Dr Margarita Nyfoudi

Dr Margarita Nyfoudi

Department of Management
Associate Professor of Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour

Contact details

Department of Management
Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Margarita Nyfoudi is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. Her current research focuses on working conditions during crisis, workplace learning, coaching, and direct employee voice. She is predominantly interested in the individual, team level and cross-level characteristics that influence the effectiveness of core management processes. She has a wide portfolio of teaching expertise in HRM and OB at all levels of Higher Education (Undergraduate, Master, MBA, and PhD), while she has previously worked at Aston and Birmingham City University. She leads the ‘Trust and Workplace Dialogue’ Stream of the Work Inclusivity Research Centre (WIRC), is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chartered member of CIPD.


  • Ph.D. in Human Resource Management, Aston University, 2015
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2014
  • PGCert in Professional Practice, Aston University, 2014
  • M.Sc. in Human Resources Management and Business, Aston University, 2010
  • Associate member of CIPD (Level 7), 2009
  • BSc (Hons) in Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Greece, 2008


Margarita joined Birmingham Business School in October 2017. She previously held posts at Aston University and Birmingham City University.

Margarita’s research interests lie at the heart of management examining how line managers and HR departments can motivate, inspire, engage and develop individual employees and their teams to perform better and more effectively. Her work has been published in leading academic journals and presented at major national and international peer-reviewed conferences.

Her teaching and workshops are infused with insights from her research and consultancy as well as her strong international experience (aside from the UK, she has lived, studied and/or worked in Greece, Italy, France, and Mexico).

Margarita served as an elected member of the Council of the British Academy of Management (2017-2020). Her thesis won the Best Dissertation (first runner-up) prize award at the 2nd HR Division International Conference of the Academy of Management, Sydney 2016 and she has been recognised as an Outstanding Reviewer for the Management Education and Development Division of the Academy of Management 2014 Conference. In 2010, she was admitted as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Honour Society.

She is highly committed to the future of academia and she is particularly interested in the development of PhD students and Early Career academicians.


  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (Distance Learning MBA)

Postgraduate supervision

Margarita supervises 3 doctoral students. She is particularly looking for prospect PhD students interested in the study of workplace coaching.


Research interests

  • Working conditions during crisis
  • Workplace coaching
  • Workplace learning and talent development
  • Employee voice and communication

 Current projects

  • Macro-level turbulence and Worker Experience
  • Informal learning during crises (British Academy /Leverhulme- funded project)
  • Managerial coaching and performance
  • Employee voice during crises
  • Employee voice, communication and the role of HR
  • Workplace coaching for innovation
  • Workplace learning in the public sector

Other activities

  • Senior Associate Editor of Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance
  • Co-chair of the Human Resource Management SIG of the British Academy of Management
  • External Examiner, Newcastle University Business School, UK
  • External Examiner, Regents’ Business School, UK


Recent publications


Nyfoudi, M, Kwon, B & Wilkinson, A 2024, 'Employee voice in times of crisis: A conceptual framework exploring the role of Human Resource practices and Human Resource system strength', Human Resource Management, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.22214

Prouska, R, Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, U, Beauregard, A, Psychogios, A & Nyfoudi, M 2023, 'Conceptualising the nexus between macro‐level ‘turbulence’ and the worker experience', Human Resource Management Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12530

Nyfoudi, M, Shipton, H, Theodorakopoulos, N & Budhwar, P 2022, 'Managerial coaching skill and team performance: How does the relationship work and under what conditions?', Human Resource Management Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12443

Prouska, R, Nyfoudi, M, Psychogios, A, Szamosi, LT & Wilkinson, A 2022, 'Solidarity in action at a time of crisis: the role of employee voice in relation to communication and horizontal solidarity behaviour', British Journal of Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12598

Biron, M, De Cieri, H, Fulmer, I, Lin, CH, Mayrhofer, W, Nyfoudi, M, Sanders, K, Shipton, H & Sun, JM 2020, 'Structuring for innovative responses to human resource challenges: a skunk works approach', Human Resource Management Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2020.100768

Nyfoudi, M, Theodorakopoulos, N, Psychogios, A & Dysvik, A 2020, 'Tell it like it is in SME teams: adverse working conditions, citizenship behaviour, and the role of team information sharing in a turbulent economy', Economic and Industrial Democracy. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X20925544

Psychogios, A, Nyfoudi, M, Theodorakopoulos, N, Szamosi, LT & Prouska, R 2019, 'Many hands lighter work? deciphering the relationship between adverse working conditions and organization citizenship behaviours in small and medium‐sized enterprises during a severe economic crisis', British Journal of Management, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 519-537. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12245

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Nyfoudi, M 2024, HRM in SMEs Under Turbulence: An Employee-Centric Perspective. in C Nolan & B Harney (eds), Reframing HRM in SMEs: Challenges and Dynamics. 1 edn, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 183-203. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-34279-0_8

Nyfoudi, M & Shipton, H 2017, Learning and Development. in J Crawshaw, P Budhwar & A Davis (eds), Human Resource Management: Strategic and International Perspectives. 2nd edn, SAGE Publications, London, pp. 220-241.


Nyfoudi, M & Tasoulis, K 2022, Effective coaching for high-potentials: a talent management approach. in I Tarique (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Talent Management. 1 edn, Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Marketing, Routledge, New York, NY, pp. 471-482. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315474687-37

Salh, S, Nyfoudi, M & de Ruyter, A 2017, Future regulation of the UK workforce. in The Political Economy of Brexit. Agenda Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 63-79. <http://agendapub.com/books/political-economy?view=title&id=24>

Nyfoudi, M 2016, Coaching. in A Wilkinson & S Johnstone (eds), Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management. Hardback edn, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Nyfoudi, M 2016, Continuing Professional Development. in A Wilkinson & S Johnstone (eds), Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management. Hardback edn, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Nyfoudi, M 2016, Learning Organization. in A Wilkinson & S Johnstone (eds), Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management. Hardback edn, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Nyfoudi, M 2016, Mentoring. in A Wilkinson & S Johnstone (eds), Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management. Hardback edn, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

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Coaching, Employee Learning, Staff Development, Employee Communication, Staff Surveys, Adverse Working Conditions, Employee Reactions during Crises, HR during Crises