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Chairperson's Message

I am extremely happy to welcome all the Deans of Business Schools in Pakistan to the General Body meeting of Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP) and the NBEAC Annual Conference. After several years of dormancy, AMDIP was revived in 2015 through its Annual Conference at IBA Karachi in February 2015, and an MPhil and PhD Scholars Research Conference held at the Lahore School of Economics in November 2015. In the beginning of 2016 we are fortunate to have in place a full management team comprising of current chairperson/former chairpersons of AMDIP, chairpersons of local chapters including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Sukkur, Peshawar and Quetta and a full time secretary. All the above chairpersons are scholars of management sciences and vice chancellors, rectors and directors of the leading business schools of Pakistan. AMDIP is putting into place a series of programmes for its member universities and members in 2016. AMDIP is also focusing on enlarging its academic, corporate, management development institutions (MDI) and individual memberships during 2016 and beyond. With all these collaborative efforts, we hope to strengthen the management related capabilities of its members and management skills in all its collaborating and partner intuitions.

Our Team

The Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP) was formed in 2001, by a team of leading educationists and management development gurus of the country with a clear vision of management development in Pakistan. The national secretariat of AMDIP is in Lahore, Pakistan, the center of education and land of old civilization with the touch of modern era.


Dr. Naveda Kitchlew


Dr. Naukhez Sarwar


Mr. Talib Karim


Dr. Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui


Dr. Muhammad Mohsin


Dr. Jan Mohammad


Dr. Muhammad Khalique


Ms. Memoona Zareen

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2nd International SME Conference

The summary apprehends a two-day program of presenting academic research and practitioner projects, panel discussions and enriched interactive dialogues at the 2nd International Conference on “Catalyzing SME growth through Research”, which took place on March 15-16, 2017 at Hotel Pearl Continental, Lahore. After the great success of 1st National SME conference, UMT School of Business and Economics with joint efforts of Ministry of Industries & Production and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA) organized this magnificent opportunity at an international level where a large number of SME professionals, research experts, business representatives, faculty members and students participated with national and international background. The conference was privileged by a group of partners including AMDIP, University of Lahore, George Mason University (USA), UNIDO, SPX Pakistan, BCNED, Akhuwat and Italian Development Cooperation.

The conference encouraged expert debates for the leading role of SMEs in promoting Government development to address current and future development challenges and strategies for higher performance. The forum discussed various themes to review the conspicuous role and challenging hurdles to SME sector of Pakistan in the light of best practices prevailed worldwide. It efficaciously achieved its agenda and provided a valuable networking opportunity by bringing together representatives of all sections of society, International SME market specialists, Government departments, renowned analysts, International development agencies, financial institutions, group of enterprises, professors and scholarly aspirants from various business schools.



The 2nd International SME conference began with inaugural remarks by Sheikh Allauddin, Minister for Industries, Commerce & Investment, Government of Punjab; Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad; Rector UMT, Mr. Sher Ayub Khan; Chief Executive Officer, SMEDA; H.E. Serdar Deniz, Counsel General of the Republic of Turkey in Lahore and Dr. Rebecca Fox; representative of George Mason University, USA, which continued with shared panel discussions, presentations and briefings on topics of interest to the future of SME sector of Pakistan. The conference provided open opportunities to participate in multiple ways with valuable learning experience. It structured a set of presentations of real Academic issues and Market project cases from public and private sectors describing new and noteworthy initiatives relevant to the conference theme. The conference received 51 research papers among which 12 were selected after double blinded review by one local and one international fellow.



Four different thematic areas on SMEs concerns were managed separately by respective session panel, each consisting of one academic expert, market expert and SME representative. Session I- Theme ‘Developing a Conducive Business Environment for SMEs’ was led by Dr. Jawad Syed (Dean, LUMS) for gaining richness of skills and expertise on the theme. Session II- Theme ‘Local & International Market Development for SMEs’ was chaired by Dr. Mehtab S. Karim in the board that proved as a strategic think tank. Session III- Theme ‘Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development’ was moderated by collaborative panel of Dr. Ijaz Qureshi (Dean, UOL) and Mr. Saqib Chohan (Representative of VC, CUSIT) that acted as ideal platform for raising issues on the theme. Session IV- Theme ‘SMEs Access to Finance’ was held on second day of conference and provided an opportunity for practice and constructive dialogue on Pakistani SMEs in which Dr. Jan Mohammad (Director UOB, Quetta) chaired the session.



