Sazali Abd Wahab

Sazali Abd Wahab
Putra Business School · Putra Business School (AACSB Accredited)

PhD(GSM-UPM), OAMLP(OXFORD), ALD(HARVARD), MBA(GSM-UPM) & LL.B. Hons (UKM)

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Introduction
Professor at PBS @ Universiti Putra Malaysia (2018 - Present) - Visiting Professor at Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur - Adjunct Professor at UNIJOS, Nigeria - Adjunct Professor at USTC, Bangladesh
Additional affiliations
February 2014 - February 2016
MALAYSIAN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BUSINESS
Position
  • Head of Faculty
February 2014 - February 2016
UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA KELANTAN, MALAYSIA
Position
  • Head of Faculty
February 2014 - February 2016
UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA KELANTAN, MALAYSIA
Position
  • Head of Faculty
Education
June 2015 - July 2015
SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, UK
Field of study
  • ADVANCED LEADERSHIP
August 2013 - September 2013
HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL (HBS-HARVARD UNIVERSITY)
Field of study
  • LEADERSHIP
June 2006 - August 2009
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, UNIVERSITI PUTRA MALAYSIA (GSM-UPM)
Field of study
  • MANAGEMENT

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Publications (274)
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Innovation is a key strategy for businesses to achieve a long-term survival. However, decisions about responsible innovation are complex and frequently debated. In order to guarantee businesses have a sustained competitive edge, the research tries to design a holistic strategic orientation built on wisdom and innovation. A thorough literature analy...
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This report is centered upon a pilot research carried out to assess, from a methodological perspective, the mediating effect of self-efficacy on the relationship between work-family conflict, family-work conflict and organizational citizenship behavior among university academicians in Northern Nigeria. The goal of the pilot study was to assess the...
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Publish in quick-turnaround publications has proliferated among Muslim researchers, as they face hindrances to publishing in westernized journals that top the ladder in ranking. The dangers may lead aspiring authors to go against the prescribed AKHLAK by the noble Quran and Sunnah, and adopt a new trend of “publish-and-perish”. To stop such immoral...
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The implementation of life skill-based learning requires a change in the university culture to encourage the development of a "learning culture" so that in universities, the principles are created. Skills development is not for get good grades in exams, but to solve life's problems. The skill-based education can be implemented by building a powerfu...
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There are limited green solutions have been offered to reduce pollutions caused by logistics transportation as compared to passenger vehicles. Thus, this paper aims to reveal insights from logistics companies on the perspective of policies of sustainability including financial and non-financial incentives from the government of Malaysia in assistin...
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Abstract Purpose – In times of crisis and volatility, especially in the Covid-19 scenario, project organisations are facing multifaceted threats. Project organisations are inclining towards flatter organisational structures. Employees are demanding more decision-making authority due to the changing working scenario. Despite the advancement in proje...
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Purpose The informal segment compared to the formal segment is developing rapidly in urban areas of many developing Muslim countries. However, matter of fact, the contribution factor of the food cart business to the economic outline of the country has been vastly overlooked or neglected. The authority, policymakers, social organisations, vendors an...
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The level of innovative activities in Malaysia is still low compared to that of other nations, which is attributed to the scarcity of green innovation capability (GIC) and the minimal acquisition of new technological knowledge. Studies revealed that Malaysian manufacturing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) encounter the challenges of operation an...
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Recognizing the multifaceted nature of firm growth, the search for a sustainable growth paradigm for small and medium-sized enterprises is prominent in academic debate. Despite the government's many assistance programs, small and medium enterprises are struggling to survive in the long run. Interestingly , sustainability reinforced by spirituality...
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Leadership is considered to be a viable solution to avoid persistent project failures in an increasingly volatile and uncertain competitive business environment; however, practitioners and researchers have yet to reach a consensus on the best leadership style to prevent project failure. Although past studies have examined different leadership model...
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The inadequate household food security strategy in the Nigerian community inspired the researchers to resolve it under the light of the Sustainable Development Goals. SDG 2 states that by 2030 people should achieve food security by ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition. To maintain and improve food security in a sustainable way, science and t...
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Purpose-From a sustainable growth angle, Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) that incorporate more innovation-focused activities into their main business strategy may benefit from lower costs, reduced risks, and new business opportunities. However, irresponsible innovation may jeopardise the process of their long-term survival. As a result, th...
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For Malaysian SMEs, the rate of failure is alarming. Innovation can increase the competitiveness of SMEs, contributing to sustainable growth. The current frameworks of innovation no longer serve as an effective means of resolving and assessing the issues that today’s business complexities entail. Thus, the study aims to configure a holistic strateg...
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The transgender community, one of the most marginalized communities, faces a range of discriminatory issues in workplaces and educational institutions. The study seeks to investigate the extent of organizational support ensured by the workplaces to create a transgender-friendly environment in Bangladesh. The paper opted for a mixed study and survey...
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Purpose: SMEs that manage more sustainability focused initiatives into their core business strategy can possibly benefit from lower expenses, reduced threats, and new business opportunities, but in the UAE most of the SMEs are still far off in terms of adapting to a sustainable business growth outline from a holistic point of view. Hence, this stud...
