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National Research Conference on Management and Business

Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology (SZABIST) Islamabad is organizing 20th National Research Conference (NRC) in April 2017. The Conference theme is Contemporary issues and practices in management and business apropos sustainable development, and it covers the management of public, private, and commercial sectors of the economy with emphasis on corporate/industry-government-academia liaison. Academic and industrial researchers, industrialists, representatives from public/private/development/corporate sectors, entrepreneurs, business management consultants/professionals/trainers, and postgraduate university students will attend the event.

Research papers will be presented in parallel sessions of the Conference. Selected papers will be published in SZABIST - Journal of Independent Studies and Research-Management, Social Sciences and Economics (JISR-MSSE). A Book of Abstracts shall also be published. The conference comprises the academic tracks including Finance, Marketing, Management, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, and Entrepreneurship.

The goals of sustainable development offer opportunity and pose challenges to both industry and academia. These dimensions present prospects for a proactive approach by organizations to align with the demanding environment to meet the needs of stakeholders. This response needs strategic orientation, cost effectiveness, resource optimization, and collaborative approach to achieve sustainable development. The industry & academia both play a leading road in realizing these milestones, hence this theme.

SZABIST's continued quest for research excellence through collaborative and interactive forums offer opportunity to academicians, practitioners, consultants, and research scholars to share research in contemporary issues and practices related to sustainable development.

NRC Message by Head of Department (Management Sciences)

NRC Video Message by the Head of Department (Management Sciences)


Aligning Business with Sustainable Development - Challenges & Responsibilities for the Industry


The conference aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To explore the emerging trends and challenges for industry with reference to sustainable development, and identify a shared and proactive response to deal with these issues
  • To enhance consciousness amongst scholars, practitioners, managers, entrepreneurs, academicians and other stakeholders about the emerging role and contemporary industrial strategies and best practices to realize sustainable development
  • To inculcate a collaborative learning culture among stakeholders for a proactive and shared response to the challenges in sustainable development

  • Microfinance
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Islamic Finance and Sustainable Development
  • Economic and financial perspectives on sustainable
  • Marketplaces (e.g. financial literacy)
  • Corporate Finance
  • Miscellaneous

  • Role of HRM in Sustainable Development
  • HR Development
  • Workforce Engagement
  • Talent Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Integrated Reward Management
  • Diversity Management
  • Innovation and Innovative Work Behaviour
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Change Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Business Ethics
  • Employees Wellbeing
  • Knowledge Management
  • Miscellaneous

  • Sustainable Marketing
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Segmentation and Positioning
  • Services Marketing
  • Sustainable Consumption Behaviour
  • Integrated Marketing Communication
  • Sustainable Consumerism
  • Miscellaneous

  • Emerging trends in Implementation of Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM)
  • Sustainable transportation and logistics in SCM
  • Sustainable Procurement and CSR
  • Implementation of Sustainable Resourcing
  • Supply Chain Network innovation and Sustainability
  • Drivers and barriers in Supply management sustainability
  • Miscellaneous

  • Role of sustainability in Project Management
  • Sustainability and Project Management Knowledge areas
  • Sustainability and Project Management Team Competence and Behaviour
  • Sustainability and integration of projects and processes
  • Sustainable development and Project
  • Stakeholders' Management
  • Miscellaneous

  • Miscellaneous

Call for Papers
  Abstract submission February 20, 2017
  Notification of Acceptance of Abstract February 27, 2017
  Full paper submission Deadline March 15, 2017
  Notification of Acceptance of Full Paper: March 25, 2017
  Last Date of Registration: April 10, 2017
  Conference Date: April 19, 2017

Presentation Time 10 minutes
Questions & Answers 05 minutes
Slides Maximum 5 points each
Font Size/Style Consistency in areas and bullet numbering
Visuals Clear and visible
Format APA style for all graphs, tables, figures (Critically see the APA 5th or 6th Edition)
Template Attached for convenience

Click here to download the "Template for Oral Presentation"

Guidelines for Paper Submission

Full paper submitted must comply with the following guidelines:

  1. Word Limit : All manuscripts must be submitted in MS Word format and have a word maximum limit of 4,000 to 6,000 words, excluding references, tables and figures.
  2. Abstract : Article(s) must be submitted with an abstract of not more than 300 words. Abstract should be in Times New Roman italics and justified with 12 point font size and 2.5 inches margin on both sides. Provide 3-5 keywords after the abstract for indexing purposes. Author(s) affiliation should be shown in the footnote of the page
  3. Title : The title of the paper should not be more than 15 words.
  4. Format of Title Page : The font size of the title of the paper on the 'title page' should be Times New Roman 14 point bold.
  5. Author(s) : name(s) will appear after 6 spaces of the title of the paper, followed by abstract Times New Roman 12 point italic.
  6. Paper Size and Margins : Manuscript must be written in A4 paper size. There should be a 2.54 cm (or 1 inch) margin in all pages throughout the manuscript.
  7. Line Spacing : Manuscript is to be spaced 1.5 throughout (including references).
  8. The Font : 'Times New Roman' is to be used throughout the manuscript. For text, use 12 points and Word 2003 format for heading styles.
  9. Headings : Avoid using more than three level headings.
  10. Headers and Footers : No header or footer is to be included in the manuscript.
  11. Page Numbering : Manuscript should be page numbered in footer on the middle of the page in Times New Roman with a font size 12.
  12. Figures, Tables, and Texts : Colours and shades are not to be used. Figures or tables should NOT break across two pages. All tables should be fitted within the margin. Titles of the tables should be centered.
  13. References : These are to be provided at the end in alphabetical order and with 1cm hanging indent, using American Psychological Association (APA) version 6 style of referencing and citation system.

