Dr Zella King

Executive Fellow

Dr Zella King

Dr Zella King

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Zella King is Executive Fellow at Henley Business School where she is involved in executive education. She is co-founder of Personal Boardroom, a company that helps people build their networks in a practical, structured way. The Personal Boardroom approach has been used in many well-known companies to develop leaders and accelerate women into senior roles.


Zella's research on careers and networks has been published in top academic journals. She gave a TEDx talk on the science of social networks to a youth audience in 2011, and her book, Who is in your Personal Boardroom?, written with Amanda Scott, was published in October 2014.


Zella began her career in consulting for Accenture and then worked in corporate finance at Schroders. She has a BA from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Occupational Psychology from Birkbeck College, London.


Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Schillebeeckx, S.J., Chaturvedi, S., George, G., King, Z., 2016, What do I want? The Effects of Individual Aspiration and Relational Capability on Collaboration Preferences. Strategic Management Journal, 37 (7): 1493-1506.

Cross, R., Kaše, R., Kilduff, M. and King, Z., 2013, Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice in Organizational Network Analysis. Human Resource Management, 52(4): 627-744.

 Kaše, R., King, Z. and Minbaeva D., 2013, Using Social Network Research in HRM: Scratching the Surface of a Fundamental Basis of HRM, Human Resource Management, 52(4): 473-483.

 Pemberton, J., Jewell, S., Faggian, A. and King, Z. 2013, Higher education as a portfolio investment: students’ choices about studying, term time employment, leisure, and loans. Oxford Economic Papers, 65 (2): 268-292.

 Fernandez-Mateo, I. and King, Z. 2011. Anticipatory Sorting and Gender Segregation in Temporary Employment.  Management Science, 57(6): 989-1008.  Awarded a prize for the 2011 best paper by the Industry Studies Association.

 Perkmann, M., King, Z., and Pavelin, S. 2011. Engaging excellence? Effects of faculty quality on university engagement with industry.  Research Policy, 40(4): 539 – 552.

 Inkson, K. and King, Z. 2011. Contested terrain in careers: a psychological contract model.  Human Relations, 64(1): 37-57.

 King, Z., Burke, S. and Pemberton J., 2005. ‘The ‘Bounded’ Career: An empirical study of human capital, career mobility and employment outcomes in a mediated labor market’, Human Relations, 58(8): 981-1007.

 King, Z. 2004. ‘Career Self-Management: Its Nature, Causes and Consequences’, Journal of Vocational Behavior, 65(1): 112-133.

 Guest D. and King, Z. 2004. ‘Power, Innovation and Problem-Solving: The Personnel Manager’s Three Steps to Heaven?’, Journal of Management Studies, 41(3): 401-424.

 King, Z. 2003. ‘New or traditional careers? A study of UK graduates’ preferences’, Human Resource Management Journal, 13(1): 5-26.

 King Z. 2001. ‘Career Self-Management: A Framework for Guidance of Employed Adults’, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 29(1): 65-78.