Omid Aliasghar

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  • PHD, University of Otago
  • Master of Technology Managemen, Allameh Tabatabai University


Omid joined AUT as a Lecturer in 2019. He has been awarded his Ph.D. at the University of Otago. His doctoral research entitled- learning from open innovation in a context of a less-open country- was accepted without amendments and he is also honoured to have received a University of Otago scholarship to support his doctoral studies. He holds a Masters degree in Technology Management and a Bachelors degree in Industrial Management.

He has been appointed to the editorial review board of the Review of International Business and Strategy journal. His research has been published in Industrial Marketing Management Journal (Journal Ranking: ABDC 2016 = A*). He also served as a member of the Executive Board of the Oceania Chapter of the Academy of International Business (AIB).

In New Zealand, Omid is one of the youngest members of the “Building New Zealand’s Innovation Capacity” research team, part of the National Science Challange (Science for Technological Innovation). This project has been funded for $72m for five years.

In addition, throughout his doctoral studies, Omid authored and presented a number of competitive papers at premier international conferences such as the Academy of International Business, Academy of Management, and, European International Business Academy Conference.

Research interests:

Open Innovation and Competitive Advantage
Knowledge Search and Innovation Capability
New Product and Process Development
Dynamic Capability and Absorptive Capacity
Strategic Innovation Management
Internationalisation of SMEs in Emerging Markets

Teaching summary:

INTB708- Competition and Innovation
INTB605- Busnesss Strategy

Fields of research:

  • Design Innovation
  • Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • International Business
  • Small Business Management

Professional activities:

    Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

    • Doctoral scholarship, University of Otago (2015)
    • Second place awards among M.Sc. Students, , Allame Tabatabaei University, Iran (2012)
    • Postgraduate Scholarship for National-level Rank Holder, Iran Government (2010 - ongoing)
    • Undergraduate Scholarship for National-level Rank Holder, University of Shomal (2010 - ongoing)
    • Third place awards among B.Sc. Students, University of Shomal, Iran (2010)

    Research outputs:

    Journal articles

    • Aliasghar, O., Rose, E., & Chetty, S. (2019). Where to search for process innovations? The mediating role of absorptive capacity and its impact on process innovation. Industrial Marketing Management, 82, 199-212. doi:10.1016/j.indmarman.2019.01.014

    • Aliasghar, O., Rose, E. L., & Chetty, S. (2019). Building absorptive capacity through firm openness in the context of a less-open country. Industrial Marketing Management, 13 pages. doi:10.1016/j.indmarman.2018.11.007

    Conference contributions

    • Aliasghar, O., & Rose, E. (2019). Investigating the antecedents of potential and realized absorptive capacity: The benefit of position in the knowledge value chain and breadth of new knowledge. In 45th EIBA (European International Business Academy ) Conference 2019. Leeds.

    • Aliasghar, O. (2019). Knowledge search dilemma in SMEs: Product innovation, process innovation and the role of absorptive capacity. In AIB 2019 Oceania Conference. Canberra, Australia.

    • Aliasghar, O., Rose, E., & Asakawa, K. (2019). Foreign versus Local sources of knowledge and process innovation: The moderating role of perceived competitive intensity. In Academy of International Business 2019 Annual Meeting. Copenhagen. Retrieved from

    • Aliasghar, O., Rose, E., & Chetty, S. (2018). The role of external search depth from international and domestic partners on radical process innovation: Lessons from the Iranian automotive industry. In Global Business and the Digital Economy. Minneapolis. Retrieved from

    • Aliasghar, O., Rose, E., & Chetty, S. (2017). International or domestic partners, radical process innovation and the benefits of depth. In Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the European International Business Academy. Milan. Retrieved from

    • Aliasghar, O., & Rose, E. (2017). Where to search for process innovations?. In Academy of Management Proceedings. Atlanta, Georgia: Academy of Management. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2017.11253.

    • Aliasghar, O., Rose, E., & Zhang, J. (2017). Building absorptive capacity through firm openness in a less open country. In Academy of International Business (AIB) Conference proceedings. Dubai. Retrieved from

    • Aliasghar, O., Rose, E., & Zhang, J. (2015). How local firms in less-developed countries learn from foreign partners. In Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference. Queenstown. Retrieved from


    • Aliasghar, O. (2018). Learning from Open Innovation in a Context of a Less-open Country. (University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand). Retrieved from