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Dr. Ali Ahsan

Dr. Ali Ahsan uniquely specializes in field of management of ‘Information and Communication Technology’ (ICT) based organizations in Pakistan. Essentially a core software engineer, Dr. Ahsan earned his Masters and Doctorate degree in the field of ‘Engineering Management’ with focus on ‘Software Engineering and related fields’, ‘Technology Management’, ‘TQM’, ‘Productivity Enhancement’, ‘Strategic Management’, ‘Project / Product Management’, ‘Industrial Psychology’, ‘HRM’, ‘OD’ and ‘Management’; all in relation to ICT industry. Dr. Ahsan has extensive managerial and technical experience. Over the years; Dr. Ahsan had the opportunity of working for both the academia and the industry. He had the opportunity of enjoying core strategic positions within ICT sector of Pakistan. He is one of the few researchers who are continually working for the betterment of ICT sector of Pakistan, with specific focus on soft issues. Dr. Ahsan is a consultant to many ICT based organizations within and outside Pakistan. He has research publication in various national and international conferences and journals. He is member of IEEE (USA), SEI (USA) and IIIS (USA). Dr. Ahsan has implemented and completed major ICT based projects in Pakistan. His major contributions include his Doctorate thesis that focuses on revitalization of ICT sector of Pakistan using OD as an improvement technique, PTCL Billing and Customer Care project, CMMI certification of various ICT based organizations in Pakistan, human resource development for ICT sector of Pakistan, completion of some critical ICT based projects and various research outputs addressing applied issues concerning ICT industry of Pakistan. Dr. Ahsan is a gold medalist and has represented Pakistan and many ICT organizations at many national and international forums. Other than his consultancy work with various government and private institutions, Dr. Ahsan is currently the CEO of The WISSEN GROUP (www.wissengroup.com) and Associate Professor at Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (www.case.edu.pk). Dr. Ahsan is an HEC approved PHD supervisor.

Educational Qualifications
  • PhD in Engineering Management from UET Taxila-CASE (Area of Specialization: ICT Management & OD)
  • MSc in Engineering Management from UET Taxila-CASE [Gold Medalist] (Specialization: Technology, Quality and Project Management)
  • BSc in Software Engineering from Foundation University Islamabad (Specialization: Software Engineering, Software Project Management)
Work Experience
  • Associate Professor: CASE Islamabad (www.case.edu.pk)
  • CEO: WISSEN GROUP (www.wissengroup.com)
  • Vice Director R & D: ZTE Pak Pvt Ltd (www.zte.com.cn)
  • Vice Director Organization Development & Quality Management R & D: ZTE Pak Pvt Ltd (www.zte.com.cn)
  • General Manager R & D: ZTE Pak Pvt Ltd (www.zte.com.cn)
  • Teaching (Permanent Faculty): Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) (www.fui.edu.pk)
  • Teaching (Visiting Faculty): NUST EME, NUST NIMS, Others... (www.nust.edu.pk)
  • Senior Software Engineer: Gulfnet System Pvt Ltd, Oratech System Pvt Ltd
  • Consultant: Many national and international ICT based organizations (public and private sector)

  • Involvement in Major ICT Based Projects At Senior Management Level:
    • PTCL Billing & Customer Care Project
    • PAKTEL IN Phase 1 Project
    • PAKTEL IN Phase 2 Project
    • PAKTEL IN Phase 3 Project
    • CM Pak IN Project
    • SCO Billing & Customer Care Project
    • FAMS ZTE
    • NetSol-ZTE Pakistan CMMI Level 2 Project
    • FUI Automation Project
    • NTC-18/17 Inquiry System
    • NESCOM-KDS
    • Implementation of CMMI at many ICT based organizations within Pakistan
    • Teradata Pakistan, DASQC-983
  • Key Certifications:
    • Introduction to CMMI (2.5 Credit Hour), By CMMI Lead Auditor, CMU, SEI U.S.A.
    • Appraisal Team Member Training, by CMMI Lead Auditor, CMU, SEI U.S.A.
    • Appraisal Team Head, ZTE CMMI Level 2 Appraisal.
Email: al_ahsan@case.edu.pk, al_ahsan1@yahoo.com
Research Interests

Entrepreneurship, Customer Care, Information Technology, Project / Product / Process Management, Management, Management Of ICT Based Organizations, Strategic Management In Technical Organizations (ICT Based Mainly), Corporate Strategy, Software Engineering & Related Disciplines, Software Project And Quality Management, Object Oriented Software Engineering, System Analysis & Design, Management Information System, Engineering Workflow Analysis, Technology, Productivity And Quality Management (Particularly In Relation To ICT Industry), TQM,Quality Control And Assurance (ISO, CMM, CMMI, Quality In Software Engineering, Statistical Quality Control, Testing), Organization Development, Organizational Strategy And Behavior,Industrial And Organizational Psychology, People Management, PCMM, Corporate Social Responsibility, TOT, Training / Teaching Management, Globalization And Competitiveness,Database Management System, Enterprise Resource Planning, Information System Theory & Practice, Technical Writing, Risk Management, R & D Related To ICT Management, Information Technology And ICT Policy

