Prof. Frank Bezzina

Prof. Frank Bezzina
Universiteti i Maltës
Profesor vizitor në Universitetin “Haxhi Zeka” në Pejë

Prof. Frank Bezzina is Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy (FEMA) and Head of the Department of Management at the University of Malta. He teaches in Applied Business Statistics, Management Science, Decision & Risk Analysis, and Research Methodology on the Faculty’s undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes.

Frank’s research focuses on investigating phenomena in the Organisational Sciences. He has published papers on risk management, corporate governance, transformational leadership and statistical/methodological misconceptions. In 2012, one of his research papers was awarded the Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Paper Award for Excellence. He recently co-edited two volumes in the Emerald’s ‘Contemporary Studies in Economic and Financial Analysis’ book series. Apart from this, he regularly reviews papers for a number of international academic journals and conferences.

Prof. Bezzina holds a visiting teaching fellow position at the Department of Organisation and Management, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Zagreb (Croatia). He is also a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (UK), and a member of the steering committee of the Research Methodology Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management.

Beyond his academic role, Frank has been engaged in various consultancy assignments and projects for private and public organisations. He was appointed Director of the Central Bank of Malta for a period of five years with effect from 1 January 2018.

  • Statistical and research methodology misconceptions
  • Management Science
  • Risk Management
  • Work motivation and employee performance
  • Evidence-based management

Baldacchino, P.J., Caruana, R., Grima, S. & Bezzina, F.H. 2017, “Selected Behavioural Factors in Client-Initiated Auditor Changes: The Client-Auditor Perspectives”, European Research Studies Journal, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 16-47.

Bezzina, F., Cassar, V., Tracz-Krupa, K., Przytula, S. & Tipuric, D. 2017, “Evidence-based human resource management practices in three EU developing member states: Can managers tell truth from fallacy?”, European Management Journal, vol. 35, pp. 688-700.

Cassar, V., Bezzina, F. & Buttigieg, S.C. 2017, “The relationship between transformational leadership and work attitudes: Comparing mediating influences of social identity and the psychological contract”, Leadership and Organisational Development Journal, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 646-661.

Bezzina, F.H. & Scicluna Laiviera, I. 2016, “Exploring rainwater harvesting opportunities in Malta”, Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 390-406.

Buttigieg, S.C., Bezzina, F. & Schuetz, M. 2016, “Value chains of public and private health care services in a small EU Island State: A SWOT analysis”, Frontiers in Public Health (section: Health Economics), vol. 4, no. 201, pp. 1-13.

Grima, S. & Bezzina, F. (eds) 2016, Contemporary Issues in Bank Financial Management (Contemporary Studies in Economic and Financial Analysis, Vol. 97), Emerald, Bingley, UK.

Baddacchino, P.J., Baldacchino, J., Bezzina, F. & Tipuric, D. 2015, “Assessing the applicability of a corporate governance index in Maltese listed entities”, International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems, vol. 4, no. 1-2, pp. 43-64.

Bezzina, F., Cassar, V., Azzopardi, J.G. & Mckiernan, P. 2015, “The matching of motivations to affordances among Maltese elected local government volunteers”, Journal of Global Responsibility, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 178-194.

Fsadni, P., Bezzina, F., Fsadni, C., Aquilina, N. & Montfort, S. 2015, “The Impact of School Environmnent on Children’s Respiratory Health”, Integrative Medicine International, vol. 2, pp. 129-138.

McMillan, G.S., Bezzina, F. & Casey, D. 2015, “Smart Specialisation in Malta: A Bibliometric Look at Aquaculture”, International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 51-61.

Mcmillan, G.S., Bezzina, F. & Casey, D.L. 2015, “Malta’s science base and accession into the European Union: before and after”, International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 343-355.

Sammut, G., Bezzina, F. & Sartawi, M. 2015, “The spiral of conflict: Naive realism and the black sheep effect in attributions of knowledge and ignorance”, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 289-294.

Saunders, M. & Bezzina, F. 2015, “Reflections on conceptions of research methodology among management academics”, European Management Journal, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 297-304.

Azzopardi, R.M. & Bezzina, F. 2014, “Understanding Female Inactivity in Malta: An Empirical Study With Homemakers”, Sage Open, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 1-12.

Bezzina, F., Grima, S. & Mamo, J. 2014, “Risk management practices adopted by financial firms in Malta”, Managerial Finance, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 587-612.

Bezzina, F. & Saunders, M. 2014, “The Pervasiveness and Implications of Statistical Misconceptions Among Academics with a Special Interest in Business Research Methods”, Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 29-41.

Bezzina, F.H., Baldacchino, P.J. & Azzopardi, J.R. 2014, “The Corporate Governance Relationship between the Board and Management in Maltese Listed companies” in Rethinking Corporate Governance, eds. D. Tipuric, I. Vrdoljak Raguz & N. Podrug, Pearson, Harrow, UK, pp. 1-15.

