Dr Cynthia Akwei

Liverpool Business School

Cynthia Akwei is a Reader at Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom. She is the head of the International Business, Management and Strategy group, and programme leader for PhD training and development. Also, she teaches strategic management, research methods and business planning subjects in the Faculty of Business and Law.

Cynthia holds a BA (Honours) from the University of Ghana, an MSc and a PhD from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on Strategic Planning and Implementation, Macro Economics and Business Environment, Development Studies, International Business, Corporate Governance and Public Administration, Sustainability, Strategic HRM and Entrepreneurship.

She has published several articles in refereed journals such as Strategic Change, Small Business Management, Politics and Policy, Production Planning and Control, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Thunderbird International Business Review and International Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy.

Cynthia has presented her research at several international academic conferences including, the British Academy of Management (BAM), Strategic Management Society (SMS) and the Academy of International Business (AIB).

She had supervised several Doctoral, MBA and MSc students to completion. She has also served as an internal and external examiner at several universities such as Brunel, Liverpool, Cardiff Metropolitan and Bournemouth Universities.

Cynthia has served as an external consultant to several large and SME business organisations at the national and international levels. She has been invited as a keynote and guest speaker to several academic and professional conferences/seminars including, BAM, Association of Supply Chain and Chartered Association of Business Schools.

Cynthia serves on several committees at the university and external institutional level including, the Faculty Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee, Chartered Association of Business Schools, Vice-Chair UCU Branch and the National Black Standing Members Committee, Race charter and Athena Swan committees.

Degrees

Loughborough University, United Kingdom, PhD
Loughborough University, United Kingdom, MSc

Journal article

Di Cristo N, Akwei CA. 2022. ‘Wish to Dream’ Fulfilment: The Motivations for Onward Migration Journal of International Migration and Integration, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Akwei CA, Nwachuku C. 2022. An Exploration of the Contextual Factors Affecting the Nexus of Competitive Strategy and Human Resource Management Practices in Nigeria’s Emerging Economy Context International Journal of Human Resource Management, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kok SK, Akwei C, Farquhar S, Gianluigi G. 2022. On the regulation of the intersection between religion and the provision of financial services: Conversations with market actors within the global Islamic financial services sector Research in International Business and Finance, 59 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Adu-Ameyaw E, Danso A, Acheampong S, Akwei C. 2021. Executive bonus compensation and financial leverage: do growth and executive ownership matter? International Journal of Accounting & Information Management, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Akwei CA, Damoah IS, Amankwah-Amoah J. 2020. The Effects of Politics on the Implementation of Government Programs/Projects: Insights from a Developing Economy Politics and Policy, 48 :1161-1201 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Damoah IS, Akwei CA, Ishmael T, Amoako IO, Kumi D. 2020. Factors influencing school building construction projects abandonment International Journal of Construction Management, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Amoako IO, Akwei CA, Damoah IS. 2020. We Know their House, Family and Workplace:Trust in Entrepreneurs' Trade Credit Relationships in Weak Institutions Journal of Small Business Management, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Akwei C. 2020. The impact of new foreign banks strategies on banking in Africa International Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy, 3 :49-49 DOI Publisher Url

Amoo N, Hiddlestone J, Akwei CA, Ruzibuka J. 2019. Conceptualizing and Measuring Strategy Implementation – a Multi-Dimensional View Strategic Change, 28 :445-467 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Akwei CA, Zhang L. 2019. Integrating quality control and performance management in developing complex bespoke systems Production Planning and Control, 29 :1275-1289 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Akwei C, Zhang L. 2018. Integrating risk and performance management in quality management systems for the development of complex bespoke systems (CBSs) PRODUCTION PLANNING & CONTROL, 29 :1275-1289 DOI Author Url

