Dr Natasha Katuta Mwila

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7314

E: natasha.mwila@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk

Social Media: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natashakmwila/


Personal profile

Dr Natasha Katuta Mwila is an academic in the management sciences. She has a broad range and depth of experience in coordinating business management programs, supervising business management research and teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in business management.

She is a subject and curriculum developer with expertise in blended and multimodal learning approaches. She has held several external examiner and advisory positions relevant to her expertise. Dr Natasha Katuta Mwila is a case method researcher with a broad range of research interests related to entrepreneurship and women's work.

She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Management and Business Educator and a member of the Chartered Management Institute.She has had adjunct teaching roles over 2009-2015 and has had full time teaching roles from 2015 to date.

Key research outputs

Mwila, N. K. (2021). A Film-Based Case Study of Family Business in an African Polygamous Context, Teaching Case, British Academy of Management (Accepted for publication on May 27, 2021; Presented on September 1, 2021) https://youtu.be/brq_aeb-pOU


Kolade, O., Atiase, V, Murithi, W. K. & Mwila, N. K. (2021). The business models of tech hubs in Africa: implications for viability and sustainability, Journal Article, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management (Accepted for publication on June 16, 2021) https://doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2021.1947492


Mwila, N. K. (2021). Kazuri Beads-A Case Study on Motivating Talent and Knowledge Transfer in an Artisan Business, Book Chapter in Artisan Entrepreneurship, Emerald Publishing (Accepted for publication on April 1, 2021) https://dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/20759


Mwila, N. K. (2021). Left Behind: A Reflection on lags in the development of entrepreneurial education in South Africa, Book Chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of African Entrepreneurship, Palgrave Macmillan (Accepted for publication) https://dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/20760


Woldesenbet Beta, K., Mwila, N. K. & Ogunmokun, O. (2021). Deconstructing the myth:  African women entrepreneurs’ access to resources, Book Chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of African Entrepreneurship, Palgrave Macmillan (Accepted for publication) https://dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/20770


Mwila, N. K. (2021). What Happened to My ‘A’ Group? Reflections on Waning Student Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Gateway Papers: A Journal of Education and Pedagogic Research, 2(1): 9, pp. 1–2. Available at: https://gp.demontfortuniversitypress.org/articles/10.3943/gp.25/


Mwila, N.K., 2021. The Case for Case Diversity in Developing an Inclusive Curriculum, Conference Presentation, De Montfort University Festival of Talent, June 25, 2021 available at https://youtu.be/x5jk_DlsCWU


Mwila, N. K. (2021). Case Studies of the Future: Flipping Case Methodology as a Tool for Decolonization, Conference Presentation, De Montfort University Teaching and Learning Conference, February 5, 2021 available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT5F-A0L5YE


Mwila, N. K. (2020). UK African Diaspora: Engagement and Contribution in Africa’s Development, Webinar Panellist Presentation, One Africa Network, November 26, 2020


Mwila, N. K. (2020). Fiery Phoenix PLC- Entrepreneurial Survival in Zambia, Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, 10(4) https://doi.org/10.1108/EEMCS-03-2020-0070



Mwila, N. K. (2020). How To Write an Excellent Thesis, Webinar Panellist Presentation, African Scholars Forum, July 31, 2020 available at https://youtu.be/q34VHypBvZs


Mwila, N. K. (2020). Crossing Borders: Stories of Millennial African Business Women Navigating National and Gendered Boundaries, Conference Presentation, Africa Academy of Management 5th  Biennial Meeting, January 9, 2020 https://www.africaacademyofmanagement.org/conferences/index.php/afambc/bc2020/paper/view/16


Mwila, N. K. (2018). Influences of political leadership on cultural development.In O. Bialostocka (Ed.), New African Thinkers Agenda 2063: Culture at the heart of sustainable development (Chapter 7). Pretoria: HSRC Press. ISBN: 978-0-7969-2565-7


