Pratima Sambajee


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am a lecturer in International Business  focusing on International and Cross-cultural Management. After graduating from the University of Sunderland with a PhD in Culture, I joined the Department of Strategy and Organisation in 2011. I started as a teaching associate lecturing and coordinating a number of undergraduate classes. Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde, I also taught and coordinated a wide range of International Business/Management classes at postgraduate level. In 2013, I took on a lectureship in International Business. Alongside teaching, I am now actively engaged in research with interests in the UK/EU contexts and on Emerging Economies such as sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).  My research in the UK/EU focuses on migrant interaction at work and the resulting organisational transformations.

My interest in sub-Saharan Africa stems from my PhD which was carried out on Mauritius. I am particularly interested in management systems operating in these contexts and how they diverge and/or converge with existing models. Africa is undergoing major changes and one of these has been the increase in Chinese investment in the continent. In this line, I have also begun exploring the relationship between China and Africa focusing on cross-cultural management issues and the dynamics of entrepreneurial activities at grassroot level. My proposal titled "From informal to small and medium enterprise sector: an analysis of management practices employed by SMEs in Mauritius" won a highly commended award at the 2013 Emerald Africa Management Research Fund. I welcome research ideas and collaborations on the above topics from fellow academics as well as students at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

Outside work, my personal hobbies include cooking, socialising with friends and family, long walks and travelling.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Cross-cultural management
  • International Business
  • African management systems
  • Migrant workers
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Mobilities theory

Teaching Interests

I am the subject leader for International Business. I teach Managing in a global context, International Business Analysis,Managing accross Cultures and Frontiers and Contemporary Issues and Trends in International Business. I have previously also taught the third year Events Management class.

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding the dynamics of management accross cultures and more particularly non-western contexts. On one hand,my research looks at migrant workers in the UK/EU and how they cope with working away from 'home' while on the other hand, I am very interested in exploring management systems which do not pertain to mainstream western models. Hence why my current research takes on the case of Africa and China, two emerging economies from whom there is a lot to discover.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sunderland

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Master of Science, University of Bedfordshire

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Social Science, University of Mauritius

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002


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