Kathleen King

MA, PGCE, MBA, PhD

Kathleen King is an organisational consultant, coach and Ashridge Associate. She has extensive experience in personal, team and organisational development. Kathleen's clients include private, public, charitable and not for profit organisations, including Southampton University, BBC, NHS, NIHR, World Health Organisation, Cancer Research UK, Marks & Spencer, Nokia, Microsoft, Credit Suisse, and Towry.

Kathleen was previously leader of the Ashridge MSc and Doctorate in Organisational Change programmes and before Ashridge worked as a supervisor of social workers for De Wiekslag Residential Care for Children in The Netherlands, as a Financial Project Manager for Citibank and a senior lecturer in Management for Brunel University. She was also an internal OD consultant for the Royal College of Nursing and visiting faculty at London Business School.

Kathleen has a Masters’ in Adult Education, a postgraduate teaching qualification from KU Leuven and an MBA from the Open University.  She completed her PhD, researching organisational consulting, at the University of Bath.

Kathleen King

Publications

The promises and tribulations of peer supervision

King, K. (2015) 'The promises and tribulations of peer supervision'. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education & Training, Oxford, 31 March.

Action Research: A management development tool for our times

King, K. and Hind, P. (2015) 'Action Research: A management development tool for our times'. In Hind, P. (Ed) Management Development that Works, Libri Publishing Ltd

Action Research as Organisational Intervention: Possibilities and Challenges

Coleman, G., & King, K. (November, 2015) Action Research as Organisational Intervention: Possibilities and Challenges. Paper presented at the Global Centre for Work Applied Learning, Adelaide.

The promises and challenges of extended epistemology

King, K. & Coleman, G. (2012) The promises and challenges of extended epistemology, UKCGE Conference, April

The Challenge of Mutuality

King, K. (2012) The Challenge of Mutuality, in de Haan, E. & Sills, C. (eds.) Coaching Relationships: The relational coaching field book, Faringdon: Libri Publishing, pp. 55 - 56

Developing consultants and leaders of change for our present, troubled times

Since its launch in 1997, the Ashridge Masters in Organisation Consulting has guided and developed over 250 organisational practitioners. Dr Kathleen King discusses and inquiry into which particular aspects contribute to participants' positive experience, the insights it revealed and what we can learn from it concerning the future of managerial and personal development.

King, K. (2010) Developing consultants and leaders of change for our present, troubled times, 360° The Ashridge Journal, Summer, pp. 30 - 35

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Organisational Consulting @ the Edges of Possibility

King, K. & Higgins, J. (2010) Organisational Consulting @ the Edges of Possibility, Libri publishing, ISBN 978 1907471094

Children in the Boardroom

King, K. (2010) Children in the Boardroom, in King, K. & Higgins, J. (eds) . Organisational Consulting @ the Edges of Possibility, ISBN 978 1907471094, Libri Publishing

Research from a Relational Paradigm

King, K. (2010) Research from a Relational Paradigm, Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, April

The Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Consulting

King, K. & Ladkin, R. (2009) The Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Consulting, International Conference on Professional Doctorates, London, November

The Magic of AMOC - Ingredients of an impact-full MSc programme

King, K. (2009) The Magic of AMOC - Ingredients of an impact-full MSc programme, Future of Learning Conference, Ashridge, August

Action Station

Perry, W., de Haan, E. & King, K. (2007) Action Station, Coaching at Work, November, pp. 44 - 47

Organisational Consulting: A Relational Perspective

Six real case studies written by tutors or graduates of the Ashridge Masters in Organisation Consulting, accompanied by a commentary that provides a thorough exploration and explanation of the research and perspectives that are taught to the growing body of organisation consultants undertaking Ashridge's two-year Masters programme.

Critchley, B., King, K. & Higgins, J. (2007) Organisational Consulting: A Relational Perspective, London, Middlesex University Press, ISBN: 978 1 904750 14 7

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Towards Relational Consulting

King, K. (2006) Towards Relational Consulting, in Critchley, B. & Higgins, J. (eds) The AMOC Fieldbook of Radical Consulting.

Relational practice in consulting: balancing 'agency' and 'communion'

King, K. (2005) Relational practice in consulting: balancing "agency" and "communion", University of Bristol, April.

Emotion work in Consulting

King, K. (2005) Emotion work in Consulting, Tavistock Conference

It's Good to Talk - Two Days in the Life of a Consultant

The following story is about how Kathleen King engaged over two days with the Scottish office of a firm of lawyers. It is based on her reflective diary – a faithful companion on her travels around organisations.

King, K. (2004) It's Good to Talk - Two Days in the Life of a Consultant, Converse, Issue 2, January, p. 7.

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Engineering: Balancing Order and Chaos

The consulting engineering firm, Buro Happold, has grown by 500 per cent in the last five years. Over 25 years it has developed from a five person team of creative engineers in Bath to have offices across the globe. Along the way it has accumulated an array of awards and reputation for innovation. Kathleen King interviews Padraic Kelly, the firm’s managing partner.

King, K. (2002) Engineering: Balancing Order and Chaos, Directions - The Ashridge Journal, Summer, pp 14-17.

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Leadership - 1995

King, K. (1995) Leadership, guide for BSc in Management, Royal College of Nursing