Mansoor Soomro


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Academic Responsibilities

  • Sector Lead for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Teesside University International Business School (TUIBS)
  • Innovation and Enterprise Lead, TUIBS Future of Work Research Center
  • Working Group Member, TUIBS Digital Transformation Research Center
  • Co-lead, Circular Economy Group, TUIBS Centre for Sustainability
  • Module Leader, Building Digital Businesses- Module focussed on digital mindset and digital business models
  • Course Leader, Master of Business Administration (MBA)- Course accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for Senior Leader Apprenticeship (SLA)

Summary of Research Interests

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

  • 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)

Academic Biography

Dr. Mansoor Soomro is a researcher, executive educator, and corporate trainer. Since Jan 2022, he is associated with Teesside University as a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and International Business. He holds a PhD in Management from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia). He has a unique blend of work experience drawing from his work in the corporate industry and academia. In the past, he served in various international leadership roles with the global engineering giant- SIEMENS.

Dr. Mansoor has published 7 refereed journal articles, 1 conference proceeding article, 1 book chapter and has contributed to several international industry reports. His research interests are in the areas of Sustainability, International Management, Digitalization and Circular Economy. He with his team at the National University of Malaysia won a research grant from Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) on his PhD research area amounting to MYR 126,034 to develop ‘Industry 4.0 Readiness Model for Technology Companies in Malaysia’. 

He is a certified HRDF Trainer (Malaysia), certified REACH Practitioner (USA), certified LDP Trainer (Australia) and certified Business Edge-IFC Trainer (World Bank). Dr. Mansoor lives in England (UK) with his beautiful wife and two amazing kids.

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

PhD, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Award Date: 23 Dec 2020


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