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Dr Pushkar Jha

Associate Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Pushkar is the Faculty Director of Post Graduate Research at Faculty of Business & Law. He is also the Northumbria PI/ University Lead for a UKRI- OfS funded project. This brings together five universities in the North-East of England to widen access, and promote outcomes for prospective and current students and staff of colour in postgraduate education. 

Pushkar has carried out crucial prior roles such as the director of learning and teaching, research and innovation champion and subject group leader. Over years he has led the development and execution of several successful initiatives directed at research and teaching capability enhancements. Pushkar has also led on redesign of UG and PG teaching programmes in the past.

His research spans areas of strategic learning, innovation, sustainable development, employee ownership and management of projects. With a PhD from Cass Business School in 2007, he has since published in Research Policy, R&D Management, Academy of Management Perspectives, World Development Perspectives, European Management Review, European Business Review and in International Journal of Project Management, among others. In August 2013, his co-authored paper in the Academy of Management Perspectives was recognized at one of the highest platforms in the field, winning the best published paper award at the 2013 annual meeting of the Academy of Management. He has also received the CMI award for the 2nd best paper of five winning articles, conferred in 2014. CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK that promotes standards in management and leadership excellence.

His research with department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and for John Lewis Partnerships, has been widely recognized as the drivers behind UK national government policy to promote employee owned businesses. His portfolio of prior business engagement and policy influencing research includes studies for the International Chambers of Commerce and EMI. Pushkar remains keen to expand his engagement with sustainability initiatives and research that can inform and orient policy in practice in this direction. He has coordinated, designed and delivered project studies for initiatives of the World Bank and the UNFPA in the past and continues to deploy this domain in informing his research work. With five doctoral completions, four as principal supervisor, he is actively seeking suitable candidates on projects that bring together innovation, strategy and sustainable development.



Jha, P.P. (forthcoming 2024) Development Disparity & Attainment Discrepancy: A return Migration Context (Accepted/In press). In: Academic Journal of Politics and Public Administration.

Jha, P.P. & Cottam, E. (2021) Embeddedness of Inter-Firm Ties and Knowledge Creation. European Management Review (8th March DOI:

Grant, D., Jha, P.P, Wanjiru, R. & Bhalla, A.(2020) Evolving willingness and ability interfaces: An innovation led transformation journey. International Journal of Innovation Studies 4(3):69-75

Jha, P.P. & Lorraine, J. (2020). Odd Couple Collaborations and Making them Tick! European Business Review 33(2) DOI (10.1108/EBR-08-2018-0138).

Jha, P.P. & Bhalla A. (2018). Life of a PAI: Mediation by willingness and ability for beneficiary community engagement. World Development-Perspectives 9: 27-34.

Lampel, J. & Jha, P. P. (2017). Inertia, aspirations, and response to attainment discrepancy in design contests. R&D Management 47(4): 557-569.

Dosanjh, N. & Jha, P. P. (2016). Shaping solutions from learnings in PAIs: a blueprint. The Learning Organization 23(6): 387-397.

Jha P.P.& Lampel J. (2014) Performance Feedback, Competitive Repertoire Simplicity, and Technological Evolution in a Design Contest, Research Policy 43 (2): 403-413.

Lampel J., Bhalla A. & Jha P.P. (2014). Does Governance Confer Organisational Resilience? Evidence from UK Employee Owned Businesses. European Management Journal 32(1): 66-72.

Jha, P. P. (2013). Ingenuity and Systematic Innovation in Poverty Alleviation Initiatives. JJBR, SAGE Publications 2(1): 59-65.

Lampel J. & Jha P.P. & Bhalla A. (2012). Test driving the Future. How Design Competitions are Changing Innovation. Academy of Management Perspectives 26 (2): 71-85.  [Best paper Academy of Management Perspectives, AOM 2013; CMI 2013/2014, Best Articles of the year, 2nd position].

Genus A. & Jha P.P. (2012). The Role of Inertia in Explanations of Project Performance: A Framework and Evidence from Project-Based Organizations. International Journal of Project Management 30 (1): 117-126.

Lampel J. Bhalla A. & Jha P.P. (2012). The Employee Owned Business Model During Growth and Adversity: How Well Does It Hold Up? European Business Review July- August: 20-23.


2014:   Are employee owned firms more resilient in the long-term? Inter-institutional Policy Research in collaboration with Cass Business School. 

The study was released on January 14, 2014 at a Cass symposium looking at Employee ownership in 21st century. The symposium was organised in partnership with the EOA, and RT Hon Danny Alexander MP, UK Treasury Secretary, delivered the keynote speech.

