Dr Rakesh
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Faculty Dean

Qualifications :

  • BSc., Kumaun University, India
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA), Jaipuria Institute of Management, India
  • MA, Kumaun University, India
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication(PGJMC), Indira Gandhi National Open University, India
  • Ph.D, Kumaun University, India

Teaching Interest:

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Marketing Management
  • Consumer Behavior
  • E-Business
  • Strategic Management
  • Management Science and Business Statistics.

Research Interest:

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Psychometric Perception Analysis
  • E-Business, Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing in the Developing World
  • Public Transport
  • Public policy and Business related local issues.

Dr Rakesh is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business of Sohar University for the past eight years. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Rakesh possesses a mix of academic, professional, and administrative experience in teaching and business. He has a rich experience of tertiary-level teaching at different institutions in India and abroad. Further to teaching, he has imparted training programs to government, public, and private sector officials in India and Ethiopia. HE was a visiting Professor to the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee India. In Ethiopia, he contributed to the MBA program of Addis Ababa University and received the ‘Excellent Professor for the year - 2007’ award. Dr. Rakesh has a strong track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and has participated in several international conferences. He is also contributing to the academic panels of universities as well as the editorial committees of academic journals. He is the editor of the Journal of Innovative Education Strategies (ISSN: 1555-5429). As Principal Investigator, Dr Rakesh has won two prestigious research grants of The Research Council of Oman. He is a member of the 'Academic Network' of UITP. His research on Public transport in Oman has won UITP-MENA’s award for ‘Knowledge and Research’. He is the founder of Youth for Public Transport group (Y4PT) in Oman. Dr. Rakesh was the founder coordinator of the Sohar University’s MBA program. He was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s award (2013) for Research & Industrial Collaboration in Sohar University.

Recent Publication:

  • Al Jabri, O., Collins, R., Sun, X., Bose, S., and Belwal, R. 2015. Measuring Relationship Marketing Effect on Small-Scale Fishermen Income in the Batinah Coast, Sultanate of Oman. Marine Fisheries Review, Accepted for publication. [ERA Rank B]
  • Belwal, R., Belwal S., Al-Jabri, O. 2015. The fisheries of Oman: a situation analysis. Journal of Marine Policy, 237-248. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.07.017. [Scopus Indexed].
  • Belwal, R., Al Bloushi, H., Belwal, S. (2015). Students’ Perception of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Education in Oman, Education + Training, 57(8/9), 924-947.  [ERA A*] [Scopus Indexed].
  • Belwal, R., Belwal S., Al-Quraini, A. 2015. Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) and Road Safety in Oman: An Analysis of People’s Perception towards the causes. Advances in Transportation Studies, 37 (Section B), 105-118. [Scopus Indexed].
  • Belwal, R., Belwal S., Al-Jabri, O. 2015. Training Needs Assessment of Fishermen on Oman’s Batinah Coast: Using Exploratory Factor Analysis. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 1-22. doi:10.1080/13636820.2015.1022581. [Scopus Indexed].
  • Belwal R., Belwal, S. 2014. Hypermarkets in Oman: a Study of Consumers’ Shopping Preferences.” International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 42(8):717-732.
  • Belwal, R., Belwal S., Al-Jabri, O. 2014. Training Needs Assessment of Fishermen in Oman through Concept Mapping Technique. European Journal of Training and Development, 38(7):673-688. [ABS Rank 1, Scopus Indexed].
  • Belwal S., Belwal, R. 2014. Work-Life Balance, Family-Friendly Policies, and Quality of Work life Issues: Studying Employers’ perspective of Working Women in Oman. Journal of International Women's Studies, 15(1):96-117. [ERA Rank A].
  • Belwal S., Belwal, R. & Al-Saidi, F. 2014. Characteristics, Motivators, and Challenges of Women entrepreneurs in Oman’s Al-Dhahira Region. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (JMEWS), 10(2):135-151. (Spring 2014). [ERA Rank C].