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I am Senior Lecturer and Course Director, MSc International HRM in The School of Business at London South Bank University, London. I have over 20 years industry experience in general and human resources management and have held key HR positions in several multinational companies such as Alcan Aluminium Company of Canada (with major responsibilities in Nigeria) and Cincinnati Bell in Ohio State, USA. During this period, I led several HR initiatives and assignments.

I have diverse educational background from Nigeria, USA and Europe and senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the UK. belongs to various reputable professional associations.

I am well published in the area of International HR with some journal publications to my credit and have also presented papers in several international conferences.

My current research activities are in the areas of comparative international HRM, (rewards/compensation management) and employee engagement/participation. I have also taken on some consulting assignments for some Nigerian organisations in recent times.

My recent book publication - HRM in Africa: Understanding New Scenarios and Challenges in an Emerging Economy together with my book chapter publication - Fragmented Democracy and Employee Participation in Nigeria, challenges traditional views about African management practices and a welcome book for researchers and students who are desirous of understanding HR/Management in Africa. I am a member of the editorial board of some international journals including E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies. I am also an External Examiner at the University of Lincoln, Lincoln.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mr Kayode Oluwabunmi FayoadeThe Effect of Entrepreneurial Orientation and Dynamic Managerial Capability on Micro-Business performancePhD
Mr Md Asaduzzaman KhanInternational Managers and Cultural Barriers: An Empirical Study in the Garment and Textile Industry in BangladeshPhD
Mr Samuel Nyamoh CuffieA communication framework for implementing business plans for SMEs: A Sierra Leone perspectivePhD
Mr Stefan MullerThe correlation between values-based leadership and economic successDProf

Awarded in the last 5 years
Miss Uzoamaka Eunice IloekweFACTORS INFLUENCING THE QUALITY OF DIRECT EMPLOYEE VOICE MECHANISMS IN SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES: A CASE STUDY OF NIGERIAPhD
MBA - Master of Business Administration

Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights Kentucky, USA

1988
1989
CLTHE - Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

London South Bank University

2006
2007
PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

London South Bank University

2005
2010
Senior Fellow: Member: CIPD Academic Member CIPD Affiliate Member CMI.

Higher Education Academy, UK

2016
2016
Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)

Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, UK

2016
General Manager, Management Services
First Aluminium Group, Nigeria.

Overall responsibility for managing and developing company policies with respect to all external relationships, such as Employer Associations, Manufacturing Groups and Government Relations.

2001
2004
Commercial/industry
General Manager
Shongai Packaging Otta, Nigeria

Overall responsibility for running the business. Accordingly, responsible for Profit and Loss.

1998
2001
Commercial/industry
Group HR Manager, . (March 1994 – June 1998)
First Aluminium Group, Nigeria

Developing and managing all HR functions/policies for the business. Leading all HR initiavtives and improvement, including managing industrial relations/labour matters.

1994
1998
Commercial/industry
London Centre for Business and Entrepreneuralship Research
2016
2020
Member of Editorial Team:E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2015
2020
Journal of Managerial Psychology
Employee Relations Journal
International Journal of Manpower
University of Lincoln
External examiner

International HRM

September 2016
September 2020
Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
External examiner

International HRM

December 2020
Universidad de Castilla –La Mancha, Spain

Research Collaboration

June 2017
December 2020
Prizes, awards, and accolades

Innovative teaching: Award of ‘Highly Commended Employee’: Innovation in Teaching Award category during the Staff Conference of 2017. (Jul 2017)

London South Bank University


HRM in Africa Understanding New Scenarios and Challenges in an Emerging Economy
Opute, J.E. (2020). HRM in Africa Understanding New Scenarios and Challenges in an Emerging Economy. Palgrave Macmillan.

Labour Involvement as a Participatory Mechanism in Developing Economies: Contrasting the European Model
Opute, J. and Koch, K. (2020). Labour Involvement as a Participatory Mechanism in Developing Economies: Contrasting the European Model. E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies . 9 (1), pp. 52-75.

