The Academic Team

Meet the MBA team who will be teaching you.

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Dr Ana Cristina Costa

Dr Ana Christina Costa pictureRole: 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.

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Dr Savita Kumra

Dr Savita Kumra pictureRole: 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.

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Dr Dimitrios Koufopoulos

Dimitrios Koufopoulos pictureRole: 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)

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Professor Shyama Ramani

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Professor Rui Baptista

Professor Rui Baptista pictureRole: Chair in International Entrepreneurship and Director of Research

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 Satwinder Singh pictureRole: Lecturer

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

Professor Suma Athreye pictureRole: 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.

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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 pictureRole: Senior Lecturer

Dr Sarmad Alshawi is a senior lecturer in Procurement & Logistics Management with more than 20 years of academic experience. He currently teaches Airport Management and Procurement Fundamentals on the MBA and MSc programmes at Brunel Business School. Dr Alshawi is an active member of the OASIS and ISEing research groups at Brunel with multi-discipline research in the areas of Logistics Management, Air Transport Management, Transformation Government, and Knowledge Management. Dr Alshawi has written in internationally refereed journals, organized conferences world-wide and has accumulated more than 90 publications. Dr Alshawi has participated in several research projects, with the latest being the EPSRC funded MATCH healthcare project

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Dr Abrahim Althonayan

Role: Senior Lecturer Dr Abrahim Althonayan picture

Dr Abrahim Althonayan (BSc, MSc, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer of Strategic Management, Operation Management and MBA 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.

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Dr Ramzi El-Haddadeh

Dr Ramzi El-Haddadeh pictureRole: 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.

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Professor Robin Jarvis

Professor Robin Jarvis pictureRole: 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
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Professor Francesco Moscone

Professor Francesco Moscone pictureRole: 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.

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Dr Stephen Smith

Dr Stephen SmithRole: 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.’

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Professor Ashley Braganza

Professor Ashley Braganza pictureRole: Head of Economics and Finance Department and 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.

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Dr Angela Ayios

Dr Angela Ayios pictureRole: Lecturer

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.

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Professor Neil Anderson

Professor Neil Anderson pictureRole: 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.

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Dr Wafi Al-Karaghouli

Dr Wafi Al-Karaghouli pictureRole: Lecturer, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and MBA 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.

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Dr Jill Collis

Dr Jill Collis pictureRole: 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.

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Dr Gabriella Spinelli

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Gabriella Spinelli (PhD) is a senior lecturer at BBS and her research interests have attracted external funds from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the National Police Improvements Agency (NPIA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Prior to her academic career Gabriella has worked on the design and evaluation of interactive systems for Eastman Kodak Usability lab (NY), at Domus Academy (Milan, Italy) and acted as consultant for the Appliance Studio (UK). 
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Dr Weifeng Chen

Dr Weifeng Chen pictureRole: Lecturer

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.

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Dr Suraksha Gupta

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Dr Ahmad Ghoneim

Dr Ahmad Ghoneim pictureRole: Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Programmes

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.

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Professor Amir Sharif

Professor Amir Sharif pictureRole: Interim Head of School and Professor of Operations Management

Professor Amir M. Sharif (PhD, BEng (Hons), FRSA, FInstLM, MCMI, AffCILT) is currently Interim 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.

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Dr Mohammad Kamal

Dr Mohammad Kamal pictureRole: Lecturer

Dr. Muhammad Kamal is a Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Brunel Business School (College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences). He has a PhD in Information Systems Research from Brunel University. In addition, Dr Kamal holds an MSc in – Distributed Computing Systems (Greenwich University, London) and Computer Sciences (Punjab Institute of Computer Science [University of Central Punjab], Lahore, Pakistan). Dr Kamal joined the Brunel Business School in May 2010 as a Research Fellow and became the member of the Information Systems Evaluation & Integration Network (ISEing). Moreover, he worked on two EU projects (UbiPOL and CEES) and Qatar National Research Foundation Funded Project (I-MEET). Since joining the School in 2010, Dr Kamal worked on several research projects including publishing in the areas of Operations Research, Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Integration, e-Procurement, and Information Systems (including e-Government) in leading journals e.g. International Journal of Production Research, Expert Systems with Applications, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Government Information Quarterly, International Journal of Information Management, Information Systems Management, and Journal of Global Information Management and several leading international conferences such as ECIS, AMCIS, HICSS, EMCIS, and PACIS. Currently, he is a Senior Editor for Information Systems Management (ISM) journal, Assistant Editor for the Journal of Enterprise Information Management (JEIM) and Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy (TGPPP) and a primary member of the Operations and Supply Chain Systems Group (OASIS).

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