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Contact Details

Phone: +44 (0) 121 204 3658                                             

Email: k.narayanan@aston.ac.uk                                       



Kani is a lecturer in Organisational Behaviour.  She is an organisational theorist working within the area of International Human Resource Management and Organisation Behaviour. 

Research Interests

Her research focuses on Employee behaviour working across industries and cultures. In addition, her research strength lies within the nature of employee-organisation relationship with majority of her work focusing on workplace deviance, workplace justice, organizational citizenship behaviour, AI in HRM and the impact of context on organisational behaviour. 

Teaching Activity

Postgraduate Modules

  • HR Analytics (BHM386)

Undergraduate Modules

  • Theory and Practice of Leadership (BH3318)
  • Theory and Practice of Leadership (BH3319)
  • Solving HR Issues (BH2277)
  • Leadership and Management (B00LAM)


Lecturer in Organisational Behavior- Aston University (2018- present)

Sessional lecturer - University of Edinburgh (2014-2017)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of RSA
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Associate member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

PhD Supervision

At present she is supervising 1 DBA and 3 PhD students as Supervisor and 5 Students as Associate Supervisor.

Funding Applications and Awards

Dr Kani along with Dr Emma Richardson has been awarded £5400 (2021-2022) for their project titled “Exploring domestic abuse among non-native speakers of English” by Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics. 

Dr Kani along with Professor Andy Lymer, Dr Halima Sacranie, and Dr Lin Tian (Accounting, ABS) has been awarded £340,000 (2021-2023) for a project which will be co-designed with frontline service providers in Birmingham City Council and will explore the impact of harmful gambling on individual and family finances by the Gambling Commission.

Dr. Kani along with Dr. Jonathan Crawshaw, Dr Judy Scully and Dr Matthew Carter has been awarded a total of £5000 (2021-2022) for an evaluation project of a programme offered by Aston Villa.

Dr. Kani (PI) along with Dr. Elina Meliou (Co-PI) has been awared BA/ Leverhulme grant (2020-2022) of £9,961 for their project titled "Cyberdeviance in the digital tech sector: informal rules, relational reflexivity and transformational ends".

Dr. Kani along with Prof. Michael Butler has been awarded Aston University College of Business and Social Sciences funding (2020) of £5847 for their project titled “Development and Validation of Organisational Receptivity for Change”.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Edinburgh

30 Jan 201419 Mar 2018

Award Date: 21 Mar 2018

MBA, Pondicherry University

16 Jun 201110 May 2013

Award Date: 10 May 2013


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