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Dr Charmi Patel

Associate Professor in the International Human Resource Management

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

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  • By area: International and Strategic HRM and Organisational Behaviour, 
  • By industry: Services, International Organisations (including MNCs and third sector), 
  • By geography: Emerging Markets (including BIRC and Asia-Pacific)


147, Henley Business School

Charmi Patel is an Associate Professor in International Human Resource Management and a subject area leader and module convenor for managing people at executive, flexible executive (now apprenticeship levy) and full-time MBA programmes.

She received her PhD in Organisational Behaviour, and an MSc in Human Resource Management from Aston Business School, Aston University. Prior to joining Henley Business School, she was an Assistant Professor/Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh Business School within Organisation Studies Group. There she was also the Programme Director, for MSc in International Human Resource management having designed and launched the MSc programme from its inspection until 2016.

Her research following through from her PhD looks at how individuals relate to their work, occupations and organisations. Specifically, she examines these issues within the context of human resource management and organisational behavior. Her research and teaching interests include strategic and international human resource management, field research methods (both qualitative and quantitative), and the sociology and social psychology of organisations. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature, importing sensibilities from sociology, psychology as well as management to better understand the employee-organisation relationship. She has published articles in leading scholarly journals including the Human Resource Management (US, FT-45), Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Research, Human Resource Management Review, Applied Psychology: An International Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and European Journal of International Management. Further her research has been regularly quoted in practitioner magazines/outlets such as HR Magazine, People Management (CIPD), Hays Journal as well as Forbes, Embrace HR, GMR Consulting, Legal-Island amongst others. Recently she was also interviewed by BBC Radio on the Side-Hustle Economy (a white paper from Henley Business School).

She serves on the editorial board of Journal of Business and Psychology and currently guest editing a special issue on ‘Presenteeism at work’ at the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Moreover, she’s also part of the executive committee of Global Research Centres such as Indian Academy of Management (INDAM) at the Academy of Management (AOM) and Aston India Foundation for Applied Research (AIFAR) having been instrumental in creating and functioning of both these global research centres.

Charmi is an award-winning teacher and a senior fellow of the U.K. Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), who has taught courses such as strategic human resource management, strategic management, global talent management, HR outsourcing, developing skills for business leadership and methods of research at undergraduate as well as postgraduate level (MSc and MBA). She has worked in human resources within the FMCG, telecommunications and banking sectors and as a consultant to a range of business process outsourcing (BPO) and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) firms in UK and India.

She conducts research in the following areas in cross-cultural contexts:

  • International and Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Employee-Organisation Relationship
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Organisational Theory
  • Field Research Methods