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DBA Researcher - Sharon Docherty 

Sharon Docherty has worked as a civil servant within the Ministry of Defence for over 20 years. During that time, she has undertaken a wide range of high-profile roles from working as the Liaison Officer to the PM's Special Representative for the First World War Commemorations to acting as a Legislative Policy Officer negotiating a bi-lateral agreement between HMG and the Republic of Cyprus.

Sharon is passionate about lifelong learning and to that end in 2017, she joined an Army Advanced Development Programme which is an innovative partnership with McKinsey and Co to develop a cohort of military officers and civil servants with business skills.  This included studying for a MBA with Henley Business School exploring the link between Staff Engagement and Burnout, completing the Project Leadership Programme with Cranfield University, and obtaining a Level 7 in Management Consultancy.  

Putting these skills to good use Sharon joined the Central Transformation team in MOD Main Building, Whitehall to help upskill change and transformation teams across Defence.  During this time, Sharon was successful in obtaining a place on the Advanced Command and Staff Course which provided an opportunity to further her knowledge in Defence, national security, strategic operational planning, and international relations, while also studying for a MA in Defence Studies with King's College, London exploring the impact of Heuristics and Biases on Decision Making within Defence.

Current activities
More recently Sharon joined Defence Intelligence heading up a change programme reviewing training, education, research offer for Intelligence personnel, while at the same time studying for a Doctorate in Business Administration with Cranfield University looking at the phenomenon of Upward Bullying.


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