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A. Onajomo Akemu


A. Onajomo Akemu

Assistant Professor, Management & Entrepreneurship, PhD, Erasmus University

Research interests

Management / Entrepreneurship

Subject areas

Managerial effectiveness, Negotiation


Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business Office No. Block C3, 6049 E-mail:

Onajomo (Ona) Akemu is an Assistant Professor in Strategy & Entrepreneurship with expertise in entrepreneurial decision making. He started his academic career after receiving a PhD from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), an M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London, and an MBA from London Business School (LBS). His research and teaching focuses on: (1) decision making and strategy implementation within nascent entrepreneurial ventures; (2) improving qualitative methodology; and (3) managerial effectiveness in established organizations.

Onajomo’s research has been published in reputable academic journals, such as Journal of Management Studies and Organizational Research Methods. Prior to graduate studies, he worked as an engineer/consultant in the international oil & gas industry and also advised start-up enterprises in The Netherlands.

A native of Nigeria, Onajomo has lived in the United Kingdom, Russia, The Netherlands, and now Kazakhstan. He is fluent in English, Dutch, Yoruba and West African Creole.

Recent Academic Publications

Ren, S., Babalola, M.T., Ogbonnaya, C., Hochwarter, W., Akemu, O., & Mintah, P. (in press). Employee Thriving at work: The long reach of family incivility and family support. Journal of Organizational Behavior. Link (

Cornelissen, J. P., Akemu, O., Jonkman, J. G., & Werner, M. D. (2020) Building character: The formation of a hybrid organizational identity in a social enterprise. Journal of Management Studies. Forthcoming LINK

Akemu, O., & Abdelnour, S. (2018). Confronting the digital: Doing ethnography in modern organizational settings. Organizational Research Methods, 23(2), 296-321. (

Akemu, O., Whiteman, G., & Kennedy, S. (2016). Social enterprise emergence from social movement activism: The Fairphone case. Journal of Management Studies, 53(5), 846-877. (

Book Chapters

Akemu, O., Mes, A., and Comiteau, L. (2019) “Bottom Up: Changing the Community Engagement Model in Shell Nigeria.” in Managing Toward Sustainable Enterprises: An Executive Case Book. Edited by Gilbert Lenssen and N. Craig Smith

Working Papers

“Effectual and Causal Decision Making: Shifts in Product Development Cycle”

“Strategic Episodes and Identity in Nascent Organizational Settings: The Role of Strategy Workshops.”

“Business Practices And Entrepreneurial Performance: Does Management Training Improve SMEs’ Performance?” With Cinzia Colapinto
Recent conferences

2019 Strategic Orientation and Identity in Nascent Organizations: What is the Role of Strategy Workshops, 39th Strategic Management Society Conference, Minneapolis, USA

2019 Session Chair, Impacts of Effectuation, 79th Academy of Management Conference, Boston, USA

2018 Effectual and Causal Decision Making: Shifts in Product Development Cycle. 5th Effectuation Conference, Darden Business School, University of Virginia, Charlotte, USA

2018 Social Enterprise from Social Movement: The Fairphone Case. 76th Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, USA (With Gail Whiteman and Steve Kennedy)


2020 Best Paper Journal of Management Studies. Link (

2020 Best Paper Winner Runner Up. Organizational Research Methods: (

Strategy making and implementation
Entrepreneurial decision making
Mixed method research

Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Executive Development
Management and Organizations