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Department of Management

Ms Melody Kuziwa Jombe

Ms Melody Kuziwa Jombe

Lecturer in Business Management


 Streatham Court 1.62


Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK


Melody Kuziwa Jombe is a Deputy Program Director for Business School: With Year Abroad (WYA) and Lecturer in Management at the University of Exeter Business School.  Melody brings a wide range of knowledge from Corporate Business having worked for more than a decade in FMCG, and Market Research industries. Before joining University of Exeter, Melody was an academic reviewer for Southern New Hampshire (Gem Hub), an initiative that focuses on expanding tertiary education to vulnerable and under resourced groups across the world. Her Doctoral thesis incorporates a Critical Incident Technique (CIT) method in identifying the causal attributions of venture distress.

In 2024, Melody Co-founded Black Heritage University Group (B-HUGs) in collaboration with some of the TED WRAGG Trust Schools. The B-HUGs project aims to provide role modelling and mentoring support to Black High School students around Exeter. The initiative allows students to visit the campus and have different diverse sessions across Faculties thus providing this group of students with exposure and different opportunities that awaits them in the future. The driving force for this initiative was a lack of representation of Black academics along the academic pipeline.

100 Black Women Professors Now Programme (2023) Cohort

Nationality: Zimbabwean 


BBA (UNISA), BCom Hons cum laude (UNISA), MPhil Strategic Management ( University of Pretoria), PhD Candidate Business Management (University of Pretoria)


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Research interests

  • Turnaround management
  • Restructuring
  • Organisational Change

Publications: Direct and Indirect Impacts of Business  Rescue on Employment

Research projects

Research Projects underway:

  • Causal attribution of venture distress using a Critical Incident Technique method.
  • Exploring the transformative power of access to and accessibility of Higher Education role models for Black youth in Exeter

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External Engagement and Impact

Media Coverage

BBC Devon Interviews: BBC Interview: 

Women’s Higher Education Network (WHEN)100 Black Women Professors NOW Program 100 BWPN: Academic Cohort (

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BEM 3033- Strategic Management

BEM 3060- Managing Entrepreneurially

BEMM 116- Principles of International Business



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