Dr Nathaniel P Massa

Dr Nathaniel P Massa

Dr Nathaniel P Massa


Senior Lecturer

Room 409
Humanities B (FEMA)
University of Malta
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Dr Nathaniel P Massa

Department of Management
Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy
University of Malta

Community for Internationalisation and Enterprise Research
Adam Smith Business School
University of Glasgow

Nathaniel holds a PhD in International Business and Management from the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow, UK. Prior to that, he read for a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Management and Banking and Finance at the University of Malta, and graduated with an MBA from Henley Business School, UK.

Dr Massa is resident senior faculty at the Department of Management, Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy at the University of Malta. He is Council representative and founding member on the Board of the newly set up Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation at the same university. A researcher associated with the Community for Internationalisation and Enterprise Research (CIER) at the Adam Smith Business School of the University of Glasgow - he also held membership of the Academy of International Business (AIB), USA, and the British Academy of Management (BAM), UK.

An invited reviewer on Elsevier's European Management Journal and Springer's Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Dr Massa's key research interests include international business strategy and international entrepreneurship - particularly in respect of knowledge absorption and exploitation, dynamic capabilities and the leverage of intangible resources towards innovation and sustained competitive advantage. Other interests include opportunity recognition and family business research.

Dr Massa lectures on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at the University of Malta and abroad in the fields of strategy, international business, innovation and entrepreneurship, and organisational behaviour. Spanning academia and industry through consultancy assignments in public and private sectors, he has also been engaged in expert involvement on international EU projects. He is actively involved in executive training programmes for managers and practitioners in industry and business.

He has presented his research and contributed at various international conferences and colloquia, and has been invited to give workshops and lecture on his subject at foreign universities. Dr Massa's research-related and professional international exposure includes Europe, North America and Asia.
  • Strategy, Strategic Management and Dynamic Capability
  • International Entrepreneurship, International Business Strategy and Small Firm Internationalisation
  • Entrepreneurship, Opportunity Recognition and Innovation
  • Knowledge Absorptive Capacity, Organisational Learning and Intellectual Capital
  • Family Business and SME research

GELDRES-WEISS, V.V., GAMBETTA, N., MASSA, N.P. and GELDRES-WEISS, S.L., 2021. Materiality Matrix use in aligning and determining a firm’s Sustainable Business Model archetype and triple bottom line impact on stakeholders. Sustainability, 13(3), pp. 1065.

GELDRES-WEISS, V.V., MASSA, N.P. and MONREAL-PEREZ, J., 2021 work in progress. South American Export Promotion Agencies’ lived challenges and experience
in COVID-19 times, Academy of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Knowledge 2021 work in progress.

GRECH, R. and MASSA, N.P., 2021 in progress. Impact of Evolving Technology and Channel Trends on Traditional Video-Game Retailers in a Small Island Market Context: Enterprising Prospects or Game Over? .

GELDRES-WEISS, V.V., GAMBETTA, N., MASSA, N.P. and GELDRES-WEISS, S.L., 2020. A Sustainable Business Model in Action: Environmental and Social Performance.  A Case Analysis in the Wine Industry, 5th International Conference on New Business Models, 1-2 July 2020 2020, pp. 1-35.

OHAM, C., MASSA, N.P., KOLUNTHUNGAN, G. and KONKKRANICAL, J., 2020 in progress. Exploring the notion of Entrepreneurial Parenting as a Biological and Theological Analogy: A Case Study. Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, .

MASSA, N.P., 2019. Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: Family and Loyalty. In: G. BALDACCHINO, V. CASSAR and J. AZZOPARDI, eds, Malta and its Human Resources: Management and Development Perspectives. Msida: Malta University Press, pp. 216-233.

GUPTA, U., MASSA, N.P. and AZZOPARDI, J., 2016. Culture and Intellectual Capital: Towards a Conceptual Framework. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 24(3), pp. 438-453.

MASSA, N.P., JONES, M., V. and MORGAN-THOMAS, A., 2014. Internationalisation of Traditional Family Businesses: An Absorptive Capacity Approach  (ICSB World Conference on Entrepreneurship), , June 2014 2014, ICSB (International Council for Small Business), pp. 1-24.

