Researches Project and Operations Management

Project and Operations Management

This research group is dedicated to advancing sustainable practices in project management and operations across various sectors. With a focus on integrating academic rigor with industry practices, our group aims to address the complex challenges faced by both public and private entities in managing projects and operations efficiently while promoting environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Through interdisciplinary research, collaboration with industry stakeholders, and innovative methodological approaches, we strive to generate actionable insights and develop scalable solutions that enhance organizational performance and resilience.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth): Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.
  • SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure): Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.
  • SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production): Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • SDG 13 (Climate Action): Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  • SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals): Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.


  • Develop Integrated Frameworks: Create comprehensive frameworks for project and operations management that align with sustainability principles and are adaptable to different industrial contexts.
  • Innovation and Technology Integration: Research and integrate emerging technologies and innovative practices that enhance productivity and sustainability in project management and operations.
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration: Establish multi-stakeholder collaborations that include industry leaders, governmental bodies, and academic institutions to share knowledge, strategies, and best practices.
  • Education and Training: Develop educational programs and training workshops aimed at upskilling professionals and students in sustainable project and operations management techniques.
  • Impact Assessment and Policy Development: Conduct thorough impact assessments to understand the social, environmental, and economic effects of operations and project management practices, leading to informed policy recommendations for sustainable development.

Group Head

  • Dr Yasir Ahmad

Other Members

  • Dr Afshan Naseem
  • Dr Asjad Shahzad
  • Dr Sundus Younis

Research Collaborations

  • University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom
  • King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • ENSAM Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Metz, France
  • Business Vertical, Torrens University, Australia

Research Scholar Achievement

  • PhD Scholar “Muhammad Awais Akbar” (under supervision of Dr Afshan Naseem), achieved the fully funded scholarship under International Research Support Initiative Program (IRSIP) by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan for his research work at Laboratoire de Conception, Fabrication, Commande (LCFC), École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers ParisTech (Ranked 101 in the world QS 2024), France.

Postgraduate Research Theses

PhD Theses – Under supervision of Dr Yasir Ahmad

  • Quality 4.0 in Service Industry: Adoption & Transition Framework
  • Drivers and barriers to Human Robot Collaboration in Manufacturing Industry: An empirically driven framework for developing countries

PhD Thesis – Under supervision of Dr Afshan Naseem

  • Integrated Decision Support System for Risk Identification & Mitigation in Zero Defect Manufacturing

PhD Theses – Under supervision of Dr Asjad Shahzad

  • The impact of Lean integrated management system to overcome the challenge of decreasing Quality standards in army third line repair and overhauling facilities.
  • Improving the operational performance of the technical organizations using Industry 4.0 components
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Data Governance Frameworks in Ensuring Security and Privacy of Healthcare Data: A Quantitative Analysis of ISO Standards, GDPR, and HIPAA in Blockchain Technology

MS Theses – Under supervision of Dr Yasir Ahmad

  • Impact of entrepreneurial orientation, marketing orientation, and marketing self-efficacy on the performance of tech startups in Pakistan
  • Privatization of State-owned Enterprises (SOEs): Case Study of Pakistan’s Aviation Sector
  • Effect of Organizational culture on delays in construction industry of Pakistan
  • Emotional Intelligence abilities and construction Project Performance: The mediating role of Trust and Stress
  • Analysis of Intangible Resources for success in Virtual Project Management: A case of services industry
  • Selection of Suitable Maintenance Strategy for Agri-chemical / Fertilizer Production Plant using AHP
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Implementation Analysis in a Public Sector Organization

MS Theses – Under supervision of Dr Afshan Naseem

  • Fault Interaction Analysis in Manufacturing Process with Extended FMEA Model using Cloud Model Theory and DEMATEL: A Novel Approach to Risk Assessment
  • Evaluation of Manufacturing Process in Low Variety High Volume Industry: A Case of Tobacco Industry of Pakistan
  • Integration of Quality Function Deployment, Monte Carlo Simulation and DMAIC for Risk Prioritization and Improvement in Production Processes of Textile Sector (2024)
  • Work demand and Prevalence of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Case Study of Pakistan Aviation Maintenance Workers
  • Time Study Based Model to Optimize the Assembly Line Efficiency and Labor Cost Considering Human Factor
  • An integrated Approach to determine the Interrelationship among Faults in Production Process with Extended FMEA Model using DEMATEL and Cloud Model Theory in Textile Sector

MS Theses – Under supervision of Dr Asjad Shahzad

  • Principal Drivers of implementing Building Information Modeling in the Construction Projects: A developing world perspective
  • The impact of CSR on Sustainable performance in Project-based Organizations: Exploring the Moderating role of Organizational Policies
  • The impact of Servant Leadership on Team Effectiveness? Role of Intellectual stimulation and Perceived Supervisor Support
  • Impact of project manager leadership styles on project delays: The moderating role of Agile project management principles

MS Theses – Under supervision of Dr Sundus Younis

  • Design and Optimization of Public Healthcare Accessibility: A Data-Driven Analysis of Free Health Services in Pakistan’s Public Hospitals