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Professor Alwathnani received his Ph.D. in Accounting with a minor in Finance from the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2006. His Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Do investors overreact to patterns of firms' past financial performance measures?" He holds a Master degree in Accounting with banking and finance concentration from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University of Cleveland, OH, 1998. Before joining Alfaisal University, Professor Alwathnani was a tenured Associate Professor of Accounting at York University, Toronto, Canada. He had served on York faculty for eight years. Professor Alwathnani has both teaching and research interest in financial accounting and capital markets. His research draws on the cognitive psychology literature to study factors that affect investors' decision-making mechanism and how investors' psychology influences the market price discovery process. A well, his research interests includes financial reporting and corporate governance. His work has been published in high quality peer-reviewed journals such the British Accounting Review and the Journal of Behavioural Finance & Economics.
Dr. Thomas Aichner is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the College of Business, Alfaisal University. He holds a joint PhD in marketing from the University of Padova (Italy) and ESCP Europe Business School (Berlin, Germany), with the special mention of "Doctor Europaeus". He earned his BSc in economics and management at LUSPIO University (Rome, Italy), his MSc in European business at ESCP Europe Business School (Berlin, Germany) and his MA in management at the University of Trento (Italy). His research, which has been published in recognized scientific journals such as the Journal of Brand Management and the International Journal of Market Research, is primarily focused on international marketing, country of origin, mass customization, e-commerce, and social media. Furthermore, Dr. Aichner is the co-author of the book "Mass Customization: An Exploration of European Characteristics".
Dr. Ahmed Alanazi is the chair of the Finance department at the College of Business (CoB) at Alfaisal University since January 2016. Ahmed has accomplished his Ph.D. in Finance at Griffith University, Australia, 2013. His Ph.D. thesis titled "Three Essays on Initial Public Offerings: Evidence from the Six Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council". The thesis was an extensive empirical and theoretical examination of the IPOs performances that occurred in the GCC region between 2003 and 2010. He has also emphasized greatly on research based work and has published many articles in prominent international journals such as the Applied Economics, the Multinational Financial Management and the Corporate Control and Ownership journals. His research interests extend to cover the financial markets in the GCC, IPOs and corporate governance. Currently, Dr. Ahmed is doing research on the profitability of technical analysis and Forex market. He has developed a new course, which is offered now at the CoB under the title “Financial Trading Strategies”. This course will give students an exposure to the real markets practice and trading.
Dr. Saad Alhoqail is Assistant Professor of Marketing at Alfaisal University. He focuses his research on marketing strategy, chief marketing officer, marketing in Fortune companies, and corporate top management team. He is also interested in investigating the impact of the well-known marketing phenomena such as word of mouth, corporate social responsibility and social media using advanced empirical methodology. His work has appeared in high quality peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Retailing. Prior to joining academia, he was a marketing researcher in the Saudi's Supreme Commission for Tourism and Antiquities. His experience also includes executing in-house training programs related to sales and customer service and consulting for several companies in blueprinting marketing strategy, branding, and new product market research. Professor Alhoqail holds a Ph.D. in marketing from University of Texas at Arlington, an MBA with concentration in marketing from University of Colorado at Denver, a B.A. in marketing from King Saud University.
Dr.Aydin is an associate professor of economics at Alfaisal University. He received his bachelor's degree in Public Finance, master's degree in International Economics, and two doctoral degrees, one in Education and the other in Economics. He worked as a researcher at Florida State University and Florida TaxWatch Research Institute for nine years after receiving his first doctoral degree. He also taught at Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College for several years. He had worked at King Saud University for 3.5 years before moving to Alfaisal in August 2014.
Dr.Aydin has conducted research in variety of topics including local and state government budget analysis, economic impact studies, tourism, higher education, virtual education, information technology, and Medicaid. He has published theoretical and empirical papers on these matters. He presents his works through conferences and seminars at top universities around the world including Harvard and Cambridge. In total, Dr. Aydin has completed over forty research projects; authored seven, translated two, and co-authored three books; and published many peer-reviewed articles. Dr.Aydin currently focuses on Islamic economics, human nature, subjective well-being, neureconomics. He is currently directing two two-year research projects worth of nearly one million riyals funded by KACST. He has published in top academic journals including Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Social Economics, International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management etc.