In every session, a number of Private and Public projects of each theme were presented to receive thoughtful reflection. Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Japan International Cooperation Agency, PCSIR, National Educational & Vocational Training Authority, USAID Pakistan’s Financial Market Development, CPEC Research Centre, Pakistan Stock Exchange, State Bank of Pakistan, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Punjab Small Industries Corporation were the prominent project presenters of 2nd SME International Conference. Dr. Naveda Kitchlew (Associate Dean SBE, UMT) led the final session that comprised of project presentations in a discussion board that critically comprehend at what people see as ways to improve the quality of SMEs. The enriched and valuable discussions, debates and feedback over the presented material suggested ‘Good Practices and experiences’ are not transportable and replicated from one context of SME sector to another but should be taken as ‘inspiring experiences’. The venue of two-days program was fully packed and also provided a great opportunity for social networking and professional interaction among participants.



Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi conveyed gratitude to all participants, particularly session moderators, panelists and presenters in his capacity as Minister for Industries & Production. Mr. Sher Ayub Khan (CEO, SMEDA) appraised the efforts of organizing team and contributors, and announced for the next SME Conference to be held in 2018. The appreciating comments of Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhary; Chairperson Association of Management Development Institutes of Pakistan (AMDIP), Prof. Bob Wheeler; Dean SBE, UMT and Dr. Ijaz Qureshi, Dean UOL extended the gratitude to organizers of 2nd SME Conference for their efforts.

On the final day of 2nd SME conference, cash prizes were awarded to the first five position holders. The Closing session committee also expressed satisfaction with the interactive nature of the discussions and congratulated participants on the extensive networking that took place, which they hoped would continue to grow.



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Asian Conclave on Doctoral Program (ACDOC)

The Asian Conclave on Doctoral Programs (ACDOC) was organized on Feb 6, 2017 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad by the joint efforts of Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP) and University of Management and Technology (UMT) in collaboration with National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC). The event was second milestone towards ‘Cultivating Inquiry and Knowledge for Sustainable Society’. The theme of this conclave was broadened to Asian context including issues of Doctoral Programs. ACDOC 2017 was recognized as an admirable platform for knowledge sharing in business Schools pertinent to higher education and doctoral programs. It attracted a good number of doctoral faculty members, supervisors, and directors of Business schools operating across Asia.



The colloquium was opened by commencing speech of Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad (Chairperson NBEAC/ Rector UMT), followed by address of chief guest; Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhary (Chairperson AMDIP/ Rector Lahore School of Economics). Ms. Nadia Tahir delivered a key note speech on doctoral program of Pakistan. The conclave comprised of national and international participants who actively participated in different discussions during the session. The event covered various themes including: Enhancing Quality through Institutional collaborations and alliances, developing critical thinking among research scholars, Managing quality, funding and resourcing mobilization of Doctoral programs. Debates and critical analysis were made on Eligibility Criteria for Induction in Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Coursework Design and Delivery, Doctoral Supervisor-Supervisee Relationship and Relevance of Doctoral Research. All the dialogues were set around improvement of higher education culture in South Asian region and channeling the strategy of improvement in doctoral studies.




The closing ceremony was graced by Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala (President AMDISA) who thanked all participants, especially Dr. Hasan Murad, Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhary and Ms. Memoona Zareen for organizing such an auspicious academic event. He was highly moved by the efforts of organizers to make this event remarkable to the knowledge economy. After distribution of souvenirs among organizers, Dr. Hasan Murad announced that AMDIP will be organizing partner along with AMDISA in next ACDOC to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2018. 



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6th Annual Research Conference of AMDIP -IMS

The event was jointly organized by the Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar and Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP) on January 20, 2017 and named as ‘The First National Colloquium for Budding Researchers and Faculty of Business Schools’. The colloquium was highly supported by a great number of academic and scholastic aspirants of business and management domains. Various sub-themes were derived like Economics, Finance, Islamic Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management and General Management. More than 65 papers and 15 posters were received from the research scholars all across the country.

A highly proficient Colloquium Review Committee comprised of 19 PhD faculty members, reviewed these papers and abstracts. Based on learning quality and knowledge creation, the committee selected 42 papers for further capitulation, among which 37 were presented on the Colloquium day. 17 renowned Business universities took part in this academic conference. A number of 150 participants including presenters, industrial guests and scholarly audience attended the session and contributed with their intellectual discussions.

