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Dr. Linzi Kemp

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Linzi J. Kemp is originally from the United Kingdom, and spent many years in management and sales in public and private organizations there - as a Team Leader, Hospital Administrator, and Area Manager in private and public organizations, within the fields of education, retail and the National Health Service. She earned a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Has held teaching and administrative positions in universities in the UK, USA, UAE, KSA and the PRC, including experience in professional development of faculty and staff, as a Chair of a distance learning program, taught business at a government sponsored college, responsible for marketing a new High School, and trained new and in-service teachers.

Dr Kemp co-created and taught the ‘Women in Leadership’ course, believed to be the first of its kind in the Arab Gulf states.  Also trained company personnel in Executive Development programs. The ‘ThinkTank on Women in Organizations (MENA)’ was co-organised by Dr Kemp and she led and co-created the virtual ‘Centre for Women in Leadership’, which showcases women’s achievements in the Middle East, and shares multimedia resources for teaching and training Professor Kemp’s teaching is currently with graduate students on EMBA and MBA programs and she is Graduate Program Director at the School of Business, American University of Ras al Khaimah 


Professor Kemp’s area of research is focused on women in organisations in the United Arab Emirates, and wider Middle East region (including recruitment, retention, promotion and leadership of women). Current research grants include:

Kemp, L.J., Mohamad Osman Shereif Mahdi Abaker, Norita Ahmad, and Sabir Haque (Sept., 2021). Women in Organisations - from Theory to Practice in the United Arab Emirates (Ras al Khaimah and the Northern Emirates). Al Qasimi Foundation grant.

Kemp, L.J., & Elmenghawi, E. (Oct., 2021). Metaphor and symbolic meaning in organisational space; a study of working women in Ras Al Khaimah. AURAK SEED grant.

Recent publications:

Kemp, L.J., & McLoughlin, L. (2021). Influences on the career intentions of Millennials; a view from the United Arab Emirates. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, ahead-of-print (ahead-of-print).

Kemp, L.J., Ahmad, N., Pappalardo, L. and Williams, A. (2020). Career calling: women STEM graduates in the United Arab Emirates. Gender in Management, print). DOI

Kemp, L.J. (2020). Women’s progress in the Arab world: Classroom - boardroom pipeline. Personnel Review, special issue A Multi-Level Approach to Facilitate Women’s Employment in the Middle East. Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead of- print.

Kemp, L.J., Beesley, S., Gallant, M. (2021). Entrepreneurial women in UAE, book chapter for B.D. Metcalfe, B.L.Bastian, & H. Al-Dajani. Women & Entrepreneurship Development in the Middle East. Routledge.

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