Roles and Responsibilities
- Director, MSc International Business and Emerging Markets
- TA (Teaching Assistant) Coordinator for Strategy Group
Mehdi has been a member of the Strategy group since 2012. He holds a PhD degree in Management from the University of Edinburgh (2014), an MSc in Information Technology Management from Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran, Iran (2009), and a BSc in Electrical Engineering, Electronics from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran (2005).
He has several years of course organising, lecturing, and tutoring experience in a number of academic institutions, including various Iranian institutions. He has given guest lectures for Strathclyde Business School, as well Chulalongkorn Business School, Bangkok Thailand. He regularly lectures on courses such as Current Debates in International Business and Emerging Markets (MSc), Strategic Management (Third Year UG) and International Business and the Multinational Enterprise (Second Year UG). Mehdi has been Nominated several times by his students for EUSA (Edinburgh University Student Association) Teaching Awards, including Best Research/Dissertation Supervisor (four times), Best Overall Teacher (twice), Best Course Organiser (twice), Best Personal tutor (twice), Innovative Assessment Award, Supporting Student Learning Award, Teaching in the International Classroom, Vitae Postgraduates who Tutor, and College Teaching Awards, as well as Best Course Nomination for the University of Edinburgh Business School. He is currently the course organiser for Current Debates in International Business and Emerging Markets (MSc IBEM) and Lecturer for International Business and the Multinational Enterprise (Second Year UG).
- Strategy implementation & process
- Strategy process
- Organisation studies
- Mergers & acquisitions
- Change management
- Organisational change processes
Mehdi's current research is twofold. On one hand, he is interested in knowledge and capability combination and (re)creation through Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), as well as change and stabilization of organizational routines (and their internal dynamics) through various courses of change imposed by external shocks. These are mainly initiated by research during his PhD study. On the other hand, he is interested in market entry strategies (specifically, M&A) and the operationalisation of those strategies in international business contexts. He has also passion for exploring the competitive advantages of emerging market multinationals. These research areas mainly shape, and are shaped by, his teaching and supervision experiences.