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Ahmad Sami Mahmoud Alaassar

Research Assistant

PhD Candidate and lecturer

Ahmad is a PhD candidate enrolled in a cotutelle/joint supervision program in cooperation between the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and University of Agder. His research focuses on exploring an incubation model called regulatory sandboxes in the context of fintech and the role of ecosystem actors on entrepreneurial activity. Prior to this, he completed his M.Sc. in Industrial Economics and Technology Management, specialising in entrepreneurship and decision-making. Also, he received his B.Sc. in Mechatronics engineering, specialising in mechanical engineering. Both degrees granted from the University of Agder. Relevant work experience includes being a business developer for a regional business incubator. Additionally, he has a consultancy firm that provides services within business development.

Research interests

My research focus is on FinTech start-up ecosystems. More specifically, I am examining how support mechanisms or instruments function, what enables or constraints their success, and how do environmental contingencies influence their start-up process.

Courses and teaching

Current - ORG 207 Entrepreneurship and Innovation for undergrads

Previous teaching - Business Research Design course provided for postgraduate students at the College of Business, RMIT University.

Work experience

Business Developer

Academic interests

  • Incubation Models
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

  • FinTech Start-ups

Scientific publications

  • Alaassar, Ahmad; Mention, Anne-Laure; Aas, Tor Helge (2020). Exploring how social interactions influence regulators and innovators: The case of regulatory sandboxes. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. ISSN: 0040-1625. 160doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120257.
  • Aas, Tor Helge; Alaassar, Ahmad (2018). The Impact of Visual Performance Management on Decision-making in the Entrepreneurial Process. International Journal of Innovation Management. ISSN: 1363-9196. 22 (5). doi:10.1142/S1363919618400029.
  • Aas, Tor Helge; Alaassar, Ahmad (2017). The Impact of Visualisation on Decision-making in Entrepreneurial Processes. Proceedings of the ISPIM Innovation Summit 2017 (Melbourne). ISBN: 978-952-335-083-0. ISPIM/ Lappeenranta University of Technology Press. 1.
  • Alaassar, Ahmad; Mention, Anne-Laure; Aas, Tor Helge (2019). Exploring how Interactions Enable Innovation and Regulation: the case of Regulatory Sandboxes.
  • Alaassar, Ahmad (2018). Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Bibliometric Review.
  • Aas, Tor Helge; Alaassar, Ahmad (2017). The Impact of Visualisation on Decision-making in Entrepreneurial Processes.

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