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Dr Yazid Abubakar Abdullahi

yazid.abdullah@ubd.edu.bn

Senior Assistant Professor, UBD School of Business and Economics

          

          

Dr. Abdullahi is a Senior Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Incubator Coordinator at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). Prior to joining UBD, he was a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Kingston Business School (AACSB, EPAS and AMBA accredited), Kingston University London, where he successfully led the creation of the first MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. He was the Programme Director for the MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at Kingston Business School. He was also a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at the University of Essex, UK (which is one of UK’s Top 10 Social Science Research universities), and Program Director for BSc Business and Service Industry Management. So far, he has taught a total of up to 23 Modules at the University of Essex/Kingston university London (including Kingston Moscow MBA) combined, most of which relate to entrepreneurship and innovation both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr. Abdullahi holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship (University of Essex, UK) and MSc in Entrepreneurship and Business Management (University of Bedfordshire, UK).

Dr. Abdullahi has published in many peer-reviewed journals, a number of which are recognized and listed in the highly-respected Association of Business School (ABS) ranking, published book and presented peer-reviewed papers in up to 26 conferences (many of which are leading conferences) around the world, including: USA, South Korea, Canada, Colombia, England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, India, Bahrain, Hungary, Turkey, Latvia, South-Africa, Malaysia, Dubai etc. He is a Fellow of the International Entrepreneurship Education Programme (IEEP), National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE), UK. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK. Dr. Abdullahi also holds Staff Educational Development Association (SEDA) Award in Leading and Developing Academic Practice, UK. He is also an Associate member of the prominent Small Business Research Centre (SBRC) at Kingston University London, which is one of the leading centres for small business research in Europe. Dr. Abdullahi serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of Globe Management Institute (GMI), Ghana. He has held memberships of Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) Network on Technology Entrepreneurship and Management Institute, Brown University, USA (2010), Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), UK (2008), European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) (2007) and Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) (2002). Dr. Abdullahi has also worked on a number of funded projects, such as the British Council ‘Women Empowerment Project’ (£45,000), ‘Education Partnership for Africa’ (EPA) (£60,000), ‘Economic Impact of Southend Airport on the Local Economy’ (£19,000), ‘Regional Disparity in Entrepreneurial Behavior and Activities’ (£3,400) etc. Others include projects for Qatar Development Bank, East of England Development Agency (EEDA), European Union (EU) - Leonardo Da Vinci Vocational Training Action Programme, among others.

EDUCATION

DEGREES:
2004- 2009 PhD. Entrepreneurship (University of Essex, UK)
2002-2003 MSc. Entrepreneurship and Business Management, University of Bedfordshire, UK)
1996 - 2000 BSc. Accounting, University of Abuja, Abuja FCT, Nigeria

FELLOWSHIPS
2015-2016 Fellow of the International Entrepreneurship Education Programme (IEEP), UK
2015-2016 SEDA Accreditation, Coventry University, UK
2014 Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Entrepreneurship and regional development

SME Innovation

SME Growth

SME Internationalisation

FDI and Entrepreneurship

Technology Entrepreneurship

FUTURE PROJECTS

SME Innovation Systems in a Small-Sized Developed Country: A Study of Brunei Darussalam

Previous research on innovation systems largely focused on considerably large developed countries with population exceeding one million, thereby leaving us with hardly any understanding of the systems of innovation of SMEs in small-sized developed countries. Consequently, this project seeks to investigate how SMEs in a small-sized developed country exploit both country specific domestic resources as well as external, international knowledge to build their innovation capacity. And how SMEs in a small-sized developed country exploit both domestic markets and international markets in commercializing their innovations. The study will be conducted in Brunei Darussalam, a developed country with a population of less than five hundred thousand people.


