Dr. Mojtaba Salem

Office hours: by appointment (please e-mail)
Room: Arcisstr. 21, Building 0505, Intermediate Story, Room Z565

E-Mail: mojtaba.salem (at) tum.de
Fon: +49 89 289 24094
Fax: +49 89 289 24093

Dr. Mojtaba Salem joined the Chair of Research and Science Management in October 2020 as a postdoctoral researcher. In May 2020, Mojtaba graduated from Kühne Logistics University in Germany with a PhD in Leadership and Management (summa cum laude). His doctoral dissertation is on “Leadership in Humanitarian Operations” for which he received the Dr. Friedrich Jungheinrich Best Dissertation Award. After studying Business Administration at the American University of Afghanistan and obtaining merit-based KLU and DAAD scholarships to study in Germany, Mojtaba completed his Master of Science in Management (summa cum laude) at Kühne Logistics University before he began his doctoral studies. At the same time, he co-founded the Research Institute on Leadership and Operations in Humanitarian Aid (RILOHA) in 2016.

Together with Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus, he works to better understand the organizational dynamics that take place during humanitarian operations, such as leadership, coordination, and communication within field offices, national offices, or headquarters, in order to make aid more effective. He is also interested to investigate and elaborate leadership theorizing in extreme contexts.

Short Bio

since 10.2020 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair of Research and Science Management, Technical University of Munich, Germany
05.2020 PhD in Leadership and Management, Kühne Logistics University, Germany
since 03.2016 Head of Projects at Research Institute on Leadership and Operations in Humanitarian Aid (RILOHA), Germany
2013-2015 Master of Science in Management at Kühne Logistics University, Germany
2009-2012  Bachelor of Business Administration at American University of Afghanistan

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications

Salem, M., Van Quaquebeke, N., Besiou, M., & Meyer, L. (2019). Intergroup leadership: how leaders can enhance performance of humanitarian operations. Production and Operations Management28(11), 2877-2897.
*This paper is recognized as top downloaded paper in this journal. 

Salem, M., Van Quaquebeke, N., & Besiou, M. (2018). How field office leaders drive learning and creativity in humanitarian aid: Exploring the role of boundary‐spanning leadership for expatriate and local aid worker collaboration. Journal of Organizational Behavior39(5), 594-611.

Conference presentations

Salem, M. (2020, October). Sector-wide survey findings on impact of COVID-10 on humanitarian operations. Report presented at Logistics Cluster Global Meetings, Virtual participation.

Salem, M., Van Quaquebeke, N., Besiou, M., (2020, August). Adaptability in humanitarian operations: Role of prosocial motivation and authoritarian leadership. Paper presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Virtual Conference.

Salem, M. (2019, October). Authoritarian leadership in humanitarian operations. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORS), Seattle, WA.

Salem, M. (2018, May). Leadership and decision-making: How leaders reduce biases in operational decisions. Paper presented at 29th Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) Conference, Houston, TX.

Salem, M. (2018, March). Rethinking economy of delivering aid: A closer look at humanitarian supply chain management. Report presented at 6th African Logistics Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.

Salem, M. (2017, May). Leading humanitarian aid workers in the field: A case for intergroup leadership. Paper presented at 28th POMS Conference, Seattle, WA.

Salem, M. (2016, May). Field learning and creativity: Collaboration via humanitarian leader boundary spanning and group prototypicality. Paper presented at Workshop on Research Advances in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, University of Paris-Dauphine, Paris.

Third party funding

10.2016-10.2019  Three-year doctoral funding from Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

Scholarships and awards

05.2020  Dr. Friedrich Jungheinrich Best Dissertation Award
03.2020 Best Paper Award, College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management, POMS Conference
09.2015 Best Student Achievement Award, Kühne Logistics University
03.2014-09.2015 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Graduate Scholarship
09.2013-09.2015 Merit-Based Tuition Waiver Scholarship, Kühne Logistics University
05.2012 Outstanding Student Leader Award, American University of Afghanistan
10.2011  Best Essay Award, NATO’s Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force

    

Professional memberships

Academy of Management (AoM)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP)
Deutscher Hochschulverband
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)

Other

Personal website: www.mojtabasalem.com
RILOHA website: www.riloha.org
Twitter: @DrMojtabaSalem, LinkedIn profile, Facebook page