Knowledge Exchange and Knowledge Development for Sustainable social Entrepreneurship in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Pakistan (055) | Year 1

The main aim of this 3-year project is “To develop anda Knowledge Exchange Partnership for sustainable social entrepreneurship and small business in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Pakistan. There are 3 main objectives of this project:

  1. Identify and explore areas for collaboration and partnership for appropriate, relevant and local knowledge creation through the transfer of existing knowledge via curriculum development, joint research, training for capacity building and faculty exchange in the fields of social entrepreneurship.
  2. Develop and promote a sustainable knowledge economy ecosystem by building the entrepreneurial knowledge management capacity of the KP based Small/MediumBusiness Enterprises (SMEs), Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), business and trade associations and women’s entrepreneurial development associations.  We intend to capitalize on tacit entrepreneurial knowledge (Case studies), disseminating the existing knowledge (knowledge product exchanges), building their capacities for reusing entrepreneurial knowledge (knowledge sharing seminars and workshops) and explicit knowledge transfer through entrepreneurial career development advocacy.
  3. Develop and promote a knowledge sharing platform (through entrepreneurial knowledge transfer (Via networking/communication) and entrepreneurial knowledge storage) to facilitate outreach for improving management practice of SMEs and social enterprises.

A) Workshop # 1 (Social entrepreneurship – Knowledge Economy)

Project Head – Dr. Sohail Younis

Co-investigator – Dr. Muhammad Nouman

Workshop Facilitator – Dr. Gohar Saleem Parvaiz

Venue: Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences), Peshawar

Date: 25 November 2015

Workshop Duration: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Description:

The workshop was organized by Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) of Institute of Management Sciences in collaboration with British Council, Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, and National Productivity Office (NPO). The stated workshop is the first workshop of three years project on ‘Social entrepreneurship’ (British Council funded). The aim of the workshop was to develop a sustainable knowledge exchange partnership on social entrepreneurship between potential stakeholders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Pakistan.  In this regard following stakeholders were invited, that is, professional entrepreneurs, members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KPCCI), potential social entrepreneurs, the member of Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA), academic researchers and eminent experts in the concerned field.

The Main topics that were covered in the 1st workshop are mentioned as follow:

  • Introduction to the Project (Social Entrepreneurship) by Dr. Sohail, Dr. Nouman & Dr. Goher Saleem.
  • Exploring the concepts of Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Local Understanding and Contemporary Views.
  • Focus Group and Design Thinking Exercise on the Agenda.
    • That are the problems/threats in the development of social entrepreneurship in KP?
    • How local community, businesses, and academia work together to develop social entrepreneurship in KP?
    • How come social entrepreneurship should be promoted in KP?
    • What should be the future roadmap to pursue this project?

In the end Director IMSciences, Dr. Muhammad Mohsin Khan delivered a closing speech and distributed certificates among the participants.

A participant’s group photo with Dr. Muhammad Mohsin Khan (Director – IMSciences)

B) Workshop # 2 (Social entrepreneurship – Knowledge Economy)

Project Head – Dr. Sohail Younis

Co-investigator – Dr. Muhammad Nouman

Workshop Facilitator – Dr. Gohar Saleem Parvaiz

Venue: Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences), Peshawar

Date: 10 December 2015

Workshop Duration: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Description:

The workshop was organized by Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) of Institute of Management Sciences in collaboration with British Council, Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, and National Productivity Office (NPO). The stated workshop is the second workshop of three years project on ‘Social entrepreneurship’ (British Council funded the project). The aim of the workshop was to educate potential stakeholders of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to develop a business plan incorporating the aspect of social entrepreneurship.  In this regard, 10 professional entrepreneurs were invited and 10 potential entrepreneurs (students) were invited as a participant.

The Main topics that were covered in the 2nd workshop are mentioned as follow:

  • Introduction to the Project (Social Entrepreneurship) by Dr. Muhammad Sohail Yunis.
  • Exploring the Concept of Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Local Understanding and Contemporary Views.
  • Focus Group and Design Thinking Exercise on the Agenda.

In the end, Dr. Usman Ghani (Deputy Director, IMSciences) has delivered a closing speech and distributed certificates among the participants.

A participant’s group photo with Dr. Usman Ghani (Deputy- Director – IMSciences)

C) Video Conference on  ‘Social entrepreneurship – Knowledge Economy’

Project Head – Dr. Sohail Younis

Co-investigator – Dr. Muhammad Nouman

Workshop Facilitator – Dr. Gohar Saleem Parvaiz

Venue: Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences), Peshawar

Date: 24 December, 2015

Video Conference Duration: 02:30 am – 5:00 pm

Description:

The conference was organized by Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) of Institute of Management Sciences (Peshawar, Pakistan) in collaboration with Robert Gordon Business School (Aberdeen, UK). The stated video conference is the third event in continuation of three years project on ‘Social entrepreneurship – knowledge economy’ project funded by British Council. The video Conference had two point agenda. One was to know how quality institute such as Robert Gordon Business School has incorporated the aspect of social entrepreneurship in their existing curriculum. Another is to know and discuss the topics related to social entrepreneurship where IMSciences and Robort Gordon Business School can proceed with joint research efforts.

