Staff profile

Dr Joseph Ebot Eyong

Programme Lead Help to Grow Programme (H2GM) Senior Lecturer in Business Strategy

Joseph Eyong


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Joseph is Academic Programme Lead for the Help to Grow Management Programme (H2GP) at the University of Derby.  He equally leads teaching in OB, HRM and Strategy. In previous employment, Joseph has been programme leader for undergraduate, postgraduate programmes in Leadership and Management. During this time, he designed degree contents and curricula, sat on faculty boards and led research projects from successful grants.

His research interest spans the boundaries of HRM, OB, Strategy and Development research with a focus on the African context. His particular interest in unorthodox knowledge from Global South Indigenous communities, led to exploring indigenous African leadership theories and practices, thus, expanding leadership theorising into often marginalised cultural and institutional contexts.

Some of his published work has explored innovation decisions in the African context, explored high-performance leadership in council authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria and considered the development of human and social capital amongst displaced populations in Nigeria. More recently sought publication emerging of his role as Chair of the African Management Research Conference which he organised in 2021, led to a publication about ways to advance Management Research and Practice in Africa.

Engagement in Africa as a consultant for Leadership and Effective Management Systems in Africa has moved his interest towards International Development failure in the Global South with ongoing research exploring why international projects fail and how to fix such failures. These works have been presented at leading conferences, formed the basis of research-based teaching and advanced new knowledge in Leadership, International Development, Innovation and Change, Human Resource Capacity Building and the development of High Performance Systems.  His works have been published in a range of Journals including Leadership, Strategy and Change, Africa Journal of Management, Journal of Management History, European Journal of Urban and Regional Studies and Journal of Development Studies. Joseph is principal supervisor on 6 doctoral research projects undertaken by students in the broad areas of HRM, Strategy, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Sustainable Management Practices, International Development and Leadership with a focus on the Global South.

Teaching responsibilities

Module leader:

Professional interests

With more than 10 years of experience in Management teaching in five UK Universities including The University of Wales, Leeds, UWE (Bristol), Bath and De Montfort and now at Derby, Joseph's professional interests have expanded beyond academics into Leadership and Management consultancy. In the last four years, he has supported public service leadership and system effectiveness as a consultant for the Government of Sudan and Council authorities in Nigeria and Cameroon. This has enabled the enhancement in such areas as Strategic planning effectiveness, policy change and development strategy, Lean thinking and resilience capability building of nations.

Research interests

Joseph completed his PhD in Leadership and Organisational Theory at the University of Leeds in 2015. His research sought a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of leadership in Cameroon and Nigeria. Since then, he has continued through various grants to advance knowledge into alternative ways to make sense of leadership in indigenous institutions such as the Ekpe institution in Cameroon and Nigeria and how inherent practices could be modernised and applied in contemporary Organisations. This broad knowledge has been presented at many conferences worldwide as well as formed the basis of a publication in the highly rated Journal Leadership and the African Journal of Management.

Membership of professional bodies

•    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
•    Member: Academy of Management (AoM)
•    Member: African Academy of Management (AFAM)


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Professional qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

International experience

International consultant on Leadership in Africa

Additional interests and activities

Associate Professor, Research Development and Quality, Centre for Research on Africa and Diaspora (CRAAD).

CRAAD is an independent research centre for African Management Scholars.

In the media

Recent publications

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