Dr Smirti Kutaula


I have fifteen years of teaching and practitioner experience in the UK and overseas. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in HRM, teaching on a range of HRM related modules both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am the Year 5 Leader, BSc Business Management. Prior to joining Kingston Business School, I was a Lecturer in HRM and Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London (2011-15).

I completed my PhD (Scholarship) from Cardiff Business School examining psychological contract and HRM practices. I have developed a solid research leadership portfolio in areas of, psychological contract and sustainability, both within and outside of KU. I have published in leading management journals and practitioner magazines; Human Resource Management Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics and HR Magazine and, have won several awards at conferences worldwide.

I have a successful track record of winning internal and external grants. I received the First Grants Scheme funding for £8579 in 2015-16. I secured a combined grant from the Society for Advancement in Management Studies, KU, BAM and Surrey Business School, worth £10,800 in 2017. I won and led an EU-funded Designscapes project worth €5000 in 2018-19. 

I have sustained editorial experience, having successfully guest edited a Special Issue for Management Decision (2016-2018) and leading a Special Issue for Journal of Business Ethics (2020- ongoing). I am an Editorial Board Member for Human Relations (2020-23), and I regularly review for leading academic journals such as; British Journal of Management, Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Human Resource Management Review and Management Decision

For my research and teaching initiatives, I have received several awards such as; the Staff Social Entrepreneur Award 2017, Celebrate Enterprise and the Finalist for the Green Gown Awards, UK & Ireland, 2018 in the Staff Sustainability Champion category, organised by the Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC). 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Year 5 Leader, BSc Business Management


  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • PhD, Cardiff Business School
  • Postgraduate Diploma Social Sciences Research Methods (Merit), Cardiff University
  • Masters, Gold Medallist
  • BA Economics Hons, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University

Teaching and learning

Over the last 10 years, I have developed an award-winning learning and teaching (L&T) profile, grounded in research-led and inclusive curriculum pedagogy, recognised as an exemplar at university-wide accreditations and through several internal and external awards. The key aim of embedding sustainability in the curriculum is to increase sustainability literacy amongst students, which plays a pivotal role in employability, as most employers seek sustainability literate graduates.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • External Examiner, PG Diploma HRM, MSc Strategic HRM, MA HRM (Top up), Huddersfield Business School, 2015-2020

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Research Interests:

  • Psychological Contract 
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Sustainability and Fairtrade
  • HRM in Emerging Markets 

I welcome enquiries from prospective doctoral researchers interested in these areas.

External awards: My research has been consistently recognised by the scientific community through several awards:

  • Finalist, Carolyn Dexter Award for best International paper, Academy of Management Conference, Boston, USA, 2019   
  • Finalist, Green Gown Awards, UK & Ireland, 2018 
  • Distinguished Paper award in the doctoral thesis competition of the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA), 2016. 
  • Runners-up prize at the British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference, Newcastle 2016.
  • Best track paper award at the Fair Trade International Symposium, 2015, Milan, UK, Italy.
  • Best proposal award at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad Doctoral Colloquium, 2011. 

I have been invited as a guest speaker at many universities across the UK.

Research Supervision:

Reshma Prakash 

Scholarly affiliations

  • Editorial Board Member, Human Relations (2020-2023)
  • Commitee Member, HRM SIG, British Academy of Management
  • Track Chair, HRM SIG, British Academy of Management (2016-2019)
  • Member, Academy of Management


Number of items: 12.