The conference was opened by Dr. Mohsin (VC, IM Sciences) who was pleased to welcome the worthy Chief Guest; Mr. Zafar Ali Shah (Secretary, Higher Education Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) who delivered the honored Speech. Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry (Rector-Lahore School of Economics/Chairperson AMDIP) was the key note speaker of this event. The colloquium also embraced the invited speakers Dr. Atta Ullah Shah (VC, City University), Ms. Bushra Shafique (Joint Director- State Bank of Pakistan, Karachi) and Dr. Saranjam Baig (HOD, Karakoram International University, Gilgit Baltistan). Ms. Naveda Kitchlew (Chair Person of AMDIP-Lahore chapter) lead IM Sciences Colloquium as the session Chairperson. Ms. Memoona Zareen (AMDIP Secretary) also joined the conference with her remarkable presence.

Each referred theme of colloquium was presented and discussed separately under its attached title during the conference. The presenters were accommodated with supportive environment for sharing their unique ideas and receiving valued feedback. After enriched and thoughtful discussions, debates and reflection over the presented material, the Colloquium Committee selected best papers and posters of the seminar. In the closing ceremony, awards were distributed for the best presenters, papers and posters under each titled theme of colloquium.









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1st International Conference on Business, Economics & Education Management (ICBEM)

With the advent of 21st Century, considerable changes have taken place in world’s economic, environmental, social and technological dynamics that demands for individuals support in creating new markets, utilization of resources and assisting the government. This makes the system complex, and policies are then devised to meet up local, regional and global level related to development, competitiveness, and innovation. The 1st International Conference on Business Economics & Education Management (ICBEM) was hosted by IBA Sukkur on December 15-16, 2016 with an aim to study “Local, Regional and Global Perspectives” of Business, Economics and Management areas. Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP), Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) shared partnership with IBA Sukkur to organize this scholarly event as platform to scholars, researchers, practitioner, and policy makers for learning the exploratory work of these fields and high lighting emergent issues and current opportunities.

The conference promoted scientific communication of female researchers and welcomed speakers from both national and international settings. Moreover, a number of PhD scholars and research students from 15 different business schools participated in this seminar. The activities attracted over 200 registered delegates, almost 10 national and 5 International speakers from UK, China, Algeria and USA that took part in presenting their views and pertinent work contributions to the knowledge economy. The seminar provided stage to 25 project cases among which 5 were awarded for their excellence while two-days 13 parallel sessions were conducted for presenting 110 research articles. The event was prestige by the enriched exchange of diverse ideas and intellectual thoughts by female presenters on Leadership Finance, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Economics, Education and Consumer Behavior. A panel of prominent Research and Market specialists comprehend the ongoing discussions of symposium and added it to improve provision of academic services. The productive and innovative debates also passionately promote the serving of people, especially rural areas of Pakistan.

The conference was honored by the key note speeches of Dr. Rita Laura D’Ecclesia (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), Dr. Craig Watter (Executive Director, Rita center for Entrepreneurship OSU, Stillwater, USA), Dr. Tayyab Shabir (California State University), Prof. Michael L. Lahr (Associate Director, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service, USA), Dr. Javed Ashraf (VC, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad), Dr. Usman Raja (Avenue St. Catharines, Canada), Dr. Imran Ali (King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia), Dr. Zafar Hayat (State Bank of Pakistan), Dr Mahmood ul Quddus (State Bank of Pakistan) and Mr. Prem Sagar (University of Rom). Moreover, Dr. Nafisa Shah (MNA, National Assembly of Pakistan) praised the participating delegates for their prodigious efforts to share the knowledge and raising existing issues to the economy and business field. Mahtab Akbar Rashdi (MPA, Sindh Assembly) encouraged the organizers and contributing women for their inspiring and motivating academic activities that work as a catalyst for developing countries. Syed Murad Ali Shah (Chief Minister of Sindh), Prof. Ahsan Iqbal (Minister of Planning & Development) and Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed (Chairman, HEC) also admired the successful achievement of 1st International Women symposium on Business Economics and Management and wished Prof. Nisar Ahmed Siddique (Dean & Director, Sukkur IBA) for more significant efforts to the industry-academia. 


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IOBM - AMDIP Faculty Colloquium (IAFC)

IOBM - AMDIP Faculty Colloquium (IAFC - 2016) was jointly organized by Institute of Business Management (IoBM), Karachi and Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP) on 23-24 November, 2016. It proved an excellent platform for the professors, associate and assistant professors, lecturers, research or PhD fellows and other faculty members who contributed from over 17 leading business schools across Pakistan. The participants from fields of both teaching and research shared their valuable and innovative experiences of the market, academic field of management, society, industry and other institutional areas. The aim was to target developmental necessities in research and curriculum of Business schools, while providing an effective learning for young faculty members from the enriched discussions.

