Dr Ahmad joined the DBA team at Edinburgh Business School in March 2019. 

Dr Ahmad teaches business research methods and supervises doctoral candidates. He is also member of EBS’ doctoral review committee that monitors quality and progress of the School’s DBA students. 

Dr Ahmad completed his PhD at Åbo Akademi University, Finland, where he later worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher and lecturer. He has taught courses on knowledge management, knowledge creation, information behaviour and competitive intelligence. 

Dr Ahmad’s research is largely interdisciplinary and diverse. It focuses on the areas of knowledge management, language diversity and workplace information literacy. He uses sociolinguistic theories to explore power, social networks and communication implications of language diversity and organisational multilingualism for knowledge management in multinational organisations.

Dr Ahmad is currently carrying out research on the impact of information literacy, a concept that originates from information science, in organisational contexts. He is also a part of Digital Workplace Information Literacy project (DiWIL), in which he explores the antecedents and consequences of information literacy capabilities of organisational leadership and employees with a particular focus on ambidextrous innovation, social capital and organisational change. 

He has expertise in structural equation modeling and case study research, and has conducted quantitative and qualitative research which has been published in international journals and presented at various conferences. 


2018 – PhD, Åbo Akademi University

2011 – MSc, Stockholm University

2009 – MSc, Stockholm University

2006 – BBA, University of the Punjab

Recent Publications

Ahmad, F., & Barner-Rasmussen, W. False foe? When and how code switching practices can support knowledge sharing in multinational corporations. Journal of International Management, forthcoming. 

Ahmad, F., & Karim, M. Impacts of knowledge sharing: a review and directions for future research. Journal of Workplace Learning, forthcoming. 

Ahmad, F., & Widén, G. (2018). Knowledge sharing and language diversity in organizations: influence of code switching and convergence. European Journal of International Management, 12(4), 351-373. 

Huvila, I., & Ahmad, F. (2018). Holistic information behavior and the perceived success of work in organizations. Library & Information Science Research, 40(1), 18-29. 

Ahmad, F. (2018). Knowledge sharing in a non-native language context: Challenges and strategies. Journal of Information Science, 44(2), 248-264. 

Ahmad, F. (2017). Knowledge‐sharing networks: Language diversity, its causes, and consequences. Knowledge and Process management, 24(2), 139-151. 

Ahmad, F., & Widén, G. (2015). Language clustering and knowledge sharing in multilingual organizations: A social perspective on language. Journal of Information Science, 41(4), 430-443. 

Conference papers

Ahmad, F. & Widén, G. (2018). Information literacy at workplace: the organizational leadership perspective In Proceedings of ISIC, The Information Behaviour Conference, Krakow, Poland, 9-11 October: Part 1. Information Research, 23(4), paper isic1817. 

Heinström J., Ahmad F. (2018) The role of sense of coherence in knowledge sharing. In: Kurbanoğlu S., Boustany J., Špiranec S., Grassian E., Mizrachi D., Roy L. (eds) Information Literacy in the Workplace. ECIL 2017. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 810. Springer, Cham.

Widén, G., Ahmad, F. & Huvila, I. (2017). Workplace information sharing: a generational approach In Proceedings of ISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference, Zadar, Croatia, 20-23 September, 2016: Part 2. Information Research, 22(1), paper isics04). 

Ahmad, F (2016).  Knowledge sharing in organizations: language diversity and performance, Informaatiopäivät, Tampere, Finland.

Ahmad, F. (2014). Language clustering in multilingual organizations: insights from linguistic anthropology. Fourteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Vienna University of Economics, Austria.

Huvila, I., Heinström, J., Ahmad, F., Österbacka, E., Widén, G., (2014). A multi-perspective framework for knowledge sharing research. ISKM, Antalya, Turkey.

Book/PhD dissertation

Ahmad, F. (2018). Knowledge sharing in multinational organizations: the impact of language. Åbo Akademi University. Available at www.doria.fi/handle/10024/148882