Portrait of Dr Michael Koch

Dr Michael Koch

Lecturer in HRM and Organisational Behaviour


Michael Koch is Lecturer in Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour at Kent Business School, University of Kent. 

He previously worked at Swansea University and EMLYON Business School.

Michael received a Master's degree in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and holds a PhD in Management jointly awarded by EMLYON Business School and the University of Geneva. 

Research interests

Human Resource Strategy and its impact on employee attitudes. Michael also conducts research on individual career trajectories and on HRM practices in new ventures. Michael regularly presents his work at international conferences. His work was nominated for the Best Paper Prize of the Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society and won the Best Symposium Award of the Careers Division of the Academy of Management. Michael’s methodological interests include Structural Equation Modelling and Sequence Analysis.


Michael’s main teaching interests are in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. He has taught a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in British and French institutions, including Organisational Behaviour, Strategic Human Resource Management, International Human Resource Management and Management Consulting.


Dr Koch welcomes PhD supervision enquiries in HR strategy, career studies, international HRM, rewards/performance management, and HRM in new ventures. 

Supervision Topics

  • HR strategy
  • Careers
  • HR in New Ventures
  • International/comparative HR
  • Reward and Performance Management


Before entering academia, Michael was employed as a consultant at the Human Capital Group of Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson), a leading HR consultancy. During his tenure with Towers Perrin, Michael provided consultancy services in a range of HR-related areas, including Rewards Management, Incentive Design, Performance Management, Job Structures and Grading, and HR Strategy.

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