School of Business & Quality Management
Prof. Ebrahim Soltani
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Total Quality Management
HR Related Issues to TQM
Supply Chain Quality Management
Operations Management


Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), University of Kent (2005-2007)
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow – University of Strathclyde (2004- 2005)
PhD in Quality/Operations Management (University of Strathclyde, 2000-2003)

Professional experience

Ebrahim Soltani (PhD – University of Strathclyde, UK) is a professor of Quality Management at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Prior to his appointment, he was a professor of operations management at the University of Kent Business School, UK. Ebrahim’s research has considered the management of quality in different economic sectors, factors influencing the efficacy of quality and productivity initiatives, human resources issues related to quality management, the management of supply chain quality in an era of globalization, and the peculiarities of management mind-set towards operations improvement initiatives. He has written widely on managing quality and productivity improvement initiatives in a wide range of publications including British Journal of Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Journal of World Business and Journal of Business Ethics. Ebrahim is an academic member of the ESRC peer review college in the UK and editorial review board member of several peer-reviewed international journals such as Total Quality Management & Business Excellence (Taylor & Francis), International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences (Emerald), and Asian Journal of Sustainability and Social Responsibility (Springer).

Recent publications

  • Soltani, E., Liao, Y.Y., Gholami, A. & Iqbal A. 2018, ‘Saying it without words: a qualitative study of employee voice’, International Journal of Human Resource Management. Available from: [26 September 2019]
  • Soares, A., Soltani, E. & Liao, Y. Y. 2017, ‘The Influence of Supply Chain Quality Management Practices on Quality Performance: An Empirical Investigation’, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, vol. 22, no.2, pp. 122-144.
  • Salimian, H., Rashidian, M. & Soltani, E. 2017, ‘A contingency view on the impact of supplier development on design and conformance quality performance’, Production Planning & Control, vol.28, no.4, pp. 310-320. 
  • Rahyuda, A., Syed, J. & Soltani, E., 2014. ‘The role of relapse prevention and goal setting in training transfer enhancement’, Human Resource Development Review, vol.13, no.4, pp.413-436.
  • Liao, Y. Y., Soltani, E., Wang, W. & Iqbal, A. 2016, ‘The dynamics of workforce relationship in a diverse internationally staff organisation’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol. 28, no.8, pp. 1182-1211.
  • Soltani, E. .Syed, J.,  Liao, Y Y. & Iqbal, A. 2015, ‘Managerial Mindsets Toward Corporate Social Responsibility: The Case of Auto Industry in Iran’, Journal of Business Ethics, vol.129, no.4, pp. 795-810.
  • Soltani, E., Ahmed, P. K., Liao, Y. Y. & Anosike, P. U.  2014, ‘Qualitative middle-range research in operations management: The need for theory-driven empirical inquiry’, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol.34, no.8, pp.1003-1027.
  • Soltani, E., Syed, J., Liao, Y.Y. & Shahi-Sough, N. 2012, ‘Tackling one-sidedness in equality and diversity research: Characteristics of the current dominant approach to managing diverse workgroups in Iran’, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, vol.29, no.1, pp.9-37.
  • Soltani, E., Liao, Y.Y. & Phillips, P. 2011, ‘Quality performance in a global supply chain: finding out the weak link’, International Journal of Production Research, vol.49, no.1, pp.269-293.
  • Soltani, E. & Wilkinson, A. 2011, ‘The Razor's edge: Managing MNC affiliates in Iran’, Journal of World Business, vol.46, no.4, pp.462-475.
  • Soltani, E. & Wilkinson, A., 2010,  ‘Stuck in the middle with you: The effects of incongruency of senior and middle managers' orientations on TQM programmes’, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 30, no.4, pp.365-397.
  • Rahuda, A., Soltani, E. & Syed, J. 2017, ‘Elucidating the Effect of Post-Training Transfer Interventions on Trainee Attitudes and Transfer of Training: A Mixed Methods Study’ in P. A. Murray et al., (eds), Palgrave Handbook of Knowledge Management. Palgrave McMillan.
  • Soltani, E. 2016, ‘Quality Circles’ in A. Wilkinson & S. Johnstone, (eds), Encyclopedia of HRM. Griffith University, Australia.
  • Soltani, E. 2015, ‘Managing quality in supply chain’ in P Dahlgaard & M Su, (eds.), Encyclopedia of quality and the Service Economy. SAGE Publication.
  • Soltani, E. 2012, ‘Managing diverse work groups: the case of manufacturing organizations in the Middle East region’ in T. Dundon &  A. Wilkinson, (eds),  Cases Studies in People Management, Strategy and Innovation. Tide University Press, Australia. 
  • Soltani, E., Liao, Y.Y. & Iqbal, A. 2017, 'Employee participation under ISO/TQM factory regimes: The case of ISO certified organizations in the Middle East region’,  paper presented to the 14th International Conference on Business and Information (BAI 2017), Hiroshima, Japan, 04-06 July.
  • Soltani, E., Liao, Y.Y. & Iqbal, A. 2017, ‘A Context-Specific Perspective of HR Performance Management in Quality-Oriented Organizational Contexts’, paper presented to the 21st International Conference on ISO & TQM (21-ICIT), Zhuhai, CHINA, 14-16 April.
  • Soltani, E. 2016, ‘The challenge of HR performance management: A TQM perspective’, paper presented to the Asia Pacific Quality Organization (APQO) conference, Rotorua, New Zealand, 20-23 November.
  • Soares, A. & Soltani, E. 2016,  ‘Supply chain quality management dimensions and their impact on quality performance’,  paper presented to the 23rd European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) conference, Trondheim, Norway, 17-22 June.
  • Rashidirad, M. & Soltani, E. 2015, ‘How configuration of product-service strategy and sensing capability can create novelty value?’, paper presented to the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), Vancouver, Canada, 7-11 August.
  • Soltani, E. 2014, ‘Assessing the impact of inter-firm relationships on supply chain quality management practices’, paper presented to the  21st International European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Conference, Italy, 20-25 June.
  • Rahuda, A. & Soltani, E. 2013, ‘How do post-training transfer interventions affect trainee attitudes and transfer of training? A sequential mixed methods study of public sector organizations’, paper presented to the 73rd Annual Meeting of Academy of Management (AoM), Orlando, USA. 12-13 August. 
  • Rahuda, A. & Soltani, E. 2013, ‘Post-training transfer interventions and their resulting outcomes for trainee attitudes and transfer of training: A sequential explanatory mixed methods study of private sector organizations’, paper presented to the 2013 British Academy of Management Conference, Liverpool, UK, 10-12 September.