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Dr. Sarah S Khan (On Leave)
Assistant Professor
Management & HR

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
NUST Business School, H-12 Sector, Islamabad
Tel : +92-51-90853203

Technology/ Information Systems Management, Entrepreneurship

Ph.D. Computing and Information Systems–UNC Charlotte, USA. MS. Economics - UNC Charlotte, USA.    MBA International Business Marketing - NUST

Dr. Sarah Khan has 11 years of teaching experience in USA as well as Pakistan. Since 2012, she has been involved with entrepreneurship eco system development at NUST. This led to her becoming head of research at NUST Business School in March 2016. She is currently a member of Innovation Steering Committee at Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Her non teaching experience is as follows:

NUST Business School

  1. Establishment of Center for Entrepreneurship Research at NUST Business School

  • Industry Outreach

  • Collaboration with International Universities

  • Collaboration with Technology Incubation Centers

  • Team building and Training

NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

1. Head of Department – PG Studies Department of       Computing (Summer 2014 to Fall 2015)

  • Student Advising and Courses Management

  • Development and Implementation of “Non – Thesis” MS program

  • MS and PhD students admissions management

  • MS and PhD theses process management

  • Faculty and Course allocations


2. Knowledge Head: Management:  Fall 2013 to Fall 2015

  • Quality assurance of approx. 22 management courses

  • Faculty hiring and mentorship

  • Exams evaluations

  • Approval of new courses

  • Course evaluations

3. Project Manager: First Lego League – North Region Pakistan: 2012-2013

  • Introducing FLL in Pakistan

  • Basic LEGO Mind Storms Training

  • Selecting and preparing teams for FLL World Festival

 4. Course Director: Entrepreneurship – Spring 2013 to Date

  • Designing and Updating Entrepreneurship Course

  • Course Quality Assurance

5. Course Designer: MS program in iLearning – Spring 2013

6. Project Manager: Exylent IT Outreach Program –Summer 2008 –Summer 2013

My team started this project in 2008. Exylent stands for Exploring Young Leaders Natural Talent. Every year since then, a team of talented researchers and volunteers conduct a summer camp among middle to high school students, where every participant explores the exciting world of programming, robotics, and fine engineering, while getting to meet the top scientists and motivational speakers.


7. Project Director: Finding Innovative and Creative Solutions – Fall 2012 – Spring 2014

FICS is an initiative to bring students and industry together to find solutions for social problems.


8. Marketing and Development Officer, 2004-2006

 University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Course Coordinator

  • Introduction to Business Computing, Spring 2011 – Spring 2012

  • Design and maintenance of course content for 500+ students in13+ sections (both in class and online)

  • Exams design on SAM

  • Develop and recording of lectures for online classes

  • AACSB accreditation paperwork coordination.

Institute of Space Technology, Pakistan

Assistant Manager Public Relations, 2003-2004​​​​​On Leave

Dr. Sarah Khan has research and practical experience with Technology Management and Entrepreneurship in Pakistan. Her research interests include technology risk, real options, behavioral economics and technology transfer and entrepreneurship. She is in the process of establishing a research center at NBS for entrepreneurship.​

  • ​Sarah S. Khan,Kexin Zhao, Ram L Kumar, and Antonis Stylianou (2015) Risk Attitudes and Real Option Exercise Decisions in IT Projects, Presented at 35thInternational Conference on Information Systems, Fort Worth 2015.
  • Sarah S. Khan, Ram L Kumar, Kexin Zhao, and Antonis Stylianou (2013) Understanding the Information Technology Growth Options: Effects of Gender and Experience on Option Exercise Decisions, Presented at 8th International Research Workshop on Information Technology Project Management (IRWITPM), Milan, Italy, December 14th, 2013.
  • Sarah S Khan, Moutaz Khouja, Ram L Kumar (2013) Effects of Time-Inconsistent Preferences on Information Technology Infrastructure Investments with Growth Options, European Journal of Information Systems, 22, 206–220
  • Kexin Zhao, Sarah S. Khan, Mu Xia, (2011) Sustainability of Vertical Standard Consortia as Communities of Practice: A Multi-Level Framework, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Vol. 16, No.1, Fall 2011, pp. 11-40.
  • Sarah S. Khan, Ram L Kumar, M. Khouja and Kexin Zhao (2010) Narrow Framing Effects on Real Options: The Case of IT Application Portfolios, Presented at 31st International Conference on Information Systems, St. Louis 2010.
  • Sarah S. Khan and A. Stylianou (2009) IT Project Management & Managerial Risk: Effects of Overconfidence, presented at 4th International Research Workshop on Information Technology Project Management (IRWITPM), Phoenix, Arizona, December 14th, 2009.
  • Sarah S. Khan and Ram L. Kumar (2009) Understanding Managerial Decision Risks in IT Project Management: An Integrated Behavioral Decision Analysis Perspective, presented at 15th Americas Conference on Information Systems, San Francisco, California, August 6-9, 2009.
  • Haya Ajjan, Ram L. Kumar, Sarah S. Khan (2009) Improving Project Management Through a Shared Understanding of Project Risk and Return, presented at 15th Americas Conference on Information Systems, San Francisco, California, August 6-9, 2009.
  • Sarah S. Khan and Ram L Kumar (2010) Understanding Time - Inconsistent Preferences in Real Options- Based IT Investment Justification, Presented at INFORMS 2010 Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, November 7-10, 2010.
  • Kexin Zhao, Sarah S. Khan, Mu Xia and Michael J. Shaw (2008) Exploring the Social Structure of Vertical Standard Consortia, Presented at The Seventh Workshop on E-Business (WeB), 13 December 2008, Paris, France.​​
  • Assistant Professor: NUST Business School

    • Entrepreneurship (MBA): Spring 2015

    Assistant Professor: NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    • Software Project Management: Fall 2013-2015 (BS Software Engineering, BS Information Technology)

    • Software Quality Engineering: Spring 2013 (MS-IT and MS-CS program), Spring 2014-2015 (BS Software Engineering Program)

    • Research Methodologies: Spring 2015 (MS- ITE program)

    • Entrepreneurship: Spring 2013 (B. Elec. Engineering), Fall 2014 (BS Software Engineering Program)

    • Strategic Information Management: Summer 2013 (MS-IT program)

    Adjunct Assistant Professor: University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

    •  Introduction to Business Computing, Summer 2012

    Instructor: University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

    • Introduction to Business Computing, Fall 2009 – Spring 2012

    • Management Information Systems, Summer 2009

    ​Lecturer: NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    • Principals of Accounting: Spring 2005, Spring 2006

    • Introduction to Marketing: Spring 2005, Spring 2006

    • Principals of Financial Management: Spring 2006

    • Introduction to Management: Spring 2005, Spring 2006

    Teaching Assistant: University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

    • ​Introduction to Business Computing, Fall 2007 – Spring 2009

    Dr. Sarah is currently involved with several technology incubation centers in Pakistan as a part of her research, as well as an advisor.