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Romel Mostafa

Assistant Professor, Business, Economics and Public Policy

Director, Lawrence National Centre for Policy & Management

Romel  Mostafa

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Romel Mostafa is an Assistant Professor of Business, Economics and Public Policy at the Ivey Business School. Romel’s areas of research and expertise include strategy & capability development in new firms, innovation & competitive dynamics, industrial evolution & policy, as well as behavioural decision-making. He has published in a number of leading academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Journal of Risk & Uncertainty, Organization Science and Management Science. His research and commentaries have been featured in global media outlets such as CNN, NPR and the New York Times. Romel has taught both at graduate and undergraduate levels, and received several teaching awards. He obtained his PhD and MSc from Carnegie Mellon University, and BA from Lawrence University.

As the Director of Ivey’s Lawrence National Centre for Policy & Management, Romel spearheads the Centre’s research, outreach and teaching initiatives. The Centre advocates for sound policy and corporate action towards unlocking national competitive advantage, by focusing on critical challenges and opportunities around digital, trade and social infrastructural pillars.

A native of Bangladesh, Professor Mostafa enjoys various sports (cricket and soccer, above all), music (especially 60's and 70's Bengali and English music), and loves cooking and travelling.

Programs Taught

  • HBA
  • MBA
  • EMBA


  • BA, Economics & Math-Computer Science - Lawrence University
  • MS, Social and Decision Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University
  • PhD, Strategy Entrepreneurship & Technological Change - Carnegie Mellon University

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Jahanbakht, M.; Mostafa, R.; Veloso, F., 2022, "Pre-entry Experience, Post-entry Adaptations and Internationalization in the African Mobile Telecommunications Industry", Organization Science, May 33(3)
  • Jahanbakht, M.; Mostafa, R., 2020, "Coevolution of policy and strategy in the development of the mobile telecommunications industry in Africa", Telecommunications Policy, May 44(4): 101906 - 101906.
  • Mostafa, R.; Klepper, S., 2018, "Industrial Development through Tacit Knowledge Seeding: Evidence from the Bangladesh Garment Industry", Management Science, February 64(2): 613 - 632.
  • Argyes, N.; Mostafa, R., 2016, "Knowledge Inheritance, Vertical Integration, and Entrant Survival in the Early U.S. Auto Industry", Academy of Management Journal, August 59(4): 1474 - 1492.
  • Haisley, E.; Mostafa, R.; Loewenstein, G., 2008, "Myopic Risk-seeking: The Impact of Narrow Decision Bracketing on Lottery Play", Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, August 37(1): 57 - 75.
  • Haisley, E.; Mostafa, R.; Loewenstein, G., 2008, "Subjective Relative Income and Lottery Ticket Purchases", Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, July 21(3): 283 - 295.

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  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Strategy, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Advisory Editor, The Executive Times
  • Cofounder, Moondip LLC, Chicago

Research/Course Development

  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Strategy
  • Industrial Evolution, Economic Development & Policy
  • Emerging Markets

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