Senior Lecturer - Business Management
York Business School
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Qualifications: PhD | MBA | SFHEA | DTLLS | Dip Ed | MCMI
I am a Senior Lecturer in Management at the York Business School, York St John University, UK. I obtained my PhD from the University of Wales Swansea in the United Kingdom. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, I am the module Director for ventures in entrepreneurship, business operations and international corporate governance. I currently lecture on the BA, MBA and MSc programmes.
Prior to joining the York Business School in 2016, I held academic positions in North America. First, as a Lecturer in Strategy and Global Management at one of Canada’s best Business Schools – Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary; and second, as a Visiting Lecturer of Management at the University of Lethbridge School of Management in Calgary, Canada.
In the UK, I have been a Lecturer in International Business/Business Strategy at the University of Plymouth prior to his work experience in North America. Additionally, I was a Lecturer in Business Management at the Anglia Ruskin University/Harlow College in Essex, and, was also a principal member of the accreditation panel that established the Anglia Ruskin University campus in Harlow.
In Africa, I have been a Visiting Professor of Management at the University of Education Kumasi, Ghana. I have successfully supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations across these three different continents particularly, Ghana, UK and Canada.
- International Corporate Governance
- Business Operations
- Ventures in Entrepreneurship
My research interests centers on business strategy and international business, specifically the management of headquarters – subsidiary relations, investigating the wider governance challenges facing multinational corporations. Some of my recent research output incorporates the policies and practices of emerging market multinationals, innovation and international competitiveness, causes of financial foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows, economic development and intervention and liberalization policies in Africa. My work has appeared in quality journals such as the Journal of International Management, Thunderbird International Business Review and the African Journal of Applied Research.
Research Themes and Scholarly Interests
- Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in the financial services sector.
- Regional and global strategies of multinational corporations (MNCs).
- Policies and practices of emerging market multinationals.
- The impact of Technology on banking in Africa.
- Economic development and operations of MNCs into emerging economies.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. I am also a member of the Academy of International Business (AIB), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD)
In the consulting sphere, I have over two years banking experience and have also worked as a corporate consultant for two Non-Governmental Organizations in Ghana implementing Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) ingenuities.
- Sarpong, D., Sajdakova, J., & Adams, K. (2018). The Mabey and Johnson bribery scandal: A case of executive hubris. Thunderbird International Business Review.
- Adams, D., Ullah, S., Akhtar, P., Adams, K., & Saidi, S. (2018). The role of country-level institutional factors in escaping the natural resource curse: Insights from Ghana. Resources Policy.
- Adams, K., Nayak, B. S., & Koukpaki, S. (2018). Critical perspectives on “manufactured” risks arising from Eurocentric business practices in Africa. Critical perspectives on international business, 14(2/3), 210-229.
- Adams, K., Nyuur, R. B., Ellis, F. Y., & Debrah, Y. A. (2017). South African MNCs' HRM systems and practices at the subsidiary level: Insights from subsidiaries in Ghana. Journal of International Management, 23(2), 180-193.
- Adams, K., Debrah, Y. A., Williams, K., & Mmieh, F. (2015). Why on earth should foreign banks invest in Africa's financial services sector? Evidence from financial multinationals in Ghana. Thunderbird International Business Review, 57(6), 445-462.
- Adams, K., & Ansah, J. K. (2015). The Influence of Economic Reforms and Private Sector Development Initiatives on Financial Foreign Direct Investment Inflows into Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from Ghana. African Journal of Applied Research (AJAR), 1(1).
- Adams, K., Debrah, Y. A., Williams, K., & Mmieh, F. (2014). Causes of financial FDI inflows into sub‐Saharan Africa (SSA): Evidence from Ghana. Thunderbird International Business Review, 56 (5), 439-459.
- Debrah, Y. A., Oseghale, R. O., & Adams, K. (2018). Human Capital, Innovation and International Competitiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Africa’s Competitiveness in the Global Economy (pp. 219-248). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
Refereed Conference Papers
- Adams, K. (2018) Offshore/nearshore outsourcing as a strategic competitive posturing: insights from Ghana, British Academy of Management, Bristol, UK
- Adams, K., and Nyuur, R. B. (2018) The Financial Services Sector and Economic Growth in SSA: Insights from Ghana, British Academy of Management, Bristol, UK
- Sarpong, David and Adams K., (accepted May 2017) The Mabey and Johnson bribery Scandal: A Case of Executive Hubris, British Academy of Management Conference, Warwick
- Oseghale, R., Debrah, Y. & Adams K., (2016) Innovation and International Competitiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa, Academy of International Business, Lagos Business School, Nigeria.
- Adams K. and Debrah Y: (2015) 'Going Abroad? Deciding Factors for Foreign Banks Investing in Africa', Academy of International Business, Bengaluru 2015
- Adams K., (2014) Why on earth should foreign banks invest in African financial markets? Evidence from financial multinationals in Ghana & Nigeria. Academy of International Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
- Adams K (2014) Impact of technology on banking in Africa: The Contribution of Foreign Banks in Ghana. Presented at the Academy of International Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
- Adams K (2012) Causes of Inter-Regional Financial FDI inflows into SSA: Nigerian Banks in Ghana (with Debrah Y. A) Presented at the 13th International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD) Conference. El Jadida Polydisciplinary University, Morocco
- Adams K., Debrah Y. A. and Williams K., (2013) An assessment of how technology is revolutionalising the banking Industry in Africa: a review of the Ghanaian experiences. Presented at the Academy of International Business, Aston University
- Adams K., (2013) The root causes of the administrative and institutional weaknesses of the financial markets in Africa. Presented at the 14th International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD) Conference. Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Ghana
- Adams K., (2013) The influence of financial sector reforms and private sector development initiatives on FDI inflows into SSA: Insights from Ghana. (With Debrah Y. A and Mmieh F) Presented at the 14th International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD) Conference. Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Ghana