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Research Topic

Idiosyncratic Deals and Talent Management in Knowledge Intensive Firms

Research Summary

My research focuses on the intersection between a firm's conceptualization of talent/approaches to talent management and its implications for the accommodation and negotiation of idiosyncratic deals in knowledge-intensive firms in a sub-Saharan African context. I approach this research from multilevel perspectives (i.e. individual, organisational and societal levels) to unpack deeply embedded rhizomatic complexities influencing the functioning of idiosyncratic deals.


  • Sara Chaudhry
  • Maryam Aldossari

Research Area


I have over 10 years of professional experience in managing talent and developing enduring organizational systems and processes. I have worked in various Human Resource Management capacities including as Director of HR and HR Consultant across sectors like media, marketing and manufacturing. I am a chartered member of the CIPD UK and an associate of the Nigerian Institute of Personnel Management.

Education and Qualifications

Institute Award Dates
University of Ibadan, Nigeria BA Russian Language 1999–2004
University of Lagos Master of Managerial Psychology 2009–2012
University of Edinburgh Business School MSc International Human Resource Management 2017–2018

Professional and Voluntary Experience

  • Founder/CEO, F316 Consulting (2013–Present)
  • Co-Founder/Director, Blackhouse Media Group (2009–2013)
  • HR Executive, Rosaab International (2007–2009)