Dr Moustafa Haj Youssef

Liverpool Business School

Dr. Moustafa Haj Youssef is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Strategic Management at Liverpool John Moores University and an experienced management and strategy consultant. Moustafa holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Westminster.

His research interests lie in the field of strategic management, with an emphasis on strategic leadership, the study of chief executive officers and their effect on organizational outcomes. Majority of his work examines managerial discretion, the extent to which executives are able to influence their firms’ strategic actions and eventual performance. He is also interested in topics of corporate governance, executive personal characteristics, institutions and entrepreneurship. Moustafa has engagement in research/scholarly activity, through a range of approaches: contributing actively to Faculty Research Centres within the school, making a substantial contribution to delivery of internally funded projects, disseminating research/scholarly outputs using a range of media. e.g. academic publications, external reports and conference presentations, developing external networks internationally, and supervising research students.

Moustafa has experience in the development and delivery of teaching, learning and assessment for senior undergraduate and postgraduate students, including substantial responsibility for the design, enhancement and organisation of teaching and learning for curriculum development. In addition to teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules, Moustafa taught a range of short courses to executives and industry experts.




2017, University of Westminster, United Kingdom, PhD in Strategic Management
2014, University of West London, United Kingdom, MSc in International Business Management
2009, University of Balamand, Lebanon, BSc in Computer Science

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in International Strategic Management, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - present
Research Supervisor, Royal Docks Business School, University of East London, 2021 - present
Assistant Professor in Strategic Management, Adnan Kassar School of Business, Lebanese American University, 2018 - present
Lecturer in Business Strategy, School of Strategy and Leadership, Coventry University, 2017 - 2018
Visiting Lecturer, Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, 2015 - 2018
Visiting Lecturer, Claude Littner Business School, University of West London, 2013 - 2014

Journal article

Haj Youssef M, Teng D. 2021. Market entry strategies in the Middle East: Unveiling the sponsorship strategy International Studies of Management and Organization, DOI Public Url

Hussein HM, Haj Youssef MS. 2021. In and Out of Self-Employment, Are You Really an Entrepreneur: The Rise of a New Division? Entrepreneurship Research Journal, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Haj Youssef M, Teng D. 2021. Managerial discretion and corporate governance: The bonded relationship Corporate Ownership and Control, 18 :75-85 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Haj Youssef MS, Hussein HM, Awada H. 2020. The more you value, the less you practice: a study on culture and managerial discretion Cross Cultural and Strategic Management, 27 :26-50 DOI

Haj Youssef MS, Teng D. 2019. Reaffirming the importance of managerial discretion in corporate governance: a comment on Andersen (2017) Corporate Governance (Bingley), 19 :240-254 DOI

Haj Youssef MS, Hussein HM, Christodoulou I. 2019. Competitiveness and managerial discretion: an empirical investigation at the national-level Competitiveness Review, 29 :181-203 DOI

Haj Youssef MS, Christodoulou I. 2018. Exploring cultural heterogeneity: The effect of intra-cultural variation on executives’ latitude of actions in 18 countries International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 18 :241-263 DOI

Haj Youssef MS, Christodoulou I. 2017. Strategizing in a focused context: managerial discretion in the Arab world Journal of Strategy and Management, 10 :430-452 DOI

Haj Youssef MS, Christodoulou I. Intra-Cultural Variation, Zone of Acceptance and Managerial Discretion: A Theoretical Discussion Business and Management Research, 6 :42-42 DOI

Haj Youssef MS, Christodoulou IP. Assessing the Generalizability of Managerial Discretion: An Empirical Investigation in the Arab World Journal of Management and Strategy, 8 :28-28 DOI

Haj Youssef MS, Christodoulou I. Assessing Miles and Snow Typology through the Lens of Managerial Discretion: How National-Level Discretion Impact Firms Strategic Orientation Management and Organizational Studies, 4 :67-67 DOI