Rebwar Kamal Gharib


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Dr. Rebwar Kamal Gharib, Ph.D

FBL-International Partnership Director – Malaysia

SSL- Assistant Professor in Business Strategy

CBiS- Associate Member


Rebwar Kamal Gharib is the Director of International Partnerships responsible for Malaysia and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Business and Law, Coventry University, and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. His original background in Commuting was complemented a by a PhD in Business Information Systems 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, Trust, Cyber Security. Prior to joining Academia Rebwar worked as ICT Officer and Analyst for various Local Authorities in the North East of England where he was involved in a large number of IT projects. In addition, he managed a large collaborative project funded by three local authorities: Luton Borough Council, Bedfordshire Borough Council, and Central Bedfordshire Council.


Teaching & Research Jobs:


  • Dec 2019 – Current/ Assistant Professor in Business Strategy/ Coventry University, UK
  • Dec 2017 – Jan 2019 / Senior Lecturer in Business Strategy/ Coventry University, UK
  • Sep 2015 – Dec 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                   


Academic Leadership Roles


  • Sep 2019 to Current / FBL- Director of International Partnerships, 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/ Year Two Lead /Coventry University, UK
  • June 2016 to Sep 2018 / Link Tutor / TARUC/ Malaysia / Coventry University, U


Professional Memberships


  • 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



Teaching & Module Leadership Roles - 2010 to Current



  • Business Information Systems   /Both full-time & distance/MSc
  •  Spreadsheet Modelling and Demand Forecasting /Both full-time & distance learning / MSc
  • Fundamental of E-Commerce / MBA
  • Foundation of Business Analysis and Technology Undergraduate/ BSc
  • Introduction to Business Technology/ BSc
  • Information Systems in the Knowledge Economy/ BSc
  • Managing Business Processes and Information Systems / BSc
  • Working in Today's Virtual World/ BSc
  • E-commerce / BSc
  • Management of E-commerce / BA
  • Career development / BA



  Papers published/ accepted


  • Gharib, R.K., Garcia-Perez, Dib, S & Iskoujina, Z. (2019). Trust and Reciprocity Effect on eWOM in Online Review Communities.  JournalofEnterpriseInformationManagement. (Ahead of Print DOI:10.1108/JEIM-03-2019-0079)
  • Gharib, R.K., Philpott, E. & Duan, Y. (Nov 2017). Factors Affecting Active Participation in Business-To-Business Online Communities: An Empirical Investigation. Information&Management. Volume 54, Issue 4, Pages 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.
  • Gharib, R.K., Philpott, E. & Duan, Y. (2012). Active Participation in B2B Online Communities. UniversityofBedfordshireConference, July 3-5.


Research Papers In progress

  • Gharib, R.K. & Dibb, S. Trust and Commitment effect on Information Sharing in Online Professional Groups. InformationSystemsResearch.
  • Gharib, R.K. Determinant of Participation in Online Discussions Forums. Computer-MediatedCommunication.
  • 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 ResearchGharib, 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:    Completed

Oct 2014-Feb 2018: E-government Adoption in Saudi Arabia  / Moroj Alsulaimani/ Co 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 


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.        


Professional Experience:


  • Jan 2008 - May 2010        ICT Support Officer (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

education , Postgraduate Certificate, University of Bedfordshire

1 Sep 20111 Jul 2013

Computing , Degree, Northumbria University

1 Sep 20041 Jul 2009

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Research Output 2017 2019

  • 13 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Paper
22 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Electronic word-of-mouth
Online reviews
group work
13 Citations (Scopus)
119 Downloads (Pure)

Factors affecting active participation in B2B online communities: An empirical investigation

Gharib, R. K., Philpott, E. & Duan, Y., Jun 2017, In : Information & Management. 54, 4, p. 516-530 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Information systems
Empirical investigation

Activities 2011 2015

  • 2 Participation in conference

University of Bedfordshire Conference

Rebwar Kamal Gharib (Speaker)
3 Jul 20155 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

University of Bedfordshire Conference

Rebwar Kamal Gharib (Speaker)
1 Jun 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference