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Muhammad Azam Roomi, Ph.D.

Professor of Entrepreneurship

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Prior to joining MBSC, Dr. Muhammad Azam Roomi served as the Director of the Executive MBA program and MSc Management and Entrepreneurship program at the Cranfield School of Management, UK. He also held a principal lectureship at the University of Bedfordshire, where he played a major role in developing the business school’s graduate programs portfolio. He was also instrumental in setting up the research agenda for the Centre for Women’s Enterprise, with a focus on the growth and development of women-owned enterprises in the UK and other Asian and Islamic countries.

Dr. Muhammad Azam Roomi is a passionate entrepreneurship ‘activator’ and has successfully conceptualized, designed, and conducted executive and continuing education programs for more than fifty clients worldwide. He has acted as a consultant to national governments including the UK, Qatar, Oman, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Honduras; multi-lateral agencies such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Union Higher Education Social Fund, ILO, and UN-APCTT; and private organizations including CIPE Int., LEAD Int., and InfoTech Ltd. Besides working with entrepreneurs, Dr Roomi works with charities and corporates on how to encourage and implement intrapreneurship.

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The recipient of several teaching and research awards, Muhammad Roomi is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy – UK (HEA), National Council for Entrepreneurship Education – UK (NCEE), Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), and European Entrepreneurship Educators Program (3ep). His innovative teaching and capacity building pedagogies have been recognized, acknowledged and appreciated globally.

Professor Roomi’s teaching and research focusses on entrepreneurial leadership, growth of entrepreneurial ventures, women’s entrepreneurship development especially in the context of Muslim countries, family business management, and Islamic entrepreneurship. His work has been published in the Journal of Small Business Management, International Small Business Journal, Technovation, and Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, among others. A keen case writer, Professor Roomi has published several cases and teaching notes. He has been a workshop tutor for The Case Centre, with experience of delivering case teaching and writing workshops to private, public sector, academic and corporate clients from around the globe.

Professor Roomi has been an invited member of the judging panel for UK Corporate Entrepreneurship Awards, the Asian Entrepreneur Awards, and The Case Centre’s case method competitions. He has also served as the chair of Marsh Farm Community Development Trust, UK (2009 – 2015) and the Vice Chair of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, UK (2008-2010).

Awards & Honors

  • Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, Highly Commended Paper Award – 2016
  • Cranfield School of Management ‘Researcher of the Year’ Faculty Award – 2016
  • International Council for Small Business World Conference Best Paper Award – 2015
  • ICSB/GIWE/IJGE/CWEL Best Paper Award on Women’s Entrepreneurship – 2013
  • Emerald Literati Network Outstanding Reviewer Award – 2013
  • Vice Chancellor Student Experience Award (Highly Commended) – 2013
  • NCEE European Entrepreneurship Educators Fellowship Award – 2012
  • Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Paper Award – 2011
  • ICSB/NWBC/IJGE Best Paper Award on Women’s Entrepreneurship – 2009
  • University of Bedfordshire Commitment (Best Teacher) Award – 2008 and 2009
  • University of Bedfordshire Dean’s Prize for Research – 2008 and 2009
  • NCGE Entrepreneurship Educators Fellowship Award – 2008
  • Prowess UK Women’s Enterprise Researcher of Year – 2008 (Finalist)
  • Prowess & Lloyds TSB Innovator Award in Women’s Enterprise Development – 2007

Academic Interests/Courses Taught

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Growth of Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Leading Family Businesses
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Islamic Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship for Youth and Women
  • New Venture Creation, Business Idea Generation and Opportunity Recognition
  • Creativity and Innovation for Entrepreneurial Ventures