AAW Student Discusses Unleashing & Harnessing Talent at Innovation Arabia Congress

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Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW) Business student Hessa Hareb Al Amimi recently presented her paper at the 10th Quality & Business Management Conference – Innovation Arabia 10, held from March 6-8 and organized by the Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University in Dubai.

Hessa worked under the guidance of AAW faculty Dr. Shagufta Sarwar on the publication entitled, “The Effect of Employee Engagement on the Association between Employee Voice and Work Performance: A Perspective from Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the United Arab Emirates.”

Hessa proudly presented her paper during a parallel session, held under the joint chairmanship of Prof. Adrian Wilkinson of Griffith University, Australia, and Prof. Arno Haslberger, of Middlesex University, UK.

The paper garnered lot of interest from the editorial committee and attending scholars, who were intrigued to see the association between employees’ voices and work performance within UAE-based SMEs.

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Participating and presenting in such a prestigious conference was a thrilling experience for Hessa, who was extremely grateful for the support she has received from the campus. She also acknowledged that Innovation Arabia provided an outstanding platform to celebrate research and promote knowledge sharing among the faculty, students and administrators.

“I am highly indebted to HCT for making all this possible and allowing me to bridge the gap between theories which we learn in classrooms and real work practice. At AAW, we were not only taught about the management concepts but also encouraged to do research in real organizations, thus most of the learning happens outside classrooms.  This exactly aligns with the HCT mission and to disseminate knowledge in key areas such as innovation, employee empowerment and enhance wellbeing at workplaces,” Hessa said.

Her presentation at the conference has been a fitting finale for Hessa, who will graduate this semester. “I could not have asked for a better graduation gift,” she said.

Innovation Arabia 10 was a great success with over 250 delegates meeting in The Address, Dubai Marina, UAE.

In addition to the parallel sessions, there were workshops, and panel discussions by experts in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dedicated to represent and encourage the community of management academics, Innovation Arabia 10 stressed the role that educational institutes and entrepreneurs play in fostering economic and social growth and development in the global business environment.