Portrait of Dr Mahmoud Alajaty Dr Mahmoud Alajaty

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m.alajaty@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471447


Position: Senior Lecturer in Strategy and International Business, Course Leader of MSc International Business - Department of Management
Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PGCert, PGCert HE, PhD, FHEA

Mahmoud joined the Business School at Huddersfield University in June 2014 as a lecturer in strategy. Previously, he taught International Business at the University of Hull Business School. He also worked as a lecturer and assistant training manager at the National Institute in Damascus, Syria.

The subject area of Mahmoud's PhD research was International Business and Strategic Management. His PhD thesis focused on the locational determinants of foreign direct investment in transition and emerging economies.


  • BSc in Law (Hons)
  • MSc in Business Management
  • PGCert in Higher Education
  • PGCert in Research Training
  • PhD in Management

Research and Scholarship

Mahmoud's research interests are in the field of the strategies of multinational enterprises in general. This covers several related topics, such as:

  • The strategies of multinational enterprises.
  • The locational decision of foreign direct investment (FDI).
  • The internationalization of firms from emerging markets.
  • Local institutions and the strategies of multinational enterprises.
  • Emerging markets multinational enterprises.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Alajaty, M. and Anchor, J. (2017) ‘Transition Economies in the Middle East: the Syrian ExperiencePost-Communist Economies . ISSN 1465-3958

Alajaty, M (2017) ‘Institutional reform and FDI decision in transition economies: a qualitative study of SyriaThe International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation , 18 (3), pp. 164-174. ISSN 1465-7503


Alajaty, M. and Anchor, J. (2016) ‘Transition Economies in the Middle East: the Syrian Experience’. In: University of Huddersfield Business School Research Conference, 14-15 January 2016, University of Huddersfield


Alajaty, M (2015) ‘Institutional Reform and FDI Locational Decision in Transition Economies:The Case of Syria’. In: 42nd AIB-UKI Conference, 16-18 April 2015, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of Academy of International Business – UKI.

Member of British Academy of Management.

Research Degree Supervision

Enterprise Activities

  • Reviewer for International Journal of Emerging Markets
  • Reviewer for The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Reviewer for Journal of Business Research

Administrative Responsibilities

Mahmoud is the Course Leader of MSc International Business programmes. This includes the following:

  • MSc International Business Management
  • MSc International Business with Tourism
  • MSc International Business with Financial Services
  • MSc International Business with Hospitality

He is also the Module Leader of:

  • International Business (3rd year)
  • International Business Strategy (MSc)

Teaching and Professional Activities

Mahmoud teaches Strategy and International Business at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.