Faculty and Staff

Theresa Chika-James

Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources and Management

PhD (Cardiff); MBA (University of South Wales); AFHEA

5-306D, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Theresa A. Chika-James is an assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Behavior, Human Resources and Management at MacEwan University School of Business. She teaches courses related to management and leadership. Prior to joining MacEwan University, Theresa facilitated the learning experiences of undergraduate and postgraduate students at Cardiff University, Wales, UK. There, she taught a range of topics relating to management, organization and employment, and was certified an associate fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Theresa obtained her PhD in Business Studies at Cardiff University and holds an MBA from the University of Glamorgan, UK. Her doctoral research analyzed internal-external relations impact on organizational culture management and incorporated a stakeholder theoretical lens to the analysis of culture in organizations. Before she embarked on an academic career, Theresa worked in several industry sectors including the mass media, telecommunications and financial services.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Culture in organizations, organizational transformation, stakeholder management

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Chika-James' research interest is in the field of organizational transformation, exploring intentional and unintentional changes resulting from internal and external drivers of change. Her teaching and research interests also include organizational behaviour, managing people in organizations and business and society interface. Currently, she is working on research projects that focus on hybrid business management in African organizations.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Chika-James, T. A. (2019). Fundamentals of organisational culture change: Who and what really matters in a Nigerian organisational context. In F. Ovadje & S. Aryee (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Organizational Change in Africa (pp. 185–209). Oxon: Routledge.

Chika-James, T. A., Zaman, S., & Yunus, S. (2018, September). Analyzing hybrid management systems in African organizations: Implications of proposed theoretical frameworks. British Academy of Management 2018 Conference Proceedings, (478), pp 1-14.

Audu, L. O., Chika-James, T. A., & Rowlands, H. (2018, September). Critical success factors of public procurement practices implementation: Evidence from an emerging economy. British Academy of Management 2018 Conference Proceedings (1020), pp. 1–11.

Audu, L. O., Rowlands, H., Eyo, A., & Chika-James, T. A. (2018, September) Is there value for money in our procurement system? A consequence of transforming public procurement in the 21st century. Presented at Canadian Public Procurement Council CPPC-CCMP Conference, September 16-19, Yukon, Canada.

Chika-James, T. A. (2015, June). The context and implications of ethnic-organisation relationship on organisational culture management: A case study of a Nigerian oil and gas company. Paper presented at the 2nd Postgraduate Conference on Changing Lives, Changing Worlds, University of Bath, UK.

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Associate Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy
  • British Academy of Management
  • Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism