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Dr. Abdullah Z. Sheikh

Published Work
IBA faculty co-authors a paper on Performance Measurement and Management in the British Higher Education Sector

Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh, Professor, Department of Management, School of Business Studies (SBS), has co-authored a research paper titled, 'Performance Measurement and Management in the British Higher Education Sector' published in the 'Quality & Quantity International Journal of Methodology' which can be accessed here.

Theoretical enquiry and empirical studies demonstrate the significance of performance management (PM) in the higher education sector and it is a fulcrum for developing a strategic role for people management within universities. In spite of the perceived weaknesses of people management in the higher education sector, in general, the current period of rapid and substantial contextual change may necessitate greater formalisation of HR practices across the British higher education sector. In addition to the changing role of the HR function and line managers, these developments may result in an increasingly stringent performance regime across the sector, especially in more hard-pressed institutions. Through a literature review and a pilot study, this paper attempts to address two main research questions: (i) what are the current performance management practices in the British Higher Education sector? and (ii) what needs to be done to strategically align these practices within HEIs in the UK? This paper discusses the wider literature related to performance management in general and to academic institutions in particular. We also undertook a small-scale qualitative study to explore the views of HR professionals on the need for, and the current performance measurement systems in their universities in the UK. The preliminary findings confirmed that PM is a key issue in the respondents' institutions, with substantial and recent changes in policy. This underscores the need for a large-scale research agenda to capture the current dynamics of change the sector is undergoing. The paper concludes by stimulating a policy debate and placing a number of research calls, along with suggestions on how these research questions may be investigated.

Research Publication
IBA faculty co-authors a paper on labour market dichotomy

Dr. Abdullah Z. Sheikh, Associate Professor, Department of Management, co-authors a research paper "Dodgy Labour Market Dichotomy: The Repercussions of Sneaky Labour Intermediaries on Employees' Constitutional Rights" Labor History, which was published in A category (ABDC) & W category (HEC) accredited journal.



The flexibility inherent in temporary agency work allows employers to cut labour cost in a variety of ways. Recurring themes in the employment literature draw attention to the duality of the labour market rooted in type-of-contract segmentation. This duality in the labour market carries with it a number of undesirable consequences. Drawing on qualitative data from six case studies in Pakistan, this paper reports on an in-depth study of deceitful labour market intermediaries, through which employers attempt to bypass statutory obligations concerning workers' constitutional rights. A case study inquiry, based on qualitative interviews, suggested that the agencies were 'created' or 'arranged' to illustrate indirectness of employment relationship by misclassifying effectively permanent employees as 'agency workers'. The evidence points towards a growing trend for agencies to be, simply, a sham arrangement. This study broadens our comprehension about the nature of temporary agency employment and subsequent labour market duality in Pakistan, beyond the traditional functional model of legitimate labour market intermediaries. Precarious work in Pakistan, a large and growing economy, shares many features in common with the rest of the world. These findings offer useful policy and social implications for national and multinational companies.

Dr Abdullah Z. Sheikh – Publications in Academic Year 2019-2020

Journal Papers

Arain, G, Hameed, I, Umrani, W, Khan, A, and Sheikh, A (2020) "Consequences of Supervisor Knowledge Hiding in Organizations: A Multilevel Mediation Analysis" Applied Psychology: An International Review, DOI:
A Journal (ABDC, Australia), 3 Star (ABS, UK) Clarivate Analytics, Impact Factor: 3.265

Hussain, B, Sheikh, A, Timmons, S, Repper, J and Stickley, T (2020) "Workforce diversity, diversity training and ethnic minorities: The case of the UK National Health Service"' International Journal of Cross-cultural Management, 20 (2), PP. 201-221, DOI:
B Journal (ABDC, Australia), Clarivate Analytics: ESCI

Butt, A., Shah, H and Sheikh, A (2020) "Is Guanxi Important in a Buyer-Supplier Relationship? Case of Chinese Logistics Industry" Journal of Asia Business Studies, 14 (1), pp: 1-14
ABS, UK; ABDC, Australia; Clarivate Analytics: ESCI

Anser MK, Yousaf Z, Hishan SS, Nassani AA, Sheikh AZ, Vo XV, Zaman K and Qazi Abro MM, (2020) "Dynamic Linkages between Transportation, Waste Management, and Carbon Pricing: Evidence from the Arab World" Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol 269, DOI:
A Journal (ABDC, Australia), 2 Star (ABS, UK), Clarivate Analytics, Impact Factor: 6.395

Choudhary AS, Khan AM, Sheikh AZ, Jabor KM, Nordin SM, Nassani AA, Alotaibi MS, Qazi Abro MM, Vo XV and Zaman K (2020) "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, Vol 62, DOI:
ABDC, Australia; Clarivate Analytics, SSCI: Impact Factor: 1.670

Okpebholo, E and Sheikh, A (2020) "Optimization of the Non-Monetary Reward Provisions: Evidence from the UK Banking Sector" Business Review, 15 (1) pp: 1-18 (IBA Karachi Journal)

Ali, M., Sheikh, A., Ali, I., Jinn, P and Sumbal, M (2019) "The moderating effect of supervisor–subordinate guanxi on the relationship between transformational leadership and organizational effectiveness' Journal of East-West Business, 26 (2), pp: 161-192
ABS, UK; ABDC, Australia; Clarivate Analytics: ESCI

Book Chapter

Umrani, W, Shaikh, S, Sheikh, A, Khuwaja, M and Memon, P (2020) APS: A Decision Dilemma in Case studies on Contemporary Practices in Management and HR Martison Publishers, United Kingdom, pp.119-128, DOI: 10.33166/978-1-9163014-0-5/c13

Conference Paper

Arain, G, Hameed, I, Umrani, W and Sheikh, A (2019) "Whether and How Subordinates Passively Respond to Top-Down Knowledge Hiding in Organizations" Academy of Management Proceedings Vol. 2019, No. 1, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, USA, August