In total 14 individuals have participated from IMSciences side that includes 4 faculty members and 10 students; 4 of them were Ph.D. Scholars, rest of them were MS students.

Important points as per stated agenda:

During three hours of video conference the discussion towards the number of following areas that includes social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, marketing, corporate social responsibility, investment strategies in social enterprises etc. However, this document only reports important points associated with conference agendas:-

  1. How quality institute such as Robert Gordon Business School has incorporated the aspect of social entrepreneurship in their existing curriculum?

Following points have been noticed:-

  • Robort Gordon Business School has not devised a separate curriculum for social entrepreneurship however they have adopted a strategy to introduce the aspect of social enterprise time to time in their existing entrepreneurship curriculum.
  • Further, they emphasized the need for students to have work placements in social enterprise; where they should be properly mentored and students must have to write an assignment of 4000 words reflecting their experiences relating to the social aspect.
  • Further, they also suggested the need of having guest speakers as role models to emphasize the aspect of social entrepreneurship.
  • Also proposed social entrepreneurial case study approach where students should be asked to categorize the social aspect to highlight its importance.

2. Research topics related to social entrepreneurship on which IMSciences and Robort Gordon Business School can proceed with joint research efforts?

Following points have been suggested:-

  • Investigating the concept of social entrepreneurship in UK (West) and Pakistan (east).
  • Proposed using institutional and stakeholder theory for investigating the notion of social entrepreneurship
  • The value proposition of social entrepreneurial aspect enterprises in west and east.

D) Promotion of activities on website and Social media

 

E) UK exchange Visit (August 2015)

Sustainable social Entrepreneurship

Participants from UK

Professor Alistair R Anderson (project head UK partner)

Aberdeen Business School

a.r.anderson@rgu.ac.uk

 

Dr Ahmed Eloucif

Course Leader MSc International Business

Email: a.beloucif@rgu.ac.uk

 

Professor Hether Fulford

Prof Academic Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship

Email: h.fulford@rgu.ac.uk

 

Prof Alex Russel

Professor of petroleum

Head of Department of Management

Email: a.russel@rgu.ac.uk

 

Amanze Rajesh Ejiogu

Lecturer in Accounting and finance

Email:  amanzerajesh@yahoo.com

 

Zillur Rahman BA(Hons)

MSc Doctoral Researcher

Email m.z.rahman@rgu.ac.uk

 

Participant from Pakistan

 

Dr. Mohammad Mohsin Khan

Project leader and director, Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences)

Email. director@imsciences.edu.pk

 

Dr. Mohammad Sohail Yunis (Project principal investigator)

Assistant Professor, Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences)

Email. Sohail.younis@imsciences.edu.pk

 

Dr. Mohammad Nouman (Project Co-investigator)

Assistant Professor, Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences)

Email. muhammad.nouman@imsciences.edu.pk

Progress against outputs

As for curriculum development, the faculty and students have been involved in workshops, conferences and networking, arranged under the umbrella of this project, which enlightens the idea of social entrepreneurship to the participant. Ever since the faculty has been exposed to the idea of social entrepreneurship, it has been influential in the essence that they have been incorporating tools such as case studies and research papers in classrooms, which throw light on social entrepreneurship. Moreover, students have developed huge interest in the field of social entrepreneurship and came up with research ideas, which highlight significant knowledge gaps in the area. More precisely, for the start, Social entrepreneurship is integrated with Corporate Social Responsibility module at undergraduate (BBA) and introduced in Advance reading in Management at MS research degree.

Qualitative & Quantitative Impact (Outcome)

Qualitative:

  • Awareness and importance of entrepreneurship/social entrepreneurship in IMSciences, other HEIs, and potential entrepreneurship in KP.
  • Capacity building of IMSciences staff, students and other Higher Education Institutions, and potential entrepreneurship in KP and transfer of that expertise to enable practitioners.
  • Development of faculty and students research ability in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship.

Quantitative:

  • The courses developed (with help of the UK partner) would be a new field for IMS, so new student numbers and attendance at outreach courses/events would be impacted
  • Number of participants in capacity building exercises
  • A number of business start-ups or intentions.
  • A total of 100 participants attended the three sessions (2 workshops and 1 Video conference):
    • Session 1: Around 50 Participants.
    • Session 2: Around 30 Participants.
    • Session 3: Around 20 Participants.

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