Muhammed Akhtar profile

Dr Muhammad Naseer Akhtar

Senior Lecturer

HRM and People Analytics

Department of Business Entrepreneurship & Finance , Royal Docks School of Business and Law

Dr Akhtar is Senior Lecturer in HRM and People Analytics at the Royal Docks School of Business and Law. He founded MNA-HR Consulting and grew the workforce analytics and organisation practice, specialising in the facilitation of data-driven decision making, designing future digital organisations with a new purpose and sustainable principles, organisational performance, operational excellence, systems and skills. 


  • MA Management - Chester Business School, University of Chester, Chester, UK (2009)
  • PhD Management - HUST School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan - PR China (2015)
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Recognising people at the core of organisational transformation, Dr Akhtar helps his clients to reinvent the employee experience through data-driven thought leadership. He applies his industry experience in guiding organisations and individuals toward success in their people analytics initiatives. Specifically, understanding how leadership is evolving in the digital age, how to better engage workforce throughout the change process, and how worker productivity can be improved through automation, data, and technology. His clients include private sector SMEs, manufacturing firms, universities, and training institutes. He brings over 18 years of industry experience, research scholarship, and client engagement. 

He received his PhD in Management from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China (in 2015). He is a learning facilitator, and research practitioner in academic enterprise. Since 2016, he has been involved in supervising scholarly activities such as PhD, and MS HRM dissertations, research grants, consulting projects, and managing research development. His research interests include high-performance work systems, psychological contracts, attitude and behaviours, performance management, and people analytics. 

Dr Akhtar is currently working as the Editor-in-Chief (founding editor) NUST Business Review, and Associate Editor Employee Relations (since August 2021). He has published peer-reviewed articles in well-reputed international journals such as Internet Research, Journal of Environmental Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Employee Relations, Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, and Journal of Knowledge Management. He has been invited as a keynote speaker and presented papers at international conferences and visited a number of countries around the world.



  • Muhammad Naseer Akhtar, Peter Matthijs Bal, Lirong Long (2016) Exit, Voice, Loyalty, and Neglect reactions to Organizational Change: A sense-making perspective through the lens of the psychological contract. Employees Relations Vol. 38 (4). Emerald Publishing Group. doi:10.1108/ER-03-2015-0048
  • J Zhang, Muhammad Naseer Akhtar, Peter Matthijs Bal, Y Zhang, U Talat, (2018) When and Why Does High-Performance Work Systems Affect Individual-Level Outcomes? A Multilevel Perspective. Frontiers in Psychology. No. 1 topmost cited journal in psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00586 
  • L Si, W Liu, P Zhang, Y Han, Muhammad Naseer Akhtar (2018) Exploring the Role of Moral Disengagement in the Link between Perceived Narcissistic Supervision and Employees' Organizational Deviance. Asian Journal of Social Psychology: Vol 21. Issue 04, Wiley Publishers. doi:10.1111/ajsp.12323 [Received certificate for the topmost downloaded article of the year 2019]
  • Junwei Zhang, Peter Matthijs Bal, Muhammad Naseer Akhtar, Lirong Long (2018) High-Performance Work Systems and Employee Performance: The Role of Employee Thriving and Proactive Personality. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Vol 57, Issue 03, Wiley Publishers. doi:10.1111/1744-7941.12199 [Received certificate for the topmost downloaded article of the year 2018 & 2019]
  • Muhammad Arshad, Muhammad Naseer Akhtar, Usman Talat, Chuanmin, James C., Hyatt (2019) Specific HR Practices and Employee Commitment: The Mediating Role of Job Satisfaction. Employee Relations, Vol.41 (3), doi:10.1108/ER-03-2018-0074 
  • Junwei Zhang, Muhammad Naseer Akhtar, Yajun Zhang, Yasin Rofcanin (2019) High-Commitment Work Systems and Employee Voice: A Multi-Level Perspective. Employee Relations Vol. 41 (4). 
  • Ambreen Malik, Muhammad Naseer Akhtar, Usman Talat, Kirk Chang (2019) Transformational Changes and Sustainability: From the Perspective of Identity, Trust, Commitment, and Withdrawal. Sustainability Vol. 11 (11) 3159 doi:10.3390/su11113159 
  • Junwei Zhang, Muhammad Naseer Akhtar, Yajun Zhang (2020) Zhang, J., Akhtar, M.N., Zhang, Y. and Sun, S. (2019), "Are overqualified employees bad apples? A dual-pathway model of cyberloafing", Internet Research. Vol. 30 No. 1, pp. 289-313. doi:10.1108/INTR-10-2018-0469 ABC 3*
  • M K Khalid, M H Agha, S T Hussain, M N Akhtar (2020) Conceptualizing Audit Fatigue in the context of Sustainable Supply Chains. Sustainability. 
  • Quba Ahmed, MSUK Sumbal, M Naseer Akhtar, H Tariq (2021) Abusive Supervision and the Knowledge Worker Productivity: The Mediating Role of Knowledge Management Process. Journal of Knowledge Management. Emerald Publishing Group. 
  • Junwei Zhang, Shajara-Ul-Durar, Muhammad Naseer Akhtar, Yajun Zhang, Lu Lu (2021) How Does Responsible Leadership Affect Employees' Voluntary Workplace Green Behaviors? A Multilevel Dual Process Model. Journal of Environmental Management. ABC 3*. 
  • Yanling Yan, Muhammad Naseer Akhtar, Junwei Zhang, Shichang Liang, (2021) Positive Leadership and Employee Engagement: An Emotional Contagion Perspective. Current Psychology. Springer. 
  • Wenjun Ying, Shudi Liao, Yingjun Zhu, Muhammad Naseer Akhtar, Xingchi Zhou, (2021) Effects of Family Supportive Supervisor Behavior on Employee Voice. Current Psychology, Springer.