The colloquium involved workshops and panel discussions on the themes of Faculty Engagements and Development.  Opening session was graced by the address of Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry (Chairperson AMDIP/ Rector Lahore School of Economics) and Prof. Talib S. Karim (Chairperson AMDIP Karachi Chapter/ Rector IoBM Karachi), followed by a key note speech of Dr. Mehtab S. Karim (VC, Lyari University). With a focus on learning and development of faculty, identifying their needs, the colloquium was designed to address challenges regarding research, publications, case studies, curriculum and faculty engagements with various stakeholders. These topics were addressed during 8 sessions consisting of workshop and panel discussions.



All workshops conducted by senior academicians and gurus of respective fields. “How to Develop and Teach Case Studies” workshop was conducted by Dr. Syed Zahoor Hasan (Professor LUMS). “How to Design and Deliver Curriculum” was conducted by Dr. Ijaz Qureshi (Dean Business School, UOL). “How to Manage Research Group” workshop was conducted by Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder (Dean IOBM Karachi. “How to Publish in Impact Factor Journal” workshop was conducted by Dr. Irfan Butt (Associate Professor Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman).



Issues and challenges of faculty engagements were discussed in 4 panel discussions. Each panel consisted on senior and young faculty members from different regions of Pakistan and representatives of other stakeholder body to ensure effective discussion. “Faculty-Industry Engagements” moderated by Dr. Ekhalaque Ahmed (Associate Professor, IoBM Karachi). “Faculty-Faculty Engagements” was moderated by Dr. Niaz Ahmed Bhutto (Head of Business Department, IBA Sukkur). “Faculty-Student Engagements” was moderated by Dr. Irfan Hyder (IoBM, Karachi) and “Faculty-Society Engagements” was moderated by Dr. Naveda Kitchlew (Associate Dean Academics, UMT).



The colloquium was concluded by Mr. Talib S. Karim, Dr. Naveda Kitchlew and Dr. Irfan Hyder who thanked all participants, organizers and AMDIP for collaboration. Ms. Memoona Zareen (Secretary, AMDIP) and Ms. Shagufta Ghouri (Assistant Professor IoBM) were acknowledged for contributions towards the organization of IAFC 2016. The closing ceremony included the distribution of souvenirs and certificates among presenters and session chairs of panel board. The colloquium was a great accomplishment in bridging up gap among faculty members of business schools and also supplemented to the body of knowledge by devising supportive and innovative methods for academia.



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6th International Conference on Business Management (ICOBM)

The striving demand for development of sustainable competitive advantage had pushed organizations to secure economic opportunities and establish entrepreneurial startups at the individual level. The repercussions toward employment generation and economic activity have substantially changed research perception and applied approach. In this context, NUST Business School (NBS) together with School of Business and Economics, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Institute of Management Sciences Peshawar, Institute of Business Management, Karachi, and Institute of Business Administration, Sukkur, organized 6th International Conference on Business Management (ICOBM) on “Human Capital Technology and Entrepreneurship: Competitive Advantage and Economic Opportunities”. Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP) also partnered in this auspicious event.

The 6th ICOBM was held at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad Campus on October 26-27, 2016. The event brought together number of researchers, practitioners and policy makers under one roof and successfully covered the critical emerging areas of entrepreneurship, technology, economics, management and human capital. The conference identified learning points raised from emerging issues in innovation and entrepreneurship that will be crucial to the market.

The official opening of this conference was honored by the Chief Guest; Prof. Dr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development. Dr. Naukhez Sarwar (Dean NBS) welcomed the participants in his inaugural speech and stressed on academic, industrial and governmental collaboration for the benefit of management and business education. Dr. Asifa Obaid and Engr. Muhammad Asghar (Rector NUST) also made their encouraging speeches to motivate the presenters. The opening session was followed by 24 research papers presentations on a group of themes spread over 8 sessions that continued for 2 consecutive days of conference. Innovation Management in Pakistan, Emerging Issues in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Training, Human Resource Management, Innovation, Management, Technology and Commercialization were deeply explored from academic, institutional and market perspectives during different sessions. The on-going panel response and reflections from audience put forward the efforts of contributors. The event proficiently reported the critical concerns being raised in the applied practice and also provided a direction for entrepreneurs and business tycoons to respond rapidly, flexibly and effectively to these issues.

Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry (Chairperson AMDIP) participated in the conference and chaired a session. During the course of event he met with other high profiled academicians and practitioners and discussed the future of business education in the region. The closing ceremony included distribution of souvenirs among organizing committee and participants.


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