Prof. Frank Bezzina

Prof. Frank Bezzina

Prof. Frank Bezzina


Associate Professor

Room 310
Administration Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3617
Prof. Frank Bezzina is the newly appointed Pro-Rector for International Development and Quality Assurance at the University of Malta, after serving as Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy (FEMA) between 2016 and 2021. He teaches Management Science & Decision Analysis, Operations Research, Applied Business Statistics and Business Research Methods on FEMA's undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.

Frank's research focuses on investigating phenomena in the Organisational Sciences. He has published papers on risk management, corporate governance, HRM, environmental management and statistical/methodological misconceptions. In 2012, his research paper entitled "Investigating the determinants of recycling behaviour in Malta" (co-authored with Stephen Dimech) published in 'Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal' (Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 463-485) was awarded the Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Paper Award for Excellence. He co-edited various volumes which include Emerald's 'Contemporary Studies in Economic and Financial Analysis' book series (Volumes 97 & 98) and more recently in Springer's 'Public Administration, Governance and Globalization' series (Vol. 22). Apart from this, he regularly reviews papers for a number of international peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Prof. Bezzina holds visiting professor positions at the University of Zagreb (Croatia), the Wroclaw University of Economics (Poland), LM Thapar School of Management (India) and Haxhi Zeka University (Kosovo). He is also a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (UK), a member of the steering committee of the Research Methodology Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management and an Honorary Board Member of the European Marketing and Management Association (EUMMAS).

Beyond his academic role, Frank has been engaged in various consultancy assignments and projects for private and public organisations. Most notably, he was appointed non-executive Director of the Central Bank of Malta (2018-2023) and non-executive Chairperson of WasteServ Malta Ltd (starting February 2020).
  • Management Science
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Decision Analysis
  • Business Research Methods
  • Evidence-based management
  • Environmental Management

BEKIROS, S., LOUKERIS, N., MATSATSINIS, N. and BEZZINA, F., 2019. Customer Satisfaction Prediction in the Shipping Industry with Hybrid Meta-heuristic Approaches. Computational Economics, 54, pp. 647-667.

BALDACCHINO, P.J., CARUANA, R., GRIMA, S. and BEZZINA, F.H., 2017. Selected Behavioural Factors in Client-Initiated Auditor Changes: The Client-Auditor Perspectives. European Research Studies Journal, 20(2), pp. 16-47.

BEZZINA, F., CASSAR, V., TRACZ-KRUPA, K., PRZYTULA, S. and TIPURIC, D., 2017. Evidence-based human resource management practices in three EU developing member states: Can managers tell truth from fallacy? European Management Journal, 35, pp. 688-700.

CASSAR, V. and BEZZINA, F., 2017. Evidence-based HRM through analytics: Reducing the propensity f HRM to become a Cinderella. Management Sciences, 33(1), pp. 4-11.

CASSAR, V., BEZZINA, F. and BUTTIGIEG, S.C., 2017. The relationship between transformational leadership and work attitudes: Comparing mediating influences of social identity and the psychological contract. Leadership and Organisational Development Journal, 38(5), pp. 646-661.

FSADNI, P., BEZZINA, F., FSADNI, C. and MONTEFORT, S., 2017. The impact of microbiologocal pollutants on school indoor air quality. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 5, pp. 54-65.

BEZZINA, F.H. and SCICLUNA LAIVIERA, I., 2016. Exploring rainwater harvesting opportunities in Malta. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, 27(4), pp. 390-406.

BUTTIGIEG, S.C., BEZZINA, F. and SCHUETZ, M., 2016. Value chains of public and private health care services in a small EU Island State: A SWOT analysis. Frontiers in Public Health (section: Health Economics), 4(201), pp. 1-13.

GRIMA, S. and BEZZINA, F., eds, 2016. Contemporary Issues in Bank Financial Management  (Contemporary Studies in Economic and Financial Analysis, Vol. 97). Bingley, UK: Emerald.

GRIMA, S., BEZZINA, F., ROMANOVA, I. and RUPEIKA-APOGA, R., eds, 2016. Contemporary Issues in Finance: Current Challenges from across Europe (Contemporary Studies in Economic and Financial Analysis, Vol. 98). Bingley, UK: Emerald.

MCMILLAN, G.S., ST-LOUISLALONE, B., BEZZINA, F. and CASEY, D.C., 2016. Strength in Small: The University of Malta’s Scientific Output since Accession. International Journal of Innovation Science, 8(3), pp. 269-287.

BEZZINA, F., CASSAR, V., AZZOPARDI, J.G. and MCKIERNAN, P., 2015. The matching of motivations to affordances among Maltese elected local government volunteers. Journal of Global Responsibility, 6(2), pp. 178-194.

MCMILLAN, G.S., BEZZINA, F. and CASEY, D., 2015. Smart Specialisation in Malta: A Bibliometric Look at Aquaculture. International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 11(1), pp. 51-61.

MCMILLAN, G.S., BEZZINA, F. and CASEY, D.L., 2015. Malta's science base and accession into the European Union: before and after. International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 6(4), pp. 343-355.

