Headshot of Rida Elias.

Rida Elias, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
 Management & Marketing
Email: relias@csudh.edu
Phone: (310) 243-2896

Contact Preference: Any

Areas of Expertise

CEO Succession, CEO Power, Corporate Governance, Business and Corporate Level Strategy, Competition, Knowledge Transfer, Behavior Inside Organizations

Professional Background

Rida Elias joined CSUDH in August 2023 as an assistant professor of management and strategy. Her current research focuses on corporate governance, CEO succession, CEO identity construction, leadership, sensemaking, change management, CEO power acquisition, and learning. The overarching goal of her work is to help advance theories related to leadership, power, and strategy as well as help organizations and their boards improve their practices based on findings from her research. She published her research in journals such as the Leadership Quarterly, The Journal of International Business Studies, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Management Research Review, and Journal of Strategy and Management.

Dr. Elias is currently a member at large at the executive committee of the MC division of the Academy of Management. She has been involved with the MC Division executive committee since 2018 in multiple projects. In 2023, she chaired the doctoral consortium of the division.

Before joining the Ph.D. program at Ivey, Dr. Elias worked for more than 12 years as a management consultant in the Middle East area. She developed and delivered more than 100 training modules on strategy, corporate governance, leadership development, motivation, communication skills, problem solving skills, change management, and team working strategies; performance appraisal; customer care; sales and marketing; and many others for major organizations in the area.


English, French, Arabic


Ph.D., Management/Strategy, Ivey Business School at Western University, Canada

M.B.A., American University of Beirut, Lebanon

B.A., Business Administration (Accounting/Finance), University of Balamand, Lebanon

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