Bayan Farhan, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Al Ain Campus

Tel: +971 3 7024824

bayan.farhan@aau.ac.ae

Education

Doctorate: Leadership. University of Calgary, Canada

Master: Economic Policy. McMaster University, Canada

Bachelor (Honours): Economics. McMaster University, Canada

Bachelor: Economics. Laurentian University, Canada

Research Interests

Leadership Development, Strategic Leadership, Strategic Management, Economic Perspective of Leadership, Leadership of Higher Education.

 

Selected Publications

  • Farhan, B. Y. (2019). Managerial Decisions to Enhance Student/Customer Retention: The Case of Ontario’s Academic Institutions. Interchange, Springer, 50(2), 155-174. DOI 10.1007/s10780-019-09351-7. The paper is available electronically: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10780-019-09351-7

  • Farhan, B.Y. (2018).  Entrepreneurial behaviour and the role of transformational leadership in higher education institutions. Int. J. Economics and Business Research, 16(4), 476-486. 
  • Farhan, B. Y. (2018). Managing academic institutions by enhancing student experience.  Int. J. Economics and Business Research. 16(3), 382-394.   
  • Farhan, B. Y. (2018). Application of path-goal leadership theory and learning theory in a learning organization. Journal of Applied Business Research. 34(1), 13-22.
  • Farhan, B.Y. (2017).  Action research methodology as a managerial tool:  Discussion and implications. AAU Journal of Business and Law. 1(2), 7-20
  • Farhan, B, Y, (2017).  Examining competition in Ontario’s higher education market. Interchange, Springer, 48(1), 71–95.  DOI. 10.1007/s10780-016-9278-6.  The Article is available at: http://rdcu.be/yvMs
  • Farhan, B. Y. (2016). The structure of Ontario’s higher education market.  Int. J. Economics and Business Research, 12 (2), 154-168.  DOI: 10.1504/IJEBR.2016.079564
  • Farhan, B. Y. (2016).  Competitive behaviour in publicly funded academic institutions. Interchange (Springer), 47(4), 357–373.  DOI. 10.1007/s10780-016-9283-9.  The Article is available at: http://rdcu.be/yvMx;
  • Farhan, B. Y. (2016).  Tuition elasticity of demand as a tool to manage higher education institutions.  International Journal of Arts & Sciences,9(1), 159-172.  ISSN: 1944-6934

Teaching Courses

Leadership and Teamwork (U), Time Management (U), Compensation and Benefits Management (U), Principles of Management (U), Business Ethics (U), Principles of Economics (Pre-MBA).

Article

Managerial Decisions to Enhance Student/Customer Retention: The Case of Ontario’s Academic Institutions.

Published in: Interchange

Feb 14, 2019

/ Bayan Farhan

Academic institutions invest significant sums of money to serve their students and to influence their decisions to stay. This study sheds light on the challenge for academic institutions to allocate their investments to keep students and enhance their retention rates. This study aims to investigate whether or not providing academic services has affected the retention rate in Ontario’s higher education market. The variable of academic services is measured through an examination of the effect of providing student services, technology and library acquisition, and scholarships and bursaries. The retention rate variable reflects students returning to an institution for the second year. The results of this study were reported based on examining the responsiveness; first, for all universities together (the whole market), and then for each university in Ontario’s higher education market.


Article

Entrepreneurial behaviour and the role of transformational leadership in higher education institutions

Published in: Int. J. Economics and Business Research

Sep 12, 2018

/ Bayan Farhan

Abstract: Over the last quarter of the 20th century, higher education institutions (HEIs) were affected by social and economic policy changes. These changes encouraged HEIs to adopt entrepreneurial behaviour and act as a business. This paper is a review, critique, and discussion of literature on the new shape of higher education institutions and the need for transformational leadership in entrepreneurial universities. This review shows that academic leaders are needed to build and maintain the competitiveness of their institutions to succeed in the international education market. It also shows that there is a need for transformational leaders who are able to craft and implement the desired plans and have the vision to make HEIs more efficient while maintaining the core values of academia.


Article

Managing academic institutions by enhancing student experience

Published in: Int. J. Economics and Business Research

Jul 30, 2018

/ Bayan Farhan

Abstract: Student experience or, in a more sensible terminology, ‘customer satisfaction’ is a current issue in higher education leadership. This paper discusses how academic leaders can deal with and develop positive experiences among students as providers of a key source of revenue. The paper proposes some strategic recommendations to guide the management process of enhancing student experience and satisfaction. Adopting an effective strategic planning philosophy and implementing competitive strategies to enhance student experience could increase the competitiveness of academic institutions and have the potential to sustain an important source of revenue. But different academic institutions may require different strategies, since each academic institution has its own circumstances and conditions. Therefore, this paper attempts to answer the question of how to manage the challenge of improving student experience and satisfaction.