The Employment Situation of Migrant Workers and Their Experience of Work Life Pressures
Rigby, M, Hack Polay, D and Opute, J (2021). The Employment Situation of Migrant Workers and Their Experience of Work Life Pressures. in: Hack Polay, D (ed.) Migration Practice as Creative Practice: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Migration United States , Pensylvania Emerald. pp. 106-129

Globalisation and HR practices in Africa: When culture refuses to make way for so-called universalistic perspectives
Opute, J., Hack-Polay, D. and Rahman, M. (2020). Globalisation and HR practices in Africa: When culture refuses to make way for so-called universalistic perspectives. International Journal of Business and Globalisation.

Resisting global universalistic practices - the endurance of culture and particularism in African HRM
Opute, J., Hack-Polay, D. and Rahman, M. (2020). Resisting global universalistic practices - the endurance of culture and particularism in African HRM. Journal of Work Applied Management. 12 (1), pp. 55-68. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWAM-11-2019-0032

The Evolution and analysis of the viability of human resources and its relationship with the innovative capacity: An empirical study in various European countries
Opute, J, Gutierrez, S and Jimenez-Estevez, P (2017). The Evolution and analysis of the viability of human resources and its relationship with the innovative capacity: An empirical study in various European countries. in: Gutierrez, S (ed.) New Scenarios and Socio-economic challenges after the crisis; A comparative perspective , Spain and Europe Madrid Editorial DYKINSON, S.L..

The Evolution and analysis of the viability of human resources and its relationship with the innovative capacity: An empirical study in various European countries
Opute, J, Gutierrez, S, Blazquez Resino, J J, Jimenez Estevez, P and Pittendrigh, Q (2017). The Evolution and analysis of the viability of human resources and its relationship with the innovative capacity: An empirical study in various European countries. in: Serrano, J M, Moreno, R and Guiterrez, S (ed.) New scenarios and socio-economic challenges after the crisis: A comparative perspective, Spain and Europe Madrid Editorial DYKINSON, S.L..

Fragmented Democracy and Employee Participation in Nigeria
Opute, J. (2019). Fragmented Democracy and Employee Participation in Nigeria. in: Koch, K. (ed.) International Comparative Employee Relations: The role of culture and language Edward Elgar Publishing.

Desirable Characteristics of the Human Resources Director
Gutierrez Broncano, S, Jimenez-Estevez, P, Opute, J and Pittendrigh, Q (2019). Desirable Characteristics of the Human Resources Director. in: Machado, C and Davim, J P (ed.) Management Science Foundations and Innovations Spain Springer.

Management of Diaspora Business: Issues and Learning
Opute, J (2018). Management of Diaspora Business: Issues and Learning. in: Hack-Polay, D and Siwale, J (ed.) African Diaspora Investment London Macmillan. pp. 189-207

Green Human Resource Management: A new model of Human Resource Management in the aftermath of the Pandemic
Opute, P., Gutierrez-Broncano, S., Jimenez Estevez, P. and Rubio Andres, M. (2022). Green Human Resource Management: A new model of Human Resource Management in the aftermath of the Pandemic. in: Machado, C. and Paulo Davim, J. (ed.) Organisational Management in Post Pandemic Crisis Springer. pp. Pages 125-138

Voice in context: An international comparative study of employee experience with voice in small and medium enterprises
Prouska, R., McKearney, A., Opute, J., Tungtakanpoung, M. and Brewster, C. (2021). Voice in context: An international comparative study of employee experience with voice in small and medium enterprises. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2021.1925323

What Sort of Collective Bargaining is Emerging in Nigeria?
Opute, J. and Mahmoud, A.B. (2021). What Sort of Collective Bargaining is Emerging in Nigeria? Personnel Review.

Mission statement effectiveness: investigating managers' sensemaking role
Toh, S.-Y., Tehseen, S., Mahmoud, A. B., Cheok, J., Grigoriou, N. and Opute, J. (2021). Mission statement effectiveness: investigating managers' sensemaking role. . Corporate Communications: An International Journal, . APA 7th Edition. https://doi.org/10.1108/CCIJ-03-2021-0031

Migration as a Creative Practice: An Interdisciplinar Exploration of Migration
Opute, J. and Rigby, Michael; Hack-Polay, Dieu (2021). Migration as a Creative Practice: An Interdisciplinar Exploration of Migration. in: Hack-Polay, D.; Mahmoud, A.B.; Rydzik, A.; Rahman, M.; Igwe, P.A.; Bosworth, G. (ed.) Migrant Workers and their Experience of Work-Life-Pressures Emerald Group Publishing Limited. pp. Pages 83-99