Mwila, N. K. & Wemba, M. C. (2018). Eliciting a Profile of Handicraft Entrepreneurs in Maboneng, World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 14(2): 114-125 https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-03-2017-0011


Mwila, N. K. & Turay, M. I. (2018). Augmenting Talent Management for Sustainable Development in Africa, World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 14(1): 41-49 https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-03-2017-0012




Musara, M. & Mwila, N. K. (2016). The Social Constructionist View in Entrepreneurship Research: A Thematic-Content Analysis. Reading Book.Global Business and Technology Association 18th Annual International Conference, October 16-20 2016. ISBN: 1-932917-12-8


Mwila, N. K. (2016). The Pharmaceutical Trilemma: Profits, Urgency & Human Rights, Conference Presentation, Academy of Science South Africa Annual Young Scientists’ Conference, October 6, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-9947076-1-1


Mwila, N. K. (2016). Managing ‘Selves’ and ‘Others’- The Identity-Social Network Nexus Challenge for Social Network Theory Application in Africa, Conference Proceedings, Africa Academy of Management 3rd Biennial Meeting, January 5-10 2016. ISBN: 978-0-9910650-1-1


Mwila, N. K. (2014). The Search for ‘Real’ Farmers- Questions of Social Identity in Farmer-Based Organizations, Conference Proceedings, Academy of Management 74th Annual Meeting, August 4, 2014. ISBN: 2151-6561


Mwila, N. K. (2013). Being the “Other” in Entrepreneurship: A Study of the Contributions of the Often Doubly Discriminated Female Immigrants Across the Globe, Thunderbird International Business Review, 55(5): 619-622 https://dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/17739


Mwila, N. K. (2013). Focus on Organizational Memory as an Enabler and Constrainer of Innovation in Knowledge Management, Journal of Knowledge Management Practice, 14(1) http://www.tlainc.com/articl331.htm


Mwila, N. K. (2013). Farming Against the Odds- Stories of Resilience in Women's Contribution to Food Security in Zambia, Conference Presentation, Australasian Agri-Food Research Network 20th Meeting, December 5, 2013 https://afrn.co/past-conferences/


Cooney, R. & Mwila, N. K. (2012). Improving Return to Work Coordinator Training, Report No. 1212-033-R2A: Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research https://research.iscrr.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/297185/improving-return-to-work-coordinator-training.pdf


Mwila, N. K. (2012). Baking New Cakes: Koljander's Story of Managing and Leading Innovation in the South African Home Industry, Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing ISBN: 978-3659147203


Mwila, N. K. (2012). Crowdsourcing in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.In H. Rahman and I. Ramos (Eds.), SMEs and Open Innovation: Global Cases and Initiatives (pp 293-307). Hershey: IGI Global ISBN: 978-1613505199


Jacobs, H. & Mwila, N. K. (2011). Koljander- The Story of Success in a South African Home Industry Entrepreneurial Business, Researchers World, 2(2): 86-98  E-ISSN 2229-4686

Research interests/expertise

Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship, The African Context of Business Management, Management Education

Areas of teaching

Strategic Management and International Business


1.  Certificate in Enhancing Programme Leadership- AdvanceHE (July 2021)

2. Certificate in Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies- HarvardX Executive Education (March 2021)

3. Certificate in Entrepreneurship-YALI Regional Leadership Centre Southern Africa (September 2017)

4. Laureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education- Laureate International Universities (June 2017)

5. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business and Economics (Specialising in Management)-Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (May 2015)

6. Bachelor of Business Science Honours Degree [BBusSci (Hons)] (Specialising in Management)- Monash University, Roodepoort, South Africa, (February 2011)

7. Bachelor of Business Commerce Double Degree (BBCom) (Economics and Management)-Monash University, Roodepoort, South Africa (February 2010)

8. Diploma of Business (Specialising in Economics and Management)- Australian Institute of Business and Technology, Lusaka, Zambia (2007)

Courses taught

Business Strategy

Honours and awards

1. DMU Student & Graduate Enterprise Award Winner for Inspirational Educator 2021: This is a student nomination of lecturer inspiration in their enterprise related aspirations

2. IODSA African Governance Showcase Case Writing Competition 2018- Third Place Winner: The case submitted was based on a corporate governance case in Africa, within an organisation which could be expected to, or chose to, apply the principles contained in the King Reports on Corporate Governance in South Africa or the relevant corporate governance codes of the country within which the organisation operates.