GUPTA, U., MASSA, N.P. and AZZOPARDI, J., 2013. Organisational Culture and the Value Prioritisation of a Firm's Intellectual Capital: Towards a Conceptual framework, D. VRONTIS, Y. WEBBER and E. TSOUKATOS, eds. In: Confronting Contemporary Business Challenges through Management Innovation, 23/09/2013 2013, EuroMed Press, pp. 1148-1160.

MASSA, N.P. and AZZOPARDI, J., 2008, Sunday 22 June 2008. Equipping the University for a Knowledge-Based Malta. Sunday Times of Malta.

MASSA, N.P., 2006. Exploring Potential Sampling Frames for Survey-Based Research into Indigenous Maltese SMEs' Competitiveness, Entrepreneurial and Internationalisation Activity. Extended empirical research paper edn. Adam Smith Business School - University of Glasgow: .

  • MGT1011 - Introduction to Business Management
  • MGT1013 - Fundamentals of Management
  • MGT1914 - Introduction to Management
  • MGT2021 - Business Management
  • MGT3208 - Corporate Strategy
  • MGT3213 - International Business Management
  • MGT5207 - Strategic Management and Enterprising
  • MGT5815 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MGT5912 - Strategy and International Business
= Select professional involvement and contributions, international fora and conferences:

- Malta Stock Exchange: Business Ethics specialist sessions for industry professionals and executives. 2018 -

- Panel Judge (by invitation). ICTSA Million Dollar Idea Start-up competition. MIC, Skyparks 2015-2018...

- Global Entrepreneurship Congress (by invitation), Malta delegation. Milan 2015, Johannesburg 2017, Istanbul 2018, Bahrain 2019

- IUT, Universite du Havre (by invitation), specialist tailored lectures & workshops, 'Globalisation & Internationalisation Strategy'. Le Havre, France, 2007-2019.

- TradeMalta (by invitation): Delivery of 'Enterprise Internationalisation' masterclasses. MaltaEnterprise, 2016-2019...

- MCA Conference: ZEST - Digital Business. 06/2016

- Global Innovation Index 2015 (by invitation). Westminster, London, 09/2015. (Cornell / INSEAD / WIPO). In relation with research collaboration with State University of New York.

- EY Exceptional Entrepreneurs: Jeff Lynn, Seedrs CEO & Founder. Malta Chamber of Commerce, 08/2015.

- MCA Conference, DISRUPT STARTUP. Intercontinental Hotel, Malta, 07/2015.

- Young Business Entrepreneurs (YBE) (by invitation). Delivered SCALE-UP6 workshop: 'Business Planning for Startups'. Microsoft Innovation Centre, 03/2015.

- MITA Innovation Hub & IBM conference, 'Enabling Ideas through the Cloud'. SmartCity Malta, 06/2014.

- Isis Innovation (Oxford University) / CEBI seminar, 'Can Lawyers Facilitate Innovation?', Open Innovation, Licencing & Start-ups. Malta, 06/2014.

- EISAM 'Consortium on Doctoral Supervision & the New Global Research Landscape'. Barcelona, Spain, 01/2014.

- EuroMed Research Business Institute - Academy of Business, 'Confronting Contemporary Business Challenges through Management Innovation'. Estoril, Portugal, 09/2013.

- Asia-Pacific CEO summit (by invitation): 2nd International Culture Industry Summit. Lanzhou, China / 3rd Global Economic Leaders Summit. Changchun, China 09/2013.

- UM Department of Management seminar, 'Leveraging Brainpower for Business Success'. In collaboration with Malta Chamber of Commerce & US Embassy. Malta, 10/2012.

- EuroMed Research Business Institute - Academy of Business, 'Building New Business Models for Success through Competitiveness & Responsibility'. Glion-Montreux, Switzerland, 10/2012.

= Other:

- FRONTEX. Academic subject expert. Programme development on postgrad 'European Joint Masters in Strategic Border Management' project. Finland, Romania, Estonia, Malta, 2012-2013

- Organised & managed 1st faculty (FEMA) EU Opinion Multiplier visit & tailored seminars at EU Parliament, EU Commission, Council for the EU and Malta's Permanent Representation in Brussels. Led meetings with EU Commissioner, MEPs and HE Ambassador. Brussels, Belgium, 10/2012.