Rebwar Kamal Gharib


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    PhD projects

    E-commerce/ E-government adoption in developing countries Online Data and Information Sharing Online Communities/ Social Media

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    Dr Rebwar Kamal Gharib is Associate Professor / Associate Head of School of Strategy and Leadership, Faculty of Business & Law, Coventry University. Previously he was Regional Director of International Partnerships for the Faculty of Business and Law, Coventry University. Reb is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and Certified Management & Business Educator. Reb's original background in Commuting was complemented a by a PhD in Business from University of Bedfordshire. Rebwar’s Research and teaching interests are in the area of Information Systems, E-government, E-commerce, Social Media, Online Information Sharing, Trust, Cyber Security. Prior to joining Academia Rebwar worked as ICT Analyst for Local Authorities in the North East of England.


    Education, Courses, and Qualifications

    Sep  2020

    Coventry University

    Doctor of Business Administration  (DBA)


    Nov 2013

    University of Bedfordshire, UK

    Doctor of Philosophy  (PhD)


    Jul 2013

    University of Bedfordshire, UK

    PGCert in Academic Practice (Teaching)


    Jun 2010

    Northumbria University, UK

    MSc in Information Systems Management

    Left to do the PhD

    Jul 2009

    Northumbria University, UK

    BSc in Internet Computing (Hons)

    2:1 Upper

    Jul 2008

    Northumbria University, UK

    BSc in Computing

    With Commendation

    Jul 2009

    Gateshead College, UK

    ORC Level 3 Certificate for IT Professionals


    Jul 2009

    Cisco Network Academy

    CCNA1, CCNA2, CCNA3, and CCNA4


    Jul 2004

    Northumbria University, UK

    HEFC in Information Technology


    Jul 2004

    Northumbria University, UK

    HEFC in Maths 


    Jul 2004

    Northumbria University, UK

    HEFC in Quantitative Methods


    Jul 2004

    Northumbria University, UK

    HEFC in Business Studies



    Academic Leadership Roles

    Feb 2020 to Current                 Associate Head of Marketing & Recruitment                Coventry University, UK

    Sep 2019 to Feb 2020          FBL- International Partnership Director, Regional/Malaysia         Coventry University, UK

    Sep 2018 to Sep 2019               FBL- Academic Partnership Director, TARUC            Coventry University, UK     

    Jan 2016 to Sep 2018              Associate Course Director                                           Coventry University, UK

    June 2016 to Sep 2018 -                                     Link Tutor / TARUC                          Coventry University, UK 

    Teaching & Research Jobs:

    Feb 2020 – Current                         Associate Professor in Business Strategy                    Coventry University, UK      

    December 2019 – Feb 2020             Assistant Professor in Business Strategy                     Coventry University, UK            

    December 2017 – Jan 2019              Senior Lecturer in Business Strategy                           Coventry University, UK      

    Sep 2015 – December 2017             Lecturer in E-Business                                               Coventry University, UK

    Jan 2014 – Aug 2015                        Teaching Associate/Lecturer in Management               University of Strathclyde, UK     

    Jun 2010 - Jun 2013                          PhD Researcher / Hourly Lecturer                             University of Bedfordshire, UK      


    Professional Memberships




    Jul 2020

    Certified Management & Business Educator


    Jul 2017

    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


    Nov 2013

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


    Oct 2012

    Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


    Mar 2012  

    Member of the UK Academy for Information Systems






    July   2018

    Best Course Excellence Award, Coventry University


    May  2015

    Teaching Excellence Award, University of Strathclyde




    June 2010          Collaborative project funded by three local authorities worth         £50,000                       