 2012:  The Employee Ownership Advantage: Benefits and Consequences, London: UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills,

2010: Model Growth: Do employee-owned businesses deliver sustainable performance? (Also, on Times Online) 

Launched at the House of Commons, policy symposium and quoted by the Deputy PM in EO policy launch – fundamental basis for the Nutall Review that saw the UK government pump over £150m in promoting Employee Ownership, and deliver a policy shift of tax relief and process simplification for transforming to EO form of business.   

2007: BASCAP Counterfeiting & Piracy IndexInternational Chambers of Commerce (ICC), Paris; keywords: Intellectual Property.,

The results of this survey were disseminated globally in Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and other international and national publications.

2006: Back to the Digital Future: The Role of Copyrights in Sustaining Creativity and Diversity in the Music Industry, Response to Lord Gowers Review (by invitation), London; sponsored by: EMI Music; keywords: Intellectual Property


2020: A perspective on migration and community engagement in Smart Cities. In Smart Cities—Opportunities and Challenges Springer, Singapore, pp.521-526.

 2008: Knowledge Integration and Resource Selection in the UK Film Industry. In: Scarborough, H, ed. The Evolution of Business Knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.137-160.

 2006: De nouvelles figures du projet en management Collection. In: Olivier GERMAIN, ed. Gestion en liberté.

 2004: Models of Project Orientation in Multi-Project Organizations. In: Pinto, JK; Morris, PWG, ed. The Wiley Guide to Managing Projects. New Jersey, USA: John Wiley & Sons, pp.223-236. 



  • Nicholas Burton: Architectural Co-Evolution and Correspondence in UK Personal Pensions.Northumbria University. PhD Awarded  2017(Principal Supervisor)
  • Dosanjh N.: Shaping an ambidextrous orientation: managerial activity configuration & top management influence. Northumbria University. PhD Awarded 2017 (Principal Supervisor)
  • Douglas Grant: Barriers to Public Sector Innovation. Northumbria University. DBA Awarded 2016 (Principal Supervisor)
  • Ed Cottam: Innovation in arm's length & embedded ties: A study of manufacturing SMEs in the North East of England. Northumbria University. PhD Awarded 2015. (Principal Supervisor)  
  • Muhammad Hassan: The Impact of Corporate Governance Reforms on Board Structure and Board Roles: An Empirical Study of Pakistani Listed Firms. Newcastle University. PhD Awarded 2014 (Second Supervisor)
Pushkar Jha

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  • Odd Couple Collaborations and Making them Tick!, Jha, P., Johnston, L. 15 Jan 2020, In: European Business Review
  • Life of a PAI: Mediation by willingness and ability for beneficiary community engagement, Jha, P., Bhalla, A. 18 May 2018, In: World Development Perspectives
  • Inertia, Aspirations, and Response to Attainment Discrepancy in Design Contests, Lampel, J., Jha, P. Sep 2017, In: R&D Management
  • Shaping solutions from learnings in PAIs: a Blueprint, Dosanjh, N., Jha, P. 12 Sep 2016, In: The Learning Organisation
  • Performance feedback, competitive repertoire simplicity, and technological evolution in a televised design contest, Jha, P., Lampel, J. 1 Mar 2014, In: Research Policy
  • Does governance confer organisational resilience? Evidence from UK employee owned businesses, Lampel, J., Bhalla, A., Jha, P. Feb 2014, In: European Management Journal
  • Ingenuity and Systematic Innovation in Poverty Alleviation Initiatives, Jha, P. 1 Jun 2013, In: Jindal Journal of Business Research
  • Test-Driving the Future: How Design Competitions Are Changing Innovation, Lampel, J., Jha, P., Bhalla, A. 2012, In: Academy of Management Perspectives
  • The role of inertia in explanations of project performance: A framework and evidence from project-based organizations, Genus, A., Jha, P. 2012, In: International Journal of Project Management
  • The Employee Owned Business Model During Growth and Adversity: How Well Does it Hold Up?, Lampel, J., Bhalla, A., Jha, P. Jul 2012, In: European Business Review

  • Nicholas Burton Architectural Co-Evolution and Correspondence in UK Personal Pensions Start Date: 10/07/2013 End Date: 03/10/2016
  • Thomas Cottam Innovation in Arm’s Length & Embedded Ties: A Study of Manufacturing SMEs in the North East of England Start Date: 10/07/2013 End Date: 05/04/2016
  • Nawtej Dosanjh Shaping an Ambidextrous Orientation: Managerial Activity Configuration & Top Management Influence Start Date: 07/10/2013 End Date: 27/02/2017
  • Douglas Grant Barriers to Public Sector Innovation Start Date: 23/09/2013 End Date: 25/02/2016
  • Nicholas Burton Architectural Co-Evolution and Correspondence in UK Personal Pensions Start Date: 10/07/2013 End Date: 03/10/2016

  • Management PhD June 30 2007
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2008

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