I was a practising HRD consultant working in the financial services industry prior to gaining my PhD and switching to a career in higher education. My main area of teaching and research interest is learning and development, specifically critical approaches to reflective practice and management education. I also research the history of women in management and business, and the different approaches they took to their own training as managers.
Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Member of the editorial board of Management Learning
Member of the editorial board of HRDI
Member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology
HRM and HRD consultant
The entrepreneurs who made Glasgow: the city and its businesses 1861-1901" The Leverhulme Trust
Co-investigator on the Leverhulme Trust grant RPG-2020-382
Entrepreneurs are considered the engine of growth within an economy. But despite the literature that asserts that historic growth in cities was entrepreneurship-led, we lack sufficient research in city specific contexts and mechanisms. We view the history of business i.e. what businesses existed, their location, and who ran them, as an essential contribution to the debate about the historical transformation of economies. Focusing on Glasgow, we will take factors that are key to understanding economic development today and apply them to Glasgow's historical data to build a more holistic understanding of how migration, gender, age, and infrastructure shaped entrepreneurial activity.
My research explores the many ways in which women develop, defend, and express managerial competence. My interest in women’s managerial competence has produced several historical studies of women’s management in early philanthropic organisations, inter-war professional groups, and the foundation of women only financial organisations and institutions that allow women to independently manage their finances. I have also investigated the development and defence of competence by looking at gender and diversity training and gender in the management education curriculum. This is in addition to my work on how feminism and management education interact pedagogically within Critical Management Education approaches.
My current research projects focus on the impact of identity politics on teaching diversity to management students, and the number and distribution of women's businesses in 19th century Glasgow.
Awards and Prizes
Winner of the SAGE Best Leadership Paper in Management History, Academy of Management, Philadelphia August (2014)
Recipient of a European Savings Bank Group Academic Prize for my work on depositor behaviour in English savings banks in the 19th Century (2012)
Winner of the Best Paper award in Gender and Management, British Academy of Management, St Andrews (2004)
Winner of the Best Paper award in Human Resources/Gender and Management, Academy of Management, Toronto August (2000)
Perriton L, Elliott C & Humbert AL (2022) Where is the visible commitment to gender in the advertised content of UK management degree programmes?. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 37 (1), pp. 58-76. https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-01-2021-0015
Masrani S, Perriton L & McKinlay A (2021) Getting together, living together, thinking together: Management Development at Tata Sons 1940-1960. Business History, 63 (1), pp. 127-145. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2018.1458840
Perriton L (2017) The parochial realm, social enterprise and gender: The work of Catharine Cappe and Faith Gray and others in York, 1780-1820. Business History, 59 (2), pp. 202-230. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2016.1175438
Perriton L & Singh A (2016) Critical voices in management education in the UK. In: Staeyert C, Beyes T & Parker M (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Reinventing Management Education. Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting. Abigndon, UK: Routledge, pp. 77-90. https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Reinventing-Management-Education/Steyaert-Beyes-Parker/p/book/9780415727372
Perriton L (2015) Reflecting on the conceptual (and practical) difficulties of reflection. In: Callahan J, Stewart J, Rigg C, Sambrook S & Trehan K (eds.) Realising Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 14-36. http://www.cambridgescholars.com/realising-critical-hrd
Perriton L & Reynolds M (2014) 'Here be dragons': Approaching difficult group issues in networked learning. In: Hodgson V, McConnell M, de Laat M & Ryberg T (eds.) The Design, Experience and Practice of Network Learning. Research in Networked Learning. New York: Springer, pp. 109-126. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-01940-6_6
Perriton L (2014) The (re)negotiation of the critical warrant in critical management education: a research agenda. Human Resource Development International, 17 (4), pp. 384-399. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2014.928146
Perriton L & Maltby J (2012) Savings banks in England and Wales in the nineteenth century: a new insight into individual saving and spending. Business Archives, (105), pp. 47-64. http://public.bacs.daisy.websds.net/PDFFiles/Articles/105047.pdf
Perriton L (2009) The Education of Women for Citizenship: the National Federation of Women's Institutes and the British Federation of Business and Professional Women 1930-1959. Gender and Education, 21 (1), pp. 81-95. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540250802213156
Perriton L (2009) "We Don’t Want Complaining Women!" A Critical Analysis of the Business Case for Diversity. Management Communication Quarterly, 23 (2), pp. 218-243. https://doi.org/10.1177/0893318909343122
Perriton L (2005) Sense or Sensibility? A reflection on virtue and ‘emotional’ HRD interventions. In: Elliott C & Turnbull S (eds.) Critical thinking in Human Resource Development. Routledge Studies in Human Resource Development, 12. London: Routledge, pp. 175-188. https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415487993
Perriton L (2004) A reflection of what exactly? Questioning the use of 'critical reflection' in Management Education Contexts. In: Vince R & Reynolds M (eds.) Organizing Reflection. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 126-141. https://www.routledge.com/products/9780754637479
Perriton L (2001) Sleeping with the enemy? Exploiting the textual turn in management research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 4 (1), pp. 35-50. https://doi.org/10.1080/13645570117299