Dr Jelena Petrovic

About

I have 25 years of experience in teaching and research in strategic leadership/corporate governance and expatriate management on MBA, Masters and executive programmes in the UK and internationally. Prior joining Kingston University, I worked for Cranfield School of Management, University of Wolverhampton Business School, and University of Belgrade. I have also supervised postgraduate student projects in Aston Business School and worked as External Examiner for University of Buckingham, University of Northampton, and Lord Ashcroft International Business School. Most of this time I have also been involved in programme leadership. 

I have an award winning PhD from Cranfield University, which focuses on the role and contribution of board directors in international joint ventures. I have also received a FCO Chevening Scholarship for my MSc in HRM at University of Surrey. In addition, I have conducted research in strategic leadership and international HR/expatriate management area for organisations such as Mercer, CIPD, the Guardian,  and BT.

While I have a passion for the research, I strongly believe in the link between research and practice. My research on board directors has attracted external clients such as Volvo Cars where I recently delivered a very successful executive development programme. In addition, I have delivered in-house strategic leadership workshops for directors of Park Plaza Hotels and Art'otel Hotels in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and Croatia, as well as an executive education programme on strategic leadership and corporate governance for HR practitioners from across Latin America.  The latter was organised by Latam Business School/Scala and supported by Kingston Business School, BBC, Sony, London Stock Exchange, Lloyds of London, the CIPD and Lord Mayor of City of London.  

Within my Associate Professor role, I lead a suite of MSc HRM and MSc International HRM programmes accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). I have been working closely with these two institutes. I am also a  member of the CIPD South West London Branch Committee, following the invitation of the Chairman of the Branch.

In addition, I actively participate in departmental level strategic planning and also advise on marketing and promotion of the School and the University through the postgraduate programmes we offer. 

My heart is of course always in adding value to students!

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor, Director of Postgraduate HRM programmes

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • MSc
  • MBA
  • BSc
  • aFCIPD
  • SFHEA

Teaching and learning

Research

My research interest lies in the human side of corporate governance.

 I have published in academic journals such as Corporate Governance and Journal of Management Inquiry. I have also contributed chapters to the books published by Palgrave Macmillan. 

PUBLICATIONS

Petrovic, J., Saridakis, G. and Johnstone, S. (2018). An Integrative Approach to HRM-firm performance relationship: A Missing Link to Corporate Governance. Corporate Governance, 18 (2). pp. 331-352.

Petrovic, J. (2018). Strategic Leadership in an International Joint Venture Context. Case study (Case ref: 318-0008-1, Exercise ref: 318-0008-1B, and Teaching Note ref: 318-0008-8). Case Centre's collection. Case Centre: Cranfield, England.

Daskalaki, M., Butler, C. and Petrovic, J. (2016). Somewhere in-between: Narratives of Place, Identity and Translocal Work, Journal of Management Inquiry. pp. 1056-4926.

Petrovic, J., Kakabadse, A. and Kakabadse N. (2012). Board Directors as Elites in the Context of International Joint Ventures. In Kakabadse, A. and Kakabadse N. (Eds.) Global Elites: The Opaque Nature of Transnational Policy Determination. Basingstoke, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 157-173. ISBN 9780230278738

Daskalaki, M., Butler, C. and Petrovic, J. (2012). Narrating Cosmopolis: "In another place, not here". The 30th Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS): Organizing Through Displacement, Travel and Movement: Transience, Transitions and Transformations, 11-14 July. EAE Business School, Barcelona, Spain.

Petrovic, J. (2011). Case studies within the Realist paradigm: Learning from doing. The 7th International Conference of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management: Management in Iberoamerican Countries: Cultural Perspective, 5-7 December. Universidad ESAN, Lima, Peru.

Petrovic, J., Kakabadse, N. and Kakabadse A. (2009). How do international joint venture (IJV) directors contribute to board effectiveness? Evidence from practice. In Kakabadse, A. and Kakabadse N. (Eds.) Global Boards: One Desire, Many Realities. pp. 197-216. Basingstoke, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan.

Petrovic, J. (2009). Leadership capabilities in the context of international joint ventures. The 5th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance, 5-6 November. Hellenic American University, Athens, Greece.

Petrovic, J. (2009). Impact of the country context on board director role: The case of directors of international joint ventures based in Serbia. International Journal of Business, Governance and Ethics 4(3), pp. 207-221.