Damoah I, Akwei CA, Amoako IO, Botchie D. 2018. Corruption as a source of government project failure in developing countries: Evidence from Ghana Project Management Journal, 49 :17-33 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Akwei CA. 2018. Mitigating Election Violence and Intimidation: A Political Stakeholder Engagement Approach Politics and Policy, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Damoah IS, Akwei CA. 2017. Government project failure in Ghana: a multidimensional approach International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 10 :32-59 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Zhang L, Akwei CA, Zhang Y. 2016. Exploring how complex solution-based capabilities (CSC) are developed and integrated in engineering companies Production Planning and Control, 27 :727-739 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Akwei CA. 2012. Deregulation, Competition, and Performance Measurement of an African Airport. The Case of Kotoka International Airport Ghana Thunderbird International Business Review, 54 :537-549 DOI

Akwei CA, Xiaoping P. WOULD YOU STILL ENGAGE AND LOVE ME? INFLUENCING ENGAGEMENT AND LOYALTY DURING CRISIS Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services,

Akwei CA. STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND GROWTH OF MEDIUM SIZE ENTERPRISES (MSEs) IN AFRICA: INSIGHTS FROM GHANA Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal,

Akwei CA, Damoah I. Sustainable Development and Government Project Failure in Developing Countries: Evidence from Ghana Business and Society,

Akwei CA, Barajas M. IMPLEMENTATION OF SUSTAINABLE CROWDFUNDING REAL ESTATES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Technological Forecasting and Social Change,

Damoah IS, Akwei CA, Amoako IO, Botchie D. Corruption as a source of project failure in developing countries: evidence from Ghana Project Management Journal,

Conference publication

Amoako IO, Akwei CA, Damoah I. 2017. Entrepreneurship Education and Employability: Insights from UK INCEDI 2017 Conference Proceedings, International Conference on Education, Development &Innovation Author Url

Hosseini MS, Akwei CA, McClelland B, Foster S. 2017. Spirituality effects on consumption behaviour in the fashion market industry and its importance for the development of successful marketing strategies: A comparative study of female consumers in the UK and Iran BAM 2017 Conference Proceedings, BAM conference 2017 (British Academy of Management) Publisher Url Public Url

Akwei CA, Amoako IO, Damoah I. 2017. The Role of Technology Innovation in Shaping the Student Learning Experience in Higher Education INCEDI 2017 Proceedings, International Conference on Education, Development &Innovation :62-72 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Akwei CA, Damoah I, Amoako I. 2017. Assessing the impact of corruption on the management of Ghana government educational infrastructural projects (GGEIP) INCEDI 2017 Conference Proceedings, International Conference on Education, Development & Innovation 2017 Conference Author Url

Akwei CA. 2015. Impact of downsizing on survivors in an emerging economy 29th BAM Annual Conference, University of Portsmouth ., British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference

Damoah I, Akwei CA, Mouzughi Y. 2015. Causes of government project failure in developing countries – Focus on Ghana. 29th Annual BAM Conference, University of Portsmouth from the 8th - 10th September 2015.,

Akwei C. 2015. Evaluation of implementation of sustainability agenda for sustainable development in a developing country Proceedings of the 16th IISES International Academic Conference, 16th IISES International Academic Conference

Akwei CA. 2011. Stakeholders approach to developing higher level order dynamic capabilities Strategic Management Society Conference

Akwei CA. 2010. The role of strategic human resource management in developing dynamic capabilities International Journal of Arts & Science conference

Akwei CA. The Impact of Assessed Business Simulation and attendance on Sustainable Student Engagement and Performance in Higher Education

Damoah , Akwei CA, Botchie D. Assessing Context-Specific Critical Success Factors (CCSF) in E-government Projects Implementation in Developing Countries: A Political and Socio-Cultural Institutional Approach Proceedings of the British Academy of Management, British Academy of Management 2017

Akwei CA, Petrie L. Strategies of small and medium size hotels (SMHs) in times of crisis: Impact on growth, competitiveness and survival British Academy of Management Proceedings,

Akwei CA. Entrepreneurial and Small Business Growth Behaviours in an Emerging Economy British Academy of Management,

Akwei CA. Co-developing the Business-to-Business (B2B) relationships in Complex Bespoke Solution Systems (CBS) Firms: A B2B Relationship Management Perspective British Academy of Management Proceedings,

Nwachukwu C, Akwei CA. Strategic Partner or Bystander? Investigating the Strategic role of HR professionals in CSR formulation, implementation and evaluation in Nigeria Banking Sector. British Academy of Management,

