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Professor Spotlight: Mahmoud Elhussini

Dr. Elhussini

Dr. Elhussini is an assistant professor of practice in management at Moravian. He first obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology at Rutgers University, where he later earned an MBA in global management.  Elhussini also received a MS in information management and a DBA in international business and strategy from Stevens Institute of Technology. 

What inspired you to go into your field of study?

I enjoy educating, helping people find their right path in life as far as careers. I like to see those aha moments that they get when I say something they can relate to. And just sharing my mistakes, my expertise, my knowledge with people [and] with anyone that can find it useful or that it can help. 

What research are you currently working on?

I’m writing a booklet on how to delegate and how to motivate, for managers.

What do you think is the most recent important development in your field of study?

I would say A.I. [artificial intelligence]. It’s going to change how companies operate, how we educate, how students learn. 

What job would you have if you couldn’t be a professor, regardless of salary and job outcome? Why? 

I think it would be a musician. I would love to learn music and be a musician, just because I enjoy it and I feel like it’s a common language that appeals to everybody.

What do you know now that you wished you knew when you were in college?

I wish I knew the value and the power of networking. And internships – the importance of internships. Even if it’s free, to get a job in a relevant field or a related field to what you want to do. I didn’t know that back then, but I think that would’ve made a big difference for me. 

What is your biggest student pet peeve?

When the students don’t ask questions or when they don’t try to make use of their time in the classroom, to try to really learn and make use of the fact that they have somebody that’s willing to help them. That they take advantage of it to make the best use out of it. Being disconnected in the classroom.

What was the last streaming show that you binge-watched or the last good book that you read? 

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.

What is something interesting about you that most people don’t know? 

That I played the piano when I was young. I did that for about 10 years, up until college time, before I got too busy with work and studying.

What should students expect from your classes? What is the secret to succeeding in your classes?

What students can expect is learning about case studies and examples that will relate to the material that we’re covering. And the secret to succeeding is kind of like what I said for the pet peeve – ask questions. Take advantage of the opportunity that we’re in to make the best use out of it. 

What is the impact you hope to see the generation of the students you teach have on your field of study?

That they start from where we left off. For example, all these new technologies that are coming out: they take what we know now and use that as a catalyst to take it to the next level, to make things more efficient and effective. 

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