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Dr Rita Fontinha

Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy

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  • Alternative Work Arrangements, 
  • Flexibility, 
  • Job Insecurity and Perceived Employability, 
  • Expatriation, 
  • Human Resource Management within Multinational Enterprises


HBS 136, Whiteknights

Rita Fontinha is an Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy at Henley Business School, specialising in Strategic and International Human Resource Management.

Rita has published ten research articles in relevant journals including Human Resource Management, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Studies in Higher Education, Personnel Review and Research Evaluation. She has also published four book chapters and co-authored the book "Research Methods in Human Resource Management".

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
  • Workplace Flexibility and Remote Work
  • Alternative Work Arrangements
  • Psychological Contract and Organisational Commitment
  • Job Insecurity and Perceived Employability
  • International HRM and 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.

Reference: Kinsella, P., Williams, S., Scott, P. and Fontinha, R. (2021) Varieties of flexibilisation? The working lives of information and communications technology professionals in the UK and Germany. New Technology, Work and Employment. ISSN 1468-005X 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: Walker, J. , Della Giusta, M. and Fontinha, R. , (2020) Initial findings from the consultation on the impact of research metrics on the work of academic economists 2020. Report. University of Reading, Reading. pp19.
Reference: Kinsella, P., Williams, S., Scott, P. and Fontinha, R. (2020) Varying degrees of boundarylessness? The careers of self-employed and directly employed ICT professionals in the UK and Germany. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 1466-4399 doi:
Reference: Fontinha, R. and Brewster, C. (2020) Self-initiated expatriate adjustment over time. In: Andresen, M., Brewster, C. and Suutari, V. (eds.) Self-Initiated Expatriates in Context: Recognizing Space, Time, and Institutions. Routledge, New York. ISBN 9780429352690 doi:
Reference: Anderson, V., Fontinha, R. and Robson, F. (2019) Research Methods in Human Resource Management. Investigating a Business Issue. Kogan Page, pp456. ISBN 9780749483876
Reference: Walker, J. , Salter, A., Fontinha, R. and Salandra, R. (2019) The impact of journal re-grading on perception of ranking systems: exploring the case of the academic journal guide and business and management scholars in the UK. Research Evaluation, 28 (3). pp. 218-231. ISSN 1471-5449 doi:
Reference: De Cuyper, N., Piccoli, B., Fontinha, R. and De Witte, H. (2019) Job insecurity, employability and satisfaction among temporary and permanent employees in post-crisis Europe. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 40 (2). pp. 173-192. ISSN 1461-7099 doi:
Reference: Fontinha, R. , Easton, S. and Van Laar, D. (2019) Overtime and quality of working life in academics and non-academics: the role of perceived work-life balance. International Journal of Stress Management, 26 (2). pp. 173-183. ISSN 1072-5245 doi:
Reference: Pereira, V., Fontinha, R. , Pawan, B. and Arora, B. (2018) Human resource management and performance at the Indian railway. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 31 (1). pp. 47-61. ISSN 0953-4814 doi:
Reference: Fontinha, R. , De Cuyper, N., Williams, S. and Scott, P. (2018) The impact of HRM, perceived employability and job insecurity on self-initiated expatriates’ adjustment to the host country. Thunderbird International Business Review, 60 (6). pp. 861-871. ISSN 1520-6874 doi:
Reference: Fontinha, R. , Van Laar, D. and Easton, S. (2018) Quality of working life of academics and researchers in the UK: the roles of contract type, tenure and university ranking. Studies in Higher Education, 43 (4). pp. 786-806. ISSN 0307-5079 doi:
Reference: De Cuyper, N., Fontinha, R. and De Witt, H. (2018) Nontraditional employment: the careers of temporary workers. In: Klehe, U.-C. and van Hooft, E. A.J. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Job Loss and Job Search. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199764921 doi:
Reference: Pereira, V. and Fontinha, R. (2016) 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, 55 (1). pp. 127-142. ISSN 1099-050X doi:
Reference: Pereira, V. and Fontinha, R. (2014) Global talent management in knowledge intensive firms in and between Western Europe and India: future research directions. In: Al Ariss, A. (ed.) Global talent management: Challenges, strategies, and opportunities. Management for Professionals. Springer, Berlin, pp. 183-196. ISBN 9783319051246 doi:
Reference: Fontinha, R. , Chambel, M. J. and Cuyper, N. D. (2014) Training and the commitment of outsourced information technologies' workers: psychological contract fulfillment as a mediator. Journal of Career Development, 41 (4). pp. 321-340. ISSN 0894-8453 doi:
Reference: Fontinha, R. , José Chambel, M. and De Cuyper, N. (2012) HR attributions and the dual commitment of outsourced IT workers. Personnel Review, 41 (6). pp. 832-848. ISSN 0048-3486 doi:
Reference: Fontinha, R. and 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]. RH Editoria, Lisbon. ISBN 9789728871390
Reference: Chambel, M. J. and 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 (3). pp. 207-217. ISSN 1576‐5962

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