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Dr Pushkar Jha

Associate Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Pushkar Jha is a Reader at NBS, seeking to support the momentum of NBS’s growth as a research-oriented school. He has been pro-active in all around development of the school with roles such as the director of learning and teaching (EIS), research and innovation champion, subject group leader and has also been involved in redesign of UG and PG programmes. 

His research spans areas of strategic learning, innovation, sustainable development, employee ownership and management of projects. With a PhD from  Cass Business School in 2007, he has since published in Research Policy, Academy of Management Perspectives, World Development Perspectives and in International Journal of Project Management, among others. In August 2013, his co-authored paper in the Academy of Management Perspectives was recognized at the highest platform in the field, winning the best published paper award at the 2013 annual meeting of the Academy of Management. He has also received the CMI award for the 2nd best paper of five winning articles, conferred in 2014. CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK that promotes standards in management and leadership excellence.

His co-authored research pieces for department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and for John Lewis Partnerships, have been widely recognized as the drivers behind UK national government policy to promote employee owned businesses, launched formally on 4th of July, 2013. His portfolio of prior business engagement and policy influencing research includes studies for the International Chambers of Commerce and EMI.

Pushkar remains keen to expand his engagement with sustainability initiatives and research that can inform and orient policy in practice in this direction. He has coordinated, designed and delivered project studies for such initiatives of the World Bank and the UNFPA in the past and continues to deploy this domain in informing his research work. With five doctoral completions, four as principal supervisor, he is actively seeking suitable candidates on projects that  bring together innovation, strategy and sustainable development.

Pushkar Jha


  • Management PhD June 30 2007
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2013

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Odd Couple Collaborations and Making them Tick!, Jha, P., Johnston, L. 13 Sep 2019, In: European Business Review
  • Life of a PAI, Jha, P., Bhalla, A. 18 May 2018, In: World Development Perspectives
  • Inertia, Aspirations, and Response to Attainment Discrepancy in Design Contests, Lampel, J., Jha, P. Sep 2017, In: R&D Management
  • Shaping solutions from learnings in PAIs: a Blueprint, Dosanjh, N., Jha, P. 12 Sep 2016, In: The Learning Organisation
  • Does governance confer organisational resilience? Evidence from UK employee owned businesses, Lampel, J., Bhalla, A., Jha, P. Feb 2014, In: European Management Journal
  • Performance Feedback, Aspirations, and Inertia in Team Based Learning, Lampel, J., Jha, P. Aug 2012
  • Test-Driving the Future: How Design Competitions Are Changing Innovation, Lampel, J., Jha, P., Bhalla, A. 2012, In: Academy of Management Perspectives
  • The Employee Owned Business Model During Growth and Adversity: How Well Does it Hold Up?, Lampel, J., Bhalla, A., Jha, P. Jul 2012, In: European Business Review
  • The Employee Ownership Advantage: Benefits and Consequences, Lampel, J., Bhalla, A., Jha, P. 2012
  • The role of inertia in explanations of project performance: A framework and evidence from project-based organizations, Genus, A., Jha, P. 2012, In: International Journal of Project Management


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