• Dr. Abu Elias Sarker
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  • Academic RankAssociate Professor
  • Email:elias@sharjah.ac.ae
  • Tel:+(971) 6 5053550
  • Fax:+(971) 6 5050100
  • Specialization:Ph.D. Public Administration, University of Liverpool, UK, 1991
  • Research Interests:Public management, Public sector reform, Public accountability, Social accountability, Governance and development, Decentralization and local government

EducationPh.D. in Public Administration, University of Liverpool, UK. MSS in Public Administration, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. BSS (Honors) in Public Administration, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Employment History- Associate Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Management, Marketing & Public Administration, College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, September 2007 - Current - Chairman, Department of Management, Marketing & Public Administration, College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, October 2010 – August 2012 - Senior Lecturer of Management and Public Administration in the faculty of management and Public Administration, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji Islands, January 1998 – July 2000. - Associate Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Public Administration, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, November, 1994 to November, 1995. - Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Public Administration, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh November, 1991 to October 1994. - Lecturer of Public Administration in the Department of Public Administration, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh April 1987 – October 1991

Professional Activities- Chairman (Head of Department), with academic and administrative responsibility for two degree programs and over ten faculty/staff. (2 years : 2010 - 2012) - Member of Research Committee (University level) for one academic year - Member of College Council (College level) - Member of Curriculum Committee (Department level) - Member, AACSB Accreditation Committee (College level) - Chair Recruitment Committee (Departmental Level) - Member, Recruitment and Contract Renewal Committee (College level) - Member, Ad hoc Committee for Promotion (College level) - Member, Strategic Planning Committee (College level) - Member, Recruitment Committee, Department level - Member, Social Affair Committee (College level)

Professional Memberships- Member, International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) - Member, International Public Management Network

Selected Publications1. “The Role of Social Accountability in Poverty Alleviation Programs in Developing Countries: An Analysis with Reference to Bangladesh”, Public Organization Review 14 (1), 2014. 2. “The Political Context of Decentralization: Reflections on South Asia” (Book Chapter), in Charles Conteh and Ahmed Shafiqul Huque (eds.), Public Sector Reforms in Developing Countries: Paradoxes and Practices (ISBN 978-0-415-85856-4). New York: Routledge, 2014. 3. “Managerial Innovations in the Egyptian Public Health Sector: An Empirical Investigation”, International Journal of Public Administration 35 (11): 760-771, 2012 (Co-authored with M.K. Hassan). 4. “The Political Economy of Privatization: The Case of Bangladesh.” International Journal of Management 28 (4): 595- 611, 2011. 5. “Public Accountability in Quandary: The Case of Bangladesh.” Asian Profile 39 (3): 205-218, 2011. 6. “Civic Engagement and Public Accountability: An Analysis with Particular Reference to Developing Countries.” Public Administration and Management 15 (2): 381 – 415, 2010. (Co-authored with M. K. Hassan). 7. “The New Mode of Governance and Public Accountability in Developing Countries: An Analysis with particular Reference to Bangladesh.” International Journal of Public Administration 32 (13): 1101-1123, 2009. 8. “Patron-client Politics and Its Implications for Good Governance in Bangladesh.” International Journal of Public Administration 31 (12): 2008: 1416 – 1440, 2008.

Theses and Projects Supervision- Effectiveness of English Language Training at Emirates Telecommunication Corporation “Etisalat” - Customer-Facing Staff Integration in the Road Transport Authority, Dubai. - An examination of Service Quality Dimensions on Customers’ Satisfaction at the Sharjah Discovery Center. - An Evaluation of Current Sharjah Energy Efficiency Policy - Causes of Employees Turnover in the UAE Ministry of Education

Teaching PhilosophyInteractive, student-centered, team-based learning.