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Dr Justin Okoli

Job: Senior Lecturer - Department of Management & Enterpreneurship

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH




Personal profile

Justin is an experienced academic and teaches across UG, PG and MBA programs. As a fellow of the UK higher education academy, Justin has developed a wide range of engaging and intellectually stimulating modules for a number of UK business schools -- both online and face-to-face. With over 11 years of teaching experience in the HE, Justin has supervised over 100 UG and over 120 PG dissertations, and currently supervises some PhDs.

Justin has published in notable journals and presented at various international conferences, including SRA, NDM and ICUR. He is a visiting scholar at the Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management at Middlesex University where he won the national ALARM award as the best PhD student of the year.

Prior to joining DMU, Justin served as Associate Course Director and Year 2 Tutor for the BA. IBM course at Coventry Business School where he provided pastoral care and mentorship to over 400 students for 4 years. He also served as MBA mentor on the apprenticeship route as well as a progress coach for the school of strategy and leadership.

Research group affiliations

The Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

  • Crisis and Business Continuity Management
  • Strategic Decision-making
  • Crisis Response
  • Risk Management
  • Organisational Resilience
  • Cyber Security Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Ethics and Sustainability
  • Intuition and Intuitive Expertise
  • Research Methods

Areas of teaching

  • Risk and Crisis Management
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Research Methods
  • Organisational Resilience


  • PhD in Crisis Decision-Making in High Risk Organisations November 2015
  • Middlesex University, UK
  • MSc Disaster Management July 2010
  • Coventry University, UK
  • PG Certificate in Risk Management July 2012
  • Middlesex University, UK
  • B.Agric (Agric. Economics and Farm Management) March 2002-Sept 2006, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Courses taught

CORP3364 -- Crisis & Business Continuity Management; CORP3501 -- Global Strategic Management

Honours and awards

ALARM National Award - PhD Student of the Year (2016)

Membership of external committees

  • Member, Centre for Decison Analysis and Risk Management (DARM), Middlesex University [July 2014 – Ongoing]
  • Coordinator for Data Analysis, Digital Trust Project,
  • Journal reviewer:
    • Adminstration and Society
    • Contingencies and Crisis Management
    • Development and Learning in Organisations: An International Journal

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • FHEA
  • Member, Society for Risk Analysis - 2018
  • Member, Institute of Management - Ongoing


Nigeria Fire Service (Published Book, 2nd Edition) - Heading to Print
Engr Joseph Esinwoke (Group Fire Commander, South East, Nigeria) & Dr Justin Okoli (Senior Lecturer, Leicester Castle Business School).

Consultancy work

  • Consultant and Co-director, Fire Mitigation Bureau Int'l Ltd, Nigeria [January 2020 – Ongoing]
  • COVID-19 Risk Assessor, Jubilee Christian Centre, Coventry [April 2020 – ongoing]

Current research students

Chiwuokem Nwoko - 3rd Supervisor
Title: Using Big Data to enhance fraud detection in retail organisations.

Externally funded research grants information

Coventry City of Culture Bid, December 2018 (Unsuccessful) – £5,000
Dr. Justin Okoli, Coventry University (Principal Investigator), Dr Abimbola Ayorinde, Warwick University (Co-Investigator)

Published patents

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Okoli, J.O., Weller, G., Watt, J. (2014). Eliciting Experts' Knowledge in Emergency Response Organizations. International Journal of Emergency Services, 3 (2), pp. 118-130

Okoli, J.O., Weller, G and Watt, J. (2016) Information filtering and intuitive decision making model: Towards a model of expert intuition. Journal of Cognition, Technology and Work, 18 (1), pp 89-103 ABS 1* [IF: 1.206]

Okoli, J., Watt, J., Weller, G., & Wong, W. B. (2016). The role of expertise in dynamic risk assessment: A reflection of the problem-solving strategies used by experienced Fireground commanders. Risk Management 18 (1), 4–25

Okoli, J., Watt, J., & Weller, G. (2017). Towards the classification of fireground cues: a qualitative analysis of expert reports. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 25(4), 197-208. Impact Factor: 1.977

Okoli, J., & Watt, J. (2018). Crisis decision-making: the overlap between intuitive and analytical strategies. Management Decision, 56(5), 1122-1134. ABS 2*

Okoli, J.O., Arroteia, N. and Barisch, O (2019) Piloting a portfolio of experiential learning activities for international business students. Journal of Teaching in International Business 30:3, 219-245,

Okoli, J. (2020), "Expert knowledge elicitation in the firefighting domain and the implications for training novices", International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 577-578.

Okoli, J. (2020), “Improving decision-making effectiveness in crisis situations: developing intuitive expertise at the workplace”. Development and Learning in Organisations: An International Journal (Accepted). DOI: (10.1108/DLO-08-2020-0169)

Journal papers currently under review

Okoli, J.O., Watt, J and Weller, G. (2019) Intuition in practice: learning from expert firefighters. Journal of Information and Organisation ABS 3* [Under review]

Okoli, J.O & Hatami-Marbini, A. (2020) Managing complex crises through the lens of intuitive expertise: A naturalistic decision-making perspective". International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters (Under review].

International conference proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Okoli, J. O., Weller, G., Watt, J., & Wong, B. L. W. (2013). Decision making strategies used by experts and the potential for training intuitive skills: A preliminary study. In H. Chaudet, L. Pellegrin, & N. Bonnardel (Eds.), Proceedings of the 11th international conference on naturalistic decision making (NDM 2013), Marseille, France, 21-24 May 2013 (pp. 227-232). Paris, France: Arpege Science

Okoli, J.O., Watt, J., Weller, G. (2016) Managing complex fires in urban environments: A tale of two cultures. In: International Conference on Urban Risks (ICUR 2016), 30 Jun - 02 July 2016, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 531-538

Watt, J., Ball, D and Okoli, J. (2016) Utilising expertise to manage dynamic urban risks. In: International Conference on Urban Risks (ICUR 2016), 30 Jun - 02 July 2016, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 123-129

International Conference presentations

Okoli, J.O., Weller, G., Watt, J. (2013). Decision making strategies used by experts and the potential for training intuitive skills: A preliminary study. Paper presented at the Annual research conference, Middlesex University, UK. (Awarded best PhD student, £100)

Okoli, J.O., Watt, J., Weller, G. (2014). Managing Risks and Uncertainties on the Fire Ground. Abstract presented at the society for Risk Analysis conference, Istanbul Turkey, June 16-18.

Okoli, J.O and Watt, J. (2018) Dynamic risk assessment in the fire-fighting domain: the role of expert intuition. SRA-E 2018: Risk & Uncertainty – From Critical Thinking to Practical Impact. Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden, 18–20 June 2018

Work in pipeline

Okoli, J.O (2020) The challenges of firefighting in Nigeria: A knowledge management perspective. Journal of African Affairs (ABS 3*)

Okoli, J.O., Watt, J and Weller, G. (2020). A cross-cultural comparison of the UK and Nigerian Fire Service using the Critical Decision Method.