Dr Catharine Ross


Course Leader MPhil/PhD, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management & Inclusivity Tutor

Department of Management and Finance

Contact Details

email: c.ross@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 85 5299

Catharine teaches subjects related to people management and ethics in the Business School. Catharine has a particular interest in teaching and research concerning diversity in the workplace. She is currently involved in research on trade unions; men in female-dominated occupations; and management learning.

Catharine is the diversity coordinator for the business school and also research degrees coordinator.

Teaching & Research

Human Resource Management
Organisational Behaviour
Organisation Theory
Business Ethics
Management of Diversity
Qualitative Research Methods

Management of diversity
Employee Relations
Social Responsibility

PhD Project Ideas

Professional Bodies

Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Fellow of Higher Education Academy


Nichol, Lynn, Cook, J. and Ross, Catharine (2018) Adopting Coaching for Doctoral Supervision: Opportunities and Challenges for HRD. Human Resource Development International p. 1-12 DOI 10.1080/13678868.2018.1547038

Ross, C., Robinson, L., Francis-Smythe, J. (2015) The Contribution of Academic Scholarship to Management Development, Journal of Management Development, 34:3 286-298.

Francis-Smythe, J., Robinson, L & Ross, C. (2013) The role of evidence in general managers decision making, Journal of General Management Vol. 38 no. 4 pp 3-21

Ross, C. (2013) New Unions in the UK: The Vanguard or the Rearguard of the Union Movement? Industrial Relations Journal 41,1, 78-94

Gbadamosi, G. & Ross, C. (2013) Perceived stress and performance appraisal discomfort: the moderating effects of core self-evaluations and gender, Public Personnel Management

Xiao, S., Ross, C., Liu, J. (2011) Evaluating management training and development in a cross-cultural context: A stakeholder approach, Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, 2, 2, 136-158.

Xiao, S. and Ross, C. (2009) The training of Chinese managers: a critical analysis of using overseas training for management development Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies 7:1 95-113.

Ross, C (2004) Ethnic minority personnel careers: Hindrances and hopes, Personnel Review, Vol. 33 no. 4 pp.468 484.

Ross, C (1996) Social Closure and the Stifling of Diversity in Professions and Management in Fincham, R (ed) New Relationships in the Organised Professions, Avebury: Aldershot

Ross, C (1996) Struggling for Inclusion: Black Women in Professional and Management Education in Morley, R & Walsh, V (eds) Breaking Boundaries: Women in Higher Education



Current PhD Projects


Diversity in organisations
Workplace culture and politics
Sociology of the professions
Workplace Diversity and Equality
Employee Relations
Management Development

Current student projects:

  • How does a black American woman find her voice in an international non-governmental organisation?
  • Management of customer-to-customer interaction (CCI) by the front-line employee (FLE) in the supermarket industry
  • The skills or capability required by mature IT engineers to remain effective in the information technology industry
  • An exploration of transformational career changers’ perceptions of the value of utilising informal processes in the workplace and their effectiveness in supporting the development and achievement of career success

Completed student projects: