Our team

Overview

Dr. Syed Muhammad Ali has many years of experience in teaching, research, and administration. Dr. Ali was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, at the School of Management, Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China as a Category A foreign Top Talent in 2019. He completed his Doctor of Management Science in Business Administration degree from the School of Management, University of Science & Technology of China (USTC), China in 2016, one of the top-ranking University according to The Times Higher Education World University Rankings and included in the top nine China universities C9 League, which stands for the leading segment of China’s tertiary education system. He also holds a Master’s degree in Management Sciences from the Faculty of Management Sciences, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology (SZABIST) Islamabad, Pakistan and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Hons) from the Faculty of Management Sciences, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Pakistan.

Formerly, he has served as a Temporary Visiting Faculty (TVF) and then as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering Management, National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Pakistan from Feb 2017 to Aug 2023. Moreover, he has also worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Management Sciences, Abbottabad University of Science & Technology (AUST), Pakistan. He served as a Lecturer at the Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Pakistan as well as at the Department of Business Administration, IQRA National University (INU), Peshawar, Pakistan. He also taught some modules as a Visiting Faculty Member at the Institute of Management Studies, University of Peshawar, Pakistan from Jan 2010 to Jan 2011. Additionally, he served as a Coordinator of professional diploma in Certified Quality Assurance Professional (CQAP).

Dr. Ali was also engaged as an Introducer, selling life assurance policies at Jubilee Life Insurance Company Limited, Islamabad, Pakistan from Nov 2008 to Feb 2011. Furthermore, he worked voluntarily with One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a non-profit organization. This program was started at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA in 2005, delivering an educational ecosystem to create innovative learning experiences which enable children around the world to build their knowledge and encourage individual empowerment. Dr. Ali also worked on some projects and currently working as a reviewer of some international reputed research journals. He performed different administrative duties and supervised several student’s thesis successfully. He is a team member and supporter of Future of Work and Organizational Psychology (FoWOP), a worldwide intellectual platform for imagining a better future for the work and organizational psychology field, researchers, institutions & society.

Areas of expertise

  • Service Team Performance
  • Knowledge Sharing in Organizations
  • Leadership Styles
  • Human Resource Motivation
  • Cobots and Service Robots
  • Employee Retention
  • Business Innovative Models
  • Human Capital Development
  • Team Inclusive Climate

Research interests

  • Linking leadership and team service performance
  • Industrial and organizational psychology concepts
  • Business digital innovation and metaverse implications
  • Knowledge sharing among employees in the corporate sector
  • Incorporating artificial intelligence in business management for growth
  • Service robot’s technology impact on businesses

Publications

  • Chu, Yan, Syed Muhammad Ali, Mingfeng Lu, and Yanan Zhang. “Incorporating Heterogeneous Features into the Random Subspace Method for Bearing Fault Diagnosis.” Entropy 25, no. 8 (2023): 1194.
  • Ali, Ahsan, Syed Muhammad Ali, and Xianfang Xue. “Motivational approach to team service performance: Role of participative leadership and team-inclusive climate.” Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management 52 (2022): 75-85. (Corresponding Author)
  • Hongbo, Li, Muhammad Waqas, Hussain Tariq, Farzan Yahya, Joseph Marfoh, Ahsan Ali, and Syed Muhammad Ali. “Cost of serving others: A moderated mediation model of OCB, ego depletion, and service sabotage.” Frontiers in Psychology 12 (2021): 595995.
  • Sumbal, Muhammad Saleem, Eric Tsui, Susanne Durst, Muhammad Shujahat, Irfan Irfan, and Syed Muhammad Ali. “A framework to retain the knowledge of departing knowledge workers in the manufacturing industry.” VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems (2020).
  • Kanwal, Shamsa, Abdul Hameed Pitafi, Mudaser Ahmad, Naseer Abbas Khan, Syed Muhammad Ali, and Muhammad Kashan Surahio. “Cross‐border analysis of China– Pakistan Economic Corridor development project and local residence quality of life.” Journal of Public Affairs 20, no. 2 (2020): e2022.
  • Ullah, Kifayat, Syed Tasweer Hussain Shah, Syed Muhammad Ali, and Alveena Khan. “Development and validation of technology enhanced learning framework driven by flipped methodology learning environment.” Mehran University Research Journal of Engineering & Technology 38, no. 3 (2019): 667-686.
  • Syed Muhammad Ali, S., A. Waseem, A. Qadus, and K. Zaman. “Linking knowledge management practices and the organizational performance of Pakistan’s telecommunication.” Management Science Letters 2, no. 8 (2012): 2929-2938.
  • Anjum, Muhammad Jamil, Syed Muhammad Ali, Misbah Sadiq, Meisam Karami, and S. Khan. “Exploring the Nexus: Management Practices Innovation and Firm Performance.” World Applied Sciences Journal 19, no. 6 (2012): 785-794.