Petrovic, J. (2009). Facing a "double paradox" of corporate governance: How directors of international joint venture (IJV) boards balance different IJV partners' agendas. Eastern Academy of Management Conference 'Managing in a Global Economy XIII'. 21-25 June. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Petrovic, J. (2008). Unlocking the role of a board director: A review of the literature. Management Decision 46(9) (Emerald/EFMD ODRA Winning Paper), pp. 1373-1392.

Petrovic, J. (2007). Corporate governance in Serbia: IJV board directors' experiences. The 33rd Annual Conference of European International Business Academy (EIBA) ‘International Business, Local Development and Science-Technology Relationships', 13-15 December. Catania, Italy.

Petrovic, J. (2006). International joint venture (IJV) directors' contribution to board effectiveness: Learning from practice. The 4th Workshop of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) on International Strategy and Cross-Cultural Management, 29-30 September. Toulouse, France.

Petrovic, J., Kakabadse, A. and Kakabadse, N. (2006). International joint venture (IJV) directors' contribution to board effectiveness: Learning from the literature. Management Decision 44(3), pp. 346-366.

Petrovic, J., Kakabadse, A. and Kakabadse, N. (2004). International joint venture (IJV) director's role and contribution to board effectiveness. The 2nd Workshop of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) on International Strategy and Cross-Cultural Management, 24-25 September. Edinburgh, UK.

Petrovic, J. and Kakabadse, N.K. (2003). Strategic staffing of international joint ventures (IJVs): An integrative perspective for future research. Management Decision 41(4), pp. 394-406.

Brewster, C., Harris, H. and Petrovic, J. (2001). Globally mobile employees: Managing the mix. Journal of Professional HRM 25, pp. 11-15.

Petrovic, J. (2001). Strategic staffing of international joint ventures: An integrative perspective. The 27th Annual Conference of European International Business Academy (EIBA) ‘Alliances and Confrontations: Globalisation and the Logic of Trading Blocks', 13-15 December. Paris, France.

Petrovic, J. (2001). HRM in international joint ventures: Staffing as a control mechanism. The HR Global Management Conference ‘Comparative HRM - Learning from Diversity', 19-22 June. Barcelona, Spain.

Harris, H., Petrovic, J. and Brewster, C. (2001). New forms of international working: The panacea to expatriation ills? The HR Global Management Conference ‘Comparative HRM – Learning from Diversity', 19-22 June. Barcelona, Spain.

Petrovic, J. (2000). Issues coupled with international assignments. Croner CCH Managing International Mobile Employees 5, pp. 1-5.

Harris, H. and Petrovic, J. (2000). New forms of international working: Trends and HRM implications, Croner CCH Managing Internationally Mobile Employees 4, pp. 1-5.

Petrovic, J., Harris, H. and Brewster, C. (2000). New forms of international working. CReME Research Report 1/00. Cranfield, England: Cranfield School of Management. 

Petrovic, J. (1997). Teamwork and project team management. The 14th Yugoslav Symposium in Operational Research Sym-Op-Is 97 ‘Operational Research in Yugoslavia: Theory and Practice', 7-10 October. Becici, Montenegro.

Petrovic, J. (1997). Human resource management and project management. The 1st International Symposium in Project Management YUPMA 97 ‘Project Management in Yugoslavia: ‘Situation and Prospects', 16-18 June. Zlatibor, Serbia.

Petrovic, J. (1997). CAD/CAM systems in manufacturing. The Symposium in Information Systems ‘SINFON', November, Zlatibor, Serbia.

Petrovic, J. and Drakulic, M. (1996). Dilemmas and experiences in privatisation of public enterprises. The International Symposium in Management and Organisation ‘SymOrg', May. Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia.

Petrovic, J. (1996). HRM support for computer integrated manufacturing. The Symposium in Information Systems ‘SINFON', November. Zlatibor, Serbia.

Petrovic, J. (1995). Knowledge acquisition for intelligent decision-making systems. The Symposium in Information Systems ‘SINFON', 4-7 November. Zlatibor, Serbia.

Petrovic, J. and Drakulic, M. (1994). Corporation as a form of business organisation. The International Symposium in Management and Organisation ‘SymOrg', May. Zlatibor, Serbia.