Article

Application Of Path-Goal Leadership Theory And Learning Theory In A Learning Organization

Published in: The Journal of Applied Business Research

Jan 09, 2018

/ Bayan Farhan

ABSTRACT This paper used learning theory and path-goal theory to propose a learning leadership model. The practical side of these two theories is suitable for this proposed model, its agenda, and its tools for improving organizational learning. The model is based on the assumption that leaders need to develop their competences and the competences of subordinates by creating a continuous learning process through sharing, exchanging, and improving knowledge and experiences. The model states that learning leaders act as facilitators of the organizational learning process and adopt the right attitude to motivate subordinates for learning by removing obstacles and creating a learning culture.


Article

Action Research Methodology as a Managerial Tool: Discussion and Implications

Published in: AAU Journal of Business and Law

Dec 20, 2017

/ Bayan Farhan

Abstract The purpose of this paper is to contribute to a better understanding of action research methodology as a managerial tool. A practical example was employed to explain the dynamic process of action research and its role in understanding a managerial problem: observe, reflect, plan, & act. This paper argues that the implementation of this tool in organizations can be considered as a foundation for managerial problem solving. Employing action research can facilitate the crafting of appropriate strategies and lead to highly desirable results, and thus three points should be recognized: )1( the intention in a given situation is to get a deep understanding and to construct a social reality based on participants’ perceptions; )2( involving managers to help in understanding what might be done to improve the situation and what action should be implemented to overcome the problem; )3( implementing the recommended solutions )action(, as well as repeating and evaluating the process is to be considered the cornerstone to improve an undesired situation.


Article

Examining Competition in Ontario’s Higher Education Market

Published in: Interchange

Jan 17, 2017

/ Bayan Farhan

Abstract Financial challenges have forced many publicly funded academic institutions in Ontario to adopt a corporate model and to use market tools to compete in the higher education market and maintain their enrolment and revenue levels. This study has analyzed how competition affects publicly funded universities in Ontario. Competition was examined by relating universities’ expenditures on price and non-price competitive variables (awards, marketing, graduates, and professors), as well as population to the total number of applicants, total number of enrollees, and capacity filling ratio over the period of 2006–2013. The study used quantitative research design and panel data regression method to draw conclusions. This study provides empirical evidence on how the effect of the adopted competitive variables varies for each university.


Article

Competitive Behaviour in Publicly Funded Academic Institutions

Published in: Interchange

Nov 04, 2016

/ Bayan Farhan

Abstract The need to compete is not limited to business organizations but is also one of the normal practices of publicly funded academic institutions. Reforming higher education and the adoption of neoliberal policies have transformed publicly funded colleges and universities and have forced them towards the market. The paper reviews and critiques: (1) Historical context of competition in higher education and the role of government in enhancing competition. (2) Competition and the use of competitive strategies in higher education.


Article

The structure of Ontario’s higher education market

Published in: Int. J. Economics and Business Research

Sep 21, 2016

/ Bayan Farhan

Abstract: Similar to many other institutions in a market economy, colleges and universities operate in their own ‘marketplace’. The purpose of this paper is to provide analysis of the structure of Ontario’s higher education market that is dominated by publicly funded universities. The theoretical framework for this paper is based on the theories of perfect and imperfect competition market structures. Analysis in this paper shows that Ontario’s higher education market has some features of a monopolistic competition market. The paper also shows that other market structures (e.g., perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly, and monopsony) do not represent Ontario’s higher education market. While this market structure might not be consistent with the profit maximisation feature in a monopolistic competition market, analysis shows that it is consistent with other features. The combination of competition (many suppliers or institutions) and monopoly (product differentiation) can be seen in the market of higher education in Ontario.


Article

TUITION ELASTICITY OF DEMAND AS A TOOL TO MANAGE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

Published in: International Journal of Arts & Sciences

Jun 01, 2016

/ Bayan Farhan

This study investigates the phenomenon of elasticity of demand in higher education and how tuition elasticity can affect enrolment among international students in comparison to national students in publicly funded universities in Ontario. This study examined the relationship by categorizing universities into three categories (research intensive, teaching intensive, and comprehensive universities), and by sorting demanders (students) into two groups: national students and international students. The study also examined international-national students’ ratio with respect to tuition fees at each category of universities. The results allow academic leaders and policy makers to predict the reaction of national and international students as a result of changing tuition fees. Examining tuition elasticity of demand in Ontario’s higher education market can help academic leaders respond effectively to the proposed federal policy that international students should be doubled by 2020.