The Academic Team
Meet the MBA team who will be teaching you.
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Dr Ana Cristina Costa
Role: Senior Lecturer
Ana Cristina Costa (PhD) holds an MSc degree in Social and Organizational Psychology from the ISPA Institute, University of Lisbon in Portugal, and a PhD in Trust in Organizations from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She is Senior Lecturer Human Resource Management - Organizational Behaviour and has CIPD Academic membership. She has taught a variety of classes including Organizational Behaviour, HRM, Knowledge Management, Research Methods, Teamwork and Conflict Management on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate including MBA and PhD courses.
Her research interests include Trust in Organizations, HRM, Social Capital and Teamwork, and Innovation and Knowledge Management in Organizations. Ana Cristina is co-founder of the Innovation Collaborative Research Network (www.icrn.org.uk) funded by The Leverhulme Trust which investigates creativity and innovation at work and their effects on job performance, HRM, and employee well-being across Europe in collaboration with Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and University of Valencia (Spain). She is currently visiting Associate Professor at the Research Institute of Personnel Psychology at University of Valencia in Spain.
Ana Cristina is a member of several editorial boards and has been guest editor of special issues for Journals such as Group and Organization Management, International Sociology and Social Science Information. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.Full profile
Dr Savita Kumra
Role: Senior Lecturer
Dr Savita Kumra (BA (Hons.), MSc (Econ.), PhD, CIPD) is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel Business School. Savita completed her doctorate at Cranfield School of Management where she is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Management. Savita has held academic posts at Oxford Brookes University, Keele University, University of Buckingham and University of Greenwich. Savita is a committee member of the BAM Special Interest Group on Gender in Management, and on the Editorial Board of Gender in Management: An International Journal. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Savita’s key research interests focus on diversity, the gendered nature of the career development process in the professional services and the importance of developing and deploying key career enhancement strategies, e.g. impression management, and building and leveraging social capital.
Savita teaches Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and has contributed to a number of executive programmes specialising in Women’s Leadership Development for Cranfield School of Management and clients such as the Asian Development Bank, International Power and CERN. She has also undertaken a number of consultancy projects with clients such as Standard Chartered Bank, Asian Development Bank, Clifford Chance, Northern Ireland Staff Commission and Tesco. She is also a regular contributor to women’s corporate networking events, with organisations such as PWc, Deutsche Bank, Rolls Royce and Lloyds TSB.Full profile
Dr Dimitrios Koufopoulos
Role: Senior Lecturer
Dr Dimitrios N. Koufopoulos holds a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from the Athens University of Business and Economics and an MBA and PhD degree from Cardiff University. He is Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, Member of the Chartered Institute of Management, Member of the Chartered Securities and Investement Institute, Academic Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute and Research Director of the Hellenic Observatory of Corporate Governance (HOCG, www.hocg.eu)Full profile
Professor Shyama Ramani
Role: Professor of Innovation and the Social Enterprise
Shyama V. Ramani is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise at Brunel Business School and the director of the Centre on International Business and Strategy in Emerging Markets at Brunel University.
Her research focuses on the relationships between technology, innovation and development, drawing on the evolution of biotech sectors in India and Europe as illustrative case studies. Her work revolves around three core themes: the impact of the national system of innovation on the creation of industrial competence; the use of patent and publications statistics as indicators of competitive position and comparative advantage for investment; and the creation of incentives for cooperation and coordination. Her methodology is varied, ranging from contextual analysis and case studies to the use of game theory for studying strategic problems related to innovation creation and diffusion. She is currently studying the role of technology and innovation to attain the Millennium Development Goals, and the corporate social responsibility of firms with respect to innovation. Dr. Ramani holds a PhD in economics from Cornell University, USA. She is also a Professorial Fellow at the United Nations University, (UNU-MERIT) at Maastricht, The Netherlands.
After the tsunami of December 2004, she founded the non-profit organization ‘Friend in Need’, an action-research unit which aims to improve sanitation coverage and waste management in rural India. It is actively supported by European and Indian students. This has been followed in 2012 by the creation of an academic research consultancy named ‘HATCHED’, which develops and applies innovative designs and practices to improve the lives of communities at the bottom of the income pyramid in emerging countries.Full profile
Professor Rui Baptista
Role: Chair in International Entrepreneurship
Rui Baptista joined Brunel Business School on September 2013 as the Chair in International Entrepreneurship. He is a member of CEIBIEM (Centre for Research into Entrepreneurship, International Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets). He has been a faculty member at: Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon; Carnegie Mellon University; and Indiana University.