In the field of teaching, Dr.Aydin has experience of almost teaching all economics courses at graduate and undergraduate levels including financial econometric, managerial economics, micro- and macro-economics, advanced economic analysis, labor economics, international economics, etc. He has received teaching excellence grants and awards few times. He has developed and conducted several effective teaching workshops at different universities.
Dr. Nur Barizah is Assistant Professor of Accounting. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Accounting, Master of Sciences and Bachelor of Accounting (Honors) from the International Islamic University Malaysia. She has thirteen years of experience in a university setting as lecturer. Author of over 20 published writings including university texts, book chapter and journal articles. Reviewer for several journals and examiner of several theses. Recipient of eight research grants and four academic awards. Supervised two Master's Thesis. Translator of course module. Taught 18 different courses in four universities.
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Elisabeth Bui has worked in several Fortune 500 companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers, AT&T, and DuPont with responsibilities including information systems auditing, project management, systems analysis, financial analysis, business disaster recovery and continuity, and business process analysis. She was qualified as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and provided consultations to clients on controls and regulatory compliance. Her education credentials included an MA in International Studies and BBA in Information Systems. She has published in an international referee journal.
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Dr. Bajis Dodin
Dr. Bajis Dodin joined Alfaisal University in September 2013 as the Interim Dean for its College of Business. Prior to that he served in many academic and administrative positions in the School of Business at the University of California Riverside which is an integral part of the University of California (UC. These include Academic Associate Dean, chair of the faculty; manager of the AACSB accreditation project; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, manager of the Business Incubator Project for the city and county of Riverside. He has been very instrumental in adding new programs and courses, and revising many others; and in hiring ladder rank faculty with and without tenure in addition to hiring many lecturers and staff members. He was a Fulbright Scholar for the year 1993/94, and the Director of the UC Education Abroad Center in Egypt for the years 2003/06. He also consulted for several organizations such as International Labor Organization of the UN, and worked for Pullman Standards of Chicago for four years. Dr. Dodin earned his Ph.D. from the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University at Raleigh in the area of Production Management and Operations Research. His main areas of research and teaching are Production & Supply Chain Management, Scheduling, and Project Management. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in these areas; and has conducted basic and applied research resulting in publications that appeared in the premier journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, and The Accounting Review among others. He continued to be active in the leading professional organizations and the related chapters and conferences.
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Professor Evans is from the USA and completed his PhD in Management at the University of Arizona, as well as an MS at Penn State University, and a BS at Brigham Young University. After completing his doctoral studies in 2009, he spent six years at SKK Graduate School of Business in Seoul, Korea, where he studied the business cultures of Korea and China. In addition, he has had the opportunity to provide corporate training for some of Korea's largest corporations, including Samsung, LG, and Doosan, lecturing on global leadership, cross-cultural management, negotiations, and ethics and social responsibility.
Professor Evans is also a former Visiting International Faculty Fellow at MIT, where he studied innovation and knowledge creation. He has published research on team creativity and innovation, knowledge transfer, and managerial communications. He currently studies the difficulties faced by customer service employees as they seek to reconcile customer needs with the organization's goals, including the policies under which they operate, and the sometimes unusual behaviours utilized by employees to meet customer demands (such as rule-breaking).
Dr. Mario Ferrer is the Chair of the Operations and Project Management Department and an Assistant Professor in Operations Management in the College of Business. He teaches courses in logistics and supply chain management, operations management, and quality management. His PhD in Supply chain management is from CQ University in Queensland Australia. Dr Ferrer graduated with a BSc in Industrial Engineering UN, and MBA in e-business (with Distinction) from Central Queensland University Australia. His current research focuses on product and service supply chain practices in emerging economies. He has been an active member of the European continuous innovation network (CInet), the Australian Logistics Association (LAA), Chartered Instituted of Logistics and Transportation (CILT) and Intellectbase consortium. Dr. Ferrer has been an invited reviewer for conferences such as the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Intellectbase, CInet and Latin American and Caribbean Engineering institutions (LACCEI) as well as for Journals such as the International Journal of Technology Management. He is the author of one textbook and has published more than 50 academic articles, as well as producing technical reports for several organizations in Australia and Colombia. The first edition of his recent book, Building supply chain Relationships: An exploration of the predictive relational factors and benefits was published in November 2011.
