Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Benjamin Bader

Deputy Head of Leadership, Work and Organisation and Senior Lecturer in international HRM


Benjamin is Deputy Head of the Leadership, Work and Organisation Subject Group. Before joining Newcastle University in 2018, he was Professor of Strategic Management and Organization at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. He received a Ph.D. degree with distinction from the University of Hamburg, Germany. His research interests include expatriate management, international leadership, and diversity management. A special emphasis of his research is on people management in hostile environments as well as the Future of Work. He has published several refereed journal articles as well as an edited volume on expatriate management. His articles appear in journals such as Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of International Management, International Business Review, among others.

Benjamin has guest-edited several Special Issues and is currently serving as an Associate Editor at the International Journal of Human Resource Management and is approaching the end of his term as Associate Editor at the Journal of International Management. Having lived and worked in several countries, including the United States, Canada, Denmark, Germany, and the UK, he has first-hand experience of what it means to be an expatriate. This is also reflected in his teaching. Besides teaching at Newcastle University, he has been invited as a visiting professor or external lecturer at universities around the world, including Simon Fraser University (Canada) and Handelshochschule Leipzig (HHL, Germany). In 2016 he received the best teaching award from Leuphana University Lüneburg for a post-graduate seminar. In Newcastle, he was nominated for the prestigious The Education Awards 2019-2020 and shortlisted, among two other colleagues, in the Outstanding Contribution to Teaching – HaSS Faculty category. Basis for this great success was his MBA module on Organisations and People Management.

Benjamin also is a strategic advisor to the RES Forum, an independent community for international HR & mobility professionals that is now the largest and most active network, specializing in global mobility survey data, modelling and analytics. He is also an advisory board member of the Lean Group, Germany. In order to increase the practical value of his research, he regularly publishes executive summaries and reports targeting practitioners. Moreover, his work has been featured in practitioner outlets, such as People Management, HR Magazine, and the Financial Times.


My research covers a broad range of topics around managing people. In particular, while having written my doctoral thesis about expatriation in high risk countries, my focus has extended. I am interested in general topics of (international) leadership and a variety of questions related to organizational behavior. This particularly includes elements of digital leadership and the impact of digitalization on HRM.

In my work I have incorporated a broad range of theories, from a variety of fields and mainly apply quantitative methods. Consequently, I work with primary data gathered primarily through questionnaire surveys

I was principal investigator on a DFG (German Research Foundation) funded Research Grant from 2013-2016, which examined expatriate management.

I am interested in collaborating on research projects with colleagues who share my research interests and are willing to passionately work on these topics.


I am currently involved in teaching Human Resource Management at undergraduate level and am module leader for the GHRM dissertation. I currently supervise three doctoral students.

I am interested in supervising prospective PhD students on research projects that involve international human resource management, leadership, and people-related questions of international business - please drop me a line to discuss potential topics and funding opportunities.