Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Basu D. Sharma
University of New Brunswick, Canada

BASU D. SHARMA, Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick in Canada since 1985, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in U.S.A. He has held appointments at the National University of Singapore, Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu, Nepal), and University of Saskatchewan. He has been a consultant for the International Labour Organization, the Singapore National Employers Federation, and the Singapore Institute of Labour. He has held the position of president of the Atlantic Schools of Business Society thrice—in 2005, 2006 and 2016. He has served the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, the flagship association of the profession, at different times in different capacities such as member of the Executive, Awards Chair, division Chair for Management Education division, and for International Business division as recently as 2015.
Dr. Sharma is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Comparative International Management. And he has been or was on the editorial boards of many academic journals including: the Journal of Management, the International Journal of Management Literature, Labour and Management in Development, Research and Practice in Human Resource Management, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Workplace Review, and Transnational Corporations Review.
Keynote Speech Title: Remittance as Opportunity Resource for Capacity Building in Nepal
Abstract: Remittance accounts for 29% of the gross domestic product of Nepal, and it has been touted as one of the key factors in reducing poverty, improving human capital and financing imports. Given a lack of interest on the part of multinational corporations to invest and reduced levels of foreign aid coming to Nepal over past several years, remittance has worked as an opportunity resource. However, remittance has also led to moral hazard and the Dutch disease phenomena through hollowing out of adult, productive household members and creating inefficiency in farm production due to shortage of labour and income substitution effect. Furthermore, it has contributed to increasing imports for luxury and semi-luxury goods, resulting in trade deficit. It has eroded competitive advantage of the country by weakening the export sector of the economy. At the micro-level, remittance has been responsible for family breakdowns, erosion of family values, exploitation and inhuman treatment of migrant workers by employers, and problems of reintegration of migrants upon return. The keynote speech will inform the audience about prospects and problems of remittance economy using Nepal’s experience as an example.

Keynote Speaker II

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yip Mum Wai
Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yip Mum Wai holds a Diploma in Materials Engineering and MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from University of Warwick, United Kingdom. He was awarded an Engineering Doctorate in Engineering Business Management from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Dr. Yip holds a position as Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College. He is a certified Train the Trainer of PBSM Malaysia, certified TRIZ Instructor, certified Knowledge Management Facilitator and Practitioner, Senior Member of International Association of Computer Science and Information (IACSIT), Senior Member of South Asia Institute of Science and Engineering (SAISE) and also a senior member of International Economics Development and Research Centre (IEDRC). Dr Yip has presented many papers in the field of management such as Blue Ocean Strategy, TRIZ, innovation management, knowledge management and also in the field of materials engineering such as laser cladding, machining and etc in many international conferences in China, Macau, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia and Brunei. He is also a reviewer, Editorial Board Member and conference chair and keynote speaker for many International Journals and International Conferences.
Keynote Speech Title: Managing Uncertainties by Executing Blue Ocean Strategy
Abstract:
The global economic sentiment is shaped by uncertainties lately. In this situation, organisations need to overcome and manage uncertainties with the innovative business thinking and strategy.
In order to overcome the competition and uncertainty in red ocean market, one of the strategy used is Blue Ocean Strategy. Blue Ocean Strategy is a strategy that can create uncontested market space and make the competition irrelevant.
The main purpose of this presentation is to present the blue ocean strategy analytical tools such as pain point of customers and non-customers, strategy canvas, integration of non-customers and six paths to create blue ocean strategy in organization. A case study of the implementation of Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) will be presented. Findings revealed that BOS has a very strong impact on managing uncertainties in the organization.

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