Ahmed Abdel-Maksoud (PhD) is a Professor of Accounting at College of Business, Zayed University (ZU), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Ahmed received his PhD in accounting in 2003, from Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, UK. Prior to joining ZU, Ahmed held various academic and research positions at business schools in UK, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and North America. For instance, he held academic positions at Portsmouth University, and University of the West of England in UK; and UAE University, Abu Dhabi University, University of Sharjah, and Strathclyde Graduate Business School (UAE Program) in UAE. He, also, held visiting scholar positions at Osaka University, Japan; and Toledo University, USA.

Ahmed’s research interests are in the fields of neuro-accounting; performance measurement and organizational performance; environmental management accounting; corporate social responsibilities and global reporting initiative. He received research grants for over $400,000 from international universities/research centers. Many of his research projects were interdisciplinary, which enriched his expertise through collaborating with researchers at reputable international universities. He is the author and co-editor of an Elsevier book, he has published in several reputable international journals, such as: British Accounting Review, Public Management Review, Advances in Accounting Behavioural Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management, among several other journals. He compiled a postgraduate teaching textbook with McGrawHill, and contributed - with a case - to Horngren et al widely adopted international accounting textbook “cost accounting: a managerial emphasis” Global editions (2012&2015). He is on the editorial board of international journals and an ad hoc reviewer for many international journals and conferences in the field. Ahmed offers consultation/training for organizations in the region.

Ahmed has taught numerous accounting courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He supervised research projects/dissertations of undergraduate, master, and doctoral students. Ahmed held the position of chairperson of Accounting Department, College of Business & Economics, UAE University [2012 - 2014]; he also was Head of Research at College of Business, Abu Dhabi University, UAE [2019-2020].


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Research and Professional Activities

Recent Publications & International Conference Presentations


  • Abdel-Maksoud, A.; HassabElnaby, H; and Said, A. (2020) “Proximity to Debt Covenants and Earnings Management: A Neuroscience Approach”. Impact the Future, American Accounting Association Southeast Regional Conference, Virtual Conference - June, North Carolina: USA.
  • Abdel-Maksoud, A; HassabElnaby, H.; Said, A. (2019) “The future implications of neuroscience on managers’ decisions”, Harvard Business Review (Arabia). Available online on 7th December. 
  • HassabElnaby, H.; Abdel-Maksoud, A.; and Said, A. (2017) “Debt Covenant Violation and Earnings Management: A Neuroscience Approach and Future Directions - A Research Note”. Advances in Accounting Behavioural Research. 20, pp. 63-79. [ABDC: A].
  • “Functional MRI neuroimaging study of financial decision making by business managers”, (2017) with others, American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) Annual Meeting, 30th April – 5th May, New Orleans, USA.

Performance Measurement & Organizational Performance

  • Elbanna, S.; and Abdel-Maksoud, A. (2020) “Organizational resources and performance: The case of an oil-rich country". Public Performance and Management Review. 43(3), pp. 713-739. [Scopus Quartile: Q1].
  • Elbanna, S. and Abdel-Maksoud, A. (2019) “The abundance of financial resources in oil producing countries is not enough to guarantee sustainable organizational and social performance of public organizations”, Harvard Business Review (Arabia). Available online on 15th December.
  • Pollanen, R.; Abdel-Maksoud, A.; Elbanna, S; Mahama, H (2017) “Relationships between Strategic Performance Measures, Strategic Decision Making, and Organizational Performance: Empirical Evidence from Canadian Public Organizations”, Public Management Review, 19 (5), pp. 725-746. [Scopus Quartile: Q1; ABDC: A].
  • Abdel-Maksoud, A.; Cheffi, W.; and Ghoudi, K. (2016) “The Mediating Effect of Shop-Floor Involvement on Relations between Advanced Management Accounting Practices and Operational Non-Financial Performance Indicators”, The British Accounting Review, 48, pp.169-184. [Scopus Quartile: Q1; ABDC: A*].
  • Elbanna, S., Thanos, I. C., & Abdel-Maksoud, A. (2016). “Participation, flexible strategic planning and organizational innovation: An empirical investigation of main and mediating mechanisms”. Paper presented at the 36th Strategic Management Society (SMS) Annual International Conference, 17-20 September, Berlin, Germany.

Sustainability and Energy Finances

  • Abdel-Maksoud, A.; Jabbour, M.; Abdel-Kader, M. (2021) “Stakeholder Pressure, Eco-Control Systems, and Firms’ Performance: Empirical Evidence from UK Manufacturers”, Accounting Forum, 45:1, 30-57. [Scopus Quartile: Q1; ABS: 3].
  • Mertzanis, C. and Garas, S.; Abdel-Maksoud, A. (2020) “Financial information integrity of firms’ access to energy in developing countries” (2020), Energy Economics, 92, 105005. [Scopus Quartile: Q1; ABDC: A*; ABS: 3].
  • Cheffi, W.; Abdel-Maksoud, A.; and Farook O. (2021) “CSR Initiatives, organizational performance and the mediating role of integrating CSR into management control systems: testing an inclusive model within SMEs in an emerging economy”, Journal of Management Control, 3. [ABDC: A].
  • Abdel-Maksoud, A.; Kamal, H.; Elbanna, S (2020) “What do we know about the impact of applying environmental control systems on hotel performance? Empirical study on 150 hotels in the United Arab Emirates”, Harvard Business Review (Arabia). Available online on 16th April.  
  • Abdel-Maksoud, A.; Kamel, H; Elbanna, S. (2016) “Investigating Relationships between Stakeholders’ Pressure, Eco-Control Systems and Hotel Performance”, International Journal of Hospitality Management, 59, pp. 95-104. [Scopus Quartile: Q1; ABDC: A*].
  • “Stakeholders’ Pressure and Environmental Management Control Systems: Empirical Evidence from UK Firms” (2016), with others, American Accounting Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, 7-10 Aug., New York, USA.


  • Abdel-Maksoud, A. (2020) “Insights into accounting education in a COVID-19 world - United Arab Emirates”, pp. 112-114; in Sangster, A.; Stoner, G. and Flood, B. “Insights into accounting education in a COVID-19 world”, Accounting Education, pp. 1-132. Published online on 24th August. [ABDC: A]
  • Abdel-Maksoud, A. & Cheffi, W. (2017) “Cost Analysis and Organizational Learning Activities: The Case of a Manufacturing Company Encountering a Failing Financial Situation: a pedagogical teaching case using learning activities model”, International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies. 8(4), pp. 241-254.
  • Abdel-Maksoud, A. and Kawam, M. (2012&2015) “Globe Express Services ® (Overseas Group): Analyzing Customers at United Arab Emirates’ Branch”, a chapter case, in Horngren, Data and Rajan “Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis”, 14th and 15th Global Editions, Chapter 14, London: Pearson Education.       

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