Dr Irina Heim

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Organisational Behaviour and Entrepreneurship

Dr Irina Heim

Dr Irina Heim

Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Henley Business School building, room 240
+44 (0)118 378 4283 (internal 4283)


Irina is a member of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies. She holds a PhD in Management from Henley Business School, University of Reading. In her dissertation, she has explored the effects of public policy on organisations in resource-rich countries and analysed the implications for contemporary business theory.

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 has extensive business experience in the global business and integrates it in her teaching and research.

Irina has reviewed for a number of academic conferences and journals and was the recipient of the Best Reviewer Award at AIB 2019. Irina has also received 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.

Programme Delivery

Irina is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). She has taught different undergraduate and postgraduate economic and business courses at University College London and Henley Business School, including: Business in a Competitive Environment, Business Synthesis, Effectual Entrepreneurship, Management Skills, Innovations and Market Entry, International Trade, Economics of Regulation and Public Sector, courses on Micro- and Macroeconomics.

Irina supervises Executive MBA projects and dissertations.


Irina published articles in leading academic journals such as Thunderbird International Business Review, Journal of East-West Business, Extractive Industries and Society, as well as chapters in books published by Springer and Business Expert Press.

Her publications are available here: http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/view/creators/99000087.html