Areej Azhar

PhD Student
Areej T Azhar received an MSc degree in International Human Resource Management (IHRM). I was awarded Distinction by Glasgow School for Business and Society at GCU in 2011, and am now a full-time PhD student.

PhD Research

Title: An Investigation of the Drivers of the Effective Implementation of Localisation Policies in the Hotel Industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.Supervisors: Dr Peter Duncan, Professor David Edgar. Department & Subject Group: Department of Business Management, Glasgow School for Business and Society.

Research Interests

  • Localisation in Gulf countries, with a focus on the KSA and the UAE
  • Policy Implementation
  • National Culture
  • Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • HRM in the Hotel Sector

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)
  • Member of the British Academy of Management (BAM)

Conferences Attended

GCU, Management: Innovation, Operation & Strategy (MIOS) PhD Student Research Day, June, 2012. Oral presentation

GCU, Department of Business Management PhD Student Conference, December, 2013. Oral presentation.

ICHT: International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism to be held in Istanbul, Turkey in December, 2014. Oral presentation as well as inclusion in the conference proceedings of the ICHT.


Azhar, A., Duncan, P., and Edgar, D. (2014) A Multi-Phase Methodology for Investigating Localisation Policies within the GCC: The Hotel Industry in the KSA and the UAE. Available from