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Jennifer Okolai

Lecturer in HRM

School of Marketing and Management
Coventry Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

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  • Delivering and teaching of human resource management from a global perspective
  • Development and delivery of teaching and assessment of both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Module leadership and management
  • Undertake internal and external research for publication & to promote University’s profile
  • Administrative and research role prior to delivery of lectures
  • Liaising and relating with other members of staff
  • One-to-one mentoring sessions with students
  • Dissemination of research output
  • Supervision of research students
  • Responsible for advising, guiding and supporting students
  • Mark, assess and moderate students course works and exam scripts
  • Attend exam board and necessary board meetings


  • Coventry University (2012-2016) - PhD Strategy and Applied Management (Organisational Change & Gender Management)
  • Coventry University (2009- 2010) - MA Human Resource Management
  • Rivers State University of Science and Technology (2002- 2006) - (Hons) Business Management


  • Gender leadership differences in organisational change management
  • International recruitment and selection criteria
  • The impact of organisational change implementation on employee performance
  • The impact of employee change resistance on overall organisational performance
  • Work-life balance, research and classroom management
  • Expatriate Training and Development
  • Intercultural teams
  • The influence of national culture on organisational practices
  • Organisational change management and its influence on Psychological contract breach

Output and Publications

  • Okolai, J., and Auluck, R. (2016) ‘Managing Organisational Change from a Gendered Approach: Findings from the Public Sector’. Proceedings of the 2016 Joint Congress of IIAS-IASIA. Held 19-23rd September 2014 in Chengdu, China, 1-42
  • Okolai, J. (2016) ‘The Gendered Nature of Organisational Change Management’. Proceedings of the 2016 FBL Internal Research Conference. Held 30th June 2016 in Coventry, UK, 1-8
  • Okolai, J., and Stevens, K. (2016) ‘The Gendered Nature of Organisational Change in Management Theory and Practice: Differences in the Way Men and Women Manage Organisational Change in Nigeria. Gender in Management International Journal 4 (9), 20 – 46.
  • Okolai, J., and Stewart, J. (2014) ‘Gendered Approach to Organisational Change Management: Differences in the Way Men and Women Manage Organisational Change in Nigeria: Preliminary Findings from the Healthcare Sector’. Proceedings of the 17th Irish Academy of Management Conference, ‘IAM 2014’. Held 3-5th September 2014 in Limerick, Ireland, 1-20
  • Okolai, J., and Stewart, J. (2013) ‘A Gendered Approach to Organisational Change Management: Differences In The Way Men And Women Manage Organisational Change In Nigeria’. Proceedings of the UFHRD 2013 Conference, ‘HRD In Turbulent Seas’. Held 5- 7 June 2013 in Brighton, UK, 1-8


  • M12HRM
  • 305HRM
  • M57HRM
  • A200HRM
  • A137HRM
  • 148HRM
  • 203HRM
  • 300HRM
  • M07HRM

Areas of expertise: 

  • International Human Resource management
  • Organisational Leadership and Management
  • Organisational Development and Resourcing
  • Research Methods
  • Conflict management
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Managing in a Strategic Business Context
  • Managing in a cross-cultural or diverse workforce
  • Change Management
  • Business & leadership Skills
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Performance Management
  • Add-vantage modules
  • Leading and Inspiring People
  • Health and Welfare
  • People Management
  • Employee Relations
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