Kutaula, Smirti, Gillani, Alvina, Leonidou, Leonidas C. and Palihawadana, Dayananda (2020) Exploring frontline employee-customer linkages : a psychological contract perspective. International Journal of Human Resource Management, ISSN (print) 0958-5192 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Gillani, Alvina, Kutaula, Smirti, Leonidou, Leonidas C. and Christodoulides, Paul (2019) The impact of proximity on consumer fair trade engagement and purchasing behavior : the moderating role of empathic concern and hypocrisy. Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN (print) 0167-4544 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Kutaula, Smirti, Gillani, Alvina and Budhwar, Pawan. S. (2019) An analysis of employment relationships in Asia using psychological contract theory : a review and research agenda. Human Resource Management Review, ISSN (print) 1053-4822 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Hilson, Gavin, Gillani, Alvina and Kutaula, Smirti (2018) Towards sustainable pro-poor development? A critical assessment of Fair Trade gold. Journal of Cleaner Production, 186, pp. 894-904. ISSN (print) 0959-6526

Gillani, Alvina and Kutaula, Smirti (2018) An introduction to special issue: sustainability and ethical consumerism. Management Decision, 56(3), pp. 511-514. ISSN (print) 0025-1747

Book Section

Kutaula, Smirti, Gillani, Alvina and Saunders, Mark N K (2016) Using storytelling to teach sampling techniques. In: Remenyi, Dan, (ed.) Innovation in the teaching of research methodology excellence awards : an anthology of case histories 2016. Reading, U.K. : Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited. pp. 88-98. ISBN 9781910810972

Kutaula, Smirti and Talwar, Vishal (2014) Integrating psychological contract and service-related outcomes in emerging economies: a proposed conceptual framework. In: Goyal, Anita, (ed.) Innovations in services marketing and management: strategies for emerging economies. Hershey, U.S. : IGI Global. pp. 291-306. (Advances in Marketing, Customer Relationship Management, and E-Services (AMCRMES)) ISSN (print) 2327-5502 ISBN 9781466646711

Conference or Workshop Item

Kutaula, Smirti, Gillani, Alvina, Leonidou, Leonidas C. and Christodoulides, Paul (2019) Personality as a driver of consumer fair trade engagement and ethically-minded behavior. In: 2019 Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting : Understanding the Inclusive Organization; 09 - 13 Aug 2019, Boston, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Gillani, Alvina, Kutaula, Smirti and Foxall, Gordon (2017) Reward now or reward later: discounting in the context of fairtrade consumer behaviour. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2017: Re-Connecting Management Research with the Disciplines: Shaping the Research Agenda for the Social Sciences; 05 -07 Sep 2017, Coventry, U.K..

Kutaula, Smirti, Gillani, Alvina and Saunders, Mark N.K. (2016) Using storytelling to teach sampling techniques. In: 1st Innovation in Teaching Research Methodology Awards at 15th European Conference on Research Methodology (ECRM) for Business and Management Studies; 09-10 Jun 2016, Kingston upon Thames, U.K..

Gillani, Alvina and Kutaula, Smirti (2016) Exploring behavioural changeability in fair trade consumption. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2016: Thriving in Turbulent Times; 6-8 Sep 2016, Newcastle, U.K.. ISBN 9780954960896

Kutaula, Smirti and Gould-Williams, Julian Seymour (2013) Facet-based organization support, psychological contract and intention to quit: an empirical study. In: 2013 Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting: Capitalism in Question; 9-13 Aug 2013, Orlando, U.S..

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Business, knowledge transfer and international

For my research activities, I collaborate with a number of policymakers and social enterprises. I secured external funding as a lead investigator. March-May 2019. €5000 European Union-funded project entitled Designscapes - Design-Enabled Innovation in Urban Environments. The main aim of the project was to conduct a feasibility study on developing a mobile app which will connect people to information pertaining to FT products available in shops, cafes and supermarkets. This benefitted local businesses selling FT products as it would provide an opportunity to promote their products and ethical ethos. 

Leadership and management

I have extensive academic experience in leading and managing course teams as a BSc Business Management Year 5 Leader (2020-ongoing), Course Director (CD) for BSc Human Resource Management (2015-19), Assistant CD for BSc Business Management (2015-19) and Department Quality Assurance and Enhancement representative (2019-20). 

University responsibilities

  • BSc Business Management Year 5 Leader (2020-ongoing)

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