CATÓLICA-LISBON’s researcher and Professor Omar El Nayal has been distinguished by the Academy of Management’s (AOM) International Management Division as one of the nominees for the Best PhD Dissertation Award. This prestigious nomination relates to Professor El Nayal’s dissertation at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, entitled “Firms and the State: An Examination of Corporate Political Activity and the Business-Government Interface”.
Professor Omar El Nayal specializes in research devoted to the connections between politics and the corporate world, having had one of his recent papers, “Ties That Bind and Grind? Investor Reactions to Politician Appointments to Corporate Boards”, published in the Journal of Management and highlighted across Portuguese media.
The International Management Division announced the winner of the Best Dissertation Award at the recent meeting of the Academy of Management, which took place virtually this year. The winner was Norman Shaheer, from the University of Sydney, and the other finalists included Chang Liu, from Rutgers University, and Ivar Padrón-Hernández, from Hitotsubashi University.
Omar El Nayal has been an assistant professor at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics since 2019. He obtained his PhD, M.Phil. degree in Business Research and his M.Sc. degree in Hospitality Management from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University, The Netherlands. After completing his B.A in Finance at the American University in Cairo, he worked as a policy analyst at the Ministry of Finance of Egypt, and as business development manager of a tour operator based in Cairo.