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Dr Bethania Mendes de Brito Antunes

Dr Bethania Mendes de Brito Antunes PhD, PGCHE, MBA, BA

Dr Bethania Mendes de Brito Antunes

Dr Bethania Mendes de Brito Antunes
PhD, PGCHE, MBA, BA

Senior Lecturer in Reward Management; Programme Leader, MA International Human Resource Management

Department of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour

Business School

Dr Bethania Antunes joined the University of Greenwich in October 2011. She is a Senior Lecturer in Reward Management at Greenwich and an active member of the Workplace Employment Research Unit (WERU). Prior to this she was a Teaching Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she was also working towards her PhD. Under the supervision of Professor David Marsden, Bethania completed her PhD in Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour at the LSE in 2013.

Her doctoral research focused on the use of performance-related pay in non-profit housing associations in England. Her work explored whether PRP acts as a motivator for non-profit employees to improve their work and whether a new competitive and performance driven environment in housing associations could change the reward preferences of non-profit employees whereby PRP becomes a rational choice of incentive to increase organisational performance. 

Her work aims to contribute to a programme of research into reward determination and uncover the underlying reasons for designing and implementing reward systems in non-profit organisations. The analysis of why and how reward strategies are reached and their efficacy in the social and economic context in which NPOs operate are paramount to developing further research in reward management. Practically, her research findings may prompt practitioners in the sector to think more consciously and strategically about what drives their choice of reward system in the organisation.

Responsibilities within the University

Dr Bethania Antunes is responsible for the delivery of the Employee Relations and Reward course at undergraduate level and the Reward Management course at postgraduate level. She is also responsible for a number of student supervisions.

2010-11 British Journal of Industrial Relations Teaching Fellowship (London School of Economics)

2009-10 British Journal of Industrial Relations Teaching Fellowship (London School of Economics)

2007-08 British Journal of Industrial Relations Teaching Fellowship (London School of Economics)

2006-07 Blackwell Basil Teaching Fellowship (London School of Economics)

2006-07 Departmental Teaching Award (EROB Group – London School of Economics)

2000-01 Research Scholarship for postgraduate research from the National Council for Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq), Brazil.

Member of The Higher Education Academy – Associate Fellow

Member of Academy of Management

Member of British Academy of Management

Member of British Universities Industrial Relations Association

Member of Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics

Dr Bethania Antunes' research interests are related to:

  • Reward management in organisations and the relationship between reward, the organisational context and worker motivation;
  • Employee performance and motivation;
  • Public Service Motivation;
  • Human Resource Management in non-profit organisations.

Funded research projects

Co-Investigator, Work and Employment Research Unit, University of Greenwich (Aug/16 – Oct/17)

"The impact of the New Living Wage on individuals with non-standard employment arrangements" funded by the Low Pay Commission (with Professor Sian Moore and Professor Geoffrey White at

University of Greenwich; Professor Stephanie Tailby at University of West of England; Dr Kirsty Newsome at Sheffield University).

Co-Investigator, Work and Employment Research Unit, University of Greenwich (Apr/16 – Sep/17)

"Improving expertise in the field of Industrial Relations" funded by the European Commission (with Dr Graham Symon, Dr Laura William, Dr Ulke Veersma at University of Greenwich and partners in five other EU countries).

Co-Investigator, Work and Employment Research Unit and Leadership and Organisational Behaviour Group, University of Greenwich (April-Aug 2016)

"The paid-unpaid work interface: Intended and unintended consequences" small research grant funded by the Business School (with Dr Amanda Shantz, University of Greenwich).

Alfes, Kerstin, Bethania Antunes & Amanda D. Shantz (2016) The management of volunteers – what can human resources do? A review and research agenda. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, DOI:10.1080/09585192.2016.1242508

Antunes, B. (2015) Pensions in Wilkinson, A. and Johnstone, S. (Eds.) Encyclopaedia of Human Resource Management, Edward Elgar. Cheltenham.

Antunes, B. (in progress) Rewards and Employee Motivation in Housing Associations in
England.

Antunes, B. (in progress) Pay for Performance in housing associations in England: Substance or Symbolism?

Antunes, B. & Humphris, A. L. (in progress) Pay Practices in Voluntary Organisations in the UK: Examining the Influence of Government-Led Contract Competition.

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Antunes, B. (August 2016) Pay for performance in housing associations in England: Substance or Symbolism?  AoM – Academy of Management Conference. Anaheim, USA.

Antunes, B. and A. Humphris (June 2016) Performance-Oriented Practices in Voluntary Organizations: The Case of Health and Community Services in the UK. SASE – Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. Berkeley, USA.

Antunes, B. (September 2015) Performance-related pay in housing associations in England: An assessment of employee motivations. BAM – British Academy of Management Conference. Portsmouth, UK.

Antunes, B. (August 2015) Rewards and Employee Motivation in Housing Associations in England. AoM – Academy of Management Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Antunes, B. (July 2015) Performance-oriented practices and outsourcing in voluntary organizations in the UK. SASE – Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. London, UK.

Antunes, B. (June 2013) Pay for Performance in the housing sector. SASE – Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. Milan, Italy.

Antunes, B. (May 2011) Pay and rewards in non-profit organizations. British Academy of Management. HRM SIG Workshop. Royal Holloway University of London, UK.

Antunes, B. (July 2009) Reward Systems in Non-profit Organizations: A case study in Charities in the UK. SASE – Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. Paris, France.

Antunes, B., (September 2009). Reward Systems in Non-profit Organizations: A case study in the Homeless sector in the UK – Developmental paper. BAM – British Academy of Management Conference. Brighton, UK.

Antunes, B. (July 2008) Performance-related Pay in Non-profit Organizations. SASE –Society for the

Advancement of Socio-Economics. San Jose, Costa Rica.

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