Submit Abstract and Papers at


Payment of conference fee will confirm your Registration to the conference. The registration fee is due by the registration deadline from all participants including the authors. On completion of registration process, including payment authorization from our source, you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration. If you are a non-presenting co-author and want to attend the conference, please register yourself as a participant

Regular Registration until April 10, 2017 Rs. 1000/- each (per person)

Give away includes:
Conference Material & Program
Conference Bag
Certificate of Presentation
Tea Breaks

    Click here to download registration form

General Conditions

Registration will be confirmed after receiving full payment. Those who do not receive a confirmation notice by 10 April 2017 are requested to contact SZABIST secretariat:

Papers will be included in the program only after author registration has been confirmed.


The mode of payment will be the same as for fee. The fee for the same will be deposited through fee challan in ABL I-8 Markaz Branch. Anyone depositing fee on the day of the NRC can also pay through cash. Final receipt will be issued to the student at that time

Payment details:

Account Number: 0010005863680030
Branch Code: 0947
Swift Code: PK02ABPA


Selected papers shall be published in SZABIST's "Journal of Independent Studies and Research-Management, Social Sciences and Economics (JISR-MSSE)"
All abstracts of papers presented in the conference shall be published in SZABIST's "Book of Abstracts".

Conference Committees

Organizing Committee
a) Chairperson : Mr. Khusro Pervaiz Khan, HOC
b) Members : Dr. Mehboob Ahmad, Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan, Mr. Amer Riaz Qureshi, Dr. Sohail Asghar, Dr. Usman, Dr. Shamim A. Shahibzada, Dr. Rashida, Dr. Tariq Waheed, Mr. Wajid Zulqarnain, Ms. Iffat, Mr. Iqbal Ahmed, Mr. Ahmed Ali Qureshi (SA), Mr. Nasir Ateeq, Mr. Sohail Aslam (Records), Mr. Sajid Iqbal, Mr. Aman Ullah Mir

Papers Review and Publication Committee
a) Convener : Dr. Mehboob
b) Members : Dr. Ayesha, Dr. Shamim A. Sahibzada, Dr. Rashida Qureshi, Dr. Muhammad Rashid Salaria, Mr. Sanaullah Ansari, Ms. Shumaila Zeb, Mr. Atif Bilal, Mr. Fuwad Bashir

Conference Secretariat
a) Convener : Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan
b) Members : Mr. Wajid Zulqarnain, Mr. Atif Bilal, Mr. Fuwad Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Usman (ASO), Ms. Zainab Naseer

Registration Committee
a) Convener : Mr. Amer Ali Khan
b) Member : Mr. Manzoor Ahmed, Mr. Syed Arshad Hussain, Mr. Muhammad Ali (QEC)

Reception Committee
a) Convener : Ms. Shumaila Zeb
b) Members : Mr. Ali Moeen, Mr. Aziz Chaudhry, Mr. Syed Shahwar Hussain, Ms. Sana Mumtaz, Ms. Nayyab, Ms. Samina, Ms. Aliya, Mr. Abdul Hayee, Mr. Khalid Abdul Ghafoor, Mr. Hassan Zada

Administration Committee
a) Convener : Mr. Iqbal Ahmed
b) Members : Mr. Sohail Saleem, Mr. Muhammad Imran, Mr. Safeer Akhtar, Mr. Gul Alam Shah

Media, Promotion, Communication Committee
a) Convener : Mr. Wajid Zulqarnain
b) Members : Mr. Aman Ullah Mir, Mr. Sajid Iqbal, Mr. Tousif ur Rehman

IT Committee
a) Convener : Mr. Sajid Iqbal
b) Members : IT Department Team

Academic Committee
a) Convener : Mr. Nasir Attiq
b) Members : Mr. Imran Tanvir, Mr. Mohsin

SZABIST Ambassadors' Coordination Committee
a) Convener : Mr. Ahmed Aslam
b) Member : Ms. Nadia Zohaib, Mr. Haroon Abdullah

Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Institute of Science and Technology
(SZABIST) Islamabad Campus

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