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Dean’s Foreword – iiumcrescent

Dean’s Foreword

aahdProfessor AAhad M. Osman-Gani, Dean and Managing Director of the Graduate School of Management, and IIUM-CRESCENT, obtained PhD (Major: Human Resource Development; Minor: International Management), and MA (Major: International Business; Minor: Marketing) from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA. Prior to these, he had MBA with double majors in Management and Marketing. Currently, he is a Professor of HRD & International Management at the Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics & Management Sciences of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Before joining the IIUM, he taught at Nanyang Business School of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore for 17 years. He is now an Adjunct Professor of Kyoto University of Japan, and a Visiting Graduate Faculty of the University of Texas at Tyler, USA. He is also the Director of Asia Business Leadership (Malaysia) Project based in Japan. During the past 43 years of his professional career, he has held various teaching and research responsibilities at several universities and organizations including The Ohio State University, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the University of Chittagong. He was a distinguished Guest Professor of East China Normal University, Shanghai; a Visiting Professor of:  Peking University, China; King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUM), Saudi Arabia; University Technology Malaysia (UTM).  He was an External Examiner (PhD Dissertations), External Reviewer (Curriculum), and External Assessor (Promotion & Tenure) for several universities, including the University of Minnesota; George Washington University in USA; Liverpool University, UK; UniSIM, and NTU, Singapore; and currently serves as External Examiner and External Assessor of many international universities from USA, Japan, and Malaysia (UPM, UUM, UTM, UNIMAS).

Professor AAhad is a certified administrator of MBTI, STRONGS, FIRO-B, and BENCHMARKS Leadership tools. Currently, he is an Editor of International Journal of T&D (Wiley-Blackwell), Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Islamic Management Studies (JIMS), IIUM Journal of Case Studies in Management (IJCSM), and Editorial Board Member of the Human Resource Development Quarterly (Jossey-Bass), Human Resource Development International (Routledge), Human Resource Development Review (Sage). He was a Board Member of Journal of Transnational Management Development, Journal of Teaching in International Business, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Advances in Developing Human Resources and several other international journals published from the USA & UK.

Professor AAhad has published extensively in reputed international journals (ISI / SSCI, SCOPUS indexed) and regularly presents scholarly research papers in top international conferences of the relevant fields (Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, Academy of Human Resource Development). He has published more than 150 journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, case studies, and research monographs. He has authored/co-authored several books including: Human Resource Development in Malaysia (Pearson Publishing); Spirituality in Management from Islamic Perspectives (IIUM Press); Performance Development and Training: Asian Perspectives (McGraw-Hill). Workplace Training & Learning: Cases from Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Prentice-Hall/Pearson). His doctoral dissertation on International Technology Transfer was selected by the ASTD Research Committee in USA as one of the top three in the field of HRD.

Professor AAhad received the prestigious global recognition from the Academy of Human Resource Development as an “Outstanding HRD Scholar”, which was awarded at its Annual International Research Conference held at the Knoxville Marriott Hotel, USA in 2010. He is the first Asian scholar representing an Asian University to receive the distinguished Award in recognition of his outstanding records of continuous publications in high quality scholarly journals. Beside this, Professor Osman-Gani had received several other global recognitions. In 2011, The Ohio State University Alumni Society has selected him as an Outstanding Alumni to receive the Distinguished Career Advancement Award. He was elected as a Director of the IBSTPI (International Board of Standards in Training Performance & Instructions). In 2009, he was recognized for his distinguished services to the Asian human resource development at the Academy of HRD Annual Conference held in Washington DC. In 2008, his research paper was selected as a Best Paper for publication in the prestigious Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management Conference held in Anaheim, California, USA. He has also received the “Cutting Edge Research Award” presented by the Academy of HRD for authoring the best research papers in 2005 & 2010. He was conferred the 2007 Leadership Award at the 14th Annual International Conference on Advances in Management (ICAM) held in Niagara, Canada. In 2006, he was honoured for his contributions to the development of HRD research & practice in China at the Sixth Asian conference of the Academy of HRD. Professor AAhad also received the President’s Citation, Charles Mendenhall Award from The Ohio State University, and Public Service Award from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in USA, for his distinguished scholarships and professional achievements.

Professor AAhad has worked as a consultant for various multinational and local organizations including the General Motors Corp., Honda of America, and the World Bank in USA; Asian Development Bank, IRTI of Islamic Development Bank, GIBS of South Africa, Asia Business Leadership Project, Asian Productivity Organization of Japan, Sinopec of China, SingTel, Economic Development Board, Trade Development Board, Productivity and Standards Board, Department of Statistics, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Defence of Singapore, and Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute (SAFTI), AKEPT (Academic Leadership Training Institute) of Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia. His consulting works focuses mostly on International Management and Leadership competency development (e.g. intercultural skills and expatriate development) and human resource and talent development issues (e.g. performance evaluation, training needs assessment, employee motivation, communication, negotiation and team works). Currently, he is working on several research projects related to Leadership Development, Spirituality in Management, Emotional & Spiritual intelligence, International HRD and Cross-Cultural Management. He has conducted many executive development programs and made professional presentations in more than 20 countries of Asia, Europe, North and South America.

Professor AAhad has been a Keynote Speaker at many regional and international conferences held in USA, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India, China, Bahrain, UAE, Turkey, Malaysia, and Singapore,. During the past few years, he has made invited presentations as the Featured Speaker at scholarly Seminars organized for faculty members and graduate students of some reputed universities (Indiana University at Bloomington USA, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign USA, The Ohio State University at Columbus, Ohio, USA, and Kyoto University in Tokyo & Kyoto, Kumamoto University, Japan). He is a member of the Advisory Boards of some professional organizations, and provides advisory services to local and international organizations. He has also managed the family business operations for a number of years in real estate, manufacturing/production and trading sectors. Professor AAhad is also involved in social services & philanthropic activities, and served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Perdaus, and Mercy Relief International Singapore. Currently, he is a Director of the Academy of HRD Foundation Board in USA, and serves as the Chairperson of Outstanding HRD Scholar Award Committee.

Professor AAhad is the founding Chairperson of Asia Chapter of the Academy of Human Resource Development, and was the Vice President of the International Congress of Advances in Management. He was the Conference CEO & Program Chair of the International Conferences on Human Resource Development in Asia (held in India, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, Bahrain and Turkey) for 12 years. He was the Chair of Malaysia Committee of ABEST21 (Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow-21st century organization)-an international accreditation body, and was a Steering Committee member and Chair of Peer Review Team for accreditation.

A former World Bank scholar, Professor AAhad pursued graduate, postgraduate, and professional development courses at the top ranking universities of USA. He was featured in the Harvard Business Reference of the Profiles in Business and Management: An International Directory of Scholars, and in Baron’s Who’s Who of the Asian Pacific Rim. Professor AAhad’s expertise and research interests span the areas of International and Cross-Cultural Management, Human Resource Development, Spirituality in Management, and Leadership & Talent Development. 


 Professor Dr. AAhad M. Osman-Gani
Dean and Managing Director,
Graduate School of Management & IIUM-CRESCENT
Professor of HRD & International Management
24, Persiaran Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin
Taman Duta 50480, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: (603) 6207-3401 / 6207-3402
Fax: (603) 6207-3477