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!
Associate Professor, Director of Postgraduate HRM programmes
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
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
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.