Mansoor Soomro


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Academic Responsibilities


  • Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and International Business
  • Innovation and Enterprise Lead, Future of Work Research Unit


  • Course/Programme Leader: Master of Business Administration (MBA) Senior Leader Apprenticeship (SLA)- course accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Lead, People and Organizational Performance Commercial Unit
  • Sector Lead for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Co-lead, Circular Economy Research Working Group
  • Working Group Member, Digital Transformation Research Group
  • School Lead for Commercialization & IP
  • Member, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange Sub-Committee
  • Member, TUIBS Grant Board
  • Member, TU Impact Infrastructure and Support Board
  • Module Leader: (a) CSE4042 Building Digital Businesses, (b) CSE4061 Global Business and Innovation, (c) HRM4037 Dissertation-Human Resource Management

Summary of Research Interests

Future of Work, Sustainability, International Business, Industry 4.0, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Digitalization, Digital Readiness Models, Industry 4.0 Assessments, Circular Economy

Editorial Contributions:

  • Special Issue Guest Editor: A trinity to comprehend digital transformation, resilience, and sustainability beyond COVID, Journal: Emerald Foresight Journal (SCOPUS, WOS ESCI, CABS ABS indexed)
  • Special Issue Guest Editor: SMEs and the Green Digital Revolution: Strategies for Sustainable Development, Sustainability Journal (SCOPUS, WOS SSCI indexed)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal Management Info (Publisher: Readers Insight)
  • Editorial Board Member, Social Sciences and Humanities Open Journal (Publisher: Elsevier)

Reviewer Contributions:

  • Reviewer, Sustainability Journal (WOS SSCI Indexed, Impact Factor: 3.8)
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications (WOS SSCI Indexed, Impact Factor: 5.9)
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (WOS SSCI Indexed, Impact Factor: 4.6)
  • Reviewer, Behavioral Sciences (WOS SSCI Indexed, Impact Factor: 2.2)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity (Scopus Indexed, CiteScore: 5.1)
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Intellectual Property Management (Published by Inderscience)

Academic Biography

Dr. Mansoor Soomro is a management scholar and a Future of Work enthusiast. He works as a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and International Business at the Teesside University International Business School. He is also the Enterprise and Innovation Lead at the Future of Work Research Unit and Course/Programme Leader for MBA.

He holds a strong international corporate background of working with SIEMENS in more than 10 countries and managing a diverse multicultural team of more than 500 executives for over 7 years. He served on the SIEMENS Middle East I&C Managing Board and enjoyed his senior-level appointments as the Regional Head of Performance Management with Siemens Asia Pacific and Head of Commercial Operations with Siemens Middle East.

His research, commentary, insights, and contributions have been featured on the BBC, CNN, ITV News, EuroNews, TalkTV, Newsweek, The Independent, Harvard Business Publishing, Raconteur, WorkLife News, AACSB, CABS, EEUK, Yahoo, and multiple other prominent international media outlets.

As a futurist and thought leader, he stays ahead of the curve, continuously exploring emerging trends, and identifying opportunities that unlock new possibilities for businesses and their talent. By championing a human-centric approach to work, he bridges the gap between technology and people, ensuring that organizations thrive amidst rapid change.

Dr Mansoor is also a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council (an opt-in research community of business professionals) and a member of the Strategic Management Society (USA). He is the host of the ‘In Conversation’ podcast, whereby he interviews speakers from the worlds of business, culture, and sports. He is a certified HRDF Trainer (Malaysia), certified REACH Practitioner (USA), certified LDP Trainer (Australia) and certified Business Edge-IFC Trainer (World Bank). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), accredited by the AdvanceHE.

PhD and Research Opportunities

  • Finalist for the prestigious PhD Gold Award in the Social Sciences category in Sep 2021 (National University of Malaysia- UKM)
  • Won the Best PhD Thesis Award in Nov 2021 for research excellence (Faculty of Economics and Management, UKM)
  • Received Graduate on Time (GOT) Award in Nov 2021 for timely completion of PhD (Faculty of Economics and Management, UKM)
  • Received Best Paper Award during PhD for the paper ‘Top-Down Orientation on Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Literature Review’ at the 8th International Conference on Global Optimization and its Application in November 2019
  • Won a Research Grant from Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) on PhD research area amounting to MYR 126,034 to develop ‘Industry 4.0 Readiness Model for Technology Companies in Malaysia’ in June 2019
  • Selected for Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) during PhD

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Direct Line Supplies (DLS) United Kingdom
  • U.S. Naval Medical Research Center – Asia
  • Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC)
  • Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Corp Malaysia
  • Asia Airblast Singapore
  • TNG Digital Malaysia
  • Fresenius Medical Care Asia Pacific, Hong Kong
  • BHP Billiton Australia
  • Sakura Ferroalloys Malaysia
  • Shell Petroleum Brunei

Enterprise Interest and Activities

  • In May 2013, got invited to speak at the Harvard Business Club of New York (HBNY). Also, got featured through his article post on ‘Corporate Citizenship’ in the Harvard Business Review bulletin. Thereon, was given a chance as a Panelist to collaborate on the topic ‘Employer of Choice’ at Harvard Live-cast
  • In June 2013, was selected as one of the Top3 Future Influencers and was showcased by CNN
  • Got selected as one of the 30 Global Young Leaders by the World Bank. Thereon, was invited to participate in the Global Youth Forum 2010 that was convened in Brussels (Belgium)
  • In Jan 2011, became Board Member of Siemens MEA I&C Managing Board (the youngest board member to be on the functional cross-country Managing Board in the region)
  • Won the Best Writer Award by The Financial Daily Newspaper for article ‘Occupational Safety in Pakistan’
  • Fetched the Diplomacy Award in United Nations Model Conference at Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Chosen as the Best Contributor in the Global Siemens Sustainability Idea Contest for business idea, ‘Siemens Products; Transition from High-Quality to High-Worth’
  • Conceived the overall business plan of ‘IT Value Creation’ that enabled Siemens Pakistan to win two external and one internal award: (a) CIO Strategy Award (Naseeba Middle East) (b) ICT Excellence Award (PASHA Pakistan) (c) Business Value Creation Award (Siemens Pakistan Annual Conference)
  • Received Excellent Employee Award at Siemens Annual Business Conference 2010
  • Received Cost Savings and Revamping Award at Siemens Annual Business Conference 2009

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

To Dr. Mansoor, teaching and research go hand in hand. He is of the view that research enables him to think deeper, and teaching takes it further by elaborating and discussing that subject matter with a wider audience. He contemplates teaching through 21st century teaching methods as a vital component of his role as a senior faculty member with Teesside University. His sessions and simulations are moslty agile, pragmatic, and situational.

Education/Academic qualification

PGCLTHE, Teesside University


Award Date: 15 Jul 2024

PhD, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Award Date: 23 Dec 2020


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