Nadia DeGama


Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour Staff

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Human Resources Management

Nadia DeGama is a lecturer in our HRM and Organisational Behaviour department.

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Nadia’s research primarily draws on critical and interpretive approaches to understanding work and working in organisations. Key strands to her research include: broadening our understanding of globally mobile professionals; critical perspective to careers generally and global careers specifically; and alternative approaches to understanding HRM. Nadia has also recently started examining methodological issues with a particular focus on qualitative research practices. She has presented her research in a variety of international peer-reviewed academic conferences. Furthermore, Nadia’s work has been published in Organisational Research Methods, Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology. Nadia welcomes doctoral students to work with, particularly on topics of an interdisciplinary nature and who want to engage in qualitative research.

Research interests

  • Global mobility with a special focus on expatriate management and self-initiated international assignees
  • Global careers
  • Critical HRM
  • HRM and ethics
  • Qualitative research methods


Nadia teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the following areas:

  • Human Resource Management and Improving Organisational Performance
  • Career Management and Employability
  • Human Resource Management in the Global Context
  • Academic Skills


  • PhD, Human Resources Management (expected: August, 2016), School of Human Resource Management, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • M. HRM., Masters of Human Resource Management, School of Human Resource Management, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Associate Editor, Qualitative Research in Organisations and Management: An International Journal
  • Academy of Management (Special interest groups: Critical Management Studies – Executive committee: Representative-at-large; Careers)
  • Critical Management Studies
  • European Group of Organisational Studies
  • European Academy of Management

Selected recent publications

deGama, N. (2016). Stuck in an in-between state: exploring the PhD student experience through ambivalence. In In A. Prasad (Ed.), Contesting institutional hegemony in today's business schools: Doctoral students speak out. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Peticca-Harris, A., deGama, N., & Elias, S. (2016). A dynamic model for finding informants and gaining access in qualitative research. Organisational Research Methods.

McKenna, S., Richardson, J., Dickie, C., & deGama, N. (2013). The Organisational Self-Initiated Expatriate: A Case Study of a Professional Services Firm. In Haslberger, A., & Vaiman, V. (Eds.), Talent Management of Self-Initiated Expatriates: A Neglected Source of Global Talent (pp. 59-87). London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

deGama, N., McKenna, S., & Peticca-Harris, A. (2012). An alternative approach to ethical HRM through the discourse and lived experiences of HR professionals. Journal of Business Ethics, 111, 97-108.

Budworth, M. H., & deGama, N. (2012). Factors affecting cross-cultural adjustment: Training, experience, and individual differences. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 23, 331-340.

Karakowsky, L., deGama, N., & McBey, K. (2012). Facilitating the Pygmalion Effect: The Overlooked Role of Subordinate Perceptions of the Leader. Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology, 85, 579-599.

Recent presentations and conferences

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List of Nadia Degama's presentations and conferences

Media experience

Nadia's research has received coverage in Times Higher Education