415783675 Available from: ' Shortt, H. (2013) Sounds of the salon: The auditory routines of hairdressers at work. International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 5 (4). pp. 342-356. ISSN 1740-8938 Available from: ' Shortt, H. (2012) Identityscapes of a hair salon: Work identities and the value of visual methods. Sociological Research Online, 17 (2). p. 22. ISSN 1360-7804 Available from: ' Shortt, H. and Warren, S. (2012) Fringe benefits: Valuing the visual in narratives of hairdressers’ identities at work. Visual Studies, 27 (1). pp. 18-34. ISSN 1472-586X Available from: '

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