Dr Smirti Kutaula


I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Kingston Business School. Prior to joining Kingston, I worked at Birkbeck, University of London. I also served as an examiner for the MSc and PG Diploma in Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management programmes, University of London International Academy from 2011 to 2015. I have extensive practitioner experience as an HR professional in various organisations in India. 

I have completed my doctoral project in examining the antecedents and outcomes of psychological contract fulfillment in the Indian context from Cardiff Business School on a funded studentship. My doctoral paper was awarded the best proposal award at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad Doctoral Colloquium, 2011. 

I received internal funding under the First Grants Scheme for £8579 for a project titled "Is psychological contract a universal or a culturally-bound concept?" in 2015-16. I also received the Distinguished Paper award in the doctoral thesis competition of the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) 2016.  

I co-organised a one-day developmental workshop on Sustainability and Ethical consumption with British Academy of Management and Surrey Business School, following which I guest-edited a special issue for Management Decision, a leading scholarly management journal. My case submission with Professor Mark Saunders (University of Birmingham) and Dr. Alvina Gillani (Surrey Business School) titled "Using storytelling to teach sampling techniques", received the runners-up prize for Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards (15th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business Management, June 2016, Kingston, UK). Further, my paper was adjudged runners-up for the best developmental paper at the British Academy of Management Conference, Newcastle, 2016. I also received a SAMS grant worth £5000 for organising a research methodology summer school in July 2017. I was awarded the for Staff Social Entrepreneur Award 2017, Celebrate Enterprise, an annual event which celebrates and raises the profile of enterprise and entrepreneurship across the university. Recently, I was awarded as a Green Gown Award finalist 2018 in the Staff Sustainability Champion category for my teaching, learning and research initiatives in the area of Fairtrade and Ethical consumption.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management


  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • PhD, Cardiff Business School
  • Masters, Gold Medallist
  • BA Economics Hons, Delhi University

Teaching and learning



Number of items: 11.


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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