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Malik Imran Ahmad

Lecturer in Business Management
Faculty of Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
ARU Peterborough
Research Supervision:

Malik joined ARU in 2023, having previously worked at the University of Lancaster, University of Staffordshire, and Warwick Business School, where he was awarded his PhD in 2019. Malik has extensive experience of industry working in Civil services, FMCGs, and banking sectors. Malik's research interests are organisational development and knowledge management, adoption of AI in organisations and performance; decision making, performance and leadership.

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Malik taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Lancaster University Management School, Staffordshire Business School and also supervises postgraduate students at Warwick Business School. Malik focuses on developing an inclusive class environment and motivate learners to discuss and spark interesting questions and learn together.

Malik's currently working on research topics such as decision making under uncertainty, AI roles in SME and what are the determinants of AI adoption. Further, Malik's interested in organisational development and knowledge management and leadership related topic.

Research interests
  • AI and business
  • Work context and Healthy organisation
  • Professional learning and development
  • Leadership and organisational behaviour
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals and International business
  • Decision making
  • Managing diversity and AI
Areas of research supervision
  • Leadership and organisational behavior
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals and International business
  • Interdisciplinary research on AI and business management.
  • Professional learning and development
  • AI and business
  • Work context and Healthy organisation
  • Contemporary Issues in International Management
  • PhD Business and Management, Warwick Business School
  • MSc International Management, Strathclyde Business School Glasgow.
  • Master of Public Administration, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad.
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Academy of Management meeting
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • PhD research Funding
Selected recent publications

Usman, M., Ahmad, M. I., & Burgoyne, J. (2018). Individual and organizational learning from inter‐firm knowledge sharing: A framework integrating inter‐firm and intra‐firm knowledge sharing and learning. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences.

Khan, M. A. S., Jianguo, D., Usman, M., & Ahmad, M. I. (2017). Moderated Mediation Model of Interrelations between Workplace Romance, Wellbeing, and Employee Performance. Frontiers in Psychology.

Usman, M., & Ahmad, M. I. (2018). Parallel mediation model of social capital, learning and the adoption of best crop management practices: Evidence from Pakistani small farmers. China Agricultural Economic Review, 10(4), 589-607.)

Recent presentations and conferences

Muhammad Usman, Adeel Khalid, Thomas Garavan, and Malik Imran Ahmad, 2023: Leader Family Ostracism and its Repercussions for Leaders’ Work Role and Frontline Employees. Proceedings, 2023, https://doi.org/10.5465/AMPROC.2023.13553abstract.

British Academy of Management conference 2023: When the Unexpected Happens: How Junior Doctors Use affective reaction to Improve Their Performance in Communities of Practice.

Usman, Muhammad and Ahmad, Malik Imran, 2017: Individuals and organisations learning from interfirm collaboration in aviation refueling industry. Proceedings, 2017, https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2017.15418abstract.

Ahmad, M. I. & Usman, M. (2018). Does ethical leadership matter for ethical learning? A moderated mediation model of interrelations between ethical leadership and ethical learning. Professionalisation and Practice of Medical Leadership Symposium. At: Executive Education Centre, Alliance Manchester Business School.

Ahmad, M. I. (2015). Exploring the influence of evidence-based medicine on reflection-in-action of the junior doctors. 16th European Conference on Knowledge Management, Udine, Italy.

Ahmad, M. I. (2014). Poster preparation and presentation on Philosophy of knowledge and social construction of reliable knowledge. At PhD conference Alliance Manchester Business School. I won best poster and presentation award.

Ahmad, M. I. (2014). How do we understand professional knowledge? At PhD conference Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester