The College of Business and Economics (CBE) has offered business programs with a strong tradition of quality teaching and research since 1977 and were the first programs in the region to be accredited by the AACSB. We continually strive to improve all of our programs, and draw on expertise from around the globe to ensure that all of the programs we offer are of the highest quality - something employers understand and respect.
Welcome to the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and to the College of Business and Economics (CBE). We are honored that you are interested in continuing your education with us.
High-level business professionals serving on our Executive Advisory Board have guided us in establishing a vibrant and supportive learning environment.
Dr. Gurdal Ertek
Associate Professor of Management Department of Analytics in the Digital Era
Dr. Gürdal Ertek received his B.S. from Industrial Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1994, and his Ph.D. from School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in 2001. His research areas include business analytics, data science, artificial intelligence, block chain, supply chain management, and project management.
Before joining UAEU in August 2019, Dr. Ertek served for 13 years at Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey, and other academic and research institutions in Singapore, Kuwait, and United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has taught 2,000+ students in lecture-styled courses and has supervised/mentored in person 700+ students in project courses or course projects. He has also served as a reviewer for more than 50+ R&D projects submitted to TÜBİTAK (Turkish National Science Foundation) and other research organization.
In September 2020, UAE University received full accreditation for the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Statistics and Data Analytics (STAT), where Dr. Gurdal Ertek was a contributor. This program is the first of its kind in the UAE and the Gulf region, combining traditional and modern methods of mathematics, statistics, and data analytics. The program is positioned to grow highly competent data professionals within the UAE.
Dr. Ertek is recipient of many awards, including Service and Colleagiality Award at Abu Dhabi University and Project Manager Educator Award at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry from Alleeem Business Congress.
In November 2020, Dr. Gurdal Ertek has received Bronze Medal from Ethereum Foundation, Switzerland in the “Medalla Data Challenge”. Dr. Ertek and a NY-based researcher colleague joined the blockchain data science challenge with three technical articles. The articles analyze the data schema of and data propagation delays in Ethereum 2.0. From across the world, 12 teams were recognized for their work with awards. Dr. Ertek was one of the few researchers participating from outside of USA/Europe/China and the only researcher from academia.
Dr. Ertek is an amateur musician, with his music published as an online album, and an amateur ebru (marbling) artist.
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior & Coordinator DBA program, Department of Leadership and Organizational Agility
Dr Abdul Karim Khan was born and raised in Pakistan. He completed a Ph.D in Organizational Behavior at the Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management, France. Prior to joining the United Arab Emirates University, he worked at Lahore University of Management Sciences for four years, where he headed the Ph.D in Management Program. During his stay in France, he also taught at the EMLyon Business School.
Dr Khan has a keen interest in analyzing employee behavior issues in an organizational context. He is specifically interested in understanding why high performers are abused and psychological interventions that can reduce non-supportive leadership behavior. Other areas of interest are the role of emotions in the workplace and workplace justice. His recent work on the abuse of high performers appeared in the Journal of Management, the number one peer-reviewed journal in the field of Management Studies.
Since joining UAEU in January 2015, Dr. Khan has published more than 25 research papers in reputed impact-factor journals. He has been working on many joint projects with colleagues from around the world. One of his papers won the award for best paper award at 2015 Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Dr Khan won college award in research and scholarship for year 2019. He is also recipient of university awards for publishing in top journals. Dr Khan is a regular presenter at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. He first presented a paper there in 2009. He has also been invited to a variety of international forums as a keynote or plenary speaker.
Dr. Khan currently looks after the DBA program as DBA coordinator. He has so far supervised ten DBA students who successfully defended their dissertations.
Dr. Khan and his North American colleagues recently (in partnership with EMAAR) designed and tested psychological interventions that sought to reduce non-supportive managerial behavior. This study is nearly finished and promises actionable implications for both EMAAR and the wider academic community.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Khan enjoys travelling, reading and taking part in professional conferences and other forums.
Professor & Program Director, Accounting Department
Promoting growth, inclusiveness and intergenerational wellbeing
Professor Nihel Chabrak believes we should be looking at new approaches to promote growth alongside social welfare. Development should consider not only the here and now, but how generations to come will be able to shape their future lives.
Professor Chabrak works in the Accounting Department of the College of Business and Economics at the United Arab Emirates University. She is researching how to promote economic connections between macro objectives, such as sustainability, and yet still create more micro incentives for the growth of businesses. In cooperation with colleagues from other well-known international research institutions, she is working on reforming finance, governance and accounting in order to support growth. Growth is about wellbeing as well as development. It is not only measured by GDP but by the dispersion, composition and sustainability of that growth. Policy makers should aim for an inclusiveness that allows people to transform their lives.
Economic growth is an important determinant of wellbeing but it is not the only one. Social and ecological factors are also important indicators of wellbeing, and in some cases, are directly related to it. Countries should pursue sustainable growth so that future generations can enjoy the same level of prosperity as now. Therefore, we should maintain our productive base across generations. This includes human, health and natural capital. According to Professor Chabrak, it is the concept of shareholder value maximization that has aggressively degraded natural capital and created inequalities in the economy and wider society. “An economic framework should reshape corporate behavior to support sustainable growth, which is the real wealth of nations.”
As well as conducting this research, Professor Chabrak is Program Director at the UAEU Science and Innovation Park, where she is promoting value-driven startups and encouraging businesses that are more inclusive and sustainable. Among the startups in the incubation program is Green Steps Energy. This is a UAE startup company founded by four female engineering entrepreneurs. Their vision is to establish a citizenship movement for a greener planet. They have designed an energy generating carpet (called Bezeo) that transforms kinetic energy into electrical energy. Another startup she helped with is Aroma Niche. This is an eco-friendly aromatherapy product which uses plants native to the UAE and Gulf region. This helps to preserve local heritage while offering a unique product.
As UAE team leader for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) program - the largest on-going, international research program on entrepreneurship in the world - Professor Chabrak is interested in researching the links between entrepreneurship and wellbeing. With her colleague, Dr. Chafik Bouhaddioui, she has developed a long-term research project using data from the GEM program. The purpose of this research is to examine the potential relationship between entrepreneurship and happiness in the UAE in order to help policy makers evaluate entrepreneurship as a measure of wellbeing and to encourage further growth.
As a Chair of UAEU Committee for Dubai Expo 2020, Professor Chabrak was instrumental in designing the UAEU pavilion. During the Expo the pavilion’s theme will be how to generate 100 million ideas and transform them into 100 million successes.
Professor Chabrak teaches Accounting, Corporate Governance, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as a Stanford course on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is also involved with a unique leadership course that utilizes both ontological and phenomenological approaches.
Before coming to UAEU, Professor Chabrak was living and working in France. She is a joint Tunisian and French citizen. When in France she was an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor at the Institut Mines Telecom (2002-2011). Before, that she was a Business and IT consultant. Her studies took her to IHEC Carthage (Tunisia) before attending the University of Paris Dauphine in 1995.
She has enjoyed visiting professorships at the University of Wisconsin, USA; University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Deakin University, and the University of South Australia, Australia.
She has published articles and served on several editorial boards of international journals. She is the co-founder and organizer of the International CSAF Conference (Tunisia, 2009; the UAE, 2013).
Professor Chabrak lives in Al Ain with her cat Candy and looks forward to retiring to a remote island surrounded by dogs and cats.
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