School of Business and Economics


Alka Lalji

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Doctoral Researcher in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Alka is a Chartered Scientist and Occupational & Organisational Psychologist. Alka has experience working with a diverse cross section of industries such as transport, manufacturing, IT and financial sectors as well as a vast amount of work with a variety of government / public sectors and private sectors nationally and internationally.  Alka holds an MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology and is a full member of the Division of Occupational Psychology within the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is also registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council. Alka holds her Level A and Level B Certificates in Occupational Testing and is trained to use psychometric tools such as the 16pf, OPQ, Dimensions, MTQ48, Neo & Wave. Alka is self – employed and is currently working towards her PhD (Part Time) in Occupational Psychology.

As a self-employed chartered occupational psychologist Alka has a vested interest in unconventional methods of employment due to the current economic climate. Her focus is on those that are self-employed and how the following areas affect their work climate and client relationships:

  • Psychological Contracts
  • Selection and Assessment
  • Job Crafting
  • Proactive Behaviour


Research Plan:

Critically evaluate literature on Psychological Contracts

Investigate how self-employed people are selected and assessed for project appointments.

Gather information on how self-employed people job craft whilst on a particular appointment, tapping into elements of proactive work behaviour.

Evaluate what impact on going job crafting has on psychological contracts.


Dr Raymond Randall

Thesis Title/Topic:

The phenomenon of Self-Employment: Behaviours which affect the psychological contract and then some.