Dr Alhajie Saidy Khan

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader BSc (Hon) Business Management and Leadership

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

Department:School of Management

Location: Chelmsford

Alhajie’s area of academic and management interests and expertise are Labour History, Employment relations, Human resource management and Civil Service administration and Reforms in emerging and developing economies (especially Africa).



Alhajie has worked in senior managerial positions in both public and private sector organisations in Africa for several years. These experiences have helped shape and influence both his Doctoral and post-doctoral research agenda and interests, which centres on the social nature of the labour problems of Sub-Saharan Africa and their implications for the variable efficacy of application of Western management theories and practices in Sub-Saharan Africa.

His primary research interests lie in the broad academic disciplines of Labour History, Comparative Human resource management and Employment Relations. He is particularly interested in African labour history and contemporary Sub-Saharan African Employment relations.

Research interests

  • Impact of China on evolution of Institutional IR Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Social institutions and formal labour relations in emerging and developing economies
  • Qualitative methodologies and baseline inquiry in emerging and developing economies
  • The Civil Service reforms in Africa: half a century after the World Bank interventions

Areas of research supervision

  • International and comparative HRM
  • The history and future of labour relations in Developing countries
  • Public sector in Sub-Saharan African

PhD supervision: Assessing the changing relationship between trade unions and the state: a historical analysis of union/state relations in Zimbabwe (December 2014)


Alhajie teaches a number of discipline specific and cross-disciplinary subjects including postgraduate and across different undergraduate levels, including:

  • Employment Relations
  • International and Comparative HRM
  • Research methodology
  • Academic skills.


  • PhD Human Resource Management and Industrial Relation (Loughborough University)
  • MSc Human Resource Development (Manchester)
  • PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Keele University)
  • BA Political Science (USC)
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy of England and Wales
  • Academic MCIPD

Selected recent publications

Saidy Khan, A. and P.B. Ackers (2004) ‘Neo-pluralism as a Theoretical Framework for understanding HRM in Sub-Saharan Africa.’ International Journal of Human Resource Management. 15.7 (1330-1353)

Saidy Khan, A., (2003) review of Green, A., ‘British Capital and Antipodean Labour: Working the New Zealand Waterfront, 1915-1951’, Labour History Review, 68(2), 2003, pp. 274-275

Saidy Khan, A. (Forthcoming) Hollow Institutions and organised disorganisation? Redefining Employment relations in Sub-Saharan Africa - the case of The Gambia, Critical African Studies

Recent presentations and conferences

History and Heritage; Contract and Status in African Employment Relations: the case of The Gambia. 5TH IIRA Africa Regional Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, 26 -28 March 2008

Playing the intimate insider: ethnography of Dock employment relations in The Gambia. (Paper for 4th Annual International Ethnography Symposium, University of Liverpool Management School, August 23rd - 25th 2009)

Hollow Institutions and organised disorganisation? Redefining Employment relations in Sub-Saharan Africa - the case of The Gambia