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Dr. Pramila Rao
Associate Professor of Human Resource Management
Contact Information

(703) 284-5726

Academic Credentials

B.A., Women’s Christian College
M.B.A., Grand Valley State University
Ph.D., The George Washington University
Teaching Areas:
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Total Pay
  • Human Resource Management
  • Global human resource management
Research Interests:
  • Cross-cultural management, especially human resource management practices in India and Mexico
  • Role of culture on e-human resource management practices, such as online recruitment, e-learning
  • Debates as a method to enhance student learning
  • Learning challenges of an international student audience
Industry Associations:
  • Academy of Management
  • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Dr. Pramila Rao enjoys teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and specifically seeks to foster a participative class environment. She likes to provide opportunities for students to be self-directed in their own learning. As a result, most of Dr. Rao’s classes include debates, Socratic seminars, case studies, and article discussions, providing students opportunities to demonstrate higher order-thinking skills such as researching, analyzing, integrating, and problem-solving.

Dr. Rao’s primary research interests revolve around understanding human resource management (HRM) practices in Mexico and India. Her current project involves identifying the HRM practices of “best” companies in these two countries using a qualitative research approach. Dr. Rao has also begun to pursue interest in research topics related to teaching, one example being the use of debates as a learning technique. Dr. Rao is currently testing the results of debates as a learning tool by conducting monthly debates both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

As a professional member of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management), Dr. Rao has written two learning modules on HRM practices of India and Mexico that are used by practitioners and scholars.