Lele, P., Bezzina, F., Zhao, R., Grima, S., Klein, R.W. & Kattuman, P. 2014, “Potential Impact of IT-directed Investor Relationship Management on Employment”, ISACA Journal, [Online], vol. 4, . Available from: https://www.isaca.org/Journal/archives/2014/Volume-4/Pages/JOnline-Potential-Impact-of-IT-directed-Investor-Relationship-Management-on-Employment.aspx.

Ozen, E., Ozdemir, L., Grima, S. & Bezzina, F. 2014, “Investigating Causality Effects in Return Volatility among Five Major Futures Markets  in European Countries with a Mediterranean Connection”, Journal of Financial Management, Markets and Institutions, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 207-220.

Bezzina, F., Grima, S. & Falzon, J. 2013, “Accounting for the level of success of firms in achieving their objectives for using derivatives” in Bank Stability, Sovereign Debt and Derivatives: Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Finance Institutions (Series Editor: P. Molyneux), ed. J. Falzon, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 183-202.

Bezzina, F., Azzopardi, R.M. & Vella, G. 2013, “Understanding and Assessing the Work Motivations of Employed Women: Insights Into Increasing Female Participation Rates in the Maltese Labor Market”, Sage Open, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 1-14.

Cortis, D., Hales, S. & Bezzina, F. 2013, “Profiting on Inefficiencies in Betting Derivatives Markets: the Case of UEFA 2012”, Journal of Gambling Business and Economics, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 41-53.

Falzon, J. & Bezzina, F. February 2013, “Demand Attributes for Social Housing: Evidence from Housing Policy Schemes in Malta”, European Scientific Journal, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 41-62.

Shopovski, J., Bezzina, F. & Zammit, M.M. March 2013, “The Disqualification of Company Directors and its effect on Entrepreneurship”, European Scientific Journal, vol. 9, no. 7, pp. 14-31.

Bezzina, F.H. & Grima, S. 2012, “Exploring Factors affecting the proper use of derivatives: An empirical study with active users and controllers of derivatives “, Managerial Finance, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 414-435.

Bezzina, F.H., Falzon, J. & Zammit, M., M. 2012, “Manufacturing in Malta: Opportunities, Challenges and Policy Implications” in Management, Governance, and Entrepreneurship: New Perspectives and Challenges, eds. D. Tipuric & M. Dabic, Access Press, Darwen, U.K., pp. 588-605.

Bezzina, F. & Sammut, D. 2012, “The Online Poker Consumer: Investigating Personality Traits, Motives, and Demographic Characteristics”, International Journal of Customer Relationship Marketing and Management, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 55-73.

Bezzina, F.H. & Dimech, S. 2011, “Investigating the determinants of recycling behaviour in Malta”, Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 463-485.

Bezzina, F.H. & Jann, N. 2011, “Forecasting Behaviour in the Maltese Courier Service Industry: Examining Differences between Large and Small firms”, International Journal of Arts and Sciences, vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 1-24.

Bezzina, F. & Buhagiar, A. 2011, “STV 4+: A Proportional System for Malta’s Electoral Process”, Voting Matters, vol. 28, pp. 1-14.

Bezzina, F. 2010, “Characteristics of the Maltese Entrepreneur”, International Journal of Arts and Sciences, vol. 3, no. 7, pp. 292-312.

Bezzina, F.H. 2010, “Investigating gender differences in mathematics performance and in self-regulated learning: An empirical study from Malta”, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, vol. 29, no. 7, pp. 669-693.

Bezzina, F. 2004, “Pupils’ Understanding of Probability & Statistics (14-15+): Difficulties And Insights For Instruction”, Journal of Maltese Education Research, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 53-67.

  • MGT2031 – Operations Research
  • MGT3181 – Applied Research Tools for Business
  • MGT5204 – Management Science and Decision Analysis
  • MRK5811 – Advanced Research Techniques
  • PSY5705 – Quantitative Research


– Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Paper Award 2012 – Investigating the
determinants of recycling behaviour published in Management of Environmental Quality: An
International Journal (Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 463-485).


Bezzina, F., Borg, C. & Cassar (2017) The Public Service as a ‘Performing Organisation’.
Report prepared for the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. MaltaEU2017
& EUPAN (available at:

Attard, M., Von Brockdorff P. & Bezzina, F. (2015) The external cost of passenger and
commercial vehicle use in Malta, University of Malta & European Commission (available at:


Bezzina, F. 2018, February 18, Political and economic developments in the Eurozone, The Malta
Independent on Sunday, Malta (available at: http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2018-02-

Cassar, V. & Bezzina, F. 2015, March 25, The evidence is clear: Evidence-based management
puts science back into the art of management, Times of Malta, Malta (available at:

Attard, M. & Bezzina, F. 2014, July 28, Gendered Mobility: What Future?, Times of
Malta, Malta(available at:


Elected Member of the University of Malta Senate (2011+)

Steering committee member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) Research Methodology
Special Interest Group (2012+)

Programme Committee member of the OFEL International Conference (2015+)

Member of the Malta Association of Risk Managers (MARM) (2012+)

European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM) –
committee member (2008+)

Royal Statistical Society (RSS), UK – Fellow (2006+)

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