Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Hanna Bahemia

Lecturer in Innovation Strategy


Hanna studied Management Sciences at the University of Warwick (UK). She holds an MSc in Operations Management and a PhD in Innovation Management from the University of Manchester (UK). She has a wide international experience in industry and joined the University Of Newcastle in December 2012 after completing her PhD.  Her work experience spans across a broad range of operations: procurement activities (Spain, South-Africa and China), implementation of ERP system and new business development in various industries.

She is currently supervising PhD and Masters level students in the area of innovation, and new business models, and welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students who have an interest in innovation management, new product development, business model innovation, and digital technologies.

Memberships: Member of the Druid Society

Member of the Academy of Management 

Languages: Bilingual in French and English


Hanna's research interest lies at the interface of open innovation,creativity, entrepreneurship, and new business models. She also has a strong interest in operations management and supply chain management from the perspective of open innovation. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, she focuses on the implementation process of open innovation during New Product Development projects. She has on-going research collaborations with firms in the manufacturing sector. Recently, she completed several case studies in the automotive industry in the UK, and the aim was to expand the contingency theory related to open innovation at the project level.

In addition, she has initiated a research project, related to the challenges of implementing open innovation in multinational companies. The project focuses also on the disruption of business models by start-ups in traditional industries. Her recent research project explores how manufacturing firms can harness the full potential of Industry 4.0 in both their R&D activities and manufacturing processes to optimise productivity and time to market for the launching of new products.


Undergraduate Teaching (Final Year)
Management of Creativity, Design and Innovation.

The module is a blend of theories from the field of social psychology and innovation management. There is a strong connection with the research that Hanna is conducting in the areas of open innovation and business models in various industries.

Postgraduate Teaching
New Business Development (MBA).

The module aims at developing the capabilities of MBA students to transform an idea into a viable new business venture. Drawn from her current research and previous work experience, Hanna coaches students as nascent entrepreneurs to develop a new business venture through innovative teaching and learning practice.

Open Innovation and Business Clusters (Msc)

The module focuses on open innovation and global clusters of innovation.

Module Leader

Management of Creativity, Design and Innovation

New Business Development 
Open Innovation and Business Clusters.