Dr Neve Abgeller

Dr Neve Abgeller

Department of Management
Lecturer in Organisation, Work, and Employment

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Neve Abgeller is a Lecturer in Work, Organisation, and Employment. She joined Birmingham Business School in February 2019 and held different roles. Currently, she is the UG Dissertation Coordinator. She teaches research methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as various modules associated with  organisational behaviour. Neve’s research interests comprise trust and distrust within organisational relationships, future of work and flexible working arrangements, responsible autonomy, power, control, and culture. 


Lecturer in Organisaiton, Work and Employment

  • PhD in Management, 2018, University of Birmingham
  • MBA, Widener University, PA, 2007
  • BSc (Hons) in Management Information Systems, Bogazici University, 2006


Neve completed her PhD, supervised by Professor Mark Saunders, at the University of Birmingham in 2018. Her PhD thesis was the highly commended winner of the 2020 EFMD/Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in HRM. Neve published her first paper during her first year of PhD. This peer reviewed journal article titled ‘Why the epistemologies of trust researchers matter’, has been published as a thought piece in the Journal of Trust Research and received much acclaim from the trust research community. The paper also received University of Birmingham’s the Michael K. O'Rourke Best Publication Award in 2016.

Currently, Neve works as a Lecturer in Work, Organisation, and Employment at Birmingham Business School. She is the undergraduate Dissertation Coordinator and the co-lead of COSS MA Social Research module Foundations in Qualitative Research. Neve has been teaching various modules on research methods, organisational behaviour, and HRM to postgraduate and undergraduate students. She is very passionate about enhancing student learning. Neve was the finalist for 2020 University of Birmingham Outstanding Teaching Award.

Neve has experience and expertise in conducting both quantitative, and qualitative research. Her research interests include research methodologies and philosophies, trust and distrust within organisational relationships, future of work and flexible working arrangements, responsible autonomy, power, control, and culture. 


  • Foundations of Qualitative Research Methods (College of Social Sciences MA Research Methods/Doctoral Training Programme)
  • Research Methods in Human Resource Management  (MSc in HRM)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (MBA programme)
  • Organisation Studies

Postgraduate supervision

Neve has been supervising, and is interested in supervising, research topics including:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Trust and distrust in organisations
  • Future of work, working from home, flexible working arrangements
  • Culture
  • Control and power
  • Responsible Business
  • Executive coaching


Research interests

Neve’s research interests include:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Employee voice in organisations
  • Trust and distrust in employment relationships
  • Future of work, working from home, flexible working arrangements
  • Culture
  • Impact of culture on employee relationships
  • Organisational power and control
  • Executive coaching

Current projects

Neve is currently working on various research projects including:

  • Future of work – Responsible autonomy, managerial control and trust in working from home arrangements
  • Trust and distrust in management consultancies
  • The role of executive coaching in global executive leadership teams


Recent publications


Abgeller, N, Saunders, M, Bachmann, R & Mishra, A 2024, 'Identifying Trust Exchange Dynamics and Constituents of Employee Trust within Management Consulting', Work, Employment & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017024125433

Abgeller, N, Bachmann, R, Dobbins, T & Anderson, D 2022, 'Responsible autonomy: the interplay of autonomy, control and trust for knowledge professionals working remotely during COVID-19', Economic and Industrial Democracy. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X221140156

Zhang, C, Abgeller, N & Li, S 2021, 'When hosts trust guests and sharing platforms: trust in sharing economy', Journal of China Tourism Research, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 630-650. https://doi.org/10.1080/19388160.2021.1952124

Isaeva, N, Bachmann, R, Bristow, A & Saunders, MNK 2015, 'Why the epistemologies of trust researchers matter', Journal of Trust Research, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 153-169. https://doi.org/10.1080/21515581.2015.1074585

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Isaeva, N, Hughes, C & Saunders, MNK 2019, Trust, distrust and human resource management. in K Townsend, K Cafferekey, AM McDermott & T Dundon (eds), Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations. Elgar Introductions to Management and Organization Theory series, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham, pp. 247-263. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781786439017.00025

Review article

Isaeva, N, Gruenewald, K & Saunders, M 2020, 'Trust Theory and Customer Services Research: Theoretical Review and Synthesis', The Services Industries Journal, vol. 40, no. 15-16, pp. 1031-1063. https://doi.org/10.1080/02642069.2020.1779225

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