Applications Invited
7

Scopus Publications

69

Google Scholar Citations

3

Google Scholar h-index

1

Google Scholar i10-index

Scopus Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Abubakar, Y. A., Chris, H., Smallbone, D. and Saridakis, G. (2018) What Specific Modes of Internationalisation Influence SME Innovation in Sub-Saharan Least Developed Countries (LDCs)? Technovation (Accepted: Forth-coming) (5year impact factor -4.822; SJR - 1.557; ABS RANKING - 3 STAR***; ABDC RANKING - A)

Abubakar, Y. A. and Adeyeye, M. (2018). Mobile Telephony and New Business Formation Rates in BRICs and Beyond: Does Human Capital Matter? Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies (Accepted: Forth-coming)

Abubakar, Y. A. and Mitra, J. (2017). Knowledge spillovers and high-impact growth: Comparing local and foreign firms in the UK. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 1-32.

Abubakar, Y. A. (2017). External Knowledge Factors Important for the Growth of Technology – based SMEs in Non –Clustered Region, International Journal of Innovation in Management, 4(2), 87-116

Mohammad, Mahdi Abrishamkar and Abubakar, Y.A. (2016). The relationship between workforce agility and new product innovation. Journal of Business Management, 8(2), pp. 245-258. ISSN (print) 2008-5907

Adeyeye, M., Abubakar, Y. and Mitra, J. (2015) Informal Knowledge Institutions and Market Innovation by Knowledge-Intensive Businesses. Nigerian Journal of Technological Research, 10(2), ISSN (print) 0795-5111

TOP PUBLICATIONS

Abubakar, Y. A., Chris, H., Smallbone, D. and Saridakis, G. (2018) What Specific Modes of Internationalisation Influence SME Innovation in Sub-Saharan Least Developed Countries (LDCs)? Technovation (Accepted: Forth-coming) - (5year impact factor -4.822; SJR - 1.557; ABDC RANKING - A; ABS RANKING - 3 STAR***)

Abubakar, Y. A. and Mitra, J. (2017). Knowledge spillovers and high-impact growth: Comparing local and foreign firms in the UK. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 1-32. ISSN: 1573-7349 (electronic version), ISSN: 1570-7385 (print version) (Impact factor = 0.638 SNP – 2015; SJR -0.549; ABS RANKING - 1STAR*)

Abubakar, Y. A., and Mitra, J. (2013). The venturesome poor and entrepreneurial activity in Nigeria: The role of consumption, technology and human capital. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation,14(4), 235-254. ISSN 1465-7503 (print); 2043-6882 (online) (ABDC RANKING - C; ABS RANKING - 2 STAR**)

Abubakar, Y.A. (2013). Technology in impoverished markets and new business formation rates: spatial analysis of developing countries. Journal of Strategy and Management, 6(2), 139-159. (ABDC RANKING - C)

Mitra, J., Abubakar, Y. A., and Sagagi, M. (2011). Knowledge creation and human capital for development: the role of graduate entrepreneurship. Education+ training, 53(5), 462-479. (Impact factor = 0.53 SJR - 2015) (ABS RANKING - 1 STAR*)

Abubakar, Y. A., and Mitra, J. (2009). Innovation performance in European regions: comparing manufacturing and services ICT subsectors. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 11(2), 156-177. (ABDC RANKING - C)

Abubakar, Y. and Mitra, J. (2007). Developing a culture for entrepreneurship in the East of England: the value of social and human capital. Industry and Higher Education, 21(2), 129-143. (ABDC RANKING - C; ABS RANKING - 1 STAR*)

GRANT DETAILS

2017 - date Institutions, FDI and Entrepreneurship: Panel Data Evidence (approximately $2740), Centre for Advanced Economic Research (CARe), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (together with Dr. Slesman L.)

2016-2017 Women’s Economic Empowerment (approximately £45,000), Project Conducted at the Small Business Research Centre (SBRC), Kingston University London (together with Prof. David Smallbone).

2011-12 Regional Disparities in Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Activities (£3.400), Project Conducted by Essex Business School, University of Essex (with Prof. Jay Mitra).

2012 Qatar Development Bank Research-Based Training in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (with Prof. Jay Mitra and Dr. Yong Yang)

2008 – 2010 Education Partnership for Africa (EPA): Building Capacity for Entrepreneurship Education and Research in Nigerian Universities, Project Conducted by Essex Business School, University of Essex in Partnership with Bayero University, Nigeria. (£60,000) (with Prof. Jay Mitra as the project leader)

2010 Student Enterprise Club, University of Essex (with Dr Caleb Kwong and Prof. Jay Mitra as the project leader).

2009 Economic Impact of Southend Airport Expansion on the Local Economy, Business School, University of Essex (£19,000) (together with Prof. Jay Mitra as the project leader).

