Yusaf Akbar


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Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51

Yusaf Akbar is a Professor at the Department of Economics and Business.

His research interests are located at the intersection of business strategy, public policy, and business model innovation. Current research examines evolving sharing economy business models, non-market strategy and dynamic capabilities, among others. He is Founding Editor of the International Journal of Emerging Markets and an advisor to the European Commission and other governmental authorities.

His consulting and professional references include Accenture, Citibank, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens and Toyota. Yusaf has taught at universities and business schools all over the world, including University of Michigan, Stockholm School of Economics, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Queen’s University, Canada, University of Warsaw and University of Montenegro.

He completed Research Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study focusing on strategic impacts of the Sharing Economy in 2016-17 and 2023.

He completed Visiting Researcher positions at University of Trieste and the Wirtschaftsuniversiteit in Vienna in 2013. He has published in peer-reviewed journals including the Business & Society, European Journal of International Management. Journal of Air Transport Management, Journal of World Business, Journal of International Management, International Business Review, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Business and Politics, Cross-Cultural Management, Global Governance, Global Business and Organizational Excellence, Harvard Business Review, Thunderbird International Business Review, Journal of Air Transport Management and World Competition. He has published two books the first entitled EU Enlargement and Central Europe: Regulatory Convergence and the Multinational Enterprise and another volume, Global Antitrust: Trade and Competition Linkages.  He is co-editor (with Rustam Jamilov) of a book entitled Neo-Transition Economics published in 2015. In 2018, he published a textbook with Krassimir Todorov on Strategic Management in Emerging Markets.

He has two books forthcoming in 2024, Digitalization in Emerging Markets to be published by Cambridge University Press and an edited volume, A Research Agenda for Emerging Markets to be published by Edward Elgar in 2025.

He has served as an Editorial Advisory Board member on the following journals:  Journal of Asia-Pacific Business and the European Journal of International Management. He has authored or co-authored numerous business case studies of both large and smaller entrepreneurial firms including ING Insurance, BMB, Datwyler, Herend Porcelain, Philips, Smollan Group, Vendedy, Vienna International Airport, Zwack Unicum and Hummus Bar.


DPhil, University of Sussex, UK, 2000

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