Nwachukwu , Akwei , O'Brien S. An investigation of the linkage of business strategy with human resource management practices in Nigerian medium-sized enterprises

Thesis/Dissertation

Nwachukwu CI. INVESTIGATING THE LINKAGE BETWEEN COMPETITIVE STRATEGY AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN NIGERIA MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES Akwei C, Lawless A, O'Brien S. Public Url

Other

Akwei CA, Damoah I. Effects of Government Project Failure on the Socioeconomic and Political Development of Ghana Journal of Development Studies,

Akwei CA, Damoah I, Kumi D. Assessing the Context-Specific Causes of Government Projects Failure (CCGPF) in Developing Countries: A Political and Socio-Cultural Institutional Approach International Journal of Operations and Production Management,

Other invited event:

Guest Speaker- Research Methods:Mixed Methods Research Design, Ghana, Celebration of the Day of Scientific Renaissance of Africa. 2022

Speaker -Equity, Diversity and Inclusion- Race and Language, Liverpool, UCU workshop. 2022

Guest Speaker - Uncomfortable conversations: Tackling racism in our institutions, UK -Online, Charted ABS PMAC Professional Managers Annual Conference. 2022

Guest Speaker –Co-creation of the B2B relationships in Complex Bespoke Solution Systems (CBS) Firms: A Case study Approach, University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Business and Law Marketing Group Research Seminar. 2022

Guest Speaker/Facilitator- Creating Cultures of Inclusion, Aston University, UK, Charted ABS PMAC Professional Managers Annual Conference. 2022

Speaker- Promotion and Gender and Race Gap in HE, FE &Prison Education, UK- Online, Fighting Racism in the Workplace Workshop: UCU Week of Action against workplace Racism. 2022

Guest Speaker - New frontiers in management research: A practical approach to doing grounded theory, UK, British Academy Management Research Seminar. 2021

Guest Speaker -Creating a Diverse Faculty, UK, Chartered Association of Business Schools Annual Conference. 2020

Guest Speaker-Supporting staff and students with disability, King's College London, Workshop on Tools for Diversity in Business Schools. 2020

Keynote Speaker-Promoting good Governance and Stakeholders in procurement in Ghana, Ghana, Supply Chain Management Conference. 2019

Guest Speaker - Sustainable Education Development in Africa, Ghana, African Education Research Network Biennial Summit. 2018

External committees:

MONITORING AND REVIEW COMMITTEE OF STRATEGIC PLAN AND IMPLEMENTATION, Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research, Appointed Chair of the committee. 2022

Black Standing Members Committee, UCU, Vice Chair. 2020

Research Committee, AERN, Research Lead. 2018

Equality and Diversity Committee, Chartered Association of Business Schools. 2017

Race Equality Action Group, CABS, Leadership and Culture Lead.

Research Grants Awarded:

ReFind Retail Finance Distribution (Mel & Bill Gates Foundation), Digital Financial Technology, E-commerce, and Female Entrepreneurship in Ghana, Grant value (£): 50,930 ($59990), Duration of research project: 6 Months. 2022

IDRC, Building Teachers' Capacity to Enhance Early Learning -through Child Focussed and Play Based Approaches in Ghana and Sierra Leone., Grant value (£): 484,296 (750000 C$), Duration of research project: 2years. 2021

GCRF, Impact of Covid19 on the achievement of sustainable goal 2, Grant value (£): 23,000, Duration of research project: 6 Months.

GCRF, Promoting Good Governance and Mitigating Corruption in Public Projects through Stakeholders Engagement in Africa, Grant value (£): 5910.

Research Fellowship Carnegie New York / UoG, Visiting Fellowship, Grant value (£): 25,000.

World Bank/TRECK, Research Networking Grant, Grant value (£): £2000.

