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Lecturer in Strategy & Organisation


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, Chulalongkorn Business School and Thammasat Business School, Bangkok, Thailand, the University of Brasilia, Brazil, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, the University of Tehran, Iran, and the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. Mehdi also has a recorded talk on Henry Stewart Talks Ltd, London ( 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 Strategic Management (Third Year UG) and International Business and the Multinational Enterprise (Second Year UG).

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Mehdi's current research focus is on organizational change and inertia, studied through the lens of organizational routines (Routine Dynamics) during various internal and external change initiatives triggered by environmental changes. The context of his research varies from the UK higher Education, to the Credit Rating Agencies and Financial Crisis of 2007-8, to the Royal Air Force, and to the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. He is also interested in knowledge and capability combination and (re)creation through Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), as well as 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.

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