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Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna

Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna

Professor of Management and Organization

Cardiff Business School

+44 (0)29 2087 5212
Room C56, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU


Emmanuel Ogbonna is Professor of Management and Organization at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.  He gained his PhD from University of Wales Cardiff in 1990. His doctoral thesis explored the organizational cultural implications of the strategic directions of leading companies in the UK supermarket sector in the late 1980s.  He joined Cardiff Business School as a lecturer in 1990 and progressed through the ranks and was appointed to his present professorial position in 2002.  His research interests cut across the fields of organization studies, strategy, marketing and human resource management.  His recent research interests have been in the areas of organizational culture, equality, diversity and inclusion, and his work has explored the position of Black and minority ethnic communities in the labour market.  He was part of a team that completed a recent British Academy and Chartered Management Institute sponsored research project on diversity in the management pipelines of FTSE 100 organizations.  He is currently extending his work in this area to include the impacts of a range of intra-organizational interventions (such as leadership, organizational culture and management control) on equality, diversity and inclusion.  He has published over 100 scholarly papers, monographs and edited collections, many of which are leading-edge contributions in high-ranking international outlets.  Emmanuel is currently a Trustee and vice-chair of Race Council Cymru.  He lives in Cardiff and is married with two daughters and has recently become a grandfather.

Honours and awards

Emmanuel's work has received several national and international citations of excellence including Best paper in services research (USA), top 50 most read management articles, most downloaded articles and several articles that have been ranked as editors’ choices.  Emmanuel is a current or past member of the Editorial Boards of many of the leading management journals and he has served in advisory and consulting capacities to a range of national and international organizations and agencies.  He was recently invited to join the Advisory Board of the new Covid Recovery Commission under the leadership of John Allan (Chairman of Tesco Plc) and he is currently advising the five UK Sport Councils on their review of race equality in sports.  He has also held a number of Ministerial appointments in Wales including: member of Deputy Minister of Wales and Chief Whip’s Women in STEM education subgroup, member of First Minister of Wales BAME COVID-19 Advisory Group, chair of First Minister of Wales Black, Asian and minority ethnic COVID-19 Socio-economic subgroup, and chair of the Steering Group leading the development of the first All Wales Race Equality Action Plan.  

Professional memberships

Emmanuel is a Fellow of the Chartered Insitute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD)

Speaking engagements

Selected speaking engagements since 2020

  • 2 June 2021: ‘COVID-19 and BME Communities’, Manchester Business School Annual Doctoral Conference.
  • 11 May 2021: ‘Business Schools and External Communication’,  Chartered Association of Business Schools Annual Research Conference
  • 9 November 2020: ‘Creating a Culture of Inclusivity’, Chartered Association of Business Schools Annual Research Conference 
  • 15 October 2020: ‘Managing Organisational Culture: Lessons from COVID-19 and BLM’, Manchester Industrial Relations Society. 


































Teaching commitments

  • Managing People (MSc)
  • Advanced Issues in Management Research (Doctoral students) 

Research interests

  • Culture in organizations
  • Employee deviance and sabotage
  • Ethnic Minorities and organizations
  • Inter-organizational Relationships
  • Marketing and Organizational Behaviour interface

PhD supervision research interests

  • Culture in organizations
  • Employee deviance and sabotage
  • Ethnic minorities and organizations
  • Inter-organizational relationships
  • Marketing and organizational behaviour interface


Past projects

Successful Doctoral Supervisions


  • Lloyd C. Harris: ‘A Study of Organizational Culture Factors Associated with market Orientation’, Lead Supervisor, Awarded in 1997


  • Jason Enwefah: ‘Human Resource Management in Developing Countries: A Study of Multinational Companies in the Nigerian Oil Industry’, Lead Supervisor, Awarded in 2001


  • Jossy Matthew: ‘Organizational Culture and Effectiveness: A Three Perspective Analysis’, Lead Supervisor, Awarded in 2008


  • Ntombenhle Nombela: ‘Cultures of Inequality: Exploring Gender, Race and Class in a South African University’, Lead Supervisor, Awarded in 2015


  • Emeka Anagboso: ‘Exploring Employee Perceptions of Identity and Culture: A Case of Shell Nigeria’, Lead Supervisor, Awarded in 2017


  • Anthonia Adesina: ‘Diversity Officers: Symbols of Diversity-Oriented Organizational Culture Change Programmes’, Lead Supervisor, Awarded in 2017

  • Theresa Chika-James: ‘The Implications of Organization-Host Community Relationships on Organizational Culture Management: The Case of a Nigeria Oil and Gas Company’, Lead Supervisor, Awarded in 2017


  • Meshal Aldhobaib: ‘The Relationship Between Organizational Culture and Individual Behaviour in Saudi Arabia’, Lead Supervisor, Awarded in 2018.