Staff profile

Dr Sammar Javed

Lecturer in Business and Management

University of Derby academic Sammar Javed


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences




I joined the University of Derby in April 2022 as Lecturer in Business and Management.

Recently, I completed an evaluation report for a £6M ERDF funded Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry project (Cyber Security related innovation support for 150 GM Enterprises) and an evaluation plan for a £4M PrintCity Network (3D printing innovation for 150 GM Enterprises). Prior to that I had a successful Research and Knowledge Exchange project worth £32,657 to develop a management KTP and a technical innovation KTP in collaboration of the school of engineering and technology. During the project duration of 6 months, I was successful in bringing direct savings of £219,952 including a winning management KTP bid worth £171,657. I've also completed a highly successful KTP project for a beds and mattress manufacturer based in Huddersfield. The project focused on process innovation utilising SCRUM brought funding's and savings of over £1.8M exceeding the defined 5 year targets. Along this KTP project of worth £132,000, I have achieved successful bids of £216,504.64 including Future Fashion Factory £56,000, Digital Enterprise top 100 for Deluxe Beds, Digital Voucher, LEP, RTC north, Winning Pitch, Department of International Trade (DIT), Collaborative Venture Fund (CVF), Manufacturing Growth Program, Supply Chain Funding etc.

I have vast experience of professional and academic research. I started my career from a Pakistani think tank before joining academia in the UK. I have participated in over 32 research studies, articles, book chapters and reports as well as presented widely on my topics internationally to a diverse audience.

My research interests are: operations, change, innovation, knowledge, culture, leadership and diversity management mainly in manufacturing enterprises.

Teaching responsibilities

I mainly teach Project Management, Operations management, Innovation and Change management, Research methodology and Entrepreneurship, within UK higher education sector. I have taught at various levels from undergraduate to postgraduate across on-campus to online programs and for professional courses to apprenticeship programs. I have taught across 4 universities within UK.

Professional interests

In addition to the academic teaching listed above I have designed and delivered professional training to staff from all levels of a manufacturing organisation. Trainings included IOSH Health & Safety, several IT and tech trainings including specific software packages, management and leadership training, Scrum and productivity trainings, project and change management etc.

I take immense interest in knowledge transfer partnerships with SMEs and work as consultant for project and change management. I also deliver personality development and character building training internationally and like to work towards teacher training. I am keen to share my services for the education sector and volunteer with various charities.

Research interests

My key research subjects are knowledge management, diversity (mainly gender diversity), innovation and change management, agile project management, AI and technological advancement management and entrepreneurship. I have published across these subjects though keen to diversify my portfolio. Further to these subjects I am interested in youth development and social change. I consider myself as a critical realist and enjoy qualitative research more. I feel confident in developing data collection tools and hold strong interviewing expertise. I have explored thematic analysis technique mainly and wish to work on grounded theory, and action research. Personally I like case study approach for research but open to explore other approaches.

Membership of professional bodies

I am fellow of Higher Education Academy since 2021.

I am also certified Scrum Master and certified change management practitioner.


PhD (Management) Thesis: An empirical investigation into knowledge management in Pakistani think tanks. University of Huddersfield, UK

Jan 2013 - Oct 2017

PG Cert (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education)

           Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Nov 2020-  Nov 2021

PG Cert (Research Methodology)

           University of Huddersfield, UK

July 2013 - July 2014

MBA (Finance)

International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. CGPA 3.57/4.00


BS Computer science (Honours-4 years) (Master’s equivalent)

University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, Awarded College Scholarship in 3 semesters


Recent conferences

Key Conference papers

Javed, S., Bamford, D. and Syed, J. (2016). An empirical investigation of knowledge management in Pakistani think tanks. At Atlantic School of Business conference 2016, Oct 21-23, 2016, Halifax, Canada.

Javed, S., Bamford, D. and Syed, J. (2016). An empirical investigation of knowledge management in Pakistani think tanks. At British Academy of Management, conference 2016, Sep 6-8, 2016, Newcastle.

Javed, S., Bamford, D., Higgins, D. (2015). Knowledge management and organizational performance in Pakistani think tanks. Development paper and poster presented at British Academy of Management conference 2015, Portsmouth Sep 8-10.

10 other conference presentations.

Experience in industry

Knowledge transfer partnership funded research £136,000 in ‘operations management utilising Scrum, change management and developing leadership’, the Huddersfield Business School, Jan 2018 – Jan 2020. Key successes include:

Leadership, project and Change management, Deluxe Beds Ltd (Manufacturing), Jan 2017 – Sep 2020.

I have been engaged with several commercial awareness project, for example:

My career mainly started on full time basis after completion of my MBA degree within research sector.

Research experience at Think Tank

Research coordinator, Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad Aug 2010-Aug 2012.

Coordinated research projects mainly on ‘Gender issues’ and ‘Education’. Along developing and leading the ‘Study group on gender issues’ also managed 4 working groups on ‘Gender and media’, ‘Gender and economy’, ‘Gender and legislation’ and a ‘Task force on legislation regarding women issues. The groups achieved completion of several reports and research papers.

Assistant research coordinator, Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad May 2008–Aug 2010.

Intern ‘Gender Issues’, Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad, June–Sep 2007.

International experience

I have my early education and first degree from Pakistan and started my professional career there from a think tank organisation, considering my interest in research. Since last 10 years of my association with UK Higher Education I have polished my skills further. I have attended Scrum Certification in Ireland and Atlantic School of Business conference in Halifax, Canada. I have participated in academic and professional conferences and events throughout the UK.

Additional interests and activities

Advisory board member for Empowered Youth Academy, since Jan 2022.

Ambassador Falcon Wisdom, Jan 2021 – Present.

Conference and Academic Event Management

In the media

Recent publications

Selected Publications

Journal papers

Javed, S., Abualqumboz, M., Bamford, J.R., and Bamford, D. (2023). Doing without knowing: an exploration of knowledge management in think tanks. International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies. ISSN: 1743-8268.

Javed, S, Bamford, J.R., and Abualqumboz, M. (2020). Helping Deluxe Beds sleep easy; A Case Study of Agile Project Management. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Impact Score 2.02),

Shujahaat, M., Saddam, H., Javed, S. Malik, M.I., Thursamy, R., Ali, J., (2016) Systems strategic management model with lens of knowledge management and competitive intelligence: A review approach. VINE journal of information and knowledge management systems (Impact Score 2.93), ISSN: 2059-5891

Edited Books

Ghauri, A., Mehmood, S., and Javed,S., (eds) (2022). Shehr e Arzoo- Rawalpindi. Lahore, Pakistan, Multiemedia Affairs. ISBN: 978-969-596-050-9

Book chapters

Mir, A.H., and Javed, S. (2023). Chapter 5 Indian Cannabis Farming Policies and Use of Fintech to Improve related Legalities. Rapid Innovation and Development in the Global Cannabis Market (edited by Pfano Mashau and Jabulani Nyawo). IGI Global Publisher of Timely Knowledge. ISBN13: 9781668463468. Pages 67-97 (31). DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-6346-8.ch005. Rapid Innovation and Development in the Global Cannabis Market: 9781668463468: Business & Management Books | IGI Global (

Javed, S., Syed, J., and Turner, R., (2018). Gender, employment and careers in Pakistan. Handbook of the diversity and careers (edited by Adelina M.Broadbridge). Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. ISBN: 9781785365591. Pages 324-240 (17). DOI: