Alexandra Budjanovcanin

Lecturer in Work Psychology and Human Resources Management at King’s Business School


King’s Business School

Ali Budjanovcanin joined the HRM research group in 2011 after receiving her PhD from King’s College and now also works within the Organisation and Society research group. Prior to joining King’s Business School, Ali worked as a Senior Research Associate in the NIHR funded King’s Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre, where she investigated ways to improve patient care, focusing on workforce issues in the NHS.

Her research interests are in professional careers, emotions in the workplace and gender. Specifically, Ali studies how individuals adjust both positively (vocational callings) and negatively (occupational regret) to their careers. Ali is also interested in how gender plays out in careers. Most recently, she has been examining how HR practices affect the careers of female lawyers in private practice.

Ali has worked with a broad range of institutions including: the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Church of England, Women in Law London and the NHS. She has been published in leading journals including International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior and British Journal of Industrial Relations, as well as featuring in industry journals including the Pharmaceutical Journal and The Law Society Gazette.

Ali is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • A career with a heart: exploring occupational regret 02 May 2019
  • I know where I'm going: Sensemaking and the emergence of calling 01 October 2019
  • Actions speak louder than words: how employees mind the implementation gap 23 February 2018
  • Bounded or boundaryless?: An empirical investigation of career boundaries and boundary crossing 01 August 2016
  • From anchors to orientations: Towards a contemporary theory of career preferences 01 October 2013
  • A quantitative and qualitative analysis of sexual harassment claims 1995-2005 01 January 2011
  • International mergers and acquisitions: how can HR play a strategic role? 01 January 2008
  • 'Bank withdrawals': absenteeism and intentions to leave at the Royal Bank of Scotland 01 January 2004
  • The interaction of gender and ethnicity in career theory: a study of the pharmacy profession 01 January 2011
  • Sexual Harassment Judgments by British Employment Tribunals 1995-2005: Implications for Claimants and their Advocates 01 July 2011

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