Dr Doris Ruth Eikhof

Dr Doris Ruth Eikhof

Associate Professor in Work and Employment

Deputy Director, CAMEo Research Institute

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 229 7212
  • Email: d.r.eikhof@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 0.52, Teaching Centre, Brookfield

Personal details

I joined the University of Leicester in summer 2014 and previously worked as a Lecturer in Work and Organisation Studies at the Universities of Hamburg, Germany (2001-2006) and Stirling, Scotland (2006-2014). I hold a PhD and a Diplom in Business Administration (integrated Master's and Bachelor's degree) from the University of Hamburg.

I am Deputy Director of the CAMEo Research Institute at the University of Leicester. My research focuses on careers and employment of cultural workers, focusing in particular on career management, self-entrepreneurship and workforce diversity and how they interlink e.g. with cultural organisations' business models and cultural policy. Since 2009 I have led 15 funded research projects including the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture in Scotland funded by the AHRC, Nesta and Creative Scotland and projects for the British Film Institute, Creative Scotland and various arts organisations. Before joining academia, I worked as an HR Officer for a ThyssenKrupp subsidiary in Hamburg.


My teaching ranges across a broad spectrum of work and employment studies, HRM, organisation studies and research methods.

Administrative responsibilities

  • Research Ethics Officer


My research focuses on creative work, careers and employment, workforce diversity and opportunity , creative enterprise and transorganisational work as well as various issues related to the cultural and creative industries.


I welcome research proposals for doctoral projects on work, employment and careers in the cultural and creative industries.


Articles in referred journals
Eikhof, D.R. (2017) 'Analysing decisions on diversity and opportunity in the cultural and creative industries: A new framework', Organization, forthcoming.

Eikhof, D.R., and York, C. (2016) '"It's a tough drug to kick": A woman's career in broadcasting', Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 30(1): 152-161.

Eikhof, D.R. (2015) 'Creativity and innovation, or: what have the arts ever done for us?', Journal of Business Anthropology, 4(2): 244-250.

Summers, J., Eikhof, D.R., and Carter, S. (2014) ‘Opting out of corporate careers: portraits from a women's magazine’, Employee Relations, 36(1) 33 - 48.

Eikhof, D.R., Carter, S., and Summers, J. (2013) ‘“Women doing their own thing”: Media representations of female entrepreneurship’, International Journal of Entrepreneurship Behaviour and Research, 19(5), 547 - 564.

Eikhof, D.R., and Warhurst, C. (2013) ‘The promised land? Why social inequalities are systemic in the creative industries’, Employee Relations, 35(5), 495 - 508.

Eikhof, D.R. (2012) ‘A double-edged sword: 21st century workplace trends and gender equality’, Gender in Management, 27(1), 7-22.

Haunschild, A., and Eikhof, D.R. (2009) ‘From HRM to employment rules and lifestyles. Theory development through qualitative case study research into the creative industries’, Zeitschrift für Personalforschung – German Journal of Human Resource Research, 23(2): 107-124.

Eikhof, D.R., and Haunschild, A. (2007) 'For art's sake! Artistic and economic logics in creative production', Journal of Organizational Behavior, 28(5): 523-38.

Eikhof, D.R., Warhurst, C., and Haunschild, A. (2007) ‘What work, what life, what balance? Critical reflections on the work-life balance debate’, Employee Relations, 29(4): 325-33.

Eikhof, D.R., and Haunschild, A. (2006) 'Lifestyle meets market. Bohemian entrepreneurs in creative industries', Creativity and Innovation Management, 13(3):  234-241.

Behrendt, H., Eikhof, D.R., Fehlauer, C., Haunschild, A., and Wopp, T. (2005) ‘Personalführung in vermarktlichten Arbeitsbeziehungen: Lernen von den Creative Industries’, Personalführung, 2005(2): 58-67.

Kaiser, S., Ringlstetter, M., Eikhof, D.R., and Pina e Cunha, M. (eds)(2011) Creating balance? International perspectives on the work-life integration of professionals, Berlin: Springer.

Warhurst, C., Eikhof, D.R., and Haunschild, A. (eds) (2008) Work less, live more? Critical analysis of the work-life boundary, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book chapters
Eikhof, D.R. and Warhurst, C. (2015) ‘When good jobs go bad and bad jobs get worse: Women’s progression opportunities in a polarised labour market’, J. Bimrose, Mary McMahon and Mark Warson (eds) Women’s Career Development Throughout the Lifespan: An International Exploration, Routledge.

Eikhof, D.R. (2015) ‘Knowledge work and flexible working: Helping or hindering working women?’, in M. Connerley and J. Wu (eds) Handbook on Well-Being of Working Women, Springer.

Eikhof, D.R. (2014) ‘The transorganisational context of creative production: Challenges for individuals and management’, in C. Bilton and S. Cummings, Handbook of Management and Creativity, Edward Elgar.

Eikhof, D.R. (2013) ‘Making a living from creativity: Careers, employment and work in the creative industries’, in J. Chan and K. Thomas, Handbook of Research on Creativity, Edward Elgar.

Eikhof, D.R. (2013) ‘Work spillover’, in V. Smith and J. G. Golson (eds) Sociology of Work Encyclopedia, Sage.

Summers, J., and Eikhof, D.R. (2012) ‘“Women doing their own thing”: Modern women’s new ways to work?’, in C. Kelliher and J. Richardson, New Ways of Organizing Work: Developments, Perspectives and Experiences, Routledge.

Eikhof, D.R., Haunschild, A., and Schößler, F. (2012) ‘Behind the scenes of boundarylessness: Careers in German theatre’, in C. Matthieu (ed.), Careers in the creative industries, London: Routledge.

Kaiser, S., Ringlstetter, M., Eikhof, D.R., and Pina e Cunha, M. (2011) ‘Introduction’, in S. Kaiser, M. Ringlstetter, D.R. Eikhof and M. Pina e Cunha (eds) Creating balance? International perspectives on the work-life integration of professionals, Berlin: Springer.

Eikhof, D.R. (2010) ‘The logics of art: analysing theatre as a cultural field’, in B. Townley and N. Beech (eds), Managing Creativity: Exploring the Paradox, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Haunschild, A., and Eikhof, D.R. (2009) ‘Bringing creativity to market. Actors as self-employed employees’, in A. McKinlay and C. Smith (eds), Creative Labour. Working in the Creative Industries, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Eikhof, D.R. (2009) ‘Does Hamlet have to be naked? Creativity between tradition and innovation in German theatres’, in P. Jeffcutt and A. Pratt (eds), Creativity and Innovation in the Cultural Economy, London: Routledge.

Warhurst, C., Eikhof, D.R., and Haunschild, A. (2008) ‘Out of balance or just out of bounds? Mapping the relationship between work and life’ in C. Warhurst, D.R. Eikhof and A. Haunschild (eds), Work less, life more? Critical analysis of the work-life boundary, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Eikhof, D.R. (2006) ‘Transorganisationale Arbeit am Theater: Eine empirische Untersuchung vermarktlichter Arbeitsformen’ in Stiftung Körber (ed.), Mythos Markt? Die ökonomische, soziale und rechtliche Gestaltung der Arbeitswelt, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

Eikhof, D.R., and Haunschild, A. (2004) ‘Arbeitskraftunternehmer in der Kulturindustrie. Ein Forschungsbericht über die Arbeitswelt Theater’ in H.J. Pongratz and G.G. Voß (eds), Typisch Arbeitskraftunternehmer? Befunde der empirischen Arbeitsforschung, Berlin: Sigma.

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