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Hatem Bugshan

Thesis topic

Role of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in Promoting Open Innovation: Evidence from Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Sector in Saudi Arabia


The thesis aims to study how the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) interact with various governance structures under which the intellectual property (IP) is traded and how this set up affects the diffusion of technology in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Saudi Arabia. The main hypothesis of the study is that due to the restrictive nature of IPRs they impede the diffusion of technology but open innovation would facilitate the diffusion of technology due to its interactive and collectivistic approach. The study uses a two tiered study design. In the first stage data is collected through survey research and in the second stage the data is collected through case study. Data collected will be then analysed to identify the main governance structures under which firms exchange IPRs and the benefits of and obstacles in exchanging IPRs. The results will then be used to develop action points for policy makers to enhance the effectiveness of the IPRs system to promote diffusion of technology.

Research interests

  • Technology and innovation policy
  • Open innovation practices in ICT firms
  • Strategic aspects of IPRs



  • 2010- Current time: Birkbeck, University of London. United Kingdom. School of Business, Economics and Informatics. PhD. Thesis title:  “Role of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in Promoting Open Innovation: Case of ICT sector in Saudi Arabia.
  • 2007-2008: Queen Mary, University of London. United Kingdom. Department of Electrical Engineering. MSc. (Merit): Telecommunication in the Business Environment.
  • 2001- 2006: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran. Saudi Arabia. Department of Electrical Engineering. BSc. Electrical Engineering. (Honours)


  • Bugshan, H.B. and Sohail, M.S. (2010) ‘WiMAX system in Saudi Arabia: deployment issues and development of marketing strategy’, Int. J. Business and Systems Research, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp.169-185.
  • Mahmood Hajli, Hatem Bugshan, Xiaolin Lin, Mauricio Featherman, (2013) "From e-learning to social learning – a health care study", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 37 Iss: 9, pp.851 – 863
  • Hatem Bugshan, M. Nick Hajli, Xiaolin Lin, Mauricio Featherman, Ivan Cohen, (2014) "Social Media for Developing Health Services", Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, Vol. 17 Iss: 3
  • Hatem Bugshan. (2014) “Co-innovation: the role of online communities”. Journal of Strategic Marketing1-12. Online publication date: 23-May-2014

To be published

  • Bugshan, H, “Open Innovation Using Web 2.0 Technologies”, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol: 27, iss5
  • Bugshan, H, “Copyright in the Digital Era; Issues Surrounding Web 2.0 Technologies”, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, accepted for publication


Hatem Bugshan

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