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PURPOSE: For SMEs, the rate of business failure is alarmingly on the higher side. At the same time, the digital revolution has substantially changed the present business environment and put pressure on SMEs to reflect on their current strategy to achieve sustainable business growth. So, the study attempts to conceptualize an advanced technology-ori...
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Motivated by the low sustainability index and pressure to meet the global demand for eco-friendly crude palm oil (CPO) in the pandemic-ridden environment, this research aims to investigate the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic to assess the drivers of sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) of the Indonesian CPO sector to tackle supply chain...
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As a pre-condition for the economic growth of a country, the concept of firm growth has emerged as a critical strategic issue for small businesses from the strategic management perspective. While some literature reviews have been conducted on small firm growth, a comprehensive review of theories emphasizing the association of intangible resources w...
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Previous studies have analysed the effect of human resource (HR) practices on organisational green performance. However, this study provides a more robust analysis by highlighting the synergetic impact of green HR practices and green organisational strategies (green management initiatives) on firms' environmental performance. Moreover, this researc...
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This paper aims to provide a holistic approach for a brief understanding of the current state of literature of Society 5.0 by deciphering its characteristics, subjects, the geographical distribution of publications, keywords and general concepts by using bibliometric data retrieved from the Scopus database. We used descriptive analysis to examine p...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the role of innovation competitive advantage on strategic orientation dimensions of (entrepreneurial orientation, market orientation, and resource orientation) on the sustainable growth of SMEs. This study used a total of 217 responses adopting the cross-sectional survey research design from manufacturing SM...
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Given that growth involves gaining superiority as the organization grows and superiority is manifested in knowledge in the form of routines, systems, and norms, business ventures differ in their ability to transfer knowledge for organizational scaling. While learning can be passive based on experience and observation, it can also be a more delibera...
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Based on social exchange theory, this research introduced a model to understand factors that contribute towards inclusive leadership (IL) and its effect on innovative work behavior (IWB) with employee engagement (EE) as a mediator. Although the connection between IL and IWB is previously established. However, few studies have tested the potential m...
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Purpose-Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the world are generally found to have a limited interest in wider social issues. Therefore, this paper aims to conceptualize SME’s strategic philanthropic performance model considering the social responses to the COVID-19 crisis, particularly in terms of the way firms use their resources to address...
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Purpose- There is a significant relationship between COVID-19 and employees performance. The fear of coronavirus negatively impacts an employee's performance. After multiple months of regular schedule work system, all of a sudden infection rate goes high. Thus, what will happen if we have to live with coronavirus and how organizations can sustain t...
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Supported by the dynamic capabilities theory of the firm, this study considered innovation competitive advantage, product quality, and technology adoption as the core dynamic capabilities of manufacturing SMEs. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of two components of innovation competitive advantage, that is, customer preference...
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The novel COVID-19 pandemic severely hit vulnerable sectors like the small business industries of developing countries and disrupted their local and global business networks, demand-level, and supply chain. This concept paper seeks to examine and solace reflection of factors for the revival terrain of small businesses in the post-pandemic era of th...
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Transvestite and cross-dresser are terms frequently used interchangeably. Transgender human beings have their own physical structure and feel the changes in their own and are physically full men or women altogether. The "hijra" is a character of South Asia and a subculture. The sub-culture proposes its own standards, customs, qualities, ceremonies,...
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Supported by the dynamic capabilities theory of the firm, this study considered innovation competitive advantage, product quality, and technology adoption as the core dynamic capabilities of manufacturing SMEs. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of two components of innovation competitive advantage, that is, customer preference...
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Purpose-For Bangladeshi small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the COVID-19 economic shock is remarkable in both its complexity and intensity. SMEs need systemic inspiration to solve the crisis, aligned with a moral and authentic approach that serves both the leader and the follower's interests. This study aims to conceptualize the innovation-focused...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the role of innovation competitive advantage on strategic orientation dimensions of (entrepreneurial orientation, market orientation, and resource orientation) on the sustainable growth of SMEs. This study used a total of 217 responses adopting the cross-sectional survey research design from manufacturing SM...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the role of innovation competitive advantage on strategic orientation dimensions of (entrepreneurial orientation, market orientation, and resource orientation) on the sustainable growth of SMEs. This study used a total of 217 responses adopting the cross-sectional survey research design from manufacturing SM...
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Rapid urbanization in the emerging markets necessitates utilizing the scarce resources more reasonably and sustainably, for which technology adaptation is imperative. Despite this, the emerging markets suffer from weak technology and lag from realizing entrepreneurial opportunities inspired by a human-centric concept of Society 5.0. The key researc...
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This paper aims to provide a holistic approach for a brief understand- ing of the current state of literature of Society 5.0 by deciphering its characteris- tics, subjects, the geographical distribution of publications, keywords and gen- