Melissa Carr

Dr Melissa Carr

  • Senior Lecturer In Leadership Development
  • Executive Business Centre EB401, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB
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Melissa joined Bournemouth University in April 2014 and has had a career which spanned consultancy, education and executive education provision. Previously, Melissa worked in consultancy at a firm of occupational psychologists, where she was involved with a large number of clients from both the private and public sector. This mainly involved running assessment and development centres and organisational development projects. It was here that she gained an interest in the way organisations identify, select, develop and retain talented individuals. While working in consultancy, Melissa gained her Chartered Occupational Psychologist status.

From consultancy, Melissa joined Ashridge Hult Business School where she spent seven years as a client and programme director. This involved responsibility for two large open programmes in the field of management and leadership, and working on a range of tailored executive education programmes. She also contributed on the Ashridge MBA in the area of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour...


Journal Articles

  • Gilani, P., Rook, C., Razeghi, Y. and Carr, M., 2022. Swimming against the current: Negotiating leadership challenges for women in Iran. Leadership, 18 (1), 162-185.
  • Carr, M. and Kelan, E.K., 2021. Between consumption, accumulation and precarity: The psychic and affective practices of the female neoliberal spiritual subject. Human Relations.
  • Reitz, M., Carr, M. and Blass, E., 2007. Developing Leaders - Innovative Approaches for Local Government. The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, 3 (4), 56-65.
  • Carr, M., 2006. How managers and non-managers differ in their MBTI personality type. People Management, 12 (9), 48.
  • Poole, E. and Carr, M., 2005. What I wish I'd known 10 years ago. Engineering Management, 15 (6), 36-39.
  • Dent, F., Carr, M., Curd, J. and Blass, E., 2004. Managing by Dimensions. European Business Forum, 66-69.


  • Blass, E. and Carr, M., 2006. Learning for the future from hindsight: The core-periphery model of leadership and management development. In: Mack, T., ed. Creating Global Strategies for Humanity's Future. World Future Society, 120-140.


  • Carr, M., 2021. Moments of Discomfort: Poststructuralist Reflexivity and Researcher Subjectivity. In: Academy of Management 29 July-4 August 2021 Virtual. Proceedings, 1 (2021).
  • Carr, M. and Kelan, E., 2017. Discord in the gender harmony: Mobilising femininities at work. In: The 10th International Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference 3-5 July 2017 Liverpool.
  • Carr, M. and Kelan, E., 2016. Femininities at Work: How Women Support Other Women in the Workplace. In: British Academy of Management 6-8 September 2016 Newcastle.
  • Carr, M. and Kelan, E., 2016. Mobilising femininities in the workplace: offering intra-gender support as a way to make work ‘work’. In: Gender, Work & Organization 29 June-1 July 2016 Keele.
  • Carr, M., 2015. Reciprocal positions of female partners: constructing your gender identity in relation to ‘Others’. In: British Academy of Management 8-10 September 2015 Portsmouth.
  • Carr, M., 2007. Gendered organizational cultures: an analysis of the websites of investment banks. In: Gender, Work and Organization 2007, 5th International Interdisciplinary Conference 27-29 June 2007 Keele University, Staffordshire, UK..
  • Blass, E. and Carr, M., 2006. Learning from Critical Incidents and Hindsight: The core-periphery model of leadership development. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting 11-16 August 2006 Atlanta, USA.
  • Carr, M. and Blass, E., 2006. Developing Future Leaders From Current Hindsight. In: World Future Society Annual Conference 27-31 July 2006 Toronto, Canada.
  • Carr, M. and Blass, E., 2006. Learning from critical incidents and hindsight: The core-periphery model of leadership development. In: International Conference on Executive Education 3-4 July 2006 IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Carr, M. and Blass, E., 2006. The core-periphery model of leadership development: Learning from critical incidents and hindsight. In: RISEBA International Conference 2-3 February 2006 Riga, Latvia.


  • Carr, M., Curd, J., Dent, J. and Davada, A., 2011. MBTI Research into Distribution of Type (2nd edition). Ashridge.

Internet Publications


  • Carr, M., 2019. Neoliberal and Postfeminist Discourses: Constituting and Constraining Subjectivities within a Bank and a Network Marketing Organisation. PhD Thesis. School and Management, Cranfield University.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Leadership Essentials

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Contemporary Issues in Management
  • Research project - Qualititative Research methods

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Introduction to Coaching
  • Festival of Learning - Leading with Impact

Consultancy Activities

  • Team development with Leadership Team, Working with the leadership team to help them become more effective and establish a culture of collaborative leadership. Pavillion Dance South West
  • Developing Leadership Skills, Short course. BU and DCCI joint collaboration
  • Executive Coaching, Coaching three members of the leadership team. Forerunner Catering


  • PhD in Leadership & Management (Cranfield School of Management, 2019)
  • Chartered Psychologist in Occupational and Organisational Psychology (British Psychological Society, 2005)
  • MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology (University of Surrey, 2001)
  • PGCE in Adult Education and Training (Kingston University, 1996)
  • BA (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology (University of Sheffield, 1994)


  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2017-),
  • British Academy of Management, Member (2006-),
  • British Psychological Society, Fellow (2001-),