External PGR examinations performed:

Brunel University, PhD, Bouncing back from Bankruptcy to Venture Again: Narratives of Entrepreneurial Antifragility. 2021

Cardiff Metropolitan University, PhD, Glass ceiling- Organisational barriers to the advancement of women in the banking sector in Nigeria. 2021

Cardiff Metropolitan University, PhD, AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF FACTORS AFFECTING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION AMONGST ETHNIC ENTREPRENEURS IN UNITED KINGDOM. 2019

Conference presentation:

The impact of COVID-19 on Sustainable Development Goal 2, 15-17th September 2020., 8th World Sustainability Forum, Oral presentation. 2020

The Impact of E-Recruitment and Sustainable Development, 33rd Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management BAM 2019, Aston University, Birmingham, Oral presentation. 2019

Exploring the competitive strategy of new foreign banks in a developing country context., ICGBEFSS conference, Ghana, Oral presentation. 2018

Assessing Context-Specific Critical Success Factors in E-government Projects Implementation in Developing Countries: A Political and Socio-Cultural Institutional Approach, BAM Conference 2017, Oral presentation.

Assessing the impact of corruption on the management of Ghana government educational infrastructural projects (GGEIP), nternational Conference on Education, Development and Innovation 2017, Oral presentation.

Assessing the Role of Microfinance as a Vehicle for Development Finance in developing Economies, 32nd Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management BAM 2018, Bristol, Oral presentation.

Co-developing the Business-to-Business (B2B) relationships in Complex Bespoke Solution Systems (CBS) Firms: A B2B Relationship Management Perspective, 31st Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management BAM 2017, Warwick University, Oral presentation.

Corporate Governance in Developing Countries, 2019, AIB Africa Chapter Conference, Oral presentation.

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Growth Behaviours in an Emerging Economy, 31st Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management BAM 2017, Oral presentation.

Entrepreneurship Education and Employability: Insights from UK, INCEDI Conference 2017, Oral presentation.

Exploring digital marketing strategies of multinational corporations (MNCs) and Impact on Performance, Exploring digital marketing strategies of multinational corporations (MNCs) and I32nd Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management BAM 2018, Oral presentation.

Impact of downsizing on survivors in an emerging economy, 29th BAM Annual Conference, University of Portsmouth, Oral presentation.

Mitigating Election Violence and Intimidation in Ghana: A Political Stakeholder Engagement Approach, UBS International Conference 2016, Oral presentation.

MNE Competitive Strategies in an Emerging Economy: Impact and Response from Subsidiaries and Local Firms, Academy of International Business US Southeast 2021 Conference, Florida State University., Oral presentation.

Role of SHRM in developing dynamic capabilities, International Journal of Arts & Science Conference, 1-3 June, Boston., Oral presentation.

Stakeholders approach to developing higher-level order dynamic capabilities, Strategic Management Society Conference, 6-9 November, Miami, Oral presentation.

Strategic Partner or Bystander? Investigating the Strategic role of HR professionals in CSR formulation, implementation and evaluation in Nigeria Banking Sector, 31st Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management BAM 2017, Oral presentation.

StrategieS for a Multi-Polar World - Strategic Management ..., Strategic Management Society Conference, 6-9 November, Miami, Track Chair.

Strategies of small and medium-size hotels (SMHs) in times of crisis: Impact on growth, competitiveness and survival, BAM Conference 2017, Oral presentation.

Sustainable Development and Government Project Failure, 2019, AIB Africa Chapter Conference, Oral presentation.

The Impact of Assessed Business Simulation and attendance on Sustainable Student Engagement and Performance in Higher Education, London International Conference for Advanced Research in Business 2013, Oral presentation.

The impact of corruption on government construction projects cost performance in an emerging economy: evidence from Ghana, 32nd Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management BAM 2018, Oral presentation.

The role of Ethics in Executive Compensation and its impact on Sustainable Development, 33rd Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management BAM 2019, Aston University, Birmingham, Oral presentation.

The role of technology innovation in shaping the student learning experience in higher education, INCEDI Conference 2017, Ghana, Accra International Conference Centre, Oral presentation.

External collaboration:

University of Ghana, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research. 2020

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Academy of International Business, https://www.aib.world/. 2018

Member, British Academy of Management. 2015

Member, Strategic Management Society.

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Education. 2013

Fellowships:

Teaching Fellow, HEFCE. 2013

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