Skip to main content

Dr Irina Heim

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Organisational Behaviour and Entrepreneurship

Fellow, UK HEA

Irina Heim Staff Photo 75no28pfc


  • Economic Policy and Organisations, 
  • Company Strategy and Environment, 
  • Business Digital Transformation


Edith Morley building room 270, Whiteknights campus

Dr Irina Heim is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Organisational Behaviour and Entrepreneurship at Henley Business School. With extensive business experience, including 10 years in various top management positions with German global ICT companies, she integrates industry knowledge in her teaching and research.

Irina holds a PhD in Management from Henley Business School, University of Reading. In her dissertation, she has explored the effects of economic policy on organisations in resource-rich countries and analysed the implications for contemporary business theory. In her book Diversification from the Natural Recources Sector: Strategic and Economic Opportunities (Palgrave), Irina uses aspects of her PhD to broad the scope of her research.

Irina's research interests also include business digital transformation and companies strategies in response to changes in their environment. She has researched organisations from both, developed and emerging countries. Geographically her research covers Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, and China.

Irina was the recipient of the Best Reviewer Award at AIB 2019, Woman in International Business and AIB travel grants. Her PhD was funded by the University of Reading.

Irina has worked for UCL Consulting and UCL Department of Economics to develop a course for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She has also taught Kazakhstani entrepreneurs on the course organised by the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan Atameken and the German Ministry of Economic Affairs. Irina contributed to the development of the policy recommendations for the Government of Kazakhstan.

Irina is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and a member of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies at Henley Business School.

Reference: Heim, I. and Ribberink, N. (2021) Between growth and national security in host countries: FDI regulation and Chinese outward investments in Australia’s critical infrastructure. AIB Insights, 21 (1). ISSN 1938-9590 doi:
Reference: Heim, I. (2020) Kazakhstan’s diversification from the natural resource sector: strategic and economic opportunities. Euro-Asian studies. Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 9783030373887 doi:
Reference: Heim, I. and Sardar-Drenda, N. (2020) Assessment of employees attitudes toward ongoing organizational transformations. Journal of Organizational Change Management. ISSN 0953-4814 doi:
Reference: Ambalov, V. and Heim, I. (2020) Investments in the digital silk road. In: Heim, I. (ed.) Kazakhstan’s Diversification from the Natural Resource Sector: Strategic and Economic Opportunities. Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp. 111-149. ISBN 9783030373887 doi:
Reference: Heim, I. (2019) Local content policy and value co-creation: adopting information technologies in the oil and gas industry. PhD thesis, University of Reading. doi:
Reference: Heim, I. , Kalyuzhnova, Y. , Li, W. and Liu, K. (2019) Value co‐creation between foreign firms and indigenous small‐ and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) in Kazakhstan's oil and gas industry: the role of information technology spillovers. Thunderbird International Business Review, 61 (6). pp. 911-927. ISSN 1520-6874 doi:
Reference: Heim, I. (2018) Local content policies. In: Munoz, J. M. (ed.) Globalization Alternatives: Strategies for the New International Economy. Business Expert Press, Dallas, USA, pp. 73-84. ISBN 9781631577789
Reference: Heim, I. , Kalyuzhnova, Y. and Liu, K. (2017) Business value of IT in competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s energy sector: the role of international oil and gas companies in sustainable development of the local industry. In: British Academy of Management Proceedings (BAM2017), 5 - 7 Sep 2017, Warwick Business School.
Reference: Heim, I. (2018) Value co-creation and local content development: the role of collaboration between foreign and indigenous firms. In: BAM 2018 32nd Annual Conference, 4-6 September 2018, Bristol Business School.
Reference: Ambalov, V. and Heim, I. (2018) Cluster nodes as a unit for value co-creation: the role of information technologies in competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s oil and gas industry. In: Liu, K. , Nakata, K. , Li, W. (V.) and Baranauskas, C. (eds.) Digitalisation, Innovation and Transformation: 18th IFIP WG 8.1 International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations, ICISO 2018, Reading, UK, July 16-18, 2018, Proceedings. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (527). Springer International Publishing, pp. 155-163. ISBN 9783319945408 doi:
Reference: Heim, I. , Han, T. and Ghobadian, A. (2018) Value co-creation in ICT services company: a case study of a cross-border acquisition. Journal of East-West Business, 24 (4). pp. 319-338. ISSN 1528-6959 doi:
Reference: Delevic, U. and Heim, I. (2017) Institutions in transition: is the EU integration process relevant for inward FDI in transition European economies? Eurasian Journal of Economics and Finance, 5 (1). pp. 16-32. ISSN 2148-0192 doi:

AIB UKI 2020, Glasgow, UK, Autumn 2020 - Adam Smith Best Doctoral Dissertation Award Candidate

AIB Annual Meeting 2020, online conference, July 2020 - presenting two papers and Junior Faculty Consortium