2007 Management Development & Enterprise Research Project, Essex Business School, University of Essex (together with Prof. Jay Mitra as the project leader, Dr Jun Li, Dr Bill Gleave etc.).

2005 - 2007 Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture in South Essex, funded by the Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership and the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), University of Essex, (together with Prof. Jay Mitra, Dr Jun Li, Dr Bill Gleave etc.)

2005 Indian (Business) Cluster Project – With Professor Jay Mitra (University of Essex, Southend-on-Sea, UK)

2004 European Union – ‘Leonardo Da Vinci Vocational Training Action Programme’. Participating countries: (UK, Belgium, Spain, Slovak Republic, Hungary, France, Germany and Poland). (together with Dr Habte Selasse)

2003 ‘Building Business Networks’, University of Luton, (Bedfordshire University) –Funded by European Social Fund and Learning and Skills Council, UK (With Dr Elly Philport)

2002 Diagnostic Report in; OECD Local Entrepreneurship Reviews, Advantage West Midlands: West Midlands, UK (acknowledged research work for Prof. Jay Mitra at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. Report published in 2004)

RESEARCH OUTPUTS (PATENTS, SOFTWARE, PUBLICATIONS, PRODUCTS)

PUBLICATIONS

Abubakar, Y. A. and Adeyeye, M. (2018). Mobile Telephony and New Business Formation Rates in BRICs and Beyond: Does Human Capital Matter? Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies (Accepted: Forth-coming)

Abubakar, Y. A. and Mitra, J. (2017). Knowledge spillovers and high-impact growth: Comparing local and foreign firms in the UK. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 1-32. ISSN: 1570-7385 (print version) (Impact factor = 0.638 SNP – 2015; SJR -0.549; ABS RANKING - 1STAR*)

Abubakar, Y. A. (2017). External Knowledge Factors Important for the Growth of Technology – based SMEs in Non –Clustered Region, International Journal of Innovation in Management, 4(2), 87-116

Mohammad, Mahdi Abrishamkar and Abubakar, Y.A. (2016). The relationship between workforce agility and new product innovation. Journal of Business Management, 8(2), pp. 245-258. ISSN (print) 2008-5907

Adeyeye, M., Abubakar, Y. and Mitra, J. (2015) Informal Knowledge Institutions and Market Innovation by Knowledge-Intensive Businesses. Nigerian Journal of Technological Research, 10(2), ISSN (print) 0795-5111

Abubakar, Y. A., and Mitra, J. (2013). The venturesome poor and entrepreneurial activity in Nigeria: The role of consumption, technology and human capital. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation,14(4), 235-254. ISSN 1465-7503 (print); 2043-6882 (online) (ABDC RANKING - C; ABS RANKING - 2 STAR**)

Abubakar, Y.A. (2013). Technology in impoverished markets and new business formation rates: spatial analysis of developing countries. Journal of Strategy and Management, 6(2), 139-159. (ABDC RANKING - C)

Abubakar, Y. A. (2013b). Agglomeration of high-tech firms and new product innovations. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.


Mitra, J., Abubakar, Y. A., and Sagagi, M. (2011). Knowledge creation and human capital for development: the role of graduate entrepreneurship. Education+ training, 53(5), 462-479. (ABS RANKING - 1 STAR*)

Abubakar, Y. A., and Mitra, J. (2009). Innovation performance in European regions: comparing manufacturing and services ICT subsectors. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 11(2), 156-177. (ABDC RANKING - C)

Mitra, J. and Abubakar, Y.A. (2010) Seeking Legitimacy: New Technology Firm Behaviour in Nascent and Established Environments, in Mitra, J. and Sagagi, M.S. (eds), Readings on African Entrepreneurship, Adamu Joji Publishers: Kano.

