Conference on business management (ICoBM) is a forum for business leaders,
academics and practitioners to meet; the conference is annually hosted at
different business schools across the nation in the partnership with other
Initially organized in
2011 by University of Management Technology, Lahore, ICoBM has now spread to
include under its umbrella universities from across Pakistan. The first three
conferences in the series were hosted at UMT, the forth conference was held at IBA sukkar and the fifth was held at Institute of
Business Management (ICoBM Karachi). The previous five conferences have focused
on the broader themes of business, society, technology, competitiveness and
ICoBM offers a great
opportunity to bring together professors, researchers, scholars and corporate
executives from around the nation and the globe. It is an excellent platform to
deliver the latest innovative research and the most recent development and
trends in the fields of business and management. Moreover, the conference
offers a great opportunity to researchers and practitioners for the exchange of
information and for the creation of efficient, contemporary and cost-effective
frameworks for the industry.
ICoBM 2016 – NBS
This year the conference titled ‘Human Capital, Technology and Entrepreneurship: Competitive Advantage
and Economic Opportunities’ was hosted by NUST Business School (NBS) at
H-12 Campus, Islamabad. It was the first time that NBS was hosting an
international event of this level. The conference was held in partnership with
five business schools; School of Economics and Business, University of
Management Technology (UMT, Lahore), Institute of Business Administration (IBA,
Sukkar), Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar, and Institute of Business
inauguration was held on the 26th of October. Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for
Planning, Development and Reforms inaugurated the Conference and was the Chief
Guest of the opening ceremony.
Principal & Dean
NUST Business School, Dr. Naukhez Sarwar in his welcome note highlighted the
need for collaboration between the academia, industry and government for
reaping the synergetic benefits they present. He also stressed on the need for
promoting multi-disciplinary education.
Following the welcome
note of Dr. Naukhez, the conference Convener, Dr. Asfia Obaid, shared that the
aim of the conference was to bring the academia, corporate and government
functionaries together on a single platform for the exchange of ideas to create
indigenous knowledge. She mentioned that a wide range of papers ranging from
Foreign Direct Investment and Trade to Leadership styles and Innovative HR
practices, from Entrepreneurship and Health care models are being presented at
Mr. Omar Moeen Malik shared the objectives of coming
up with a product like easypaisa. He stated that the idea was based on UNDP
Development goal of greater financial inclusion and considering the lower rate
of financial inclusion in Pakistan as compared to the countries like
Bangladesh, Nepal etc. Telenor decided to use mobile platform for reaching out
Delivering his keynote
address, Rector NUST, Engr. Muhammad Asghar explained the role of
entrepreneurial universities in uplifting the economy and the future of
nations. He elaborated on NUST as a case in point and highlighted on the core
components of the Quadruple Helix Model -Academia, Industry, Society and
Government. The office of R&D, Technology Incubation Centre, Global Think
Tank Network and a Community Service club are operating within the NUST
audience the Chief Guest, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof.
Ahsan Iqbal emphasized that the nations benefit from the phenomenon of positive
self- image, optimistic view of the future and belief/confidence in self. He
acknowledged the role of the Academia and bigger universities like NUST in
spear heading initiatives related to R&D and collaboration with the
industry. He also encouraged the researchers, faculty and students to think creatively and
proactively to lead nation towards sustained and indigenous growth. The
Minister informed the audience that after the Economic Corridor initiative, the
government would soon be launching the Knowledge Corridor by sending faculty
and students for PHD to the top 200 universities in the United States of
After the departure of
the chief guest the sessions began as scheduled. There were in total eight
sessions, among which three were the discussion panels and the rest were the
paper presentations. Each session had a session chair/moderator.
The discussion session
titled ‘Innovation Management and
Pakistan’, was chaired by Mr. Amer Hashmi. Among the speakers were Mr.
Shekeel Pal (Executive director, Research and Development, HR Integrated), Mr. Syed Zibber Mohiuddin (Member, Board of
Directors & CEO Panasian Group of Companies), Mr. Amer Zafar Durrani, (CEO
Reenergia-Enhar Pakistan), Mr. Navid Qazi (Country Head, CISCO Pakistan), Mr.
Nadeem A Malik, (Country Head, Microsoft, Pakistan).
The second discussion
panel titled Emerging Issues in Entrepreneurship
and Training moderated by Mr. Ahmed Masud (CEO Change Mechanics). The panel
included Dr. Naukhez Sarwar (Principal and Dean NBS), Mr. Talib Karim (Rector
IoBM Karachi), Dr. Muhammad Nouman (HOD, IMSciences Peshawar), and Mr. Majid
Maqbool (Faculty, SEECS, NUST) and Ms. Rabia Shoaib (Director, Corporate
Strategy Advisory Council, NUST).
The third discussion
panel session, titled Emerging Issues in
Innovation and Comercialization was moderated by Mr. Ather Rehman and the
speakers were, Mr. Imtiaz Rastghar(chairman Innovation Steering Committee,
HEC), Mr Shahid Mehmood ( CEO interactive group), Mr Salman Absar (Director,
NUST, Innovation and Commercialization), Dr. F. Rober Wheeler III, (Dean,
School Of Business and Economics, UMT), Mr. Khurram Zafar (Director, Center for
Sessions titled Emerging Issues in Finance were chaired
by Dr. Muhammad Nishat (IBA) and Dr. Rukhsana Kalim (UMT). Emerging
issues in Human Resource Management was chaired by Dr. Jawad Syed. Two
sessions on Emerging issues in Innovation, Management and Technolgy were
chaired by Dr. Graham Spickett-Jones (University of London) and Dr. James
(Director of Institute for Immigration Research, George Mason University, USA).
All the sessions had an
active question answer session in the end and the session chairs presented
souvenirs to the speakers and panelists.
October after the completion of all the sessions the closing ceremony took
place. The chief guest of the closing ceremony was Ashar Aziz. With the closing
remarks of the chief guest, rector NUST, Engineer Gen Muhammad Asghar,
principal NBS, Naukhez Sarwar and the distribution of souvenirs to the organizing
committee, the conference came to an end.
Two days of International Conference on business
management provided a great platform for the leading tycoons of the business
management to come together and share ideas, commendations and perspectives
about different aspects of Business Management.