      Selected Publications 

    • Gharib, R.K., Dibb, S (2019). Trust and Commitment Effect on Information Sharing in Online Professional Communities. Information&Management. (Under Review)
    • Gharib, R.K., Garcia-Perez, Dibb, S & Iskoujina, Z. (2019). Trust and Reciprocity Effect on eWOM in Online Review Communities.  JournalofEnterpriseInformationManagement.  Vol. 33 No. 1, pp. 120-138.
    • Gharib, R.K., Philpott, E. & Duan, Y. (Nov 2017). Factors Affecting Active Participation in Business-To-Business Online Communities: An Empirical Investigation. Information&Management. Vol 54, No 4, PP. 516-530.
    • Gharib, R. K. (2017). Electronic Word-of-Mouth Communication in Online Review Communities. ProceedingsofSOCIOINT 2017.
    • Gharib, R. K., Kwek, C. L. & Ellis, D.(2017).Critical Success Factors for Collaborative Projects in Higher Education Courses: A Comparison Study between UK & MalaysiaStudents. ProceedingsofSOCIOINT 2017.
    • Gharib, R. K. (2014).Towards understanding members’ participation behavior in Business to Business (B2B) Virtual Communities: A socio-technical approach. ProceedingsofCECIIS, 2014.
    • Gharib, R. K. (2012). Active Participation in Business-To-Business Online Communities: A Conceptual Framework ". UKAcademyforInformationSystems 2012.


    Research Papers In progress

    • Gharib, R.K. Determinant of Participation in Online Discussions Forums. Computer-MediatedCommunication.  (Finalising first draft)
    • Gharib, R.K. & Ling, K.C. Emotions and Service Quality Impact on Switching Behaviour on Social Networking Sites. EuropeanJournalofInformationSystems.
    • Gharib, R.K. & Ling, K.C. Understanding Determinants of Counterfeit Product Consumption. Journal of Business Research
    •  Gharib, R.K. & Ling, K.C. Understanding the Determinant Factors of Information Security Awareness in Developing Countries. An Empirical Investigation. Information & Management.
    • Gharib, R.K. Kwek, C. L& De-Main, LCritical Success Factors for group work activities in UG courses: A Comparison Study between UK and Malaysia. JournalforFurtherandHigherEducation.


    Research Supervisions


    Ph.D.  Level: 



    • Oct 2014-Feb 2018: E-government Adoption in Saudi Arabia / Moroj Alsulaimani/ Co Supervisor
    • Sep 2016 – Current: cybersecurity and trust implications for business and society/ Duncan Greaves/ 3rd  Supervisor


    • Sept-2018-Current: Cyber security Threats in Supply Chain / Christiana Akintoye / 1st Supervisor.
    • Sept-2017-Current: Cyber Security Risk Management in E-Tail / Olukemi Olaniran/ 2nd Supervisor
    • Sept-2017-Current: Cyber Security Readiness in HE Sectors  / Eric Amaechi / 2nd Supervisor

    BSc/MSc Level (Over 100 Projects):

     Over the past 10 years I have successfully supervised over 100 MSc and BSc research projects focused on different topics including Information/Knowledge Sharing, Virtual Communities, Online Communities, Social Media, Consumer Behavior, Virtual Projects, and CRM, IT/ICT Adoption.



    Teaching & Module Leadership Roles – 2010 to Current



    Business Information Systems  

    Both full-time & distance                     


    Module Leader

    Spreadsheet Modelling and Demand Forecasting      

    Both full-time & distance learning 



    Module Leader

    Foundation of Business Analysis and Technology

    Undergraduate/ BSc

    Module Leader

    Introduction to Business Technology       

    Undergraduate/ BSc

    Module Leader

    Information Systems in the Knowledge Economy       

    Undergraduate/ BSc

    Module Leader

    Managing Business Processes and Information Systems     

    Undergraduate/ BSc

    Module Leader

    Working in Today’s Virtual World         

    Undergraduate/ BSc

    Module Leader


    Undergraduate/ BSc

    Module Leader

    Management of E-commerce        

    Undergraduate/ BA

    Module Leader

    Career development         

    Undergraduate/ BA



    Professional Experience:


    Jan 2008 – May 2010                  ICT Support Analyst (Full-time)                  Newcastle City Council, UK           


    Aug 2007 – Dec 2007                 ICT Support Analyst (Full-time)                North Yorkshire Council, UK


    Jun 2006 – Aug 2007                  ICT Assistant (Full-time)                           Tees Valley Housing Group, UK        





    Education/Academic qualification

    education, Degree, University of Bedfordshire

    1 Jun 20101 Nov 2013

    Award Date: 1 Nov 2013

    education , Postgraduate Certificate, University of Bedfordshire

    1 Sep 20111 Jul 2013

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

    Computing , Degree, Northumbria University

    1 Sep 20041 Jul 2009

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2009


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