Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh

Professor Department: Management Professional Activities: On-board Status: Available

Work Experience

  • Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Mar-2021 to PRESENT)
  • Associate Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jul-2019 to Mar-2021)
  • Associate Professor at American University Ras Al Khaimah UAE (Aug-2017 to Jun-2019)
  • Associate Professor at Kind Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia (Feb-2014 to Jul-2017)
  • Senior Lecturer at University of East London (Jan-2011 to Dec-2014)
  • Assistant Professor at Abu Dhabi University (Aug-2009 to Dec-2010)
  • Lecturer at University of Nottingham (Sep-2007 to Aug-2009)
  • at University of Nottingham (Oct-2005 to Jun-2007)
  • at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (Sep-2001 to Apr-2004)


  • PhD (Human Resource Management), University of Nottingham - 2009
  • MBA (Human Resource Management), Kennesaw State University, USA - 1997
  • BSc (Textile Engineering), Southern Poly State University, USA - 1995

Research Interests

  • Human Resource Management

Courses Taught


Research Output

  • Basharat Hussain, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh, Julie Repper, Theodore Stickley, Stephens Timmons, Mahmood Hussain Shah "Using Social Identity Theory to Understand Mental Health Illnesses Among People of Minority Ethnic Identity in the UK", Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Feb 17, 2021
  • Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh, Atif Butt, Basharat Hussain, Stephen Timmons "Dodgy Labour Market Dichotomy: the Repercussions of Sneaky Labour Intermediaries on Employees’ Constitutional Rights", Labor History, Dec 28, 2020
  • Munwar Hussain Pahi, Umair Ahmed, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh, Sarfraz Ahmed Dakhan, Faiz Muhammad Khuwaja, Thurasamy Ramayah "Leadership and Commitment to Service Quality in Pakistani Hospitals: The Contingent Role of Role Clarity", Sage Open, Oct 10, 2020
  • Muhammad K. Anser, Zahid Yousaf, Muhammad A. Khan, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh, Abdelmohsen A. Nassani, Muhammad Moinuddin Q. Abro, Dr. Khalid Zaman "Communicable Diseases (including COVID-19) –induced Global Depression: Reason to Inadequate Healthcare Expenditures, Population Density, and Mass Panic", Frontiers in Public Health, Jul 08, 2020
  • Basharat Hussain, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh, Stephen Timmons, Julie Repper, Theodore Stickley "Workforce Diversity, Diversity Training and Ethnic Minorities: The Case of the UK National Health Service", International Journal of Cross-cultural Management, Jul 07, 2020
  • Sheraz A. Choudhary, Khalid Zaman, M. Azhar Khan, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh, Mohammad K. Jabor, M. Safarin bin Nordin, Abdelmohsen A. Nassani, Saad M. Alotaibi, uhammad. M. Q. Abro, Xuan V. Vo "Role of Information and Communication Technologies on the War against Terrorism and on the Development of Tourism: Evidence from a Panel of 28 Countries", Technology in Society, Jun 22, 2020
  • Ghulam Ali Arain, Imran Hameed, Waheed Umrani, Abdul Kareem Khan, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh "Consequences of Supervisor Knowledge Hiding in Organizations: A Multilevel Mediation Analysis", Applied Psychology: An International Review, Jun 10, 2020
  • Ese Okpebholo, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh "Optimization of the Non-monetary Reward Provisions: Evidence from the UK Banking Sector", IBA Business Review, May 30, 2020, Pakistan
  • Muhammad K. Anser, Zahid Yousaf, Sanil S. Hishan, Abdelmohsen A. Nassani, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh, Xuan V. Vo, Khalid Zaman, Muhammad M. Q. Abro "Dynamic Linkages between Transportation, Waste Management, and Carbon Pricing: Evidence from the Arab World", Journal of Cleaner Production, May 30, 2020
  • Waheed Umrani, Sanober Shaikh, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh, Faiz Muhammad Khuwaja, Sheraz Mustafa Rajput "Allied Power Solutions (APS): A Decision Dilemma", Case studies on Contemporary Practices in Management and HR, Mar 02, 2020
  • Atif Saleem Butt, Syed Hamad Hassan Shah, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh "Is Guanxi Important in a Buyer-Supplier Relationship? Case of Chinese Logistics Industry", Journal of Asia Business Studies, Jan 06, 2020
  • Murad Ali, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh, Imran Ali, Piao Jinji, Muhammad Saleem Sumbal "The Moderating Effect of Supervisor–Subordinate Quanxi on the Relationship between Transformational Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness", Journal of East-West Business, Dec 23, 2019
  • Ghulam Ali, Imran Hameed, Waheed Umrani, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh "Whether and How Subordinates Passively Respond to Top-Down Knowledge Hiding in Organizations", Academy of Management Proceedings 2019, Aug 03, 2019, Boston, United States
  • Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh, Tuaneri Akoto "Impact of Workplace Bullying on Workers’ Free Will to Communicate", International Journal of Employment Studies, Jan 01, 2018
  • Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh "Political Economy of Agency Employment: Flexibility or Exploitation?", World Review of Political Economy, Jul 01, 2017
  • Nana Appafram, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh "The Utilization of Repatriate Knowledge by Multinational Companies: An Interview Study", International Journal of Employment Studies, Jan 01, 2016
  • Alexander Newman, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh "Determinants of Best HR Practices in Chinese SMEs", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Aug 12, 2014
  • Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh "The Implications of Pay-rolling Agency System for Workers Statutory Rights in Pakistan", Journal of Social Policy, Apr 01, 2013
  • Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh, Alexander Newman, Salwa Abdul-Fattah Al Azzeh "Transformational Leadership and Job Involvement in the Middle East: The Moderating Role of Individually-Held Cultural Values", International Journal of Human Resource Management, Mar 01, 2013
  • Alexander Newman, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh "Organizational Rewards and Employee Commitment: A Chinese Study", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Jan 20, 2012
  • Alexander Newman, Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh "Organizational Commitment in Chinese Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: The Role of Extrinsic, Social and Intrinsic Rewards", International Journal of Human Resource Management, Jan 01, 2012
  • Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh "Outsourcing of Employers’ Responsibilities in the False Name of Flexibility", Employee Relations, Aug 17, 2010
  • Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh "Beyond ‘Agency Employment’ in Pakistan: The outsourcing of employers’ responsibilities to employment agencies", New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, Jan 01, 2008


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