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Dr Oluwasoye Mafimisebi

Job: Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management VC2020 & Institute Head of Research Students

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7673

E: oluwasoye.mafimisebi@dmu.ac.uk

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

 

Personal profile

Dr Oluwasoye P. Mafimisebi FCMI FHEA is an award-winning Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management VC2020 and Institute Head of Research Students at the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University. He is the Academic Director for the FinTech Innovation Network, PhD Director of Studies in the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, and Co-Founder of African Entrepreneurship Cluster, Centre for Enterprise & Innovation (CEI). His published works and recent projects span across entrepreneurship education, apprenticeship, ethical evaporation, FinTech, risk/crisis management, business continuity, organizational resilience, crisis communication, strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation. Collectively, his research focuses on Africa management and entrepreneurship from an interdisciplinary perspective. He welcomes PhD research proposals that align with these areas of research. His research has attracted several grants including Global Challenge Research Fund and produced high-quality outputs widely published in reputable international journals including Strategic Change, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Journal of Emergency Management, European Journal of Business and Management, Journal of Environment and Earth Science, and Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development among others.

Dr Oluwasoye has won several awards and was recently awarded Research Oscars: Early Career Researcher of the Year 2019; Future Research Leader’s Award 2019-2020; and nominated for the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award 2020. As a module leader, Dr Oluwasoye teaching focuses on crisis, resilience and business continuity management, organisational management and strategy. He emphasized personal development and experiential learning approach to education and remain a firm believer in research impact and commercialisation of research and innovation. He holds PhD in Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation (specialising in Risk, Crisis, Disaster, Resilience, & Business Continuity Management and Strategy), MSc (Distinction) in Risk Management, PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, BA (Hons) Global Business Management, HND (Distinction) in Risk Management/Insurance, HND in Safety/Security Management (Distinction), and OND (Distinction) in Insurance/Risk Management.

Before joining academia, he had held various leadership roles in banking/insurance industry and professional practice – Chief Risk Officer, Senior Risk Manager, Risk Manager, Wealth Manager-in-charge of various assignments, and Head of Finance. He had over thirteen (13) years of professional practice and industry experience before joining academia in 2013. His many years of experience in banking, insurance, small businesses, professional practice and industry has largely driven his teaching and research interests. He is currently supervising five PhD students in his research area. Oluwasoye has served in many advisory positions including board member of various organizations, and consultants to regional and national governments in Africa. He currently reviews for highly ranked academic journals including Journal of Management & Organization, Journal of Emergency Management, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, etc.

Research group affiliations

The Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)
The Institute for Sustainable Economics

Publications and outputs 

Mafimisebi, O. P., & Thorne, S. (2017). Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Are Lessons From Past Disasters Actionable? Chapter 35 in C., Kuel & C. N., Madu (ed.). Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction & Management. London: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.

Mafimisebi, O. P. & Thorne, S. (2017). Vandalism-Militancy Relationship: The Influence of Risk Perception and Moral Disengagement. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 35(1), 1-31.

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2016). Project Management Practice: Lessons Learned from Project Failures in Nigeria. European Journal of Business and Management, 8(1), 105-118.

Mafimisebi, O. P., & Ogbonna, O. C. (2016). Environmental Risk of Gas Flaring in Nigeria: Lessons from Chevron Nigeria and Ilaje Crisis. Journal of Environment and Earth Science, 6(3), 180-204.

Alotaibi, A. B., & Mafimisebi, O. P. (2016). Project Management Practice: Redefining Theoretical Challenges in the 21st Century. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, 7(1), 93-99.

Ogbonna, O. C., & Mafimisebi, O. P. (2016). Treatment of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Drinking Water in Niger Delta, Nigeria Using Low-Cost Adsorbents (Coconut Shell). Journal of Civil and Environmental Research, 8(3), 129-146.

Mafimisebi, O. P & Thorne, S. (2015). Oil Terrorism-Militancy Link: Mediating Role of Moral Disengagement in Emergency and Crisis Management. Journal of Emergency Management, 13(5), 447-58.

Mafimisebi, O. P & Nkwunonwo, U. C. (2015). Environmental Risk: Exploring Organisational Resilience and Robustness. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, 6(1), 1103-1115. Mafimisebi, O. P & Nkwunonwo, U. C. (2014). The Impacts of Gas Flaring and Climate Risks: An Appraisal of Nigerian Petroleum Industry. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, 5(4), 1071-1078. Nkwunonwo, U. C., & Mafimisebi, O. P. (2013). Responding to the challenges of Global Climate Change in Nigeria through GIS mapping of Carbon IV oxide gas emission. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, 4(12), 765-775.

Presentations

Mafimisebi, O. P., Hoecht, A., & Thorne, S. (September, 2016). Under Threats: Misconception, Perception and Trust Deficit in Security and Terrorism Crises. The Operational Research Society (OR58) Conference, Portsmouth, UK.

Mafimisebi, O. P., Dibia, C., Dhakal, H., & Simandjundtak, S. (September, 2016). Risk Perception and Safety in Risk-Based Management. The Operational Research Society (OR58) Conference, Portsmouth, UK.

Mafimisebi, O. P. (June, 2016). Corporate Ethical Evaporation: A Review and Research Agenda in Risk Management. 12th PBS Postgraduate Research Student Conference, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK

Mafimisebi, O. P. (June, 2016). Ethical Evaporation Violates Risk and Crisis Management Practice. 12th PBS Postgraduate Research Student Conference, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK.

Mafimisebi, O. P. (September, 2015). Moral Disengagement: Complications and Implications in Crisis and Disaster Management Strategies. British Academy of Management Conference, Portsmouth, UK.

Mafimisebi, O. P. (May, 2015). Self-Inflicted Disasters: Conceptual Framework in Era of Unconventional Risk, Crisis and Disaster. 11th PBS Postgraduate Research Student Conference, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK.

Mafimisebi, O. P. (October, 2014). Crisis Management Framework for Organisations in Crisis. 7th MMU Postgraduate Research Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.

Mafimisebi, O. P. (May, 2014). Environmental Risk Behaviour and Management: Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction. Graduate School Development Programme, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK.

Works in progress

Mafimisebi, O. P., Thorne, S., & Hoecht, A. Ethical Evaporation: Moral Disengagement in Strategic Choices of Senior Executives in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Situations. Academy of Management Review (3rd Draft Revise and Resubmit).

Moral disengagement theory of crisis communication. Article manuscript in progress, to be submitted for publication

“Image Repair” reconsidered: A critique of the Image Repair Theory of Crisis Communication. Article manuscript in progress, to be submitted for publication Niger Delta crises: Image Repair and Moral Disengagement. Article to be submitted for publication

Trust and Image Repair: Learning the Lessons of Shell Nigeria Crisis. Article manuscript in progress, to be submitted for publication Reconceptualising “Government as Entrepreneur” in developing countries: The case of Nigeria. Article to be submitted for publication

Government as entrepreneur: A rhetoric or reality? Article to be submitted for publication

Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management. Monograph to be submitted for publication

Research interests/expertise

Africa Management and Entrepreneurship
Risk Management, Business Continuity, Resilience and Crisis Management
Crisis Communication
Risk Governance
Ethical Evaporation and Risk Behavior
FinTech and Innovation
Commercialisation of Research
Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Resilience
Entrepreneurship Education
Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation

Areas of teaching

Crisis Management; Business Continuity Management; Organisational Management and Strategy

Qualifications

FCMI, FHEA, PhD, MSc Risk Management (Distinction); PGCert Teaching & Learning in HE; BA (Hons) Global Business Management; HND Safety/Security Management (Distinction); HND Insurance/Risk Management (Distinction); ND Insurance/Risk Management (Distinction)

Courses taught

Global Business Issues; Global Financial Issues; Organisational Management; Contemporary Business Issues; Global Contemporary Business Issues; Crisis and Business Continuity Management; Dissertation Supervisor in Dissertation PG; MBA Executive Company Projects; Doctoral Training Course on Case Study

Honours and awards

Nominated for Vice-Chancellor Distinguished Teaching Award (VCDTA), De Montfort University, 2020

Vice-Chancellor’s Future Research Leaders (FRL6) Award, De Montfort University, 2019

Research Oscars: Early Career Researcher of the Year, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University, 2019

International/European Union (EU) Fund Award, University of Portsmouth, 2017

International/European Union (EU) Fund Award, University of Portsmouth, 2016

International/European Union (EU) Fund Award, University of Portsmouth, 2015

Vice-Chancellor Prize for Excellence in Learning and Student Experience, University of Portsmouth, 2015

Volunteering Award in Student Engagement and Participation, University of Portsmouth, 2015

International/European Union (EU) Fund Award, University of Portsmouth, 2014 Faculty Prize for Overall Best Student on MSc Risk Management, University of Portsmouth, 2013

Central Bank of Nigeria Prize on Entrepreneurship, Central Bank of Nigeria, 2008

Rector’s Prize for Best Graduating Risk Management Student, Rivers State Polytechnic, Nigeria, 2007

Overall Best Graduating Insurance/Risk Management Student, Rivers State Polytechnic, Nigeria, 2004

Membership of external committees

Institute Head of Research Students: Centre for Enterprise and Innovation & Institute of Applied Economics and Social Value

Director of PhD Studies, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship

Academic Director, FinTech Innovation Network

Co-Founder of African Entrepreneurship Research Cluster

Board Member, Project Board for Enhancing PGR Outcomes

Board Member, Faculty Doctoral Research Students Committee 

Board Member, University of Portsmouth Environment Network, UK (March 2015 –September 2017)

Board Member, University Research Degrees Committee, University of Portsmouth, UK (March 2015 – December 2017)

Module Leader, Business Continuity and Crisis Management (PG) 

Module Leader, Organisational Management (UG)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow of Chartered Management Institute

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Member of Africa Academy of Management

Member of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria

Member of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered)