Dr. Hayat Khan graduated with a PhD from the University of Melbourne. He has been working at La Trobe University since 2005 after completion of his PhD. Dr. Khan has won numerous academic awards including Kilmany Prize for outstanding performance in PhD coursework, a Gold Medal in MSc Economics, and teaching awards for teaching innovations and outstanding contribution to student learning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at La Trobe University. He co-designed the award winning Master of Islamic Banking and Finance and Islamic Finance Professional Development Program at La Trobe University and acted as director of the program for two years. Dr. Khan’s current research focuses on theoretical underpinning of Islamic economics and finance, corporate governance and behavioural economics/finance. He has produced high quality research on theoretical and empirical issues related to economics and finance, Islamic finance in particular”
Dr. Steven J. Jordan is an associate professor of finance with consulting, research, and teaching in investments, market regulation, and behavioral finance. He worked for such firms as KPMG Peat-Marwick, CIGNA, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dr. Jordan has international teaching and research experience including KAIST in Korea, Peking University in China, and Cornell University in the USA. He has presented his research on 5 continents, including universities such as MIT, Seoul National University, Peking University, and Cambridge University. Dr. Jordan received his PhD in Finance from Yale University. He has 15 papers published in highly ranked refereed international academic journals like; Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Applied Probability, International Journal of Forecasting, Financial Management, International Journal of Money and Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Futures Markets, Quantitative Finance, and Emerging Markets Finance and Trade. Dr. Jordan won the prestigious FMA Best Paper Award at the 2011 Asian FMA Annual Conference.
Mr. Neal Johnson graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the Harvard Law School in 1984, and with a bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1980. Currently Neal Johnson is Group General Counsel to Mawarid Holding Company. Mawarid Holding Company is a diversified Saudi Arabian conglomerate with interests in television, telecommunications, manufacturing, wholesale distribution, financial services, and various retailing operations. Mr. Johnson has been with Mawarid for the past twenty-four years. In 2001 through the first quarter of 2002 Mr. Johnson was (Acting) President and Chief Executive of Orbit Television, a Mawarid affiliate. Prior to joining Mawarid, Mr. Johnson was a lawyer with the United States law firm Jones Day. Mr. Johnson was with Jones Day in New York and in Riyadh. Mr. Johnson currently is a member of the board of directors of Orbit Holding Company, and from 1993 through 2009 he was a member of the board of the Orbit Satellite Television and Radio Network. He is a director of many closely held corporations. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the Rasmala Fund, a Dubai-based private equity fund. Mr. Johnson was Chairman of the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce, and is a former Chairman of the American Business Group of Riyadh. Mr. Johnson is a member of the board of the Harvard Alumni of Saudi Arabia, and he serves as University Liaison Officer for the board. He is an official prospective student interviewer for Harvard College. For the past five years Mr. Johnson has been affiliated with the College of Business, AlFaisal University in Riyadh. He teaches an introductory business law course and has taught an upper level seminar on governance of family owned enterprises in the College of Business at AlFaisal University. Mr. Johnson was born in Salem, Oregon, USA and was raised in Montana, USA. He has lived and worked in London, New York, Riyadh, Rome, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, Seoul, and Washington.
Dr. Kafaji has a PhD in computer simulation and engineering, MSc in mathematical modelling and BSc in science. He gained a number of professional certificates in Business Management and IT including: Lean Six Sigma, PMP, ITIL, IT Project+, CISA, OCP, and MCP. Dr. Kafaji has over 20 years of work experience, in the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Bahrain. His areas of expertise and research include MIS, IT Governance, PMO, Program/Project Management, System & Business Analysis, System Selection, IT Audit, Database Management, Business Continuity Management, and Business Processes, Policies & Procedures. He developed and managed specialized undergraduate and postgraduate courses in management information system, project management, operations, and technology management. In research, Dr. Kafaji conducted highly specialized state-of-the-art research projects that resulted in the publication of over 40 papers. At Alfaisal University, Dr. Kafaji current research areas are management information systems, project management, and operations management. He supervised graduation research projects for 36 MBA Students.