Rui’s research and teaching interests are in the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation, regional economic development, industry dynamics, and labor markets. He is an associate editor and member of the Editorial Board of Small Business Economics – An Entrepreneurship Journal.
Rui holds a Ph.D. from London Business School and a Licenciatura in Economics from the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon.
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Dr Satwinder Singh
Dr. Singh holds a Ph.D (Econ.) degree with specialisation in International Business. He has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow at University of Reading, Department of Economics. He has also consulted for private and public organisations and was based in Geneva as a full time consultant with UNCTAD in 2003-04. Dr. Singh has published over forty papers and chapters in edited volume on International Business.
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Professor Suma Athreye
Role: Professor of International Strategy
Suma Athreye is Professor of International Strategy at Brunel Business School and Founding Director of the Centre on International Business and Strategy in Emerging Markets at Brunel University. Her research focuses on internationalization and its impact on technology management in developed and in emerging economies. Some of her well cited publications are on knowledge markets and the growth of international licensing, foreign investment into India, the growth of the Cambridge high tech cluster, the software and pharmaceutical industries in India and the internationalization of Chinese and Indian firms. She has won several grants for her research which has also been recognized by national and international media.
In her current research funded by the European Commission, she has worked closely with the Office of National Statistics to create unique firm level datasets that enable her to study the impact of international technology imports on UK firm innovation and performance. (Please click the link to read more about this research and download papers associated with it). She is also working with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in the UK to estimate the returns to patenting for UK firms located in different sectors and different size groups.
Suma’s research has had an impact on policy and she has consulted to several multilateral organisations. In 2008, she was invited to be Rapporteur for the EU expert Group in International Cooperation in Science and Technology. In 2010, she was invited to contribute to the annual report of the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Her team of researchers is also working with the IPO to assist with their review of the public consultation into reform of the UK’s IP system.Full profile
Mr John Twomey
Jon is a Chartered Marketer and skilled workshop facilitator, with marketing excellence consulting experience across a multitude of FMCG and pharmaceutical clients. Jon has a direct, positive and constructively critical style of workshop delivery which many clients find demanding and very stimulating. His particular areas of expertise include: digital marketing solutions, performance measurement and marketing planning. Jon has been working as Marketing Lecturer on the Brunel MBA since 2002.
Dr Sarmad Alshawi
Dr Sarmad Alshawi has more than 20 years of academic experience and currently teaches on the MBA programme at the Brunel Business School, Brunel University (UK). Dr Alshawi is an active member of research groups at Brunel, with multi-discipline research in the areas of Business Intelligence and Data Management, CRM, E-government, E-health and Air Transport Information Systems. Dr Alshawi has written in internationally refereed journals, spoken at conferences word-wide, and has guest-edited special issue journals. He has participated in several research projects, with the latest being the EPSRC funded MATCH healthcare project.
Dr Abrahim Althonayan
Dr Abrahim Althonayan (BSc, MSc, PhD) is a Lecturer of Strategic Management at Brunel Business School. He is a member of the Centre for International Business and Strategy in Emerging Markets (CIBSEM). Abrahim is Director of International Business Development. He is also active in the Executive development at BBS.Full profile
Dr Ramzi El-Haddadeh
Role: Senior Lecturer
Dr. Ramzi El-Haddadeh (B.Sc., MSc, PhD) is a faculty member at Brunel Business School. Prior to that; Dr El-Haddadeh was a faculty remember at The School of Information Systems Computing and Mathematics in Brunel University. He is a member of the Information Systems Evaluation and Integration Research Group (ISEing). Dr. El-Haddadeh is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, and has published in a number of leading journals and international conferences in the areas of Telecommunications, Computer Networks and Information Systems.Full profile
Professor Robin Jarvis
Role: Professor in Accounting
Robin Jarvis has been Professor of Accounting at Brunel since January 2010 (Fractional Appointment) and Head of SME Affairs at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Robin is also a member of and past chair (2004 -2009) of FIN USE (An expert forum set up by the European Commission to improve policy making in the field of financial services from a user perspective (consumer and small business). http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/fin-use_forum/index_en.htm
Membership of Advisory Panels and Working Groups
- International Accounting Standards Board (IASB): Advisory Panel on financial reporting by small and medium-sized entities and in emerging and transition economies 2003 -2009
- UK Treasury Working Group : access to finance for SMEs
- European Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) - Supervisory Board, Member; Nominating Committee, and SME Working Group
- International Federations of Accountants (IFAC) - Small Medium Size Practices Committee. Chair SME Financial Reporting Task Force.
