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Mr Kennedy Yoila Dagu

Job: Associate lecturer

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Kennedy is a doctoral researcher in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (OB/HRM) with interest in Indigenous African theorizing and management, International HRM, transfer of practice and knowledge to emerging economics and cross-cultural communication and Afro-centric leadership. Kennedy is also an Associate Lecturer in HRM/OB Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University Leicester.

My teaching experience with De Montfort University has enabled me to develop and learn key skills such as the ability to work well with a range of people within a multidisciplinary team, as well as interpersonal communication skills. This experience continues to fuel the passion and commitment to pursue a career in education and knowledge sharing

Kennedy is also passionate about multidisciplinary research, tutoring and impacting students. 

Kennedy is also a member of the research affiliate group of People Organisations and Work Institute (POWI) in De Montfort University Leicester UK.

Publications and outputs

Research interests/expertise

Main interest and expertise revolves around International and comparative research in HRM, Indigenous African Management, Transfer of practices, Learning and development, Knowledge transfer, Cross-Cultural communication, Global Leadership, Cross-cultural studies and Organisation and Afro-Centric Leadership

Areas of teaching

Globalisation and International HRM (Undergraduate)
HRM in the Workplace (Undergraduate)


PhD De Montfort University UK (ongoing); MA (IHRM) University of Bedfordshire UK; Bsc Sociology University of Jos Nigeria

Honours and awards

Best Full Paper- Leadership and Leadership Development- Joseph Ebot Eyong and Kennedy Dagu Awarded by British Academy of Management (BAM 2020 conference) 

Conference attendance

Dagu, K and Eyong, J (2020) Impediments to Effective leadership in Africa: Implication of Culture and Tradition in a changing Global Business Environment, presented at the Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) Lagos Nigeria, 11th January 2020

Eyong, J, Dagu, K and Ohalehi, P (2020) Studying the African Context: Anchoring Loops and Hooks in addressing the tension of Africanism and Globalism in a Dynamic African Business Climate: PDW in Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) Lagos Nigeria 10th January 2020 

Eyong, J and Dagu, K (2020) Researching and Writing on Africa: Future Challenge, Opportunities and New Directions, A PDWs to be presented at British Academy of Management (BAM) 2021 

Eyong, J and Dagu, K (2020) Transformational Leadership in Africa: Matching Theory to Context through Theoretical Harmonization to be presented at British Academy of Management (BAM) 2nd Sep 2020

PhD project


Retheorizing Performance Appraisal in the African Context: The case for Nigeria


The study offers theoretical and instrumental look into the dynamics of performance appraisal by factoring culture and context. Performance appraisal is one of the tools extensively used in organisation and its research cuts across Human resource management, organisational psychology and industrial relations. There is an evidential debate that most theories of management emanate from the “Western” block diffused across to non-Western societies to adopt if they must have successful organisations. However, the context of application matters for any management to be termed successful. Africa, has a unique environment that needs to factored in while engaging with the continent and this uniqueness is spelled out in its indigenous management practice of Ubuntu which is shared across the continent. Although, there are evidences of institutional voids and a fragmented milieu which accounts for the inapplicability of these western approaches nevertheless the tension and contradiction goes beyond this.

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Joseph Eyong (Principal Supervisor) and Dr Amarachi Amaugo