Dr Iddrisu Musah


School School of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department Division of Accounting Business and Management

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+44 (0)1382 30 8333


Research interest

Musah’s PhD comprehensively investigated credit unions’ innovation across four countries including Northern Ireland (NI), the Republic of Ireland (ROI), Scotland and Ghana. It is the first study to report on the range of product, service and process innovations in credit unions and to identify how these differ across countries at different stages of development. The lines of inquiry in the study include the contextual definition of innovation, innovation process of credit unions, forms and types of innovation, innovation policy and strategy, factors influencing innovation adoption and the determinants of innovation in credit unions. This has sparked research interest in this area and postgraduate students are welcome to contact me for supervision. Musah’s research interests also extend to corporate governance and the roles of board of directors in innovation of for-profit and non-profit organisations, the economics of innovation, as well as Private and Public Partnerships (PPP) for economic development. He has presented his research in conferences and published his works in these areas with a book on corporate governance and partnership for economic development. In terms of methodology, he has expertise in qualitative and mixed methods approach to academic research.


Musah teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the subject area of Operation Management. He joined Abertay University in September 2023 as lecturer in Business Management in the division of Accounting, Business and Management within the School of Business, Law and Social Sciences. Previously, he was with the GBS/University of Suffolk partnership in Birmingham as a lecturer in Business management. At that position, he taught and assessed a range of Business Management modules including Project Management, Introduction to Management, Business Context and its Management, Business Finance and Economics, International Business Law, Innovation Management, and Managing People. He has also been with the London School of Science and Technology/Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) partnership in Birmingham as a lecturer and module leader. As a module leader for Data Insight for Business Decisions, three main results were achieved including quality assurance, standardisation and moderation. As a researcher in the Ulster University Business School, he supported, supervised and assessed postgraduate students in modules such as Product Innovation and Work based Learning. Musah has also supervised over 25 undergraduate dissertations to completion.

Other relevant career experience includes being a director of research (Centre for Corporate Governance and Strategy Management-CCGSM), Customer Service and Distribution (Itella Corporation, Finland) and Programme Manager (TIDA-non-profit Organisation in Ghana).

Awards and Honours:

  • DfE-NI grant and the Ulster University International office grant in support of the completion of the research project. Amount value at £5,400.
  • Awarded the prestigious Ulster University Vice Chancellor Research Scholarship (VCRS) in 2016, value at £14,550 per year for three years. The scholarship also included fee waiver charged at oversea rate till 2021.
  • Awarded the University of Helsinki postgraduate research grant for international students in 2007, value at €2,000.

Professional bodies: Member of the British Academy of Management (BAM), Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) and the European Accounting Association (EAA).

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Dr Gonzalo Forgues-Puccio

Dr Gonzalo Forgues-Puccio

Division of Accounting Business and Management | Interim Head of Division

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Mr Alan Thompson

Mr Alan Thompson

Division of Accounting Business and Management | Lecturer

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