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Dr Alexandra Budjanovcanin
Ali Budjanovcanin is Senior Lecturer in Work Psychology and Public Sector Management at King's Business School.

Dr Alexandra Budjanovcanin

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Senior Lecturer in Work Psychology and Public Sector Management

Programme Director, Professional and Executive Education. Deputy Director, Public Policy and Management MSc.

Research subject areas

  • Human Resource Management

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Ali Budjanovcanin is Senior Lecturer in Work Psychology and Public Sector Management at King's Business School. Prior to her role in the Business School, she was employed as a Senior Research Associate at the NIHR funded Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre.

Ali’s research focuses on the scholarly study of careers, examining the implications of occupational choice across the career lifecycle (studying occupational regret and other indicators of career adjustment) and is particularly interested in the unfolding of professional careers.

Ali also researches leadership, focusing on observing leaders at intersections. Currently, she is studying organisational leaders whose roles straddle the virtual and physical realms, and academic leaders whose leadership practice is informed by multiple identities (academic and management). Her research seeks to understand how leaders can more effectively enact their roles in a rapidly changing world and has applied this learning in the design of leadership programmes within the executive education and coaching she delivers. Ali’s expertise in leadership and careers spans both public and private sector settings.

Ali contributes to several programmes within the Business School, lecturing primarily on leadership for executive audiences, and at masters and undergraduate levels. She has designed and delivered impactful leadership modules at all levels contributing to the Public Policy and Management MSc and Business Management BSc.

She is a Programme Director for professional and executive education within the Business School, on the Emotional Intelligence for Leadership and Leadership and People Management programmes, as well as on custom leadership development offerings.

Ali holds a certificate in coaching from Birkbeck University and is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner (EQ-i 2.0 & EQ 360) and NEO test user – all of which she practices in her executive education role.

Ali has worked with a broad range of institutions including: the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Church of England, Women in Law London, the UK Atomic Energy Authority, and the NHS. She has been published in leading journals including International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Work Employment and Society and British Journal of Industrial Relations, as well as featuring in industry journals including the Pharmaceutical Journal, HR Magazine and The Law Society Gazette.

Her research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust and she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Ali joined the Business School in 2011 after receiving her PhD from King’s College London and works within both the Human Resource Management and Employment Relations and the Public Services Management and Organisation department. Prior to joining King’s Business School, Ali worked as a Senior Research Associate in the NIHR funded King’s Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre, where she investigated ways to improve patient care, focusing on workforce issues in the NHS.

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