Research Projects


1. Dr. S. M. Ali Tirmizi (Assistant Professor)

Principal Investigator: Dr. S. M. Ali Tirmizi (Assistant Professor)

Project Title: Optimization of Institutional Portfolio Investments

Funding Agency: HEC Start up Research Grant Program

Amount: PKR 0.5 million

Status: Completed- Project Report Submission in process

Project Description: I am currently working as PI on a research project funded by HEC which is titled as “Start-up Research Grant of PKR 0.5 million to Assistant Professors joining under IPFP / TTS”. In this research project principal investigator, co-principal investigator and research associate; are working jointly to assess the current and past investment patterns of COMSATS University Islamabad Wah campus in-order to formulate optimized portfolio(s) that will comprised of assets from multiple/diverse available investment opportunities in the financial markets, assets of high and low asset classes, and comparative historical data analysis of investment patterns of three public and three private sector universities operating in Islamabad and Rawalpindi (Twin Cities of Pakistan). This research project will optimized CUI Wah campus investment(s) returns and at the same time will enrich the research acumen of the research scientists.


2. Dr. Amer Rajput (Assistant Professor)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Amer Rajput (Assistant Professor)

A) Project Title: Gain of Competitive Advantage through Supplier Development Practices

Funding Agency: HEC Start-up Research Grant Program

Amount: PKR 0.4368 Million

Status: Completed

Project Description: This study is to investigate the gain of organizational competitive advantage through utilization of supplier development practices for large scale manufacturers (LSM) of multiple industries of Pakistan. The LSM will be benefited through the investigation of supplier development practices in association with the gain of competitive advantage. This study will propose a framework to the LSM for the gain of competitive advantage through the compliance of supplier development practices.

B) Project Title: Adoption of Cloud Based E-government Systems: LRMIS for Social Development

Funding Agency: Thematic Research Grant

Amount: PKR 1.91 Million

Status: Approved, in process

Project Description: This study is to investigate the key challenges that influence citizen’s adoption of e-government in Pakistan. Primarily focusing to explore the adoption of LRMIS based on cloud computing (Revalidating SCT Social Cogitative Theory). Secondly it investigates the success of LRMIS (using extended version of DE Lone and McLean IS success model) and using extended version of UTAUT model for citizen (direct consumer) adoption of LRMIS. It leads to the formulation of a conceptual model that can be used as a frame of reference by government institutions which seek to implement and adopt e government systems in Pakistan. It is hoped that this conceptual model will contribute to the field of e-government by helping to establish a better understanding among the community of the concept of e-government, and in particular the issues surrounding adoption in a Pakistan. Further, it is proposed that this conceptual model could serve as a decision making framework for practitioners (government institutions and officials) in their efforts to implement and diffuse e-government in collaboration with private organization in Pakistan.


3. Dr. Tamkeen Fatima (Assistant Professor)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Tamkeen Fatima (Assistant Professor)

A) Project Title: Globalization and Technology Diffusion in Developing Countries

Funding Agency: HEC Start-up Research Grant Program

Amount: PKR 2.0 Million

Status: Approved, in process

Project Description: This paper examines the role of globalization in the creation and dissemination of technology across firms operating in 30 emerging and developing economies. Firm level data from four rounds of Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Surveys (BEEPS) from 2002 to 2014 is pooled to assess whether international exposure translates into greater propensity for firms to innovate. The viability of different channels of international technology transmission i.e. exporting and importing activities, foreign licensing agreements and foreign direct investment are studied to analyze whether they indeed succeed in delivering the push to the firms operating in developing countries to innovate and as a result push them closer to the world’s technology frontier. The empirical results endorse the view that exporting and importing activities and foreign licensing agreements are important channels for technology transfer. This study also acknowledges

country, sector and firm specific characteristics and their differential capacity to benefit from foreign exposure.

JEL classification: F23, O31, O33

Keywords: innovation, export, import, foreign direct investment, foreign licensing agreements, developing countries, firm level data

B) Project Title: An Evaluation of Professional development Opportunities for English Language Faculty: A Case Study of Pakistan

Funding Agency: HEC Thematic Research Grant 2016-2017 (Application in process)

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Project Description: Professional development keeps both faculty member and the universities survive in the dynamic global environment. Educational system always follows the foot step of society and demands revitalization and change with the passage of time. If these changes are not introduced in the educational sector, the educational system becomes stagnant and outdated. Professional development of teachers is an important factor to introduce reforms, changes and variety in various aspects of education e.g. teaching methodology, content development and over all coping up with the latest requirement of students and society. The present study investigates the availability of faculty development programs for English language teachers, their compatibility or incompatibility with educational polices of English language teaching in higher education sector, distribution of these programs in term of gender and location of universities in rural and urban areas from 2006-2016. The research is an important contribution in the existing literature as it will provide a detailed history regarding the availability of various professional development programs for English language teachers. It will also update whether these faculty development programs are up-to-date according to the present requirement of educational system.


4. Dr. Samina Nawab, (Associate Professor)

Project Title: Industry Academic & Government Linkages, Creating and Making it work

Principal Investigator: Dr. Samina Nawab (Associate Professor)

CO-Principal Investigator: Dr. Muhammad Wasif Nisar (Associate Professor), Muhammad Mohsin Zahid (Assistant Professor)

Project Title: Industry Academic & Government Linkages, Creating and Making it work

Funding Agency: NRPU, Higher Education Commission

Amount: PKR 3.18 million

Status: Approved, in process

Project Description: University-Industry linkages had been rightly emphasized in the developed countries because of their long-term benefits. But, now it is being considered that the inclusion of government in such ventures is very important due to their regulatory powers and drivers of economic and societal development. Unfortunately, there is not any especial framework yet for Pakistan. So, this research would identify, compare and evaluate the regional collaborative models in surrounding countries, and ultimately develop a best suited framework for Pakistan which would promote the research collaboration and knowledge flow between university, industry and government. At the second stage the proposed framework would be applied to the real-world which starts by exploring the readiness of the collaborative institutions and identifying the barriers which are hindrance for this collaboration. Research would also provide the solutions to these barriers for both the industry and academia. At the final stage a platform would be created which would act as a focal point for universities and industry especially directly linked to the Hattar Industrial State. This applied framework and platform would serve as the case study to expand it in the whole Pakistan later.


5. Muhammad Mohsin Zahid (Assistant Professor)

Project Title: Review of Business Education Curriculum in Pakistan

Principal Investigator: Muhammad Mohsin Zahid (Assistant Professor)

Funding Agency: COMSATS University Islamabad

Amount: PKR 0.19 million

Status: Approved, in process

Project Description: Social and commercial world are showing grave concerns over the objectivity and effectiveness of the business education in the world. These concerns indicate a dire need to evaluate and re-consider the curricula of business institutes. There are several efforts attributed to seek improvement by analyzing the educational programs and figuring out the factors which might improve the business education and its effectiveness, but most of these efforts have been made in the developed countries. Unfortunately, Pakistan has been lagging behind in terms of business education research and curriculum design. But, optimistically, it creates a timely opportunity to avoid going into a closed end street of “study in failure”. This potential failure may be attributed to the fact that Pakistani business institutions curricula is imported from the other advanced countries of the world which have very different commercial, social and cultural background as we