Ellis is a Senior Lecturer in International Business and Strategic Management at Middlesex University Business School, Department of International Management and Innovation. He is the programme leader for BA International Business and Trade. His research is in International Business and Management, with specific focus on Foreign Direct Investment; Technology and Knowledge Transfer; Human Resource and International Management; and SME Innovation Strategies. His empirical interest is focused on, but not limited to, Sub-Saharan Africa. He is committed to promoting evidence-based policymaking in Africa. With respect to Africa, Ellis, uniquely, understands research subjects and audience and is therefore able to produce research outputs of importance to both African and non-African contexts. Consequently, his papers have received awards at various international conferences. Prior to his academic career, he had corporate managerial experiences with private and public-sector organizations in domestic and multinational firms in Africa and the West. His combination of international corporate and academic experience enhances his interaction with academic, corporate and multilateral organisations. He is a pro-active member of various African/UK business and academic networks.
Fellow Higher Education Academy FHEA – UK (2012)
PG Cert HE (Pass): Middlesex University (2011)
PhD: ‘Foreign Direct Investment and Technology and Knowledge Management in the Construction Industry in Africa: A Study of Ghana’ Swansea University, Wales (2010)
MA Industrial Management: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana (2004)
Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing: Chartered Institute of Marketing – UK (2004); Chartered Marketer since 2007
MA Business and Culture Studies (Distinction): City University (2003)
BSc (Hons) Agricultural Engineering (Second Class Upper Division): KNUST, Ghana (1996)
Membership of professional bodies and learned societies
Teaching interests are in International Business Strategy and Management, Strategic Management, International Human Resource Management, Cross-cultural Management. Current and previous modules include:
A wide variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods are used within taught modules.
Teaching methods used
Didactic lecture and seminar with videos and case studies, role play, student-directed research activities, group presentation and discussion. Online teaching and learning as well as assessments
Assessment methods used
Unseen essay-based exam, essay-based assignment, industry-specific report-based assignment, Assessed group presentation and reports.
Foreign Direct Investment; Technology and Knowledge Transfer; Human Resource and International Management; and SME Innovation Strategies.
Hinson, R.E., Abdul-Hamid, I.K., Osabutey E.L.C. (2017). Investigating market orientation and positioning in star-rated hotels in Ghana. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.
Adisa, T. A., Gbadamosi, G. and Osabutey, E. L. C (2017). What happened to the border? The Role of Mobile Information Technology Devices on Employees’ Work-life Balance. Personnel Review
Osabutey, E.L.C. & Jin, Z. (2016). Factors Influencing Technology and Knowledge Transfer: Configurational Recipes for Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Business Research, 69, 5390–5395
Amankwah-Amoah, J Nyuur , R. Osabutey, E.L.C (2016). An integrated perspective on foreign ethical divestment. Thunderbird International Business Review.
Adisa, T., Osabutey, E. & Gbadamosi, G. (2016). Understanding the causes and consequences of work-family conflict: an exploratory study of Nigerian employees. Employee Relations, 38(5), 770-788.
Adisa, T., Mordi, C. & Osabutey, E. (2016). Exploring the implications of the influence of organisational culture on work-life balance practices: evidence from Nigerian medical doctors. Personnel Review, 46(3)
Adisa, T., Osabutey, E.,& Gbadamosi, G. (2016). Work-family Balance: A Case Analysis of Coping Strategies Adopted by Nigerian and British Working Mothers. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 31(7), 414 - 433
Osabutey, E.L.C. & Okoro, C. (2015). Political Risk and Foreign Direct Investment: The Case of the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry. Thunderbird International Business Review, 57(6), 417-429.
Osabutey, E.L.C., Williams, K., & Debrah, Y.A. (2014). The Potential for Technology and Knowledge Transfers between Foreign and Local Firms: A study of the Construction Industry in Ghana. Journal of World Business. 49 (4), 560-571.
Osabutey, E.L.C & Debrah, Y.A. (2012). Foreign Direct Investment and Technology and Knowledge Transfer Policies in Africa: A Review of the Ghanaian Experience. Thunderbird International Business Review. 54(4), 441-456.
Chapters in Books
Huang, Q.,Osabutey E.L.C., Ji, J. & Meng, L. (2017). The impact of social networks on “Born Globals”: A case of de-internationalisation. In: Ojo, S. (Ed) Diasporas and Transnational Entrepreneurship in Global Contexts: London: IGI Global
De Moraes, A., Ekanem, I., and Osabutey E.L.C. (2017). New Perspectives on the internationalisation of micro businesses. In: Ojo, S. (Ed) Diasporas and Transnational Entrepreneurship in Global Contexts: London: IGI Global
Osabutey E.L.C., Nyuur R.B., & Debrah Y.A. (2015). Developing Strategic International Human Resource Capabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa.In: Machado, Carolina (Ed.) International Human Resources Management: Challenges and Changes: Springer
Nyuur R.B., Osabutey E.L.C. & Debrah Y.A. (2014). Doing Business in Africa - Some Challenges. In: Nwankwo, S. & Ibeh K. (Ed). The Routledge Companion of Business in Africa. London: Routlege
Osabutey, E.L.C. (2013). Exploring Foreign Investment and Technology and Knowledge Transfer Issues in Africa. In: Cook, G & Johns J (Ed). The Changing Geography of International Business: Strategy Performance and Institutional Change. Basingstoke: PalgraveMacmillan
Osabutey, E.L.C., Nyuur, R.B & Debrah Y.A. (2012). Human Resource Development in Construction. In: Ofori, G (Ed) New Perspectives on Construction in Developing Countries, London: Spon Press.
Osabutey, E.L.C & Jin, Z. (2016). Factors Influencing Technology and Knowledge Transfer: Configurational Recipes for Sub-Saharan Africa. 6th Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (GIKA), University of Valencia (Best Paper for fussy-set QCA research)
Osabutey, E.L.C (2015). The effect on human resource and knowledge management systems on T&K transfer in Africa: The Case of the Ghanaian Construction Industry. 16th International Conference of International Academy of African Business and Development, Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. IAABD (Best Paper Award Emerald Publishing)
Osabutey, E.L.C (2015). Potential technology and knowledge transfer from China to Africa: The case of the Ghanaian construction industry. 42nd Academy of International Business (AIB) –UKI, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Amankwah-Amoah, J Nyuur , R. & Osabutey, E.L.C (2014). An integrated perspective on foreign ethical divestment. 41th Academy of International Business (AIB) –UKI, The York Management School University of York
Osabutey, E.L.C (2014). Political Risk and Foreign Direct Investment in Africa: A study of the Ghanaian experience. 15th International Conference of International Academy of African Business and Development, University of West Indies, Barbados. IAABD (Best Paper First Runner Up)
Osabutey, E.L.C (2012). Towards an Exploratory Model of Technology and Knowledge Transfer from Foreign Firms in Developing Countries: A Study of the Construction Industry in Ghana. 39th Academy of International Business (AIB) –UKI, University of Liverpool Management School, Liverpool
Osabutey ELC, Williams, K & Debrah Y (2012). The Potential for Technology and Knowledge Flows between Foreign and Local Firms: A Study of the Construction Industry in Ghana. 39th Academy of International Business (AIB) –UKI, University of Liverpool Management School, Liverpool
Osabutey ELC & Debrah Y (2011). New Perspectives on FDI and the Technology Transfer in Africa: Insights from the Construction Industry in Ghana. 12th International Conference of International Academy of African Business and Development, Athabasca University, Edmonton. IAABD