- UEAPME - Economic and Fiscal Committee
- Federation Des Experts Comptables Europeens -SME Working Party
- Council Member of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Editorial Boards of Research Journals
- International Small Business Journal, Sage Publications
- Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance, Wiley
- Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
- International Journal of Business Excellence
Professor Francesco Moscone
Role: Professor of Business Economics & Director of MBA Programmes
Professor Francesco Moscone is the Director MBA programs and the former head of the Centre of Research into Entrepreneurship, International Business in Emerging Markets. He has previously worked at the University of Leicester, University of Cambridge, and London School of Economics (LSE). He has held visiting scholar positions at University of California-Berkeley, University Pompeu Fabra, and LSE. He has worked as health economist for the National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children's Health, and the National Agency for Regional Health Services (Rome, Italy). He is principal investigator on an ESRC (UK government funding) first research grant entitled "Statistical Modelling of Interdependence in Economics". Additionally he is co-investigator for the grant "Economic Performance and Quality of Life in European Cities" awarded by the Economics Education and Research Consortium. Francesco is also a co-investigator for the grant "Development of new indicators to assess research within scientific areas" awarded by the European Social Fund. Additionally Francesco co investigates a major EU grant entitled "Biopool- Services associated to digitalise contents of tissues in Biobanks across Europe".
He is associate editor of the journals Empirical Economics and Economic Modelling and a Member of ESRC Peer Review College.Full profile
Dr Stephen Smith
Role: Senior Lecturer
Stephen Lloyd Smith is a member of Brunel Business School with special interests in emotional labour, practice development, the philosophy of method and in the class origins and emotional basis for the authority exercised by local authorities.
He is experienced in the use of different forms of applied drama, image work, learning sets (etc) for practice development, especially as a way examining and overcoming impasse. He has worked with Kent Constabulary, the Royal College of Nursing, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, the air-transport section of the International Transport Workers’ Federation and with a number of local authorities and health trusts.
He was the founding editor of the International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotions and has published papers in several journals including, Local Economy, Science and Public Policy, Sociological Review, Social Science and Medicine, Research Policy, Soundings, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, the International Small Business Journal and in Philosophy of Management. Recently he was guest editor for two special editions of the International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotions, based on presentations at the Conference on the Future of Feeling. This was one of a series of conferences and seminars which he co-organised.
Steve has a special interest in the thoughts and writings of Arlie Hochschild. In his estimation ‘She is the greatest living sociologist and by far the most acute observer of emotions in public and private life.’
Main teaching responsibilities cover organisational sociology, doctoral supervision and an MBA module called Managing for the Future. For weekend projects he plays in a nine-piece soul band and is developing a radically new form of electric guitar which he has also patented.
He is currently working on the concept of ‘Artefact Cafes’ (with the School of Engineering and Design), on a Learning Set (with Meretta Elliot from the School of Arts and Kate Darlington, BBS) and on the ritual origins of local emotions (again with Kate Darlington who has chosen this as the focus of her doctoral research). ‘Public feelings vary from place to place. Some publics show great enthusiasm, others are confounded by bad-temper; yet others are passive and half-asleep. Here nothing much happens. The proposition that there are such things as ‘public emotions’ won’t be accepted by everybody, especially those who think social life is constituted out of individual interests and psychologies. However, different feelings are reported clearly enough by members of different local elites. And now we think we know why they vary. It has to do with which public rituals are enacted, how often and with how big they are. It is from these events that local authorities derive their “moral energies” and we know one place which is particularly expert in all of this. It has been enacting big rituals for over a century and this has strengthened and shaped the authority which its local authority enjoys.’Full profile
Professor Ashley Braganza
Role: Professor of Organisational Transformation
Ashley Braganza is Professor of Organisational Transformation at Brunel Business School. His research and consultancy interests encompass change management, strategy implementation, process and knowledge management and transformation enabled information systems. He has published over 100 papers in prestigious academic and practitioner journals and 3 books. He is the Director of nexus – The Knowledge Exchange. He is the Founder and Chair of the British Academy of Management Special Interest Group in Transformation, Change and Development. He has carried out over 50 consultancy assignments with large global organisations.Full profile
Dr Angela Ayios
Dr Angela Ayios' doctoral thesis investigated the determinants of interpersonal trust in east-west joint ventures in Russia. Her trust typology has since been extended in work with Dr Lisa Harris to analyse the operation of trust in call centres. She lectures in business ethics, especially in the international context, and qualitative research methods, at undergraduate, post-graduate and MBA level.
