Dr Rita Fontinha

Lecturer in Strategic Human Resources Management

Dr Rita Fontinha

Dr Rita Fontinha

By area: Outsourcing, Agency Work, Strategic Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour, Expatriation
By industry: Information Technology, Business Services, Banking, Call Centre, Manufacturing
By geography: Europe, India, Emerging Markets
HBS 136, Whiteknights
+44(0)118 378 5249
View publications


Rita Fontinha is a Lecturer of  International Business and Strategy at Henley Business School, specialising in Strategic and International Human Resource Management.

Her research has been published in journals such as Personnel Review, the Journal of Career Development and Human Resources Management, and presented in multiple international research conferences, such as the Academy of Management Meeting, EGOS Colloquia, EAWOP and ICOH-WOPS. Her broad research interests focus on the way human resource management practices may potentially influence attitudes and behaviours in the organisation which may ultimately influence organisational performance. More specifically her research includes:

-          Strategic Human Resource Management

-          Alternative Work Arrangements (Outsourcing and Agency Work)

-          Organisational Commitment

-          Psychological Contract

-          Job Insecurity and Perceived Employability

-          Expatriation

Before joining Henley Business School, Rita was a Research Fellow in Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management at Portsmouth Business School. She was also a visiting researcher at the Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus Research Institute of Management.

She has a Joint PhD from the University of Lisbon (Faculty of Psychology) and the University of Leuven (KU Leuven – Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences). Prior to becoming a full time researcher, she worked in HR management in areas such as performance appraisal, selection and training.



Fontinha, R., Easton, S. & Van Laar, D. (in press). Overtime and Quality of Working Life in Academics and non-Academics: The Role of Perceived Work-life Balance. International Journal of Stress Management, ISSN:1072-3424.

 Fontinha, R., De Cuyper, N., Williams, S., & Scott, P. (in press). The impact of HRM, perceived employability and job insecurity on self-initiated expatriates’ adjustment to the host country. Thunderbird International Business Review, ISSN: 10964762.

Fontinha, R., Van Laar, D., & Easton, S. (2016). The quality of working life of academics and researchers in the UK: the roles of contract type, tenure and university ranking. Studies in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2016.1203890

Pereira, V., & Fontinha, R. (2015). An exploration of the role duality experienced by HR professionals as both implementers and recipients of HR practices: Evidence from the Indian Railways. Human Resource Management. DOI: 10.1002/hrm.21717 

Fontinha, R., Chambel, M. J., & De Cuyper, N. (2014). Training and the commitment of outsourced information technologies' workers: Psychological contract fulfilment as a mediator. Journal of Career Development, 41, 321-340. DOI: 10.1177/0894845313495587

 De Cuyper, N., Fontinha, R., & De Witte, H. (2014). Nontraditional employment: the careers of temporary workers. In: Klehe, U.C. and van Hooft, E.A. (Eds.), Oxford handbook of job loss and job search. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 1093/oxfordhb/9780199764921.013.016

 Pereira, V., & Fontinha, R. (2014). Global talent management in knowledge intensive firms in and between Western Europe and India: future research directions. In: Al Ariss, Akram (Ed.), Global talent management: Challenges, strategies, and opportunities. Berlin: Springer.

 Fontinha, R., Chambel, M.J. & De Cuyper, N. (2012). HR attributions and thedual commitment of outsourced IT workers. Personnel Review, 41, 832-848. DOI: 10.1108/00483481211263773

 Fontinha, R. & Chambel, M.J. (2011). A dupla relação de emprego dos trabalhadores temporários: A agencia e a empresa utilizadora [The dual employment relationship of temporary workers: The agency and the client organization]. In Chambel, M.J. (Ed.). Novos desafios para a gestão de recursos humanos: O caso dos trabalhadores temporários [New challenges for human resource management: The temporary workers]. Lisboa: RH Editora.

 Chambel, M.J. & Fontinha, R. (2009). Contingencies of contingent employment: Psychological contract, job insecurity and employability of contracted workers. Revista de Psicología del Trabajo y de las Organizaciones(Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology), 25, 207-217. ISSN 1576-5962.