Nellie El Enany is an assistant professor of organization studies in the School of Business at The American University in Cairo. Prior to joining the School of Business in 2015, she was a research fellow in entrepreneurship and an assistant professor in organization studies at Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom. During the fellowship, she conducted an in-depth study, observing and interviewing healthcare professionals, chief executives, managers and practitioners across a range of national health trusts in England. She focused on examining the translation of evidence-based innovation into clinical practice and how the institutional context impacts this. This resulted in the development of a process-based model of institutional entrepreneurship that encompassed the different types of work undertaken.
El Enany was awarded her Bachelors of Arts in management and marketing with honors from the University of Derby, in 2007. She also received her master's of innovative manufacturing, specializing in knowledge management for innovation from Cranfield University, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in 2008. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Nottingham, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, in 2013. Her doctoral thesis explored the way in which patients, as their role as consumers, were involved in the development and improvement of mental health services and the ways in which they were able to work alongside chief executives, managers and health professionals in doing so. As part of this work, she examined notions of power and representativeness, knowledge and the identity patients as legitimate consumers of health services.
As part of her passion for teaching, she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice and is a Certified Fellow of the Higher Education Academic (FHEA). Additionally, she has completed a range of courses, including community-based learning and teaching enhancement at the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) at The American University in Cairo. With a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research supervision experience at universities in the UK (including Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Warwick), creativity, free-thinking and experiential learning are central to her teaching and learning style. El Enany has taught a range of courses, including organizational behavior, managing organizations, critical issues in management, corporate social responsibility and business ethics. She currently teaches entrepreneurship, human resources and international business at The American University in Cairo.
She takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching where she integrates subjects from other disciplines into her courses, including politics, psychology and sociology, and connects world research and current events, as well as her own research with teaching and learning. Giving students the space to think independently and critically, explore different meanings and interpretations through debates and role play through case studies and research projects, is central to her teaching philosophy. She believes students should be at the forefront of their learning and promotes this by encouraging their personal growth and development. She is a strong proponent of experiencing and acquiring knowledge rather than simply listening to it, and encourages students to make real-life connections by connecting with courses and students in other countries. Hands-on learning that brings the business world into the classroom through speakers and class trips are central to her teaching approach.
An interdisciplinary, qualitative researcher, with a focus on ethnography, her research interests focus on how individuals interact in different social spheres and how they deal with instability, stigma and legitimacy. Her research on identity loss, reconstruction and identity work examines how individuals attempt to reconstruct their identities, engage in discourse to build legitimate identities and deal with stigmatized and marginalized identities. It's through her roles as a researcher, a mentor in the AUC incubation and acceleration Venture Lab for entrepreneurs, and as a faculty adviser to the Entrepreneur’s Student Society, as well as through her work with the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Egypt, that she observes and shadows entrepreneurs, exploring how they are able to construct a socially legitimate identity and deal with uncertainty and change. Her interest in stigma and marginalized communities is currently being explored in rural Cairo as part of a funded research project, where entrepreneurial skills of the poor are being explored. This, in addition to her work with refugees and how entrepreneurship facilities their integration into society and helps to deal with social stigma and professional identity.
El Enany has a keen interest in mental health and professional well-being. She is interested in how this impacts social and professional identity in the workplace, and the role of organizations in promoting a professional culture to encourage mental well-being. As part of this, she is pursing further studies in psychology to further link management research to both psychology and her interest in interdisciplinary teaching and research.