Rachel Nayani

PhD, MBA, Dr, BSc (First Class Honours)

  • 2.34 Thomas Paine Study Centre

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Personal profile


A Lecturer and Researcher in Organisational Behaviour and HRM and member of the Employment Systems and Institutions group within Norwich Business School. Research interests centre around employee behaviour in organisations, the design of work and the ways organisations influence worker behaviour.

Doctorate in employee proactivity in inter-organisational working, a First Class degree in Management, specialising in soft systems theory, and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

Editorial Board member: European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology

My interest in organisational behaviour stems from nearly 20 years working in organisational change wth management consultancies Cap Gemini and Ernst & Young and as a consultant to central governement.  Much of that work involved designing and implementing situation-appropriate interventions to facilitate organisational change, tailored to culture, appetite and capability. This field of work allowed me to experience organisational dynamics first hand, across sectors such as manufacturing, insurance, engineering, utilities and the public sector, in the UK and Europe.

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 live projects (Executive MBA)

Developing Orgnisational Capability, Adaptivity and Agility (U/G)

Business Ethics (U/G), Norwich Business School 

Managing People and Organisations (MSc), Norwich Business School   

Business Research Methods (MSc), Norwich Business School  

Human Resource Management (U/G), Norwich Business School

Developing Future Leaders, Norwich Business School

Management Consultancy, Norwich Business School  


Academic Background


Management Consultant specialising in organizational change for international firms EY and Capgemini, as well as internal roles in central government. Extensive practice-based experience with FTSE250 organisations and UK public sector bodies

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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