Abubakar, Y. and Mitra, J. (2007). Developing a culture for entrepreneurship in the East of England: the value of social and human capital. Industry and Higher Education, 21(2), 129-143. (ABDC RANKING - C; ABS RANKING - 1 STAR*)

ACKNOWLEDGED CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOOKS
Mitra, J (2012) Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Abingdon, Routledge. See page xi of: http://samples.sainsburysebooks.co.uk/9781136702532_sample_861051.pdf

Arzeni, S. and Mitra, J. (2008), From Unemployment to Entrepreneurship: Creating Conditions for Change for Young People in Central and Eastern European countries, in Blokker, Paul and Dallago, Bruno (2008), Youth Entrepreneurship and Local Development in Central and Eastern Europe, Ashgate Publishing

Mitra, J. (2004) Diagnostic Report; in OECD Local Entrepreneurship Reviews, Advantage West Midlands: West Midlands, UK

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

ACKNOWLEDGED CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOOKS
Mitra, J (2012) Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Abingdon, Routledge. See page xi of: http://samples.sainsburysebooks.co.uk/9781136702532_sample_861051.pdf
Arzeni, S. and Mitra, J. (2008), From Unemployment to Entrepreneurship: Creating Conditions for Change for Young People in Central and Eastern European countries, in Blokker, Paul and Dallago, Bruno (2008), Youth Entrepreneurship and Local Development in Central and Eastern Europe, Ashgate Publishing
Mitra, J. (2004) Diagnostic Report; in OECD Local Entrepreneurship Reviews, Advantage West Midlands: West Midlands, UK

PAPERS IN PEER REVIEWED CONFERENCES
Smallbone, D., Sarikadis, G. and Abubakar, Y.A. (2016) Internationalisation as a Stimulus to SME Innovation in Sub-Saharan Developing Countries and Post Socialist Economies: A Comparison. Paper presented at RENT XXX Antwerp, 16-18 November 2016, Belgium

Smallbone, D., Abubakar, Y.A. and Sarikadis (2016) Internationalisation and innovation in developing and emerging market economies, GEDC Conference, New Frontiers in International Entrepreneurship: Research and Practice, Kingston Business School, 5–7 October 2016

Abubakar, Y. and Hand, C. (2016) The Influence of Internationalisation on SME Innovation in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Innovation and Management (IAM) Conference, 12-15 July 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Abubakar, Y. (2015) Does International Knowledge influence SME Innovation in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)? (14 TH IEF) Conference, Entrepreneurial Institutions and the Entrepreneurial Society: Creating an Inclusive Agenda for Opportunity Creation, 16-18 September, 2015, Cape Town, South Africa. 2015 WINNER OF BEST PAPER AWARD

Abubakar, Y. (2014) Influence of Mobile Telephony on Entrepreneurship in BRICs and Beyond: The Mediator Role of Education, International Entrepreneurship Forum (13th IEF), 31 July – 2nd Aug 2014, Bogota, Colombia

Abubakar, Y. (2014) The Growth of Small Firms in Non-Cluster Regions: What Knowledge Factors Matter? International Entrepreneurship Forum (13th IEF), 31 July – 2nd Aug 2014, Bogota, Colombia
Adeyeye, M., Mitra, J. and Abubakar, Y. (2014) Strategies for Entrepreneurship and Market Innovation by KIBS in Developing Economies: Inclusive Agenda for opportunity creation, International Entrepreneurship Forum (13th IEF), 31 July – 2nd Aug 2014, Bogota, Colombia

Abubakar, Y. (2012) Entrepreneurship and Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) Markets: The Mediating Role of Human Capital in a Developing Country, “Managing in Uncertain Times” January 13-15, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Abubakar, Y. (2012) Information Technology in Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) Markets: Impact on Entrepreneurship Rates in Developing Countries, “Managing in Uncertain Times” January 13-15, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Trstenjak, J., Abubakar, Y. and Mitra, J. (2011) Regional Disparities In Entrepreneurial Behaviour And Activities In The United Kingdom And Their Impact On Regional Employment Growth Rates Between 2004 And 2009, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), 2012, Dublin

Abubakar, Y. and Mitra, J. (2011), Small firm Innovation in Non-Clustered Regions: Comparing High and Low Agglomerations, International Council for Small Business (ICSB), 2011, World Conference, June 15-18, 2011, Stockholm, Sweden.

