Cindy Wang-Cowham

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Dr Cindy Wang-Cowham


Dr Wang-Cowham joined Sheffield Hallam University in March 2015. She is an Academic Member of The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy in the UK. She has published articles in journals including Human Resource Development International, Learning Organisation, and The Journal of Technology Management in China, and co-authored a book chapter on International Human Resource Management published by Cambridge University Press. Her current research interests are on managing organisational/HR knowledge, contemporary development of HRM practices in Chinese firms, managing expatriates and global talent management and development.



  • 2011: PGCert Higher Education, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2007: PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2004: MRes Research, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2000: MSc Organisational Change and Development, University of Manchester

Teaching expertise

  • Human Resource Management
  • Expatriate Management
  • Global Talent Management and Development
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Research Methods and Methodologies


  • Comparative HRM
  • HRM Practices in Emerging Economies
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Managing HR Knowledge


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School



Journal articles

Wang-Cowham, C. (2011). Developing talent with an integrated knowledge-sharing mechanism: an exploratory investigation from the Chinese human resource managers' perspective. Human Resource Development International, 14 (4), 391-407.

Wang‐Cowham, C. (2008). The effect of individual factors on the transfer of human resource management knowledge in Chinese subsidiaries. Journal of Technology Management in China, 3 (2), 224-241.

Wang‐Cowham, C. (2008). HR structure and HR knowledge transfer between subsidiaries in China. The Learning Organization, 15 (1), 26-44.

Book chapters

Wang-Cowham, C. (2014). Expatriation and repatriation: case studies in the Asia-Pacific. In Ozbilgin, M., Groutsis, D., & Harvey, W. (Eds.) International human resource management. (1st). (pp. 179-193). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


Wang-Cowham, C. (2017). Workplace learning and knowledge transfer in MNCs.

Wang-Cowham, C. (2015). Managing HR knowledge in a large privately owned enterprise: an empirical case analysis.

Wang-Cowham, C. (2014). Chinese HR managers' views on expatriate managers' influence on their learning.

Wang-Cowham, C. (2013). Language choices, communication and knowledge diffusion.

Wang-Cowham, C. (2012). HR transactional services: four associated factors for successful operation.

Wang-Cowham, C. (2012). Talent management and knowledge management: towards a critique and theoretical integration.

Wang-Cowham, C. (2011). Contemporary development of HRM in Chinese POEs: multiple case studies.

Wang-Cowham, C. (2011). The extent of expatriate managers’ influence on knowledge sharing and transfer, the local employees’ perspective.

Wang-Cowham, C. (2010). Research the transfer of HRM knowledge from a knowledge perspective.

Other activities

HEA fellow or senior fellow

  • 2011: Fellow, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom


  • 2014: Academic Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, United Kingdom

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