Staff profile


Dr Okey Okonkwo

Senior Lecturer

School: Christ Church Business School

Campus: Broadstairs

Tel: 01227 925181

Profile summary

Okey Okonkwo joined Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) in September 2012 as a lecturer in the Business School. He holds a PhD in Business Management with specialisation in Organisation and Management, and a MA in Human Resource Management, both from the University of Hamburg Germany. Okey also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (PGCLT) and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Prior to joining CCCU, Okey has worked in HR consulting and training & development within the private sector as well as taught human resource management in the university sector. He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). He has particular interest in strategic human resource management and development.

Research and knowledge exchange

His research interests generally relates to ‘Strategic Issues in Human Resource Management’,and he is currently working in the following areas:

  • Organisational learning, knowledge, and innovation
  • Talent Management
  • Corporate Sustainability and Human Resource Management

He is a member of Sustainability Research Group (SUSTAIN) within the Business School, and also a member of British Academy of Management (BAM), where he holds membership in a number of special interest groups such as HRM, Knowledge and Learning, Inter-Organisational Collaborations (Partnerships, Alliance and Networks) and Sustainable & Responsible Business.

Teaching and subject expertise

His teaching and subject expertise is in human resource management and organisational behaviour (HRM/OB). He has also developed expertise in the areas of strategic and international management, particularly on issues relating to people management in organisations. He currently teaches Human Resource Management, Employee Development & Employee Relations, Leadership & Management, and Business Simulations 

Publications and research outputs

Ebenade, K. and Okonkwo, O. (2022) Multi-level Impact of Digital CPD-Log on Workplace Learning. TAKE (Theory and Applications in the Knowledge Economy) 2022 Conference, 6th - 8th July 2022, Porto, Portugal.

Okonkwo, O. (2020) Learning and Innovation through Interfirm Alliances: The Role of Human Resource Development. In Loon, M., Stewart, J., & Nachmias (eds.) The Future of HRD, Volume II - Change, Disruption, and Action. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [ISBN:978-3-030-52458-6] 

Okonkwo, O. (2019) Types of Knowledge Transferred in Developed-Developing Country Inter-firm Collaborations – A Study of the Nigerian Oil Industry. EIASM (European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management) 34th Workshop on Strategic Human Resource Management, 25th – 26th April 2019, Vienna, Austria.

Okonkwo, O. (2018) Knowledge Transfer in Collaborations between Foreign and Indigenous Firms in the Nigerian Oil Industry: The role of Partners’ Motivational Characteristics. Thunderbird International Business Review1–14.  (

Okonkwo, O. and Adesina, S. (2016) “HRM, Employee Identity and Environmental Sustainability” EIASM (European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management) 31st Workshop on Strategic Human Resource Management, 25th – 26th April 2016, Segovia, Spain.

Okonkwo, O. (2015) "Talent Management in the UK Higher Education Institutions - Setting A Research Agenda" EIASM (European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management) 4th Workshop on Talent Management, 24th-25th September 2015, Valencia, Spain

Okonkwo, O. (2014) Knowledge Transfer between Asymmetric Partners: The Role of Motivational Factors”, Irish Academy of Management Conference, 3rd – 5th September 2014, Limerick, Ireland.

Morris, L. and Okonkwo, O. (2013) “An exploratory study examining work engagement amongst HRM focused Academics working in HEI’s”, British Academy of Management Conference, 10th-12th September 2013, Aintree, Liverpool, UK.

Okonkwo, O. (2011), Inter-partner Learning in Asymmetric Alliances between Foreign and indigenous Companies in the Nigerian Oil Industry. European University Studies Series 5: Economics and Management. Vol. 3379. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang Int. Publishing


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