Dr Femi Olan

Senior Lecturer
EBS - Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship (SOE)
Dr Femi Olan



Femi Olan is a Senior lecturer ® (Associate Professor) at the Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship (SOE) of the Essex Business School (EBS). My research interests are in the following areas: digital entrepreneurship, knowledge management, performance management, and information technology with key focus in (1) the societal implications of technology, (2) the contribution of artificial intelligence to entrepreneurial resilience, and (3) emerging issues in digital entrepreneurship. My research has been published in world-leading and internationally excellent journals in the information systems and management disciplines. These include Information Systems Frontiers (AJG3, IF 6.191), Journal of Business Research (AJG3, IF 7.550), International Journal of Production Research (AJG3, IF 8.568) and Technological Forecasting & Social Change (AJG3, IF 8.593) among others. I am currently an Editor for Cogent Business & Management Journal (AJG 1*, IF 2.000) and Guest Editor for the (1) Annals of Operations Research (AJG 3*, IF 4.854) special Issue on Fake News, Misinformation and Supply Chain Disruptions, (2) Sustainability (IF 3.251) Special Issue on Sustainable Agriculture-Food Supply Chains: Innovation, Technologies, and (3) Decisions and Information Systems Frontiers (AJG 3*, IF 6.191) Special Issue on Information Management in Times of Crisis. I am a coordinating board member of the Euro Working Group – Decision Support Systems (EWG-DSS), member of the organising committee for annual conference of EWG-DSS International Conference on Decision Support System Technology (ICDSST), and I have presented my research work at several international and UK conferences. I have undertaken high value projects funded by UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the European Commission. I supervise PhD students in the area of relevant to the Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy and also acted as an examiner for PhD students internally, externally and internationally.


  • PhD University of Plymouth,

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Business Creation and Growth (BE200)

  • Theories and Practice of Entrepreneurship (BE250)


Publications (1)

Arakpogun, E., El Sahn, Z., Prime, K., Gerli, P. and Olan, F., Africa’s Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic: Let’s Talk about It!

Journal articles (19)

Onjewu, A-KE., Olan, F., Nyuur, RB-B-I., Paul, S. and Nguyen, HTT., (2023). The effect of government support on Bureaucracy, COVID-19 resilience and export intensity: Evidence from North Africa.. Journal of Business Research. 156, 113468-113468

Bandara, F., Jayawickrama, U., Subasinghage, M., Olan, F., Alamoudi, H. and Alharthi, M., (2023). Enhancing ERP Responsiveness Through Big Data Technologies: An Empirical Investigation. Information Systems Frontiers, 1-25

Arakpogun, EO., Elsahn, Z., Nyuur, RB. and Olan, F., (2022). Corrigendum to “Threading the needle of the digital divide in Africa: The barriers and mitigations of infrastructure sharing”. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 179, 121637-121637

Olan, F., Ogiemwonyi Arakpogun, E., Suklan, J., Nakpodia, F., Damij, N. and Jayawickrama, U., (2022). Artificial intelligence and knowledge sharing: Contributing factors to organizational performance. Journal of Business Research. 145, 605-615

Nakpodia, F. and Olan, F., (2022). Corporate governance reform in Nigeria: upstream and downstream interventions. Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society. 22 (5), 979-1003

Olan, F., Arakpogun, EO., Jayawickrama, U., Suklan, J. and Liu, S., (2022). Sustainable Supply Chain Finance and Supply Networks: The Role of Artificial Intelligence. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 1-16

Alkraiji, AI., Jayawickrama, U., Olan, F., Asaduzzaman, M., Subasinghage, M. and Gallage, S., (2022). The perspective of national ERP vendors in achieving ERP project success in government organisations: a case of Saudi Arabia. Enterprise Information Systems. 16 (1), 71-104

Olan, F., Suklan, J., Arakpogun, EO. and Robson, A., (2022). Advancing Consumer Behavior: The Role of Artificial Intelligence Technologies and Knowledge Sharing. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 1-13

Olan, F., Liu, S., Suklan, J., Jayawickrama, U. and Arakpogun, EO., (2022). The role of Artificial Intelligence networks in sustainable supply chain finance for food and drink industry. International Journal of Production Research. 60 (14), 4418-4433

Rodrigo, P., Arakpogun, EO., Vu, MC., Olan, F. and Djafarova, E., (2022). Can you be Mindful? The Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Driven Interventions in Enhancing the Digital Resilience to Fake News on COVID-19.. Information Systems Frontiers, 1-21

Arakpogun, EO., Rodrigo, P. and Olan, F., (2022). “You Shall Not Pass” without a Jab: An Institutional Theory Perspective to COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Policies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19 (21), 14105-14105

Zhao, G., Olan, F., Liu, S., Hormazabal, JH., Lopez, C., Zubairu, N., Zhang, J. and Chen, X., (2022). Links Between Risk Source Identification and Resilience Capability Building in Agri-Food Supply Chains: A Comprehensive Analysis. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 1-18

Olan, F., Jayawickrama, U., Arakpogun, EO., Suklan, J. and Liu, S., (2022). Fake news on Social Media: the Impact on Society.. Information Systems Frontiers, 1-16

Gerli, P., Arakpogun, EO., Elsahn, Z., Olan, F. and Prime, KS., (2021). Beyond contact-tracing: The public value of eHealth application in a pandemic. Government Information Quarterly. 38 (3), 101581-101581

Arakpogun, EO., Elsahn, Z., Prime, KS., Gerli, P. and Olan, F., (2020). Digital contact-tracing and pandemics: Institutional and technological preparedness in Africa. World Development. 136, 105105-105105

Nordin, A. and Areskoug-Josefsson, K., (2020). Effects of a Swedish master’s programme on quality improvement and leadership - A qualitative study on micro, meso and macro levels of the welfare sector. Cogent Business & Management. 7 (1), 1725308-1725308

Arakpogun, EO., Elsahn, Z., Nyuur, RB. and Olan, F., (2020). Threading the needle of the digital divide in Africa: The barriers and mitigations of infrastructure sharing. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 161, 120263-120263

Olan, F., Liu, S., Neaga, I., Chen, H. and Nakpodia, F., (2019). How cultural impact on knowledge sharing contributes to organizational performance: Using the fsQCA approach. Journal of Business Research. 94, 313-319

Olan, F., Liu, S., Neaga, I. and Alkhuraiji, A., (2016). How knowledge sharing and business process contribute to organizational performance: Using the fsQCA approach. Journal of Business Research. 69 (11), 5222-5227

Book chapters (2)

Arakpogun, EO., Elsahn, Z., Olan, F. and Elsahn, F., (2021). Artificial Intelligence in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities. In: The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence for Growing Business Success. Springer International Publishing. 375- 388. 9783030627959

Olan, F., Liu, S. and Neaga, I., (2015). The Contribution of Knowledge Sharing to Organizational Performance and Decision Making: A Literature Review. In: Decision Support Systems IV – Information and Knowledge Management in Decision Processes. Springer International Publishing. 1- 12. 9783319215358

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