Salma  Raheem

Salma Raheem

PhD student in Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Department of Management

Key Expertise
Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour, Organizational Diversity

About me

Salma joined the PhD programme in the Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group in 2012. She is an MBA graduate (summa cum laude) from Ohio University, USA, with a bachelor’s degree in business management from Mangalore University, India. Salma’s formative education was in an international school in Saudi Arabia.

Prior to joining for the PhD programme, Salma worked as a management consultant in the healthcare industry in the Middle East. Her work involved business process improvements, ensuring legal compliance, gap analyses and quality control. During her time in Saudi Arabia, she had the experience of leading multicultural teams. She also worked on consulting projects for retail companies in India and work experience in market research and consumer behaviour.

She is the co-founder of a weekend school and was its administrator, as a volunteer, in the first two years of its inception, in India. Salma taught in schools in India where she also took up roles in student mentorship, leadership training and charity programmes. 

Salma’s research interests involve the management of multicultural teams and organizational diversity. Her thesis explores the employment of multicultural individuals, their ability to process and communicate multiple perspectives and their potential to enhance team productivity and cohesion in diverse teams.  The context of the research focus is in MNCs in emerging economies such as the Middle East with implications for furthering research in areas of international human resource management, cross-cultural management, identity and team dynamics.

Salma is also keen to learn of new approaches, originating from different cultural perspectives, to examining management research and teaching. 


Vora, D., Martin, L., Fitzsimmons, S. R., Pekerti, A. A., Lakshman, C. & Raheem, S., (2018). Multiculturalism within Individuals: A Review, Critique and Agenda for Future Research; Journal of International Business Studies

Raheem, S. (2016). Talent Management in the Middle East. In P. S. Budhwar & K. Mellahi (Eds.), Handbook of Human Resource Management in the Middle East (pp. 63–82). Gloucestershire, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Professional Practice Paper:

Raheem, S. & Jyotishi, A., 2007. A Note on Islamic Banking. First Option Magazine, 2(15), pp.12–13.

Conference Papers & Panels

Vora, D., Martin, L., Pekerti, A. A., Fitzsimmons, S. R., Lakshman, C., & Raheem, S. (2017). Multiculturalism: A Review and Agenda for Future Research. In Academy of Management Proceedings. Atlanta, USA.

Vora, D., Martin, L., Pekerti, A. A., Fitzsimmons, S. R., Lakshman, C., & Raheem, S. (2017). Multiculturalism within Individuals: Bringing Clarity to the Field. In Academy of International Business Annual Conference. Dubai, UAE.

Raheem, S., 2017. Trying to take the high road: organisational HR challenges in the Middle East context. In Panel discussion: What Else Is In The Black Box: Discovering And Uncovering The Full Flux Of International Assignments, Academy of Internaltional Business Conference. Dubai, UAE.

Raheem, S., 2016. Multicultural individuals: how they enhance team creativity and problem solving through engaging in brokerage activities. In Academy of International Business Annual Conference 2016. New Orleans, USA.

Raheem, S., 2014. The Cosmopolitan-Oriented Multicultural Employee: Organizations’ New Age Talent. In British Academy of Management Conference. Belfast, UK.

Raheem, S., 2013. The Cosmopolitan Employee. In LSE Inaugural Interdisciplinary Social Science Research Conference. London, UK.

Raheem, S., 2013. The Cosmopolitan Employee. In Organizational Behavior Research Incubator, Academy of Management Annual Conference. Florida, USA.

Raheem, S. & Arya, N., 2006. Human Resource Practices in Organizations: The Differentiating Quotient - Corporate Social Responsibility. In National Paper Presentation Competition, National Human Resources Department, Government of India. Bangalore, India. Won 2nd prize at all India level


  • Class Teaching Excellence Award: Highly Commended for Inspirational Teaching 2018-19
  • British Journal of Industrial Relations Teaching Fellowship 2014-15, (competitive) Department of Management
  • Outstanding Contribution Award, as Postgraduate Research Students’ Officer 2014-15, (elected), LSE Students Union

Expertise Details

Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour; Management of Multicultural Teams; Organizational Diversity