Research Publications
Topic: TQM In Higher Education In Pakistan
Co Authors: Dr. Ali Sajid
Published In Pakistan’s 1st National Conference On Quality Assurance In Education.
Topic: Exploring ‘Employee Satisfaction’ As A Quality And Productivity Enhancement Tool For IT Sector Of Pakistan
Co Authors: Dr. Ali Sajid, Ms. Hina Sohrab Kiani And Ms. Omama Khurshid
Published In 11th QMOD Conference Organized At Lunds University, Campus Helsingborg, Sweden From 20th August 2008 To 22nd August 2008 (http://www.Ch.Lu.Se/Qmod).
Topic: Required Level Of Motivation To Revitalize The Workforce In Software Industry Of Pakistan
Co Authors: Dr. Ali Sajid And Mr. M Wasim Bhatti
Published In 7th WSEAS International Conference On Software Engineering, Parallel And Distributed Systems (SEPADS '08) Held In University Of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK From Februaryth To February 22nd, 2008. Proceeding Published By WSEAS Press, ISBN: 978-960-6766-42-8, ISSN: 1790-5117. (Also Available Through ACM Portal)
Topic: Supervisory Divergence Between South Asian & Chinese Middle Management Standpoint And Its Operational, Motivational & Unconstructive Long Term Significant Consequence In Technical Organizations In South Asia
Co Authors: Dr. Ali Sajid
Published In 2nd International Conference On Knowledge Generation, Communication And Management: KGCM 2008, June 29th- July 2nd, 2008 – Orlando, Florida, USA.
Topic: Managing Social Values & Hi-Tech Corporate Practices In South Asia Through Better Understanding Of Corporate Social Responsibility
Co Authors: Dr. Ali Sajid
Published In IEEE International Engineering Management Conference, A Strategic View Of Engineering And Technology Management Held At St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador Canada. The Conference Was Organized By IEEE Engineering Management Society, IEE Management Professional Network, IEEE Newfoundland & Labrador Section And IEEE Canada. The Conference IEEE Catalog Number Is 05ch37681c And ISBN Number Is 0-7803-9140-3.
Topic: Operational Barriers To Transfer Of Technology For Large Scale IT Based Organizations From China To Pakistan
Co Authors: None
Published In 4th International Symposium On Management, Engineering And Informatics: MEI 2008 In The Context Of The 12th Multi-Conference On Systemics, Cybernetics And Informatics: WMSCI 2008 June 29th - July 2nd, 2008 – Orlando, Florida, USA: MEI 2008, June 29th - July 2nd, 2008 – Orlando, Florida, USA.
Topic: Impact of Discrepancies in Effective Written Communication on Organizational Quality of Geographically Dispersed Software Organizations in Software Industry of Pakistan
Co Authors: Mr. Adnan Akram
Published in The 5th International Symposium on Management, Engineering and Informatics: MEI 2009 In the Context of The 13th Multi-conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2009, July 10th - 13th, 2009 – Orlando, Florida, USA.
Topic: The Rise And Fall of R & D Center’s ‘Quality Management Department’ of a Major ICT Based Chinese Organization in Pakistan: An Exploratory, Explanatory and Analytical Case Study of Core Reason of Rise and Fall and Corresponding Soft Benefits And Dis-benefits for The Overall Organization
Co Authors: Mr. None
Published in IEEE The 17th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Xiamen, P.R. China, October 29th to 31st, 2010. IEEE Catalog Number: CFP1016G-PRT, ISBN: 978-1-4244-6481-4. Conference proceedings are indexed by both EI Compendex and ISTP.
Topic: Investigation and Discovery of Core Issues Concerning Requirements Elicitation in Information Technology Industry and Corresponding Remedial Actions (An Inductive Case Study of Pakistan’s IT Industry)
Co Authors: Mr. Imran Ashraf
Published in IEEE The 17th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Xiamen, P.R. China, October 29th to 31st, 2010. IEEE Catalog Number: CFP1016G-PRT, ISBN: 978-1-4244-6481-4. Conference proceedings are indexed by both EI Compendex and ISTP.
Topic: Scrum Adoption, Acceptance and Implementation (A Case Study of Barriers in Pakistan’s IT Industry and Mandatory Improvements)
Co Authors: Mr. M Jamil Akhtar and Mr. Waqas Zafar Sadiq
Published in IEEE The 17th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Xiamen, P.R. China, October 29th to 31st, 2010. IEEE Catalog Number: CFP1016G-PRT, ISBN: 978-1-4244-6481-4. Conference proceedings are indexed by both EI Compendex and ISTP.
Topic: A Framework To Identify The ‘Motivational Factors’ Of Employees; A Case Study Of Pakistan IT Industry
Co Authors: Dr. Ali Sajid And Mr. M Wasim Bhatti
Published in ISI Recognized Journal. Extended Version Of The Original Research Paper Was Selected For Inclusion In Journal I.E. ‘WSEAS Transactions On Computers’. ISSN: 1109-2750, Issue 6, Volume7, Pg 837-846, June 2008. (Also Available Through ACM Portal)
Topic: Barriers Against Implementing And Managing Quality In IT Industry Of Pakistan
Co Authors: None
Published in HEC Recognized Journal. ‘The Nucleus’. ISSN: 0029-5698, Volume 47, No.2 (2010) , Pg 91-123. (Also Available from http://www.thenucleuspak.org.pk)