3. John Molson MBA International Case Competition- Short Writing Case Winner 2017: Original case selected for use in the prestigious John Molson MBA International Case Competition. The case submitted was based on a real business situation involving broad strategic, ethical or crisis response scenarios where students are challenged to react with limited information under time pressure.

4. Global Innovation Awards 2016 Honorable Mention Category: Academic Integrity Africa & Middle East: Recognition from Turnitin for the promotion of academic integrity in university studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level

5. CharterQuest CFO Case Study Competition Top 12 Team Mentor 2016: Mentored an undergraduate team to selection in the top 12 qualifiers out of 320 global entries in a case study competition

6. Best Paper Award, African Young Graduates and Scholars Conference, March 2016, Limpopo, South Africa: Best paper presented by a young academic in line with the theme of the Human Sciences Research Council- ‘The Africa We Want’

Membership of external committees

  • African Business Chamber December 2020- Present (Executive Committee Adviser)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Chartered Management Institute March 2021- Present (Member)
  • Chartered Association of Business Schools May 2020- Present (Chartered Management and Business Educator)
  • Higher Education Academy Apr 2020 – Present (Fellow)
  • British Academy of Management Jan 2019 – Present (Member)
  • Africa Academy of Management Apr 2013 – Present (Member)
  • Institute of Directors Southern Africa Sep 2016 – Dec 2018 (Member)
  • National Research Foundation South Africa Oct 2017 – Dec 2018 (Reviewer)
  • Southern African Institute of Management Sciences Jun 2016 – Dec 2018 (Member)
  • Australian Institute of Management Dec 2014 – Oct 2016 (Member)

Consultancy work

Provided Business Intelligence Consutancy for Top Floor Zambia Ltd. Currently available for consultancy opportunities.

Current research students

1. Samba Sowe- International PGR- 1st Supervisor- A study of embedding entrepreneurship training in STE education in The Gambia

2. Ayodele Osunmakinde- PGR- 2nd Supervisor- A study of spiritual capital in social entrepreneurship in Nigeria

Externally funded research grants information

1. Awarding Body: British Academy Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling Global Challenges Programme 2020

Project Title: Developing resilience and enterprising opportunities for internally displaced women in Ethiopia and Zambia

Award Value: £49,662.00

Project Duration: 2 years

Project Team: Dr Kassa Woldesenbet Beta (Principle Investigator), Dr Natasha Katuta Mwila (Co-Investigator), Dr Aynalem Megersa (Co-Investigator) and Dr Meskerem Abi (Co-Investigator)

2. European Academy of Management Early Career Researcher Grant 2016: A grant awarded for most promising research activity by an early career researcher

Internally funded research project information

Awarding Body: De Montfort University Higher Education Innovation Funding 2020

Project Title: RE-skilling Businesses for new OpportUNities in the Covid-19 lanDscape (REBOUND)

Award Value: £8,750.00

Project Duration: 8 months

Project Team: Dr Seun Kolade (Principle Investigator), Dr Natasha Katuta Mwila (Co-Investigator), Prof David Rae (Co-Investigator), Dr Demola Obembe (Co-Investigator), Dr Adebowale Owoseni (Co-Investigator), Dr Adekunle Ogunsade (Co-Investigator), Dr Ibrahim Rufai (Co-Investigator), Dr Aderemi Ojebode (Co-Investigator), Dr Samuel Salia (Co-Investigator), Dr Victor Atiase (Co-Investigator), Dr Funmi Obembe (Co-Investigator), Dr Regina Frank (Co-Investigator)