 

WORKING PAPERS, CONFERENCE POSTERS, PRESENTATIONS AND GUEST LECTURES

§  "Transforming an organisation's people strategy and culture: insights from the C-Suite", an HR seminar jointly organised by Kingston Business School and the CIPD, which brings together academic experts from Kingston University and leading practitioners: a key speaker, together with  Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth, Chief HR Officer, BBC, Kingston University London, forthcoming (forthcoming).

§  "A Business Savvy HR Director: From Research to Practice", KU/CIPD HR seminar: a key speaker, together with Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD, Kingston University London, March 2019.

§  "Creating a Culture that Performs: From Research to Practice", KU/CIPD HR seminar: a key speaker, together with Philip Edwards, Head of Culture and Employee Relations, Lloyd's of London, Kingston University London, March 2018.

§  "Creating People Advantage: From Research to Practice", KU/CIPD HR seminar: a key speaker, together with  Pieter Haen, President of World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA), Kingston University London, June 2015.

§  "Expatriate Management in Serbia". A presentation at the Department of Leadership HRM and Organisation Research Workshop, Kingston University London, November 2012.

§  "IJV Board Director Role: Myths and Reality". A conference poster at the 2nd Annual Faculty of Business and Law Conference: Emerging Issues in Business and Law, Kingston University London, May 2011.

§  'Narrating Cosmopolis: "In Another Place, not Here"'. A joint conference poster with Daskalaki, M. and Butler, C. at the 2nd Annual Faculty of Business and Law Conference: Emerging Issues in Business and Law, Kingston University London, May 2011.

§  "Leading and Managing Change within the NHS". A presentation at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, Kingston University and St. George's University of London Workshop, Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, Kingston upon Thames, UK, July 2010.

§  "Leading and Managing Change within the NHS". A presentation at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, Kingston University and St. George's University of London Workshop, Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, Kingston upon Thames, UK, June 2010.

§  ‘"Kaleidoscope" of methodological choices: Case study research within the Realism paradigm'. Working paper and a presentation at the 16th University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS) Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton Business School, Compton, UK, May 2009.

§  "International joint venture (IJV) directors' contribution to board effectiveness: Learning from practice". Working paper and a presentation at the 7th University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS) Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton Business School, Compton, UK, June 2006.

§  "Role and contribution of a board director: Evidence from a Serbian-German joint venture". A presentation at the University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS) Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton Business School, Compton, UK, May 2004.

§  "Balancing the multiplicity of different international joint venture (IJV) partners' agendas: IJV directors' contribution to board effectiveness". A presentation at a University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS) Research Seminar, University of Wolverhampton Business School, Telford, UK, March 2003.

§  "International joint venture (IJV) boards: How do directors balance the multiplicity of partners' agendas?". Guest lecture (an invitation from Professor N. Kakabadse), Northampton Business School, Northampton, UK, February 2003.

§  "Strategic staffing of international joint ventures (IJVs): An integrative perspective for future research". A presentation at a University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS) Research Seminar, University of Wolverhampton Business School, Telford, UK, November 2002.

§  "New forms of international working". A guest lecture at CIPD International HR Workshop, University of Wolverhampton Business School, Compton, UK, November 2001,

§  "Britain's Most Visionary Companies", Presentation about Cranfield University's project, Institute of Directors, London, UK, September 2001.

§  "Revisiting International HRM - Alternatives to Expatriation", a guest lecture at Cranfield Executive MBA programme, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, UK, June 2001.

§  "New forms of international working". CReME Management Development Programme ‘Strategic International HRM', Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, UK, June 2001.

§  "Impact of globalisation on the role of HR professional", Presentation of the CIPD ‘Members Globalisation Survey' at CReME Research Forum, ORC Inc., London, UK, March 2001.

§  "New forms of International working". CReME Research Forum, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, UK, July 2000.

Qualifications and expertise

  • PhD in Strategic Leadership and Corporate Governance
  • MSc in Human Resource Management
  • BSc
  • MBA

Areas of specialism

  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic Leadership
  • International HRM

Research student supervision

Publications

Number of items: 18.

