Rachel Nayani

PhD, MBA, Dr, BSc (First Class Honours), Postgraduate certificate in Education

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Personal profile


Rachel is an Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour and HRM and member of the Employment Systems and Institutions group within Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. Her research interests revolve around the employee experience of work and organisational processes and practices for sustainable change and social value - including wellbeing, climate goals and value-aware management.

Rachel is a qualitative research expert and has undertaken research for the UK What Works Centre for Wellbeing at Work, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC). She has published in journals such as Work and Stress and the British Journal of Management, is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology and has won research awards from the Academy of Management and British Academy of Management.

Rachel's teaching specialisms are Organisational Development and Management Consultancy at undergraduate and MBA levels; including mentoring Executive MBA students on live internaltional management consultancy projects in Athens and Prague. Rachel is active in translating research into practice and in Executive Education. Prior to academia, Rachel spent over 15 years as a management consultant specialising in organisational change including 8 years with international consultancy practice EY.



Key Research Interests

My research interests centre on the interplay between employees and their work context, on the ways they go about their work. Of particluar interest are the dynamics and processes around behaviour and change, within organisations and on employees who work accross organisations.  


Administrative Posts

Disability Liaison Officer, Norwich Business School (cover for study leave) 2019-2020

Member of Norwich Business School Equality and  Diversity Panel 2019-

Member of the Norwch Business School Athena Swan Panel, 2017-2018

Member of the UEA wide Research Staff Working Group, 2014-2017

Member of NBS Research and Enterprise Executive, 2015-2017

Teaching Interests


Management consultancy mentoring of live international management consultancy projects (Executive MBA)

Module Leader: The Dynamic Organisation: Practicing Organisation Development (3rd year U/G)



Academic Background


Academic employment

2022 – ongoing Associate Professor, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

2017 – 2022    Lecturer, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

2015 – 2017    Senior Research Associate, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

2012 – 2014    Research Associate, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

 Practitioner employment

1998 – 2008    Management Consultant, Change Capgemini Ernst & Young, London.

Specialist in implementation and people aspects of change, change implementation and management, process re-design etc. for international and FTSE 250 clients

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Award Date: 1 Dec 2017

Master of Business Administration, Cranfield University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

Bachelor of Science, Open University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

External positions

Visiting scholar on the CLAHRC Research Fellowship Programme, NIHR CLAHRC - East of England

1 Oct 2015 → …


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