Biography

Joanne Vincett is affiliated with The Open University's Department of People and Organisations. Joanne previously was the Associate Director for the social enterprise sector and international lead for the Career Development Office at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the US. She also was an Adjunct Professor at Granite State College and taught a Business Management course ‘Effecting Positive Change in Organizations’. Prior to academia, Joanne started in the graphic arts paper manufacturing industry in corporate sales and marketing. After 5 years, she changed her focus to social enterprises and worked for the US Peace Corps in the Eastern Caribbean as a Small Business Development Trainer and Counsellor for a rural agricultural development NGO and was the elected Lead Volunteer for a group of 19 Peace Corps Volunteers. She holds an MRes from The Open University, an International MBA from Escuela de Alta Dirección y Administración (EADA) in Barcelona, Spain, and BSc in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed an apprenticeship with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and Vienna, Austria. She holds a Professional Coaching Certification and also created the Professional Coaching Portal for the non-profit organization MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching). Her current research project is in the area of organizational ethnography in voluntary organizations and those with volunteer programmes, studying how people make sense of what they ‘do’ in everyday worklife as volunteers and attach meaning to their work spaces. She is conducting a multisensory ethnography of a voluntary organization that befriends detainees in an UK Immigration Removal Centre.

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