Article

Petrovic, Jelena (2018) Strategic leadership in an international joint venture context. Case Centre,

Petrovic, Jelena, Saridakis, George and Johnstone, Stewart (2018) An integrative approach to HRM–firm performance relationship : a missing link to corporate governance. Corporate Governance, 18(2), pp. 331-352. ISSN (print) 1472-0701

Daskalaki, Maria, Butler, Christina and Petrovic, Jelena (2016) Somewhere in-between : narratives of place, identity and translocal work. Journal of Management Inquiry, 25(2), pp. 184-198. ISSN (print) 1056-4926

Petrovic, Jelena (2009) Impact of the country context on board director role: the case of directors of international joint ventures based in Serbia. International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 4(3), pp. 207-221. ISSN (print) 1477-9048

Petrovic, Jelena (2008) Unlocking the role of a board director: a review of the literature. Management Decision, 46(9), pp. 1373-1392. ISSN (print) 0025-1747

Petrovic, Jelena, Kakabadse, Andrew and Kakabadse, Nada K. (2006) International joint venture (IJV) directors' contribution to board effectiveness: learning from the literature. Management Decision, 44(3), pp. 346-366. ISSN (print) 0025-1747

Petrovic, Jelena and Kakabadse, Nada K. (2003) Strategic staffing of international joint ventures (IJVs): an integrative perspective for future research. Management Decision, 41(4), pp. 394-406. ISSN (print) 0025-1747

Brewster, C., Harris, H. and Petrovic, Jelena (2001) Globally mobile employees: managing the mix. Journal of Professional HRM, 25, pp. 11-15. ISSN (print) 1360-6700

Book Section

Petrovic, Jelena, Kakabadse, Nada and Kakabadse, Andrew (2011) Board directors as elites in the context of international joint ventures. In: Kakabadse, Andrew and Kakabadse, Nada, (eds.) Global elites: the opaque nature of transnational policy determination. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 157-173. ISBN 9780230278738

Petrovic, Jelena, Kakabadse, Nada and Kakabadse, Andrew (2009) How do international joint venture (IJV) directors contribute to board effectiveness? Evidence from practice. In: Kakabadse, Andrew and Kakabadse, Nada, (eds.) Global boards: one desire, many realities. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 197-216. ISBN 9780230212121

Conference or Workshop Item

Petrovic, Jelena (2011) Case studies within the realist paradigm: learning from doing. In: The 7th International Meeting of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management (IAM): Management in Iberoamerican Countries: Cultural Perspective; 5-7 Dec 2011, Lima, Peru.

Petrovic, Jelena (2011) IJV board director role: myths and reality. In: The 2nd Annual Faculty of Business and Law Conference: Emerging Issues in Business and Law; 10 May 2011, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Daskalaki, Maria, Butler, Christina and Petrovic, Jelena (2011) Narrating cosmopolis: 'in another place, not here'. In: The 2nd Annual Faculty of Business and Law Conference: Emerging Issues in Business and Law; 10 May 2011, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Petrovic, Jelena (2009) Leadership capabilities in the context of international joint ventures. In: 5th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance (ECMLG); 5-6 Nov 2009, Athens, Greece.

Petrovic, Jelena (2009) Facing a "double paradox" of corporate governance: how directors of international joint ventures (IJV) board balance different IJV partners' agendas. In: The Eastern Academy of Management International Conference on Managing in a Global Economy (EAM-I) XIII: Management Challenges for a New World; 21-25 Jun 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Petrovic, Jelena (2007) Corporate governance in Serbia: IJV board directors' experience. In: 33rd European International Business Academy (EIBA) Annual Conference: International Business, Local Developments and Science-Technology Relationships; 13-15 Dec 2007, Catania, Italy.

Petrovic, Jelena (2006) International joint venture (IJV) directors' contribution to board effectiveness: learning from practice. In: European Institute for Advances Studies in Management (EIASM) 4th Workshop on International Strategy and Cross-Cultural Management; 29-30 Sep 2006, Toulouse, France.

Petrovic, Jelena, Kakabadse, Andrew and Kakabadse, Nada (2004) International joint venture (IJV) directors' role and contribution to board effectiveness. In: European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) 2nd Workshop on International Strategy and Cross-Cultural Management; 24-25 Sep 2004, Edinburgh, U.K.

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Business, knowledge transfer and international

I have been actively engaged in industry collaborations through the alumni network and the delivery of executive development programmes. 

Throughout the years I have developed and delivered a portfolio of executive development programmes in strategic and operational leadership, management and governance areas.

Examples include Volvo Cars, NIS Gazprom Neft, and Park Plaza Hotels. 

Qualifications and PROFESSIONAL expertise

  • aFCIPD
  • CMI
  • SFHEA

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