Professor Neil Anderson
Role: Professor of HRM
Neil Anderson is Professor of Human Resource Management and Director of Research of the HRM-OB research centre (WORC) at Brunel University. Having obtained his PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Aston University in 1989, Professor Anderson has previously held chairs at the University of London (Goldsmiths College) and the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). He has published in several areas spanning HRM and organizational psychology over a number of years, and is now one of the top-five most cited Industrial-Organizational psychologists in Europe. Professor Anderson is Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and Division 14 of the APA (the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology), Fellow of the IAAP, and an Academic Fellow of the CIPD.
Professor Anderson has published over 90 refereed papers, 20 books, and over 50 book chapters. His scholarly work has appeared in a number of the top-tier journals in the field including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Personnel Psychology, Human Relations, Human Performance, and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. Professor Anderson has co-edited a number of major handbooks including, the Blackwell Handbook of Selection (2005) and the Handbook of Industrial, Work, and Organizational Psychology published by Sage (2001), the latter currently being updated as a three-volume Second Edition. As a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, he continues to serve as a Consulting Editor on the board of this journal, as well as on the international editorial boards of several other scholarly journals (including Journal of Management, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, amongst others).
He has wide experience of departmental and university management roles, including in his current role as Director of Research for the Work and Organization Research Centre within the Business School. Over the years Professor Anderson has won funding from research councils and third-wave foundations in three countries, including the Leverhulme Trust funded centre into innovation research in the workplace (www.icrn.org.uk). In total, Professor Anderson has won in excess of 2.5 million pounds of research support from a wide range of funding bodies in several countries.
Having previously been Visiting Professor to several universities in the UK, China and the USA, he is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands) and the University of Valencia (Spain). Retaining a close interest in the practical application of scientific research in human resource management practices in organizations, he has consulted to numerous organizations in the UK, Europe, and the USA on issues relating to personnel psychology and organizational performance, including British Aerospace, the British Army, Shell, Saville Consulting, and NASA in the USA (Jupiter Mission).
His teaching spans Undergraduate, Masters, MBA, and Doctoral levels and he has particular expertise in the areas of staff selection, appraisal, performance management, the science-practice divide in HRM/Organizational Psychology, and innovation and creativity in the workplace.Full profile
Dr Wafi Al-Karaghouli
Role: Lecturer, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Admissions Director
Dr Wafi Al-Karaghouli BA, MPhil, PhD, Cert. TQM, Cert. PRINCE2, MBCS, MElite, MPROMS-G, MRESG, FINFORMS
Wafi gained extensive experience with multinational companies. Twelve years industrial experience of which one was a Blue-chip and more than twenty years in Higher Education. A qualified practitioner in Total Quality Management (TQM) and in Project Management Methodology PRINCE2.
He joined Brunel Business School (BBS) in January 2008. Wafi is the founder and chair of the Middle East and Sustainable Developments Focus (MESDF) Group. He is also a member of the Heathrow Sector Steering Group, BCS-Elite and BCS-Project Management Group. Prior to Brunel, Wafi was a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Information Technology in the University of Westminster, Westminster Business School (WBS), Marylebone Campus. He taught on the Undergraduate, Postgraduate, MBA and the Professional ACCA degrees. The synergy between past industrial experience and academic interests enables him to attempt to 'bridge the gap' between theory and practice. Hence, his research tends to take the form of participatory action research and has embraced topics such as information system failure in business, systems thinking, problem solving, organisational learning (OL) and knowledge management (KM). These topics have taken Wafi into many different organisations in both the Government/Public and Private profit-making sectors. In particular his research has been concerned with the effective development of information systems and methodologies. He has developed a framework ensuring the effective linking of business requirements and ITS specifications.
Wafi has published on the subject of information systems failure in the retail sector. He contributed to the developments of the Wyatts Dealer Board System at Reuters in London, a Knowledge Management System at Merrill Lynch HSBC, Implementation and Use of Blackberry at Sage Publishing Company, and SITE a Training Programme for new recruits at CACI Limited in London. Wafi has also contributed to the development of the Iris Recognition Immigration System (iris) and BAA’s fast-track check-in desks at Heathrow Airport. Wafi is a reviewer and on the editorial board of a number of international journals, and has published in a number of leading journals and international conferences in the areas of knowledge management, and IS/IT. He has also chaired conference tracks.
Dr Jill Collis
Role: Reader in Accounting
Jill Collis is Director of the Accounting and Auditing Research Centre at Brunel University. Her research focuses on national and international developments in financial reporting requirements for small and medium-sized private companies. She has undertaken applied research for major accountancy bodies in the UK (ACCA, ICAEW and ICAS), the Professional Oversight Board and government departments. The Collis Report (DTI, 2003) contributed to the 'think small first' approach taken in UK company law and has been used as the basis for research in other jurisdictions. The second Collis Report (BERR, 2008) contributed to the government’s strategy for better regulation and reducing administrative burdens on smaller entities.
