Evelina Atanassova Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Business and Professional Studies

Evelina Atanassova Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Human Resources and Leadership






Dr. Evelina Atanassova is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Human Resources and Leadership. Evelina has served as Adjunct Faculty for University of Massachusetts Global since 2014, focusing on the disciplines of Organizational Leadership and Human Resources. She has also had extensive teaching experience at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Paris and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton.

Evelina’s research interests include organization management and organization behavior theories; she is currently investigating social networking strategies as a response to professional demands and individual goals, as well as social capital outcomes of social network configurations. Evelina’s research has been presented at major management academic conferences, such as The Academy of Management and the European Group for Organization Studies.

Earlier in her career, she gained operational leadership experience in Human Resource Management as an HR Manager within a large European telecommunications company. In that capacity, Evelina was responsible for developing and implementing large-scale strategic initiatives spanning diverse HR disciplines, including job evaluation and grading, performance appraisal, organizational restructuring, competency models and leadership development. She holds a Ph.D. in Management from HEC Paris, as well as an MA in Organization Leadership from Chapman University, and an MA in Human Resource Management from the New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Bulgaria.



  • Business
  • Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Research methods


HEC Paris, Jouy-en-Josas, France
Ph.D. in Management 2016
Dissertation: “Should I Bridge or Should I Bond? Social Capital Strategies and Contingencies”

Chapman University, Irvine, CA
M.A. in Organizational Leadership 2010
Thesis: Contemporary Leadership Approaches

Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria
B.A. in Sociology 2003
Areas of Concentration: Social Psychology, Group Dynamics

Scholarly Activities

Conference Presentation, The Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, USA - 2016
Conference Presentation, European Group for Organization Studies, Naples, Italy - 2016
Conference Presentation, European Group for Organization Studies, Athens, Greece - 2015

Professional Experiences

University of Massachusetts Global, Irvine, CA
Adjunct Professor in Organizational Leadership 2014-2018
Taught various undergraduate and graduate courses for the Organizational Leadership and Human Resources Management programs

HEC Paris, Jouy-en-Josas
Research and Teaching Assistant 2012-2015
Participated in various research projects and teaching assignments.

Vivacom, Sofia, Bulgaria
HR Manager 2005-2010
Managed a corporate department responsible for developing and implementing HR strategies related to organizational structuring, job and task analyses, performance assessment, competency development and leadership development

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