Ellen Nelson

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School of Management
Massey Business School


Thesis Title
The Social Well-being of Women Officers who have Left the NZ Army

Research Description
This research seeks to understand the experiences of women officers who have left the NZ Army. Its primary contribution is to the field of leadership (specifically authentic and embodied leadership) and the experiences of women and women military leaders. To address this research, I am using a case study framework with an interpretivist approach. I have analysed recruiting videos used by the NZ Army and will be interviewing women officers who have left the NZ Army as my next step. In addition, this is insider research, as I am a female officer who has left the NZ Army.

Research Importance
It will shed light on the experiences of women officers who have left the NZ Army - little is known about this group.

Research Benefit
Women who have served as officers in the NZ Army, women who are considering serving as officers in the NZ Army and the NZ Army

Personal Description
I am from the Manawatu and spent ten years in the NZ Army as an Engineering Officer; seven of those years were served overseas. I chose Massey because that is where I completed my MBA. When I finish my PhD, I would like to continue working for NZTE and possibly move into the private sector again at some stage in the future.

Professor Sarah Leberman
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