Staff Profile

  • Dr Maged Zakher is a Deputy Head of Strategy and International Business and Senior Lecturer in Cross-cultural Management at the University of Northampton. He is Programme Leader for BA International Business Management. He received a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication in 2013 from the University of Bedfordshire and a PhD in Social Sciences Research Methodology in 2018 with a thesis titled ‘The Use of Sacred Texts as Tools to Enhance Social Research Interviews’. He also holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Northampton. He has taught intercultural competence and communication in business, and he also wrote on ‘Post-Revolution Egyptians’ Perception of Selected Human Rights’ as part of his studies in International Relations. Maged is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE) and a member of the Institute of Leadership (MIoL).

    Maged’s research interests include creative research methods, qualitative interviewing, cross-cultural research as well as research on teaching and learning in higher education. He is involved in supervising PhD, DBA and MA students and teaches both undergraduate- and postgraduate students.

  • Maged has taught:

    • Intercultural Management
    • Business in Society
    • Negotiating Across Cultures
    • Intercultural Competence in Business
    • Communication in Business
    • Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
    • Research Methods
    • and Developing Cross-cultural Capabilities
  • Maged’s research interests include:

    • Creative Research Methods
    • Qualitative Interviewing
    • Cross-cultural Research
    • And research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

    Maged is involved in supervising PhD, DBA and MA students and teaches both undergraduate- and postgraduate students.

    Dr Zakher supervises a range of topics at MA and PhD/DBA levels and here are his two, most recent completions:

    • “The experience of work and workplace disclosure for women living with the effects of intimate partner abuse” by Sinead McNeill
    • “Exploring the Impact of Perceptions of the Emiratisation Initiative on the Engagement of Employees of UAE Nationality: A Case Study of an Oil and Gas Company in the UAE” by Mubarak Al-Harthi
  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Maged Zakher’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.

  • Conference Presentations and Publications

    • Zakher, M. and Wassif, H. (2021) ‘The Use of Objects to Enhance Online Social Research Interviews’ in Kara, H. and Khoo, S. (eds.) Qualitative and Digital Research in Times of Crisis: Methods, Reflexivity and Ethics, University of Bristol: Policy Press.
    • Wassif, H.S. and Zakher, M. (2021) ‘Logging on, checking in…expressing digital care and learning routine as part of online teaching’ in Payton, J. and Clughen, L. (eds) Creative Ed-Ventures in Online Teaching & Learning (Online), April. Available at:
    • Howe, B., Richmond, H. and Zakher, M. (2020) ‘The Perception of using Objects of Personal Value in Personal Tutorials.’ Learning and Teaching Conference (Online), University of Northampton, June.
    • Wassif, H. and Zakher, M. (2019) ‘Teaching and Learning Inside the Culture Shoe Box’ in James, A. and Nerantzi, C. (eds.) The Power of Play in HE: Creativity in Tertiary Learning, London: Palgrave.
    • Zakher, M. (2018) ‘Transcultural Texts for Cross-Cultural Studies: Sacred texts in research interviews’. Communication Across Cultures: Challenges and Prospects in the Global Context, Chania, Crete, Greece, September.
    • Zakher, M. (2018) ‘Religious Affiliation and the Use of Sacred Texts in Social Research Interviews’. Unspoken, Unseen, Unheard Of – Unexplored Realities in Qualitative Research, St. Gallen, Switzerland, September.
    • Zakher, M. (2018) ‘Ancient Texts, a New Approach – Sacred Texts and Qualitative Interviews’. The Qualitative Co-Conference, University of Derby, UK, July.
    • Zakher, M. (2018) ‘The Use of Sacred Texts as Tools to Enhance Comparative Interview Research’. Using Creative and Visual Methods in Comparative Research, Surrey, UK, June.
    • Wassif, H. and Zakher, M. (2015) ‘How to ditch technology and think inside the box – the Culture Shoe Box’. Higher Education Academy Conference, Inspire, December.
    • Zakher, M., Zegarac, V. and Ivanova, M. (2015) The Use of Sacred Texts in Understanding Selected Cultural Aspects of the Egyptian and British Cultures – a pilot study, SIETAR Austria/IACCM Conference Proceedings – October. Available at: (Accessed 29 April 2018)
    • Zakher, M. (2015) ‘Relevance Theory and Making a Case for the Use of Sacred Texts in Cultural Research’. Relevance Round Table Meeting, Krakow, Poland, September.


    • Zakher, M. (2023) The Nature and Extent to which Supervisors Draw upon their Past Experience as Students in Supervising PhD Researchers – a Case Study, University of Northampton, Unpublished MEd Dissertation, pp 1-69
    • Zakher, M. (2018) The Use of Sacred Texts as Tools to Enhance Social Research Interviews, University of Bedfordshire, Unpublished PhD Dissertation, pp 1-263
    • Zakher, M. (2013a) A Comparative Study of the Cultures of Egypt and the UK Using Selected Biblical Verses, University of Bedfordshire, Unpublished MA Dissertation, pp 1- 114
    • Zakher, M. (2013b) Post-Revolution Egyptians’ Perception of Selected Human Rights, University of Bedfordshire, Unpublished PgCert Dissertation, pp 1-124