Mitra, J., Abubakar, Y. and Sagagi, M.S. (2011), Education and Entrepreneurship in Africa: Examining Knowledge Creation and Human Capital in Nigeria, “Entrepreneurship in Africa.” The 2nd Annual Conference Syracuse University, Syracuse, May 22-24, 2011, New York, USA.

Mitra, J., Sagagi, M.S., and Abubakar, Y. (2011), Human Capital and the Development - Does Graduate Entrepreneurship Education and Training Matter? Does Entrepreneurship Matter? A View from Educators, Researchers, Policy makers and Entrepreneurs, 2011 EFMD Entrepreneurship Conference, 21 - 22 February 2011, Tallinn, Estonia

Abubakar, Y.A. (2011) High impact Entrepreneurship, 10th International Entrepreneurship Forum (10th IEF), Entrepreneurship and Society: Creating Social, Economic, Cultural and Personal Value, 9-11 January 2011, Tamkeen, Bahrain

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2010), Entrepreneurship and High Impact Growth: Comparing Indigenous and Foreign Firms, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), 33rd Annual Conference, Grand Connaught Rooms, 3rd & 4th November 2010, London.

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2010), Entrepreneurial Growth: Comparing Indigenous and International Foreign Firms, International Council for Small Business (ISBE), 2010 World Conference, June 24-27, 2010 - Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2010) Regional and Global Tensions in New Product Development: Comparing High and Low Agglomeration Regions, The Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland Chapter) 37th Annual Conference, 8-10 April 2010, Dublin, Ireland

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2009) Entrepreneurship, Growth and the High Impact Firm: Comparing Indigenous and Foreign Firms, Paper presented at the RENT XXIII – Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Conference, November 19-20, in Budapest, Hungary

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2009) The High Impact Firm: Spatial Dynamics of Human Capital, Entrepreneurship and Growth, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) 32nd annual conference November, Liverpool, UK.

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2009) Spatial Dynamics of High Impact Firm: Human Capital, Entrepreneurship and Growth, Paper presented at the International Entrepreneurship Forum (9th. IEF). 16- 18, September 2009, Istanbul, Turkey.

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra (2009) Sources of Small Firm Innovation in Low Agglomeration: Comparing High and Low Agglomeration Regions, Paper presented at the 2009 International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference, June 21-24, in Seoul, Korea.

Mitra, J. and Abubakar, Y.A. (2009) Entrepreneurial Growth and Labour Market Dynamics: Spatial factors in the consideration of relevant skills and firm growth, Paper presented at the 2009 International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference, June 21-24, in Seoul, Korea.

Abubakar, Y. (2008) Factors influencing Innovation in European Knowledge Regions: Comparing Manufacturing and Services ICT Sub-sectors, Paper to be presented at the 8th International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF), Conference on Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Imperatives for sustainable Global based Knowledge Economy; 17th - 19th December 2008, Ahmedabad, India.

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra J. (2008), Industrial Agglomeration and Small Firm Product Development: Comparing Cambridgeshire Silicon-Fen and Essex, Presented at the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), World Conference June 2008 in Halifax, Canada

Mitra, J. and Abubakar, Y.A. (2007), ‘Seeking Legitimacy: New Technology Firm Behaviour in Nascent and Established Environment’. Refereed paper, presented at the 30th Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship Conference – International Entrepreneurship, 7 to 9 November 2007 Glasgow, Scotland

Mitra, J. and Abubakar, Y.A. (2007), ‘Learning To Grow: How New, Small, High Technology Firms Acquire Cognitive and Socio-Political Legitimacy In Their Regions’. Refereed Paper, International Council for Small Business (ICSB), World Conference June 2007 in Turku, Finland

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2006) Geography of Social Networks and the Emergence of Technology Based Firms, Paper presented at the 6th IEF conference will address the theme “New Ventures and the Creative Trajectory”. International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF), 31 August - 2 September 2006, Riga, Latvia

Abubakar, Y.A. and Mitra, J. (2005), Social Capital and New Firm Formation, Paper Presented at the 28th National Conference held by the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) at Blackpool, UK

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