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 a Lecturer in Business and Management. I am based within the discipline of Marketing and Operations management of the Business, Law and Social Science School. I am mainly teaching with the Derby Business School's apprenticeship team and online programs team. Over the last two years, the key modules I led and taught across terms over the academic year included: Dissertation (Level 7), Business Impact Project (Level 6), Applied Project Management (Level 5), and Project Management (Level 5). I am actively undertaking research supervision from undergraduate to doctoral level across a range of research topics including, water preservation, artificial intelligence, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship and diversity management. My key interests include knowledge transfer and for this purpose, I encourage industry and academic partnerships for interdisciplinary projects. 

Prior to joining the University of Derby, I completed an evaluation 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 with 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 in the 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. Training included IOSH Health & Safety, several IT and tech training including specific software packages, management and leadership training, Scrum and productivity training, project and change management etc.

I take an immense interest in knowledge transfer partnerships with SMEs and work as a 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 ethnic 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 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 techniques mainly and wish to work on grounded theory and action research. Personally, I like the case study approach for research but am open to exploring other approaches.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Key Conference papers

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 the last 10 years of my association with UK Higher Education, I have polished my skills further. I have attended Scrum Certification in Ireland and the 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

Educational advisor for Earniversity, since October 2023

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

Edited Books

Book chapters