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Dr Washika Haak-Saheem

Associate Professor in Human Resource Management

Washika Haak Saheem 75n986c1n


  • International Human Resource Management, 
  • Global Migration, 
  • Absorptive Capacity, 
  • Knowledge Management, 
  • Global Talent Management


279, Edith Morley, Whiteknights Campus

Dr Washika Haak-Saheem’s international experiences in the industry and academia shape her views on global mobility and management scholarship and practice.

Washika Haak-Saheem holds a PhD in International Business Management from Leuphana University in Lüneburg/Germany. Before her current appointment at Henley Business School, University of Reading in August 2018, she worked as an Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Program at the Dubai Business School in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Her research on international HRM, knowledge management, expatriation appeared in journals such as Human Resource Management Journal, European Management Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management or International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management. Her research focuses on the intersection between global migration and international business management, refugee workforce integration and expatriates’ voice. Washika’s research on low-status expatriates has been awarded the EURAM Grant in 2019.

Reference: Haak-Saheem, W. , Hutchings, K. and Brewster, C. (2021) Swimming ahead or treading water? Disaggregating the career trajectories of women self‐initiated expatriates. British Journal of Management. ISSN 1467-8551 doi:
Reference: Walker, J. , Brewster, C. , Fontinha, R. , Haak-Saheem, W. , Benigni, S. , Lamperti, F. and Ribaudo, D. (2021) The unintended consequences of the pandemic on non-pandemic research activities. Research Policy. 104369. ISSN 0048-7333 doi:
Reference: Haak-Saheem, W. , Woodrow, C. and Brewster, C. (2021) Low-status expatriates in the United Arab Emirates: a psychological contract perspective. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 1466-4399 doi:
Reference: Al Jawali, H., Darwish, T. K., Scullion, H. and Haak-Saheem, W. (2021) Talent management in the public sector: empirical evidence from the emerging economy of Dubai. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 1466-4399 doi:
Reference: Walker, J. , Brewster, C. , Fontinha, R. , Haak-Saheem, W. and Lamberti, F., (2021) Examining the impact of Brexit & COVID-19 on the working lives of business, management and economics’ academics in the UK. Report. Henley Business School pp16.
Reference: Haak-Saheem, W. (2020) Talent management in Covid -19 crisis – how Dubai manages and sustains its global talent pool. Asian Business and Management, 19 (3). pp. 298-301. ISSN 1476-9238 doi:
Reference: Brewster, C. and Haak-Saheem, W. (2020) Comparative human resource management. In: Darwish, T. K. and Muda Abdul Fattaah, P. (eds.) Human Resource Management in an Emerging South Asian Economy: The Case of Brunei. Routledge Studies in Human Resource Development. Routledge, New York, USA. ISBN 9780429030963 doi:
Reference: Zadeh Rezaei, M., Haak-Saheem, W. , Darwish, T. K. and Satwinder, S. (2020) The impact of leadership on absorptive capacity: new insights from the UAE. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 37 (4). pp. 448-458. ISSN 1936-4490 doi:
Reference: Zeng, J., Haak-Saheem, W. , Rezaei-Zadeh, M. and Darwish, T. (2020) Organisational learning of absorptive capacity and innovation: does leadership matter? European Management Review, 17 (1). pp. 83-100. ISSN 1740-4762 doi:
Reference: Haak-Saheem, W. , Özçelik, G., Brewster, C. and McNulty, Y. (2019) Hidden inequalities amongst the international workforce. In: Nachmias, S. and Caven, V. (eds.) Inequality and Organizational Practice Volume II: Employment Relations. Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783030116460 doi:
Reference: Youssef, M., Haak-Saheem, W. and Youssef, E. M. (2017) A structural equation model for knowledge sharing behavior in an emerging economy. Journal of Knowledge Management, 21 (4). pp. 925-945. ISSN 1367-3270 doi:
Reference: Haak-Saheem, W. and Brewster, C. (2017) 'Hidden' expatriates: international mobility in the United Arab Emirates as a challenge to current understanding of expatriation. Human Resource Management Journal, 27 (3). pp. 423-439. ISSN 1748-8583 doi:

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