University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Nottingham University Business School China
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Alim Beveridge

Programme Director of MSc International Management,
Assistant Professor in Organisational Behaviour , Nottingham University Business School China


PhD (2013) Organisational Behaviour, Case Western Reserve University, USA
MA (2002) Education, Stanford University, USA
BSc(1999) Computer Science, Stanford University, USA


  • Room 258, Trent Building
    University of Nottingham Ningbo China
    199 Taikang East Road,
    Ningbo 315100 China     
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Expertise summary 

‘Alim Beveridge is an Assistant Professor in Organisational Behaviour with 11 years of teaching experience. Prior to joining Nottingham University Business School China, he held a wide variety of positions and jobs. His diverse work experience includes working as an IT specialist, a programmer, a Web and educational multimedia developer, a consultant in international development, training and e-learning; conducting leadership development workshops; and teaching computer science, education and organisational behaviour. While pursuing his PhD, he taught in the Weatherhead School of Management’s MBA program, Case Western Reserve University, was a career coach for MBA and Master’s students, and engaged in consulting. His most recent consulting work has focused on organizational change and sustainability. He has often employed Appreciative Inquiry (AI) in his consulting to help organizations discover their strengths and assets, create a compelling vision of a desired future and empower change from within. His former consulting clients include businesses, non-profit organizations and educational institutions. 

Teaching summary 

Currently I am teaching an advanced course on qualitative research methods at the postgraduate level. 

Research summary 

At the individual level, I study perceived prosocial impact and its relationship to the meaningfulness of work and employee well-being and resilience.   Another stream of my research focuses on extraordinary commitment by organizations to furthering the welfare of external stakeholders, which I have called “organizational benevolence”. I seek to understand what makes this possible, employing a multilevel perspective. My research in this area encompasses corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental stewardship practices, social innovations, decision-making and ethics, and draws on institutional theory, the diffusion of practices and organizational identity.

Research interests   

  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability
  • Diffusion and translation of practices and concepts
  • Resilience
  • Perceived social impact
  • Meaningfulness of work
  • Social networks


Boyatzis, R. E., Smith, M. L., & Beveridge, A. J. 2013. Coaching with compassion: Inspiring health, well-being and development in organizations. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 49(2): 153–178.

Conference presentations 

  1. Pavez, I., & Beveridge, A. J. Corporate social responsibility, corporate citizenship and corporate sustainability: A critical review. Paper presented at the 2013 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.  
  2. Beveridge, A. J. & Sharma, G. The stickiness of corporate social action: Why companies continue CSA during economic downturns. Symposium presentation at the 2012 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.  
  3. Beveridge, A. J. & Smith, M. L. Is it worth it? The effect of perceived social impact on job burnout. Paper presented at the Southern Management Association 2010 Meeting, St. Pete Beach, FL.  
  4. Totten, V. Y., & Beveridge, A. J. Resilient emergency physicians (EPs): The personal, chronobiologic and organizational characteristics of emergency physicians who are burnout-resistant over their careers. Poster presentation at the International Conference on Emergency Medicine 2012.