Dr. Sadia Akhtar


Dr. Sadia Akhtar

Assistant Professor


Dr. Sadia Akhtar is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the School of Business, Entrepreneurship and Professional Development at Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, Haripur, Pakistan. She obtained her PhD from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) under the supervision of Prof. SONG Wei via CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Scholarship. Earlier, she received her Master of Science (MPhil) from the School of Public Affairs, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) under supervision of Prof. Zhangzhi GE through the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC). She completed her M. Sc. degree in 2015 from the Department of Economics University of Peshawar. Her research interests include social media adoption, entrepreneurship & innovation, environmental sustainability, leadership in business organizations, tea technologies, history of science and technology, adoption of pro-environmental behaviors, and cross-cultural studies. She worked as a lecturer for one year at the Govt. Girls College Pabbi, Nowshera, Pakistan. She has published ten research articles as a first author and overall 20 publications in peer-reviewed international journals, as well as presented her research work at various national and international conferences and won the best oral presenter award. Several international & national prizes have been awarded to her (CAS-TWAS Presidential Fellowship award, and Chinese Scholarship Council award, etc.). Overall, she has three years of teaching and six years of research experience.

Professional Appointment

  • Working as Assistant Professor, School of Business, Entrepreneurship and Professional Development, Feb 2024 - Till Date
  • Assistant Professor (visiting), School of Business, Entrepreneurship and Professional Development, Mar 2023 - Jan 2024
  • Worked as a lecturer for one year at the Govt. Girls College Pabbi, Nowshera, Pakistan, Feb 2015 - Jul 2016


  • Ph.D. Management Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, 2022
  • MS. Management Science and Public Administration, University of Science and Technology of China, 2019


  1. Sadia Akhtar, et al. “Stimulating student’s pro-environmental behavior in higher education institutions.” Environment Development and Sustainability, 2021, 1-22 (IF: 4.9, Q1). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-021-01609-4
  2. Sadia Akhtar, et al. “Antecedents of task performance: An Examination of transformation leadership, team communication, team creativity and Team Trust.” Journal of Public Affairs, 2019, (19), 1-12 (IF: 4.15, Q1). https://doi.org/10.1002/pa.1927
  3. Sadia Akhtar, et al. “influencing individuals’ intention to adopt mobile banking in China and Pakistan: The moderating role of cultural values.” Journal of Public Affairs, 2018, 1-15 (IF: 4.15, Q1). https://doi.org/10.1002/pa.1884
  4. Sadia Akhtar, et al. “British Colonization and Development of Black Tea Industry in India: A Case Study of Darjeeling.” Advances in Historical Studies, 2021, 10(4), 215-232.  https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=113695
  5. Sadia Akhtar, et al. “Analyzing UTAUT with trust to adopt mobile banking in china and Pakistan: Extending with the effect power distance and uncertainty avoidance.” International Journal of Financial Innovation in Banking, 2019, 2(3), 183-207. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJFIB.2019.102307

Research Interests:

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Technology Adoption, and Marketing Fundamentals
  • Social Media Adoption
  • Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Social Networking Sites (SNSs) Addiction
  • Green Technology Implementation
  • Business Process Engineering
  • Sustainability and Green Environmental Practices
  • Management Sciences
  • History of Science and Technology Technologies
  • Leadership in Organization, and Pro-environmental Behaviors 
  • Mobile Banking Technologies and Cross-Cultural Studies

Awards & Prizes

  • Secured First Position (666/1100) in the S.S.C annual examination, Sharif Public School Kurvi, Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, July 2008.
  • Awarded MS Scholarship by China Scholarship Council in 2015.
  • Secured PhD Scholarship by CAS-TWAS Presidential Fellowship in 2019.
  • 2nd Cash Prize for the Best Oral Presentation at 15th Annual Conference Proceedings, Journal of Anhui Province Tea Cultural Research Society, Two days Conference Session, Hefei, Anhui, China, December 14-15, 2018.
  • Secured 5th position in F.Sc examination at Govt. Girls Degree College Pabbi, Pakistan.
  • Secured 4th position in M.Sc examination at the Department of Economics, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
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