In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Kafaji has strong consultancy experience gained from working with two of the big-four firms; Ernst & Young and KPMG. These roles gave Dr. Kafaji hands-on experience in business development, leadership, strategy development, project management, system implementation, and IT Governance. These experiences helped to enrich teaching practices plus added abilities to integrate people, process, and technology to drive changes and achieve strategic alignment with business goals and objectives.
Mr. Mahmoud Kazzal is a College of Business faculty specializing in Electronic Commerce and Management Information Systems. Mr. Kazzal joined Alfaisal University in 2010 with great Industry and Academic experience teaching Electronic Commerce and Management Information Systems courses. In addition, Mr. Kazzal manages the internship and Lectures Series programs. Mr. Kazzal holds MBA in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor degree in Computer Science.
Dr Rahma Lahyani is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Management Science at the College of Business at Alfaisal University in Riyadh. She has obtained her Ph.D. degree in the field of Operations Research from École Centrale de Lille, France and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT) at Laval University, Quebec, Canada, and at École Centrale de Lille, France. Dr. Lahyani taught several courses for the graduate engineering program at École Centrale de Lille and several graduate and undergraduate courses at Alfaisal University in quantitative methods and operations management. Her research interests are in the broad field of logistics. Particularly, she has developed research on mathematical programming, and developing meta- and matheuristics, as well as exact algorithms to solve theoretical and rich practical problems arising in the supply chain management. She has published book chapters and scientific papers in high quality peer-reviewed journals such as Omega, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research and Euro Journal on Combinatorial Optimization. She has received international academic awards, excellence grants and research grants. She currently co-supervises graduate and undergraduate students from Laval University, and she is qualified for Associate Professor positions in France in the fields of Computer Engineering and Automation. She serves as referee for international conferences and peer reviewed scientific journals.
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Maurice J. Murphy is an Instructor of Management in the Department of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Business, Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia. He teaches Principles of Management, Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, Business Communications, and Introduction to Business. Maurice has a BA from Columbia University in the City of New York, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, and a Masters of Arts in Management from Durham University Business School in Durham, UK, with a concentration in strategic management. His research interests are in the area of competitive strategy, multinational strategy in emerging markets, and non-market strategy (i.e. stakeholder management, corporate political activities, Islam and business ethics/CSR, and the political economy of the GCC). His current research analyzes the corporate political activities of foreign and domestic firms operating in the Kingdom and religious salience and attitudes towards CSR in Saudi. He is also working on a project assessing business ethics education in Saudi business colleges using AACSB standards as a benchmark, as well as an assessment of the role of large firms in aiding the Saudi polity in creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Maurice has over eight years of teaching experience in Saudi tertiary institutions.
Dr. AbdelMonim Shaltoni has an extensive experience in the fields of marketing and e-business. He holds a PhD in e-marketing from the University of Birmingham/UK. Currently, he is the director of the undergraduate program at the college of business/Alfaisal University. Before starting his academic career, Dr. Shaltoni worked as marketing and business development manager for software houses. He spent a major part of his academic career as an assistant professor in marketing at the University of Petra/Jordan where he was also head and member in several councils/committees. Other teaching experiences were at the University of Westminster (London) and the University of Jordan (Amman). His research interests focus on the organizational adoption of e-marketing and marketing practices in developing countries where he secured research funds and published in international peer reviewed journals and conferences. Dr. Shaltoni taught courses at both the postgraduate and undergraduate levels. This includes, but not limited to: Marketing management, service marketing, consumer behaviour, e-marketing/internet marketing strategy, marketing research, special topics in marketing and e-business. Dr. Shaltoni has also conducted consultancy and training projects. He participated in several workshops and TV interviews related to e-marketing. Dr. Shaltoni was born in Germany; he completed his BA in business administration at the University of Jordan and MBA at the University of Leicester/UK.
Dr. Smolarski has a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of North Texas and has published over 20 articles in Review of Accounting & Finance, Journal of Accounting and Finance, Accounting & Finance and Asian Accounting Review and many others. Most recently, he was the Chair of the Department of Accounting and Business Law at the University of Texas Pan American and he was previously the Chair of the Finance Department, Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Stockholm University School of Business. He also held an Endowed Chair, was appointed Eminent Scholar in Italy and was the Country President (Sweden) of the European Council of Small Businesses. Prior to joining academia, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Trema Treasury Management, a global mid-sized risk management software firm and has worked for several global firms such as Halliburton, Coca-Cola and Astra-Zeneca where he held numerous management positions. His consulting clients included 3i, Eqvitec Partners, Telia Ventures, Norsk Vekst (publ) AS, Ericsson (publ) AB, Kabi-Fresenius (Germany), Umicore (Belgium), China Mobile (China), Motorola (China), China Unicom (China), Microsoft (Sweden), and SHB (Sweden). Dr. Smolarski has served on the board of both private and public firms.
Dr. Hayfaa Tlaiss is the Chair of the Management Department and an Associate Professor of Strategy and Organizational Behavior at the College of Business at Alfaisal University. She holds a PhD from Manchester Business School, a Diploma of University Teaching from University of New Brunswick, Saint John, a Master's in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Lebanese American University. Dr. Tlaiss also passed her Financial Risk Management (FRM) exam and level II of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Prior to joining Alfaisal University, Dr. Tlaiss held various teaching and administrative positions at University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Odette Business School, University of Windsor, University of Manchester, Lebanese American University, Institute for Financial Analysts, and others. Dr. Tlaiss has published several book-chapters and her articles have appeared in top tier, peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Business Ethics, International Small Business Journal, and International Journal of Human Resource Management. Her research has received international attention and has been widely recognized through various awards including the "Outstanding Paper Award by the Literati Network Awards for Excellence" in 2012 and the Academy of Management (AOM) award for the best symposium in the "Management Education and Development" division in AOM's annual meeting in 2009. Dr. Tlaiss is actively involved with the business world through her consultancy and training activities. She has also chaired a number of international meetings and serves on the editorial/organizing boards and as a reviewer for several journals and conferences. She also serves as a director on the Board of Directors of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations. Dr. Tlaiss teaches a number of courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels, and delivers international workshops to professionals and managers. Dr. Tlaiss is particularly interested in conducting research and supervising students interested in researching strategy, career studies and organizational development, entrepreneurship, diversity and management related issues in developing countries, emerging economies and the Middle East.
Robert Zacca is Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia. Prior to this he held an assistant professor position at the United Arab Emirates University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Tulane University, New Orleans, his M.B.A. from Plymouth State University, New Hampshire and his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from Cracow University of Economics, Poland. His current research investigates the drivers and enablers of innovative enterprises and corporate entrepreneurship. He has won a National Research Foundation grant from UAE and his work has been published in Management Decision, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Creativity and Innovation Management, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, IEEE International Technology Management Conferences and elsewhere. He was awarded the College of Business, Shell Saudi Arabia outstanding research award for academic year 2015-16 and has been recognized with an outstanding research award for a paper acceptance in a top ranked journal in 2014. Additionally, his coauthored paper was nominated for the best paper award in the Creativity and Innovation Management Journal for the year 2013. In addition, he has extensive industry experience managing and operating organizations as well as in business consulting. His teaching interests include entrepreneurship, management of innovation and strategic management.
Dr. Haitham A. Al-Zoubi is a financial economist with consulting, research, and teaching in asset pricing, financial engineering, corporate finance, and Islamic finance. He worked as Deputy Director General for Research and Development at Jordan's Social Security Corporation where he had fundamental contributions to Jordan Social Security policy and reform. Dr. Al-Zoubi received his PhD in Finance from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA in 2003. He worked as an associate professor of finance at United Arab Emirates University and as an assistant professor of finance at the Hashemite University. He has 23 papers published in highly ranked refereed academic journals like; Journal of Futures Markets, International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, and Applied Economics.
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