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Mehdi is Professor at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. Prior to joining Glasgow, he worked at the universities of Bath and Oxford. His research examines diverse aspects of globalization from a broadly postcolonial sociological perspective, with a specialist focus on professional service firms and business schools. In recent years, he has also extended his analysis to the politics of management knowledge.

Mehdi currently is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Critical Perspectives on International Business and serves on the editorial boards of Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, Organization Studies and Journal of Professions and Organization. He is also a visiting professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, and a Fellow of the SBIA consortium at the University of Edinburgh.

In 2015, Mehdi received the Dean’s Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Research at the University of Bath School of Management (and the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence in 2012). Mehdi has also been shortlisted twice (2016 and 2017) for the Col. Lyndall F Urwick Memorial Prize awarded by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.


  • 2016–present
    Professor, University of Glasgow
  • 2009–2016
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Organization Studies, University of Bath
  • 2008–2009
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford


  • 2008 
    University of Warwick (Warwick Business School), MA and PhD
  • 1999 
    City University London (Cass Business School), BSc and MEB


  • 2019
    In the shadow of empire: Global Britain and the UK business school, Organization
  • 2019
    Professional service firms as agents of economic globalization: a political perspective, Journal of Professions and Organization
  • 2014
    Learning from the world? Horizontal knowledge flows and geopolitics in international consulting firms, International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • 2014
    Englishization in offshore call centres: a postcolonial perspective, Journal of International Business Studies
  • 2012
    Constructing global firms? National, transnational and neocolonial effects in international management consultancies, Organization Studies
  • 2010
    The organizational design of transnational professional service firms, Organizational Dynamics
  • 2009
    Struggling to organize across national borders: the case of global resource management in professional service firms, Human Relations