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Dr. Umar Safdar
Assistant Professor
Ph.D in Innovation and Technology management from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

Research and teaching interests include Innovation & New Product Development, Open Innovation, Psychological safety, Knowledge networks and Technological Projects Management.


Dr. Umar Safdar earned his Ph.D. in innovation and technology management (2016) and MS in management from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Thailand. As a Ph.D scholar at the AIT, he has gained valuable experience of conducting research in the field of innovation and technology management. His research focuses on the impact of individuals’ psychological safety on their knowledge source selection in cross-functional new product development teams.

During his graduate training, he also served as a consultant at AIT solutions. His professional work experience at AIT Solutions has provided him an in-depth understanding and knowledge of managing finances for several projects.


  • Accounting software customization and Implementation for AIT Solutions 2012
  • Redesigned the control system of Computer Labs of Institute of Management 2008
  • Automation of Masoom’s Diagnostic Labs 2003
  • Safdar, U,. Badir, Y., (2016) Who can I ask? How Psychological Safety affects knowledge sourcing among New Product Development team members. The Journal of High Technology Management Research
  • Afsar, B., Badir, Y., & Safdar, U. (2016). Linking spiritual leadership and employee pro-environmental behavior: The influence of workplace spirituality, intrinsic motivation, and environmental passion. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 45, 79-88.
  • Aslam, M. S., & Safdar, U. (2012). The Influence of job burnout on intention to stay in the organization: mediating role of affective commitment. Journal of Basic and Applied Scientific Research, 2(4), 4016-4025.

  • First Position (For IT and Software category) in Business / Research Idea Competition AIT Solutions May 2016
  • A platform for AIT researchers to develop their research/ business idea to scalable solutions by working with industry experts and venture capitalists.
  • Letter of appreciation from director CIIT Lahore on recognition in curricular and extracurricular activities