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Aminu Mamman

Professor, Professor of Management and International Development, Prof

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BSc ABU, MBA Cardiff, PhD Cardiff


My academic career started in Nigeria as a graduate assistant and later as a lecturer. My International academic career started at the University of Papua New Guinea. I have spent a significant part of my early academic career in Australia where I taught at Charles Darwin University and then Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. I also had the privilege to serve as a visiting scholar at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA, Hamdan bin Muhammed University U.A.E, Taibah University, Madina, Saudi Arabia, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Ghana, and  Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. 

My first degree is in Business Administration, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. I gained Postgraduate and Ph.D degrees from the Universities of Wales, Cardiff (now University of Cardiff). My academic career took me to several countries across many continents such as Australia, Malaysia, U.S.A, U.A.E etc. This is reflected in my research, teaching and consulting interests. 

Research interests

  • My main research interest focuses on testing and extending management and organizational theories in international development context. These are reflected in three strands. The first strand examines the transfer of theoretical constructs and models of Performance Management, Human Resource Management and Leadership to developing and transitional economies of Africa, Middle East and Asia. This strand also includes research that examines the diffusion and appropriation of knowledge and innovation in organizations. The second strand focuses on using managerial cognition theories to explore how managers in developing and transitional economies of Africa, Middle East and Asia interpret globalization and implications of such interpretations for strategic decision making. The third strand examines how building human and organizational capacity of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) can help in the eradication of poverty in developing countries, especially in Africa. My research has been published in several books and highly reputable journals such as Organizations studies, British Journal of Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management and International Business Review. I have taught and been a visiting scholar in several universities around the world including Australia, USA, Dubai, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, and Nigeria. I have undertaken research and advisory work for several international organizations and institutions such as the World Bank, United Nations, UK Department for International Development, African Development Bank, USAID and British Council.

  • I am currently leading a European Union funded research project which is investigating the impact of globalization on business practices in Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal and Morocco. The research project runs from January 2019 to December 2022.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute


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