Awards and Honors

  • Awarded fully funded University Scholarship for Studying Doctor’s Degree Program by USTC, China.
  • Awarded Team Outstanding Performer by the committee of Stanford-USTC-MIT (SUM) 2014 Students. Entrepreneurship at USTC China, an academic and culture exchange platform for Stanford, USTC, and MIT faculty members and students.
  • Selected as a Jury Member in Falling Walls Lab International Event at NUST. The Lab is a platform for excellent academics, entrepreneurs, and professionals from all disciplines who get the opportunity to present their research work, business model, innovative project, or idea with peers and a distinguished jury from academia and business industry.
  • Certificate of Excellence for outstanding performance as a faculty member, awarded by Commandant College of EME, National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Pakistan.
  • Appreciation letter from Dean, College of EME, National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Pakistan for commendable teaching performance for the course Entrepreneurship.
  • Participated as a Judge in Finding Innovative & Creative Solutions for Society (FICS) event at NUST, Islamabad, Pakistan

Conferences, Talks, and Speaking Engagements

  • International Conference on Innovation, Technology Transfer and Cooperation for addressing Climate Change, United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand, organized by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) (Virtually Attended) 06 December 2022
  • Regional workshop on Mechanisms for Technical Cooperation on Green Innovation, Uzbekistan, organized by The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) (Virtually Attended) 19 October 2022
  • Industry-Academia-Government Consultative Meeting to address the Challenges of the Energy Sector (Conventional & Non-conventional) and Energy Devices, organized by The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) (Virtually Attended) 17 October 2022
  • International Conference on Innovation, Transfer, and Diffusion of Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies, organized by The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), (Virtually Attended) 30 June 2022
  • Participated in Dassault Systèmes Intelligent Manufacturing Enterprise Digital Transformation Summit Forum in 2019 at Nanjing, China
  • Attended Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2019) held at Xian, China
  • Attended 2019 Annual meeting of the Society of Management Science and Engineering of China in Hefei, Anhui, China
  • Participated in a seminar at NARI Technology Development Co. Ltd in Hefei, China, producing the latest contemporary electricity equipment
  • Paper “An analysis of the critical success factors in the ICT sector of Pakistan” Presented at The 5th International Conference on Information Management (ICIM 2019), Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Paper “Corporate Social Responsibility: As a distinctive project management knowledge area” Presented at SIBR 2018 Conference on Interdisciplinary Business and Economics Research, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Participated in Teacher’s Training Program Batch-5 (29 Jan to 02 Feb 2018) held at Professional Development Centre, NUST Pakistan
  • Attended training course on “Project Preparation and Management in Public Sector” conducted by Pakistan Planning and Management Institute (PPMI) Islamabad Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, Government of Pakistan, 22 Jan 2018 – 26 Jan 2018
  • Attended training course on “Project Discipline” conducted by Pakistan Planning and Management Institute (PPMI) Islamabad, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, Government of Pakistan, 29 Oct 2018 – 31 Oct 2018
  • Attended training course on “Project Monitoring & Evaluation System Software Cash/Work Plan” conducted by Pakistan Planning and Management Institute (PPMI) Islamabad, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, Government of Pakistan, 28 Nov 2018 – 29 Nov 2018
  • Participated in workshop on the Internet of Things: A key enabler for the connected world at NUST H-12 on 20 July 2017
  • Organized & participated successfully in two days conference, “New Horizons in Management Sciences and Entrepreneurship: Opportunities and Challenges,” held on Dec 29-30, 2016, at Abbottabad University of Science & Technology (AUST)
  • Participated in 2nd International Conference on Career Development & Employment Management (ICCDEM 2015) at USTC, Hefei, China
  • Selected & participated successfully in STANFORD-USTC-MIT (SUM) 2014 Students Entrepreneurship held from 15th to 24th September 2014 at USTC, Hefei, China
  • 2014 “Career Development and Employment Management” International Conference Organizer and Participant, at USTC, Hefei, China
  • Participated in 8th Ph.D. students’ workshop 2014 by USTC and CityU Hong Kong, 31 Mar 2014 – 01 April 2014, Hefei, Anhui, China
  • Participated in a one-week Faculty Development Workshop at COMSATS, Abbottabad, Pakistan
  • Participated and organized, Techno Moot 2012, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, CIIT, Pakistan
  • Attended 10th, 11th & 12th National Research Conference (NRC) at SZABIST Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Successfully completed training course “Foundation Course No-16” about marketing & sales practices offered by New Jubilee Life Insurance Company Ltd in Dec 2008 at Rawalpindi, Pakistan