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Dr Chima Mordi


Dr Chima Mordi is a Reader in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations.  He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. As a trained lawyer, Chima’s experiences have helped shape and influence his doctoral and post-doctoral research interests. He focuses on the social nature of labour problems in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and Asia and their implications for the variable efficacy of Western management theories and practices. His primary research interests also lie in workload and work-life balance, work-life interface, flexible working arrangements, Employee voice and contemporary Employment relations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Chima has authored over 100 articles in refereed academic journals, practitioner outlets, international conference proceedings, and books.  His recent papers have appeared in various outlets, including Work Employment and Society, Gender, Work & Organization, Journal of Managerial Psychology, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Thunderbird International Business Review, Personnel Review, Employee Relations and Career Development International Journal.

He is also the co-editor of several forthcoming edited volumes of Managing HRM in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan), Employment Relations and Trade Unions in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan), Employee Voice in the Global North (Palgrave Macmillan), Employee Voice in the Global South (Palgrave Macmillan). In addition, Chima has received several awards for outstanding contributions to teaching and research (best tutor and supervisor-Brunel University and recipient of the Emerald Literati Network awards for excellence). He has supervised over 30 doctoral students.


PhD in Human Resource Management, University of Keele

MA Human Resource Managment and Employment Relations, University of Keele

LLB, University of Ilorin

PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Brunel University

Qualified lawyer (Nigerian Bar)

Academic CIPD

Newest selected publications

Adisa, T., Mordi, C. and Timming, A. (2023) 'Employment Discrimination against Indigenous People with Tribal Marks in Nigeria The painful face of stigma'. Work, Employment and Society. ISSN: 0950-0170

Journal article

Adeoti, A., Sarpong, D. and Mordi, C. (2022) 'Crossing the Rubicon: exploring migrants’ transition out of military service into civilian work'. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 28. ISSN: 0958-5192 Open Access Link

Journal article

Adisa, TA. and Mordi, C. (2022) 'HRM in the Global South: A Critical Perspective'. London: Palgrave Macmillan (Springer Nature). ISSN 10: 3-030-98308-0 ISSN 13: 978-3-030-98309-3


Asante, S., Sarpong, D., Bi, J. and Mordi, C. (2022) 'Collecting badges: Understanding the gold rush for business excellence awards'. European Management Review, 0 (in press). ISSN: 1740-4754 Open Access Link

Journal article

Akanji, B., Mordi, C., Ajonbadi, H. and Adekoya, O. (2022) 'The impact of COVID-19 on the work–life balance of working mothers: evidence from Nigerian academics'. Personnel Review, 0 (in press). ISSN: 0048-3486 Open Access Link

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