Nahyan bin Mubarak inaugurates Intand#039l Conference on Organisation and Management, urges participants to find innovative management practices

ABU DHABI, 22nd November 2015 (WAM) — More than 250 professors, scholars, researchers and experts congregated at the Intercontinental in Abu Dhabi today as Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and Vice-President of Abu Dhabi University’s Board of Regents, opened Abu Dhabi University’s “International Conference on Organisation and Management (ICOM)”.
Organised by ADU’s College of Business Administration in strategic collaboration with the Asia Academy of Management, ICOM kick starts the University’s weeklong celebrations of “UAE Innovation Week” by bringing together who are presenting around 200 research papers representing 35 countries from around the world and divided into 12 tracks.
Addressing the conference delegates, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said, “The 12 tracks into which the program is structured are expansive, spanning the spectrum from ethics and entrepreneurship to technology and leadership. Further, the ‘Doctoral Colloquium’ offers an innovative way for panels of experts to share their experiences with others. This programmatic breadth indicates that the conference will be an important forum for exchanging ideas, pursuing learning opportunities, and sharing strategies to aance business operations and effectiveness in every sector. With participants from some 35 countries this is indeed an international conference of global significance! The theme chosen for the conference: “Innovative Management Practices: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century” clearly indicates the nexus between research and its practical application to business operations.
“This nexus highlights the importance of creating and maintaining the conditions for successful management and business practices in an age driven by competition and technology. I wholeheartedly agree with the premise of this Conference: that innovative management practices can be leveraged by managers and leaders to drive their organizations to success in the 21st Century. Innovation, creativity, transparency, and competitiveness contribute to strong companies, to growing economies and to stable and prosperous societies”.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak explained that as important as these matters are, however, current times and circumstances give even greater significance to the broader, overarching aspect of the reason of this conference. He said: “I refer, of course, to the fact that this forum is really about leadership. An important point, which I hope will be an outcome of your discussions, is that good managers must be effective leaders. I put special emphasis on this because of my keen sense of a near-universal need for strong, effective, credible and ethical leaders in all of our public institutions and private corporations. The 21st Century is an age of change. Change poses a challenge to leaders, and through them, to their followers. Success in dealing with change requires special attributes. Leaders must be steady, alert, courageous, and wise. Leaders must ensure that their moral convictions are strong so that no matter how potent the forces resisting change, the leaders can remain upright, focused on the well-being of their followers and the good of their institutions and of society. Leaders must look beyond their own department, their own company, their own country, and they must be curious, sharp-sighted and not frightened by the uncertainty associated with change. They must constantly seek information relevant to their mission. Leaders must have a global view and an understanding of how their organisations, their countries, and their regions fit into the global context. Leadership in this age of change requires the ability to build relationships and break through barriers. Leadership is required to understand that our future success depends on our ability to innovate and create new knowledge, new technologies and new products and processes. Success depends on building relationships across boundaries and borders and strengthening cooperation at all levels”.
Sheikh Nahyan added, “It is significant that you hold this conference in the United Arab Emirates. For centuries, The United Arab Emirates has been a crossroads for people, ideas, and commerce. It has emerged as a remarkable country that exudes energy, confidence, imagination, aenturous daring, and breathtaking enterprise. The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, knows that we can achieve the ambitious goals we set for ourselves. He relies on the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, as his Vice President and Prime Minister. They, together with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces, form a powerful leadership team that is concentrating on our country’s role in global progress and the vital importance of development, sustainability, opportunity, and innovation.
In the United Arab Emirates, we have become a dynamic hub of a vast, varied, and ever-accelerating global market that serves over two billion people across the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and beyond. We have capitalised on our natural resources and our desire to be a global force for prosperity and peace. We have transformed our landscape and provided a safe and stable environment that nurtures creativity and innovation and strives toward a knowledge-based economy and society. I invite all of you to learn as much as you can about the remarkable story of this nation and how it relates to our commitment to fostering global development and cooperation”.
Urging the conference delegates to reflect on their findings, Sheikh Nahyan also said, “You have ahead of you two days of interesting and informative discussions. You will deal with issues surrounding the role of managers in the 21st Century. I would like to contribute to your discussions by making a few brief observations: First, society expects managers to be competent and well trained to serve the needs of their companies, their institutions and their customers. Society expects managers with high ethical standards, managers who are honest and fair in their dealings with their constituencies, managers who are perceived by the public as effective and who have specialized knowledge and expertise. Managers must always seek excellence in their work and ensure working conditions for their employees that will lead to a high level of productivity.
Second, Managers must pay attention to their role in enriching the societies in which they operate. In this era of globalisation, where many view the marketplace of free enterprise and free trade as a harsh, sometimes even cruel, environment, it is not enough to rely solely on the economic principles of classical economists. The operations, practices, ethics, and attitudes of public and private institutions must have relevance to contemporary community values and needs. Implicit is the understanding that society’s issues impact the work of managers, and that socially responsible actions will help businesses improve their performance.
Third, this conference is organised by the College of Business Administration at Abu Dhabi University and includes many participants connected to universities around the world. The question then becomes: what is the role of business and management education and research in achieving innovative management practices? Colleges of Business everywhere are called upon to lead in the efforts to develop and improve management conditions and practices. They are expected to provide their students with the skills needed to compete in the global marketplace. Curricula must be relevant and demanding. Students must acquire the tools that help them become life-long learners. In addition, Colleges of Business must cultivate strong relations with the communities they serve. They must do all they can to influence positively the management practices of public and private institutions. They must find new and innovative ways to meet the needs of those institutions. And as this international conference clearly shows, these worthy endeavors lend themselves well to international cooperation. It is my hope that this conference will provide opportunities that can enhance this cooperation for the mutual benefit of all. We, in the United Arab Emirates, are of course very enthusiastic about the possibilities of global knowledge exchange and global economic and business collaboration”.
On his part, David Levin, President and CEO of McGraw Hill World stressed that as a 125-year-old company when facing a whole new set of challenges we found a way to embracing change while honoring our vision and organisational purpose and building and even better future on the strong foundations of our past. “My aice to leaders and managers is to adjust their course when change comes their way, adapt to ensure the sustainability of your companies and organisations. Commit real resources and don’t think in a linear fashion but prepare for multiple outcomes”.
Research presented at ICOM will also be reviewed and revised by a specialised committee to select papers that will be published in SCOPUS ABDC listed international refereed journals.