Seng Kiat Kok

SBM Seng Kok
School: The Business School
Department: Office of The Business School
Position: Deputy Dean, Learning & Teaching 
Location: RMIT Saigon South

Seng has previously taught on and managed academic programs in the UK, Malaysia and Sri Lanka and has worked with a number of professional bodies  during his career. He is research active in the fields of management science, higher education management, entrepreneurship and tourism.


Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, Research Methods, Project Management, PhD and DBA supervision.

management science (public and private sector) higher education management, entrepreneurship and tourism

  • Duarte Alonso, A., Kok, S. & O’Brien (2020) Understanding the Impact of Family Firms Through Social Capital Theory: A South American Perspective. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, pp1-13 (in print)
  • Duarte Alonso, A., Kok, S., & O'Brien, S. (2019). Uncertainty and adaptation in the context of Brexit: An entrepreneurial action and dynamic capabilities approach. European Business Review. Vol. 31 No. 6, pp. 885-909
  • Duarte Alonso, A., Kok, S. K., & O'Brien, S. (2019). “Profit is not a dirty word”: Social entrepreneurship and community development”. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. doi:10.1080/19420676.2019.1579753
  • Duarte Alonso, A., Kok, S., & O'Shea, M. (2019). The family business, adversity and change: A dynamic capabilities and knowledge-based approach. Journal of General Management, 44(2), 96-109. doi:10.1177/0306307018810585
  • Duarte Alonso, A., & Kok, S. (2018) Adapting through learning and knowledge acquisition: The cases of four global family firms. Journal of Family Business Management. Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 274-292.  Commended in 2019 Emerald Literati Awards.
  • Duarte Alonso, A., & Kok, S. (2018). Entrepreneurial action in the context of firms and managers operating internationally: an empirical study. Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development.
  • Duarte Alonso, A., Kok, S., & O'Brien, S. (2018). Understanding approaches to innovation through the dynamic capabilities lens: A multi-country study of the wine industry. International Journal of Innovation Management. doi:10.1142/S1363919619500543
  • Duarte Alonso, A., Kok, S., Sakellarios, N., & O'Brien, S. (2018). Micro enterprises, self-efficacy and knowledge acquisition: evidence from Greece and Spain. Journal of Knowledge Management. doi:10.1108/JKM-02-2018-0118 
  • Duarte Alonso, A., Kok, S., & O Shea, M. (2018). Family Businesses and Adaptation: A Dynamic Capabilities Approach. Journal of Family and Economic Issues. doi:10.1007/s10834-018-9586-3 
  • Duarte Alonso, A., & Kok, S. (2018). Dynamic capabilities in the context of Brexit and international wine business: An exploratory two-country study. Thunderbird International Business Review. doi:10.1002/tie.22011 
  • Duarte Alonso, A., Kok, S., & O Brien, S. (2018). ‘We are only scratching the surface’ – a resource-based and dynamic capabilities approach in the context of culinary tourism development. Tourism Recreation Research,         1-16. doi:10.1080/02508281.2018.1473196 
  • Alonso, A. D., & Kok, S. K. (2018). A resource-based view and dynamic capabilities approach in the context of a region’s international attractiveness: The recent case of Western Australia. Local Economy. doi:10.1177/0269094218765167 
  • Alonso, A. D., Kok, S., & O'Brien, S. (2017). Sustainable culinary tourism and Cevicherías: a stakeholder and social practice approach. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 1-20. doi:10.1080/09669582.2017.1414224 
  • Kok, S. K., & McDonald, C. (2015). Underpinning excellence in higher education – an investigation into the leadership, governance and management behaviours of high- performing academic departments. Studies in Higher Education. doi:10.1080/03075079.2015.1036849 

  • Project Researcher - HEFCE Underpinning Excellence Project LGM-179 20102012£279,000
  • Principal Investigator - Advanced HE, formerly HEA. Teaching Excellence Project - Jan 2014 April 2014 - £450
  • Principal Investigator - Brook Advisory Service and Comic ReliefStakeholder impact. A review of the successfulness of interventions in different wards - October 2015  March 2016 - £3,210

Completed supervisions

  • PhD 2019 Wael Al Karaki An Assessment of the Critical Success Factors in Respect of TQM Implementation and its Effects on Performance: The case of the Jordanian Service Sector
  • PhD2018 King Thian MahFeed-in Tariff for renewable energy from palm oil wastes: What Malaysia should do and not do?
  • PhD2018 Salimatu Kah An investigation into performance measurement in social enterprises in the UK
  • PhD 2017 Fuangfa Panya Coaching practices within three Small Medium
  • Enterprises inThailand
  • DBA 2017 Farrah Anne Robert Assessment of Student Attitudes to Higher Education Service Measures – The Development of a Framework for Private Higher Education Institutions (PHEIs) in Malaysia 
  • PhD 2017 Brian Gibbs An Insider research into the changing role of the management accountant during organisational change 
  • PhD 2015 Farag Edghiem The Nature and Impact of Service Employees’  Innovative Behaviour; a personal-interactive services perspective. 

Currently supervising 2 candidates 

  • Commended Publication in 2019 Emerald Literati Awards. Amazing Teacher Undergraduate Award 2016
  • Amazing Course Team 2016
  • Amazing Personal Tutor Award 2016
  • Finalist Amazing Personal Tutor 2014
  • Winner of Amazing Course Team 2012

10+ year in academia, consultancy, business development, training and coaching

  • Programme Leader BA Business Management, LJMU 2017-2020
  • Senior Lecturer. LJMU 2012-2017
  • Lead Project Investigator, Durham University  2010-2012