Member of Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria

Member of Operational Research Society

Professional licences and certificates

CIIN Advanced Diploma in Insurance

CIIN Certificate in Insurance

CIIN Diploma in Insurance

Proficiency Certificate in Management

Projects

I have led and managed several portfolios of large projects across the global south (Africa) and do have an extensive network with several stakeholders including policymakers, NGOs, politicians, large businesses, SMEs, and local communities in Africa. Some recent projects include:

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2020). FinTech Innovation and Knowledge Exchange in Africa

Mafimisebi, O. P. et al. (2020). GRCF Climate Change, Remittance, and Resilience

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2019). GCRF entrepreneurial ecosystems and resilience of MSMEs in sub-Saharan Africa

Mafimisebi, O. P., Aluko, O., Arndt, F. (2019). GCRF Challenge-based entrepreneurship in emerging economies: The successful transition from a natural resource-based economy

Consultancy work

I have undertaken consultancies for several organizations and government agencies in the following areas:

Risk Management
Crisis Management
Organizational Resilience
Business Continuity
FinTech and Innovation
Africa Entrepreneurship
Africa Management

I am available for consulting projects.

Current research students

PhD 1st Supervisor:

1. Bisola Ariyo, ‘Micro and Small Businesses in Crisis-Affected Regions: Dynamics Capabilities Perspective’, 2019 – 2022. [Joint supervision with Dr Aderemi Ojebode and Dr Demola Obembe]

2. Olapeju Ogunmokun, ‘Small Enterprises Debt Finance & Finding Context Specific Solutions: Perspective from Prospect and Market for Lemon Theories’, 2019 – 2022. [Joint supervision with Dr Demola Obembe]

3. Esther Salins James, ‘Women Entrepreneurship and Informal Network: An Actors-Network Perspective’, 2019 – 2022. [Joint supervision with Prof. David Rae]

4. Ngozi Ojo, ‘Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Resilience of Female Entrepreneurs’, 2019 – 2022. [Joint supervision with Prof. Felix Arndt]

PhD 2nd Supervisor:

5. Fabian Mueller-Horn, ‘Diversity, Cognition and Strategic Communication of Top Management Teams’, 2018-2024. [Joint supervision with Dr Demola Obembe, Professor Felix Arndt, and Professor Sebastian P. L Fourné]

Externally funded research grants information

Below are some examples of projects I have initiated and lead as principal investigator.

Mafimisebi, O. P. et al. (2020). GRCF Climate Change, Remittance, and Resilience

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2019-2020). GCRF entrepreneurial ecosystems and resilience of MSMEs in sub-Saharan Africa

Mafimisebi, O. P., Aluko, O., Arndt, F. (2019). GCRF Challenge-based entrepreneurship in emerging economies: The successful transition from a natural resource-based economy

Mafimisebi, O. P., et al. (2019) exploratory study of new models of SMEs financing, market strategies and women-led enterprises in Africa

Mafimisebi, O. P., et al. (2019). British Academy (BA) Anticipating cyber-terrorism: policy, politics, resilience and aesthetics project

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2019). British Academy (BA) SMEs dynamics and resilience under conditions of turbulence and uncertainty project

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2019). Are Resilient Organizations Ambidextrous? VC2020 Fund

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2019-2021). PhD Funding on ‘Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Resilience of Female Entrepreneurs’ project for Ngozi Ojo

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2018). BAL SEEDCORN project on SMEs resilience in uncertain times

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2018). Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) project – Resilience of information enterprise and growth dynamics in fragile and conflict-affected regions of Nigeria 

Mafimisebi, O. P., and Yennu, A. (2017). Strategy Implementation Processes for SMEs in Ghana. Ghana Ministry of Trade and Industry, Accra, Ghana

Mafimisebi, O. P., and Yennu, A. (2017). Entrepreneurship Education for Educators/Teachers in Ghana. Ghana Ministry of Education, Accra, Ghana

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2016). Perception of Informal Enterprise Growth Dynamics in Crisis Affected Areas of Nigeria. Exploratory Grants PEDL Project. Department for International Development (DFID) and Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2015). Informality: Turbulent SMEs in Vulnerable Low-Income Countries (The Case of Nigeria). Exploratory Grants PEDL Project. Department for International Development (DFID) and Center for Economic Policy Research CEPR.

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2015). Sustained Growth, Crises and Disasters: Exploring the case of Vulnerable SMEs in Low-Income Countries. Exploratory Grants PEDL Project. Department for International Development (DFID) and Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2014). SMEs and Women Empowerment in Crisis. Exploratory Grants PEDL Project. Department for International Development (DFID) and Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

Mafimisebi, O. P. (2013). Crisis Management Training for Vulnerable SMEs. Exploratory Grants PEDL Project. Department for International Development (DFID) and Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

Case studies

I have worked closely with local and international businesses, government agencies and ministries on several impact projects including the development of crisis management plans, learning from disasters to inform policy review and local crisis/disaster management practices in Sub-Saharan Africa. Engagement with government agencies and ministries, NGOs and local communities is ongoing.

ORCID number

0000-0002-5102-5246

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