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    Tel: 0121 204 4338

    Email: m.zahmatkesh@aston.ac.uk


    Maryam joined Aston University in 2018. She is a module leader and lecturer in HRM and teaches various HRM modules at different levels. She supervises postgraduate and MBA Executive dissertations. She is an outreach champion, assisting with student recruitment and outreach strategy. She is a member of Aston Research Committee, reviewing the research ethics applications.  

    She conducted her PhD at the Royal Holloway University of London. Her PhD was a comparative qualitative case study of the autonomy exercised by middle managers in healthcare organisations in England and Iran. 

    She has a Masters in ‘Leadership and Management in Health’ and Bachelors in ‘Healthcare Management’. She has mainly worked in the areas of decentralisation in various forms including autonomy, international comparative research, middle managers and identity. 

    Prior to joining the academia, she was a general manager in hospitals in both public and private sector.  Her role included the supervision of all aspects of the day-to-day smooth running of the hospital, such as managing the HR, finance, access, targets and quality standards as well as contributing to the strategic planning. She has worked with a wide range of managers and clinicians at different levels.


    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Royal Holloway, University of London

    Award Date: 1 Oct 2017

    MSc, Kingston University

    Award Date: 16 Nov 2010


    Award Date: 5 Aug 2004


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