Dr. Samim Al-Azad

Assistant Professor
+1 807-343-8010ext. 8534
RB 1016
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Academic Qualifications: 

Post-doc, Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in International Business, Université Laval, QC.

Ph.D., Business Administration, Seoul National University, South Korea.

MBA & BBA, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Samim Al-Azad is an Assistant Professor in the International Management and Strategy discipline of the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University. Before joining Lakehead University, he worked as a research professional and a post-doctoral researcher at Université Laval, QC, and as an Assistant Professor at North South University, Bangladesh. He also has industry experience, having worked with BRAC (the world's largest development organization) on several projects funded by WHO and UNDP.

Previous Teaching/Work: 

Business 1011: Introduction to Management

Business 1511: Basics of Management

Business 3431: Business Policy

Business 5011: Management Theory

Research Interests: 
  • Global Value Chain and Competitiveness (Offshore IT Outsourcing and Knowledge Management)
  • Industry 4.0 and Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA)
  • IT Adoption in Business
  • Marketing (Big data) Analytics
  • Internationalization of SMEs


Journals (selected)

Al-Azad, M.S. Mohiuddin, M. & Su, Z. (forthcoming, 2023), Service Providers' Body of Knowledge and Offshore IT Outsourcing Project Success: An Interaction Process Perspective, Journal of Enterprise Information Management.

ED-DAFALI, S. Al-Azad, M.S., Mohiuddin, M. Reza, M. N. H. (forthcoming, 2023), Strategic Orientations, Organizational Ambidexterity, and Sustainable Competitive Advantage: Mediating Role of Industry 4.0 Readiness in Emerging Markets, Journal of Cleaner Production.

Al-Azad, M.S. Mohiuddin, M. & Su, Z. (2022) “Impact of Knowledge Sharing, Organizational Attitude, and Partnership Quality on Offshore IT Outsourcing Success” Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM), Vol. 30 (1), 1-17.

Al-Azad, M.S., & Harun-or-Rashid, M. (2022) “Factors Affecting Customer’s Satisfaction in E-commerce Marketplace During COVID-19 Pandemic: Developing Market Context”, International Journal of Services, Economics and Management.

Mohiuddin, M., Al-Azad, M.S., & Su, Z. (2022). “Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) and Organizational Culture for Knowledge Sharing Strategy: Case Study of a Center for Continuing Education. International Journal of Knowledge Management (IJKM)”, 18(1): 1-19.

Mohiuddin, M., Rashid, M. M., Al-Azad, S. M., & Su, Z. (2018). Back-shoring or re-shoring: determinants of manufacturing offshoring from emerging to least developing countries (LDCs). International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, 22 (1): 1-20.

Al-Azad, M.S. Ahn, JoongHo, and Su, Z. (2015). “Antecedents of Second Order Outsourcing of Manufacturing Suppliers in Low-Cost Developing Country”, Asian Social Science, 11(16): 302-314.

Book Chapters (Selected)

Khalid, B., Al-Azad, M. S. Ed-dafali, S., & Mohiuddin, M., (2022), “Venture Leadership Under Uncertainty: An Emerging Country Perspective” Global Market and Global Trade, IntechOpen.

Mohiuddin, M., & Al-Azad, M.S., (2019) “Ethnic Food Products in International Trade: ASEAN Agro-Food Products’ Marketing Strategy for the Canadian Market”, in A Globalization and Development: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Business and Policy Insights from Asia and Africa, Springer.

Conferences (Selected)

Mohiuddin M., Ed-dafali & Al-Azad, S., (2022) “Effects of Entrepreneurial and Market orientations on SCA: Role of Organizational Ambidexterity, and Industry 4.0 Readiness as Mediators in Emerging Market context”, Academy of International Business Middle East North Africa Annual conference (AIB-MENA), December 12-14, 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Al Azad, M.S. Mohiuddin, M. & Su. Z. (2019) “The Impact of Organizational Learning and Capabilities on IT Outsourcing Success: Service Providers’ Perspective” Academy of International Business (AIB) 2019 Annual Meeting,  June 24-27, 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Al Azad, M.S. Mohiuddin, M. & Su. Z. (2019) “Impact of Knowledge Sharing, Organizational Attitude, and Partnership Quality on Offshore IT Outsourcing Success” Academy of International Business (AIB) 2019 Annual Meeting,  June 24-27, 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Al-Azad, M.S., and Ahn, Joongho (2015). “Role of Knowledge Bases in Effective Offshore IT Outsourcing Project: Service Provider Perspective”, ASAC 2015 Conference (TIM), 13-16 June, Nova Scotia, Canada [BEST PAPER AWARD].

Rashid, M.M., Al-Azad, M.S., Mohiuddin, M., and Su, Z. (2014). “Offshore outsourcing from emerging to least developing countries (LDCs): Decision factors of East- Asian manufacturing firms’ relocation to Bangladesh,” InProceedings of the ASAC 2014 (IB), May 09-13, 2014, Muskuka, Ontario, Canada [BEST PAPER AWARD].

Al-Azad, M.S., and Ahn, Joongho (2014). “A Research Framework of Vendor Firms Body of Knowledge (BOK) and Its Impact on Offshore IT Outsourcing Performance,” In Proceedings of the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), June 24-28, 2014, China.


Quebec Government Research Scholarship (FRQNT-2015)

German Government Fellowship (DAAD-2014)

Korean Government Scholarship (KGSP-2011-2015)