|Location:||Madinah, Saudi Arabia|
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Madinah is one of the most targeted destinations in the world. Growing up in this city made me open to different cultures and people, which made my experience of living abroad interesting – This was because it introduced me to a new host culture while at the same time maintained the diversity I enjoyed in Madinah.
What got you interested in studying in the KIM group?
Knowledge management has become prominent throughout all types of organisations, from international hotel chains to educational establishments. Being involved in this field provides greater career opportunities as well as a valuable set of transferable skills, which are required in many fields.
What have you enjoyed about it?
I enjoyed the entire experience of doing the research, especially involving discussions with friends and colleagues. Each one of us was constantly explaining the purpose and progress of our research to each other.
What have you found most challenging?
The most challenging element was formulating the justification, which was required for every single step of the research. This was particularly relevant in the early stages.
What followed your graduation from Sheffield University?
As I was sponsored by Taibah University, I have returned to Madinah to take up employment with them.
How has your qualification from the Information School helped you in your career?
As the Information School is the best in its field, a qualification from it makes my CV more attractive to employers.
What is your top tip for a future KIM student?
To communicate and share knowledge with other students inside and outside the group.
How would you summarise your experience at the KIM group in one sentence?
Doing a PhD is like using a hotel elevator – It has its ups and downs, but gets you where you need to go. This group occupied the royal suite on the top floor.
Year of graduation
Assistant professor, Taibah University, Saudi Arabia
I worked at Taibah University in Saudi Arabia as a teaching assistant for few years before I started my PhD at the University of Sheffield. During these years, I was teaching information related subjects.
Idrees, I., Vasconcelos, A. & Cox, A.M. (2007). "Knowledge Sharing Barriers in a Multicultural Context: Hotels in Saudi Arabia". Proceedings of the 2nd Annual South-East European Doctoral Student Conference22-23 June 2007, Thessaloniki, Greece, South-East European Research Centre, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Idrees, I., Vasconcelos, A. & Cox, A.M. (2011). "The use of Grounded Theory in PhD research in knowledge management: a model four-stage research design". Aslib Proceedings: New Information Prespectives, 63 (2/3), 188-203.