In addition to her research publications, she has published text books on accounting and research methods. Her accessible writing style and active-learning approach reflects her experience as a mature student and her understanding of lecturers’ needs. Business Accounting provides an introduction to financial and management accounting for non-specialist students and at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Business Research is a practical guide to research methods intended for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students.
Dr Gabriella Spinelli
Role: Professor of Innovation and the Social Enterprise
Dr Weifeng Chen
Weifeng Chen is a member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and China-Britain Business Council (CBBC). He is an active member of the Centre for Research in Marketing (CREAM) within Brunel Business School. He is also consulting on doing business with Chinese enterprises.Full profile
Dr Suraksha Gupta
Dr Suraksha Gupta is a Lecturer of Marketing at the Brunel Business School. Dr Gupta’s research focuses on issues that relate business-to-business marketing to business performance. Recent research publications of Dr Gupta also focus on role of business-to-business customers in enabling a business to become sustainable. Her research has been published in many journals for e.g. Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of World Business, Journal of General Management and Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing. The research paper published in IMM investigated implications of business and culture on behaviour of business customers of international firms in emerging markets was one of the most downloaded paper and The study on EU enlargement from a brand perspective received highly commended award from Emerald Literati Network in 2009. Dr Gupta’s strategic advise has enabled companies like Roasty Foods and Riviera Group to successfully set up their business-to-business network in India and use their brand to drive behaviour of their business customers for superior performance. Before taking up an academic career, Dr Gupta provided consulting to international brands such as Compaq, Samsung and O2 and helped them to strategise their business expansion plan in large and complex markets like India.
- 2012 – Advisor, Roasty Foods Pvt Ltd, India
- 2010 – Advisor, Brand and Market Development, Riviera Group of Companies, India
- 2009 – Advisor, Market Research, Opticomm Media Ltd, UK
- 1998-2006: Director Systems Research Pvt Ltd., India
- 1995 – 1998: Regional Manager, JL Marketing Services Pvt Ltd, India
- 1990 – 1995: Information Assistant, Tata Energy Research Institute, India
- 1990 – 1990: Executive for ‘Newspaper in Education’ supplement of The Times of India, India
- PhD in Marketing
- Bachelor of Commerce
Dr Ahmad Ghoneim
Role: Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Dr Ahmad Ghoneim (BSc, MSc, PhD) is a Lecturer of eBusiness and Information systems at Brunel Business School. He is a member of the (ISEing) group - a research centre of excellence that supports a number of (EPSRC) funded networks and projects. Ahmad is the Programme Chair for the annual EMCIS conference and is on the editorial board of the TGPPP journal. He also co-edited special issues for IJCEC and EJIS journals.
Professor Amir Sharif
Role: Assistant Head of School and Professor of Operations Management
Professor Amir M. Sharif (PhD, BEng (Hons), FRSA, FInstLM, MCMI, AffCILT) is currently Acting Assistant Head of School and Professor of Operations Management. He has previously been Director of MBA Programmes within Brunel Business School and has lead the Brunel MBA through successful AMBA accreditations. Amir has 10 years of experience working for and consulting to corporations such as JPMorgan, UBS, KPMG, Sony and the BBC in a variety of programme and project management roles. Through this industrial experience as well as academic research background, Amir is also active as a research grant reviewer for numerous national and international funding bodies such as: the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK, the Natural and National Science Foundation of China (NNSFC) and the Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF). Amir was elected to the Peer Review Electoral College of the EPSRC in 2005, and continues to be a serving member. Amir is also a member of the University Senate.Full profile
Dr Mohammad Kamal
Role: Research Fellow
Dr. Muhammad Kamal is a Research Fellow at Brunel Business School and currently working with Prof. Zahir Irani. He received his PhD from the School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics (SISCM), Brunel University, in the area of Information Systems (under the supervision of Dr. Marinos Themistocleous and Dr. Tony Elliman). His PhD focused on Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) adoption in Local Government domain. In addition, he holds MSc's in – Distributed Computing Systems (Greenwich University, London) and Computer Sciences (Punjab Institute of Computer Science [University of Central Punjab], Lahore, Pakistan). In his previous appointment, Dr. Kamal worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on a European funded research project (Ref: proposal n° 2006/VP021/30137) namely – the REFOCUS (senioR Employees training on inFOrmation and CommUnication technologieS) Project at SISCM with Dr. Marinos Themistocleous and Dr. Alan Serrano. Currently, he is an active editorial review board member for International Journal of Electronic Government Research (IJEGR) and Transforming Government: People, Progress and Policy, at the Brunel Business School.Full profile