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Dr Pratima Sambajee


Strategy and Organisation

Personal statement

I am a lecturer in International Business  focussing on International and Cross-cultural Management. After graduating from the University of Sunderland with a PhD in Culture, I joined the Department of Strategy and Organisation in 2011. I started as a teaching associate lecturing and coordinating a number of undergraduate classes. Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde, I also taught and coordinated a wide range of International Business/Management classes at postgraduate level. In 2013, I took on a lectureship in International Business. Alongside teaching, I am now actively engaged in research with interests in the UK/EU contexts and on Emerging Economies such as sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).  My research in the UK/EU focuses on migrant interaction at work and the resulting organisational transformations.

My interest in sub-Saharan Africa stems from my PhD which was carried out on Mauritius. I am particularly interested in management systems operating in these contexts and how they diverge and/or converge with existing models. Africa is undergoing major changes and one of these has been the increase in Chinese investment in the continent. In this line, I have also begun exploring the relationship between China and Africa focussing on cross-cultural management issues and the dynamics of entrepreneurial activities at grassroot level. My proposal titled "From informal to small and medium enterprise sector: an analysis of management practices employed by SMEs in Mauritius" won a highly commended award at the 2013 Emerald Africa Management Research Fund. I welcome research ideas and collaborations on the above topics from fellow academics as well as students at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

Outside work, my personal hobbies include cooking, socialising with friends and family, long walks and travelling.


The dynamics of language and ethnicity in Mauritius
Sambajee Pratima
International Journal of Cross Cultural Management Vol 16, pp. 215-229, (2016)
Government and SMEs in the Maldives and Mauritius
Sambajee Pratima, Dhomun Mehdi Zulficar Azad
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research Vol 21, pp. 778-795, (2015)
Rethinking non-traditional resistance at work : the case of the Indian Diaspora in Mauritius
Sambajee Pratima
Culture and Organization Vol 21, pp. 386-408, (2015)

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I am the subject leader for International Business. I teach Managing in a global context, International Business Analysis,Managing accross Cultures and Frontiers and Contemporary Issues and Trends in International Business. I have previously also taught the third year Events Management class.

Research interests

I am interested in understanding the dynamics of management accross cultures and more particularly non-western contexts. On one hand,my research looks at migrant workers in the UK/EU and how they cope with working away from 'home' while on the other hand, I am very interested in exploring management systems which do not pertain to mainstream western models. Hence why my current research takes on the case of Africa and China, two emerging economies from whom there is a lot to discover.

Professional activities

EURAM Annual Conference
Africa Research Group
Nottingham University (External organisation)

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Policy Implementation in the Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) sector in Kenya since 2008
Sambajee, Pratima (Principal Investigator)
Research between 2008 and 2014 shows ongoing problems faced by MSEs in Kenya, much similar to those faced prior to 2008 despite the introduction of pro-MSE initiatives under Vision 2030. These include recurring problems around access to credit (Atieno, 2009a, 2009b; Mwangi, 2010; Odongo, 2013; Wanambisi & Bwisa, 2013; Kiboki et al, 2014), business skills development (Kimweli, 2009; Okumu, 2010; Messah & Wangai, 2011; Osanjo, 2012; Ngugi & Bwisa, 2013), marketing (Kimani et al, 2009; Kithae et al, 2012; Ruhiu et al, 2014), access to information and technology (Mosomi, 2011; Mon’gare, 2013; Kithae et al, 2013), growth and innovation (Daniels 2010; Kiraka et al, 2013), women entrepreneurs (Wawire & Nafukwo, 2010; Messah & Wangai, 2011; Mwangi, 2014) and internationalisation (Gitau & Otuya, 2014). These are evidence that MSE policy changes and initiatives in Vision 2030 have not started to reap the benefits anticipated. Recommendations by these researchers have been to advise for further policy amendments including increasing state economic support. Little is known about the problems around implementation of these pro-MSE policies to the exception of a recent work of Moyi (2014) on MSE associations. Exploring the process of policy implementation is well grounded in Western practice but rare in the African case (Juma & Clark, 1995). The seminal work of Pressman and Wildavsky on policy implementation identified implementation as crucial (Pressman & Wildavsky, 1973). Furthermore, Juma and Clark’s work on Policy Research in sub-Saharan Africa stated that ‘implementers interact with policy-makers by adapting new policies, co-opting the embodied project designs or simply ignoring new policies, hence underscoring the fact that implementers are crucial actors whose actions determine the success or failure of policy initiatives’ (p.126). This research thus proposes to adopt an implementation perspective in order to provide explanations for the observed underperformances of the MSE sector. This will contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics between policy and its beneficiaries by involving implementers.
Period 01-May-2015 - 01-May-2016
Practices and strategies leading to Formalisation of Informal Businesses in Mauritius
Sambajee, Pratima (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2014 - 31-Oct-2015

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Strategy and Organisation
Stenhouse Wing

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