SAMMUT, G., BEZZINA, F. and SARTAWI, M., 2015. The spiral of conflict: Naive realism and the black sheep effect in attributions of knowledge and ignorance. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 21(2), pp. 289-294.

SAUNDERS, M. and BEZZINA, F., 2015. Reflections on conceptions of research methodology among management academics. European Management Journal, 33(5), pp. 297-304.

AZZOPARDI, R.M. and BEZZINA, F., 2014. Understanding Female Inactivity in Malta: An Empirical Study With Homemakers. Sage Open, 4(4), pp. 1-12.

BEZZINA, F., GRIMA, S. and MAMO, J., 2014. Risk management practices adopted by financial firms in Malta. Managerial Finance, 40(6), pp. 587-612.

BEZZINA, F. and SAUNDERS, M., 2014. The Pervasiveness and Implications of Statistical Misconceptions Among Academics with a Special Interest in Business Research Methods. Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, 12(2), pp. 29-41.

BEZZINA, F.H., BALDACCHINO, P.J. and AZZOPARDI, J.R., 2014. The Corporate Governance Relationship between the Board and Management in Maltese Listed companies. In: D. TIPURIC, I. VRDOLJAK RAGUZ and N. PODRUG, eds, Rethinking Corporate Governance. Harrow, UK: Pearson, pp. 1-15.

OZEN, E., OZDEMIR, L., GRIMA, S. and BEZZINA, F., 2014. Investigating Causality Effects in Return Volatility among Five Major Futures Markets  in European Countries with a Mediterranean Connection. Journal of Financial Management, Markets and Institutions, 2(2), pp. 207-220.

BEZZINA, F., GRIMA, S. and FALZON, J., 2013. Accounting for the level of success of firms in achieving their objectives for using derivatives. In: J. FALZON, ed, Bank Stability, Sovereign Debt and Derivatives: Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Finance Institutions (Series Editor: P. Molyneux). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 183-202.

BEZZINA, F., AZZOPARDI, R.M. and VELLA, G., 2013. Understanding and Assessing the Work Motivations of Employed Women: Insights Into Increasing Female Participation Rates in the Maltese Labor Market. Sage Open, 3(3), pp. 1-14.

CORTIS, D., HALES, S. and BEZZINA, F., 2013. Profiting on Inefficiencies in Betting Derivatives Markets: the Case of UEFA 2012. Journal of Gambling Business and Economics, 7(1), pp. 41-53.

SHOPOVSKI, J., BEZZINA, F. and ZAMMIT, M.M., March 2013. The Disqualification of Company Directors and its effect on Entrepreneurship. European Scientific Journal, 9(7), pp. 14-31.

BEZZINA, F.H. and GRIMA, S., 2012. Exploring Factors affecting the proper use of derivatives: An empirical study with active users and controllers of derivatives Managerial Finance, 38(4), pp. 414-435.

BEZZINA, F.H., FALZON, J. and ZAMMIT, M., M., 2012. Manufacturing in Malta: Opportunities, Challenges and Policy Implications. In: D. TIPURIC and M. DABIC, eds, Management, Governance, and Entrepreneurship: New Perspectives and Challenges. Darwen, U.K.: Access Press, pp. 588-605.

BEZZINA, F. and SAMMUT, D., 2012. The Online Poker Consumer: Investigating Personality Traits, Motives, and Demographic Characteristics. International Journal of Customer Relationship Marketing and Management, 3(3), pp. 55-73.

GAUCI, P. and BEZZINA, F., 2012. Sustainable Energy Behaviour in Malta: An Empirical Study, Sustainable Energy 2012: The ISE Annual Conference Proceedings, 21st February, 2012 2012, Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Malta.

BEZZINA, F.H. and DIMECH, S., 2011. Investigating the determinants of recycling behaviour in Malta. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, 22(4), pp. 463-485.

BEZZINA, F.H. and JANN, N., 2011. Forecasting Behaviour in the Maltese Courier Service Industry: Examining Differences between Large and Small firms. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 4(6), pp. 1-24.

BEZZINA, F. and BUHAGIAR, A., 2011. STV 4+: A Proportional System for Malta’s Electoral Process. Voting Matters, 28, pp. 1-14.

BEZZINA, F., 2010. Characteristics of the Maltese Entrepreneur. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 3(7), pp. 292-312.

BEZZINA, F.H., 2010. Investigating gender differences in mathematics performance and in self-regulated learning: An empirical study from Malta. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 29(7), pp. 669-693.

BEZZINA, F., 2004. Pupils’ Understanding of Probability & Statistics (14-15+): Difficulties And Insights For Instruction. Journal of Maltese Education Research, 2(1), pp. 53-67.

  • EMA1300 - Introductory Mathematics for Business
  • HSM5109 - Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources Management and Operations Management
  • MGT1924 - Quantitative Techniques
  • MGT2031 - Operations Research
  • MGT5204 - Management Science and Decision Analysis