Professor Sarbari Bordia

Sarbari Bordia


Research School of Management

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Room 1060, LF Crisp Bld (26)
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Sarbari Bordia is a Professor of Management and Deputy Director (Research) of the Research School of Management. With multi-disciplinary expertise, Sarbari’s research spans management, applied linguistics, international education and qualitative research methodology in the social sciences. Sarbari’s research interest is at the intersection of linguistics and corporate communication, where she studies the role of linguistic identity in international business and migrant workplace contexts. She also conducts research on the internationalization of management education. Sarbari’s research has been supported by schemes including the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Program, which funded her exploration of career persistence from the socio-cognitive and psychological contract perspectives. Her work has been published in leading academic journals including Journal of International Business Studies, Human Relations, Journal of Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Australian Review of Applied Linguistics. Sarbari is the Co-Editor of Journal of International Education in Business. Sarbari is a research affiliate at the Global Institute for Women's Leadership at ANU.

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Research publications

Refereed Journal Papers

Amarnani, R., Garcia, PRJ, Restubog, SLD., Bordia, P., & Bordia, S. (2021). Savvy investments or formative endowments? Disentangaling causal direction in the association between self-efficacy and parental support in STEM university students. Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Bordia, P., Read, S., & Bordia, S. (2020). Retiring: Role identity processes in retirement transition. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 41(5), 445-460.

Stanway, A., Fein., & Bordia, S. (2020). Psychologial contract, loyal boosterism and the five-factor model among professional dancers. Journal of Dance Education, 21(1), 82-97.

Bordia, S., Bordia, P., Milkovitz, M., Shen, Y., & Restubog, SLD. (2019). What do international students really want? An exploration of the content of international students’ psychological contract in business education. Studies in Higher Education, 44(8), 1488-1502.

Amarnani, R., Garcia, PRJ., Restubog, SLD., Bordia, P., & Bordia, S. (2018). Do You Think I’m Worth It? The Self-Verifying Role of Parental Engagement in Career Adaptability and Career Persistence among STEM Students. Journal of Career Assessment, 26(1): 77-94.

Bordia, P., Restubog, S. L.D., Bordia, S., & Tang, R. L. (2017). Effects of resource availability on social exchange relationships: The case of employee psychological contract obligations. Journal of Management, 43(5): 1447-1471.

Low, C. H., Bordia, P., & Bordia, S. (2016).What do employees really want? An exploration of employees’ preferred psychological contract contribution and inducements across career stages. Human Relations, 69(7): 1457-1418. 

Garcia, P. R. J., Restubog, S. L. D., Bordia, P., Bordia, S., & Roxas, R. E. O. (2015). Career optimism: The roles of contextual support and career decision-making self-efficacy. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 88: 10-18.

Bordia, S., & Bordia, P. (2015). Employees’ willingness to adopt a foreign functional language in multi-lingual organizations: the role of linguistic identity. Journal of International Business Studies. 46 (4), 415-428.

Bordia, S., Bordia, P., & Restubog, SLD. (2015). Promises from afar: A model of international student psychological contracts in management education. Studies in Higher Education. 40(2), 212-232. 

Restubog, S.L.D., Zagencyzk, T. J., Bordia, P., Bordia, S., & Chapman, G. (2015). If you wrong us, shall we not revenge? Interactive effects of self-control and aggressive culture. Journal of Management.41(4) 1132-1154.

Stanway, A. R., Bordia, S., & Fein, E. C. (2013). Raising the curtain: Exploring dancer’s perceived obligations through the psychological contract lens. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. 12(2-3), 254-267. 

Rajaram. K., & Bordia, S. (2013).East versus West: Effect of knowledge acquisition and impact of cultural dislocation issues for mainland Chinese students across ten commonly used instructional techniques. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 7(1). 1-24,

Crossman, J. & Bordia, S. (2012),"Piecing the puzzle: A framework for developing intercultural online communication projects in business education", Journal of International Education in Business, 5(1), 71 – 88.

Crossman, J. & Bordia, S. (2011). Friendship and relationships in virtual and intercultural learning groups. Australian Journal of Adult Learning. 51(2), 329-354.

Restubog, S.L.D., Bordia, P., & Bordia, S. (2011). Investigating the role of psychological contract breach on career success: Convergent evidence from two longitudinal studies. Journal of Vocational Behavior. 79, 428-437. 

Rajaram. K., & Bordia, S. (2011). Culture clash: Teaching western-based management education to mainland Chinese students in Singapore. Journal of International Education in Business, 4 (1). 63-83.

Bordia, P., Restubog, S.L.D., Bordia, S., & Tang, R.L. (2010). Breach begets breach: Trickle-down effects of psychological contract breach on customer service. Journal of Management, 36(6), 1578-1607. 

Bordia, S., Hobman, E., Restubog, SLD., & Bordia, P. (2010). Advisor student relation in business education project collaboration: A psychological contract perspective. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40(9), 2360-2386.

Restubog, SLD., Bordia, P., & Bordia, S. (2009).The interactive effects of procedural justice and equity sensitivity in predicting responses to psychological contract breach: An interactionist perspective. Journal of Business and Psychology, 24(2), 165-178.

Bordia, S., Wales, M. L., Pittam, J. & Gallois, C. (2008). Antecedents and Consequences of TESOL Student expectations. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 31(2), 15.1-15.18.

Crossman, J. & Bordia, S. (2008) Emerging Issues in International Education in Business Contexts.  Journal of International Education in Business, 1(1), pp. 2-14.

Lam, P. & Bordia, S. (2008). Factors Affecting Student Choice of e-Learning over Traditional Learning: Student and Teacher Perspectives. International Journal of Learning, 14, 131-140.

Banerjee, A. & Bordia, S. (2007). A Savoury Challenge: Innovative Activities at India Salt. Management Case Study Journal, 7(2), 1-17.

Bordia, S. (2007). Promises to keep: The nature of student psychological contracts in TESOL. TESOL in Context, 17, 23-29.

Bordia, S., Wales, M. L. & Pittam, J. (2006). The Role of Student expectations of TESOL: Opening a research agenda. TESOL in Context, 16(1), p. 10-17.

Bordia, S., Wales, M. L., Pittam, J. & Gallois, C. (2006). Student expectations of TESOL programs: Student and teacher perspectives. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 29(1), p. 4.1-4.21.


Crossman, J. & Bordia, S. (Eds.) (2021). Handbook of Qualitative Research Methodologies in Workplace Contexts. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham, UK.

Crossman, J., Bordia, S., & Mills, C. (2010). Business Communication for the Global Age.  McGraw-Hill, Sydney.

Bretag, T., Crossman, J. & Bordia, S. (2007). Business Communication Skills for International Students. McGraw-Hill, Sydney.

Edited book chapters

Bordia, S. (2021). Teaching Qualitative Research Methods in Management. In J. Crossman & S. Bordia (Eds.)Handbook of Qualitative Research Methodologies in Workplace Contexts. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham, UK.  

Bordia, S. (2019). Experiential Learning Through Student-led Assessments: The Noodle Bar Strategy. In The Palgrave Handbook of Learning and Teaching International Business and Management. Eds: Taras, V., Gonzalez-Perez, A., & Lynden, K. P. 359-380. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.


Glennie M, von Reibnitz A, William J, Curtis S, Bordia S, 2021. Gender pay gap reporting in Australia – time for an upgrade. The Australian National University: Canberra.


Research grants and awards

External Grants 

Eapen, A., Cheng, D., Bordia, S., & Amarnani, R. (2021). Academic support for the Deliberately Differentiated Package (DDP) Research Program. Department of Defence, Australia.

Restubog, S.L.D., Bordia, P., & Bordia, S. (2012). Understanding career persistence: Integrating socio-cognitive and psychological contract perspectives. Australian Research Council: Discovery Project.


Winner of the Best Paper Award, 2008 US Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA., Management Education and Development Division.

Other Research Projects

Bordia, S., Curtis, S., von Reibnitz, A., & William, J. (in alphabetic order, 2021). Bridging the gap: The role of gender pay gap reporting. Global Institute for Women's Leadership (GIWL), Kings College London and Australian National University.

Research engagement and outreach

Founding Co-editor of the Journal of International Education in Business (JIEB; 2007-2021).

Sarbari Bordia has been an editorial board member for The Academy of Management Learning and Education (2012-18).

Sarbari also has significant experience in academic leadership. She has been the Interim Director for the Research School of Management, ANU (2019); Chair, Gender Equity Committee, College of Business and Economics, ANU (2016-18); Deputy Director for Higher Degree by Research, Research School of Management (2018; 2020-21), and Honours Convenor, Research School of Management (2012-18). She is currently the Deputy Director for Research, Research School of Management, ANU.


Sarbari Bordia’s teaching and research expertise are multi-disciplinary, ranging from management, applied linguistics, international education and qualitative research methodology in the social sciences.

Sarbari currently teaches qualitative research methodology (Honours, MPhil and PhD) and cross-cultural management (postgraduate). Her prior teaching experiences include cross-cultural management (undergraduate), on- and off-shore courses on business communication and negotiation as well as English as a second language in USA and Australia. Sarbari has co-authored text books on business communication.

Current Teaching:

Qualitative Research Methods 

Other Teaching:

Cross-cultural Management

Managing Across Cultures

Business Communication