LUMS Faculty Starts Fulbright Scholar Position at Stanford University
Dr. Muhammad Shakeel Jajja, Associate Professor at the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), has started a Fulbright Scholar position at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) at Stanford University. The Fulbright Scholar programme is highly competitive and one of the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowships worldwide.
Dr. Jajja has been associated with SDSB since 2014. He is an Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Director of the Executive MBA, and Founding Director of the MS in Supply Chain and Retail Management at SDSB. Prior to this, he served as Faculty Director at the Rausing Executive Development Centre (REDC), LUMS.
At Stanford, Dr. Jajja will be conducting research on sustainability, technology, and innovation management issues in supply chains of developing countries. “At GSB, I am closely interacting with the newly launched Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. After the completion of the fellowship, Fulbright scholars are expected to make a significant contribution to Pakistan's development and share their US experiences with students, colleagues and community groups in Pakistan,” shared Dr. Jajja.
Talking about his current research interests, Dr. Jajja said that the key focus of his research at Stanford is the supply chain and adoption issues of battery electric vehicles. “This is the continuity of my research work at LUMS and in this area, I am also working with the University of California Berkeley and the University of California Davis.”
Dr. Jajja discussed how participating in this academic endeavour will enhance his role at LUMS. “Stanford University is located in the centre of the Silicon Valley which is the source and hub of the most leading technology companies in the world e.g., Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla. Being at Stanford gives you the opportunity to participate in the conversations related to and understand the most cutting-edge trends of technology, entrepreneurship, and business in the world.”
Discussing the differences and similarities between LUMS and Stanford, Dr. Jajja commented, “LUMS is the best in Pakistan and Stanford is the best in the world. It is amazing to be at a place which has one of the highest numbers of living Nobel laureates in the world. Collectively the two universities in Silicon Valley i.e., Stanford and UC Berkeley have around 200 Nobel laureates, the largest geographic concentration of Nobel Laureates in the world!”
Dr. Jajja believes that LUMS offers a highly supportive atmosphere for faculty advancement and research. “LUMS has always expected and enabled its faculty members to deliver their best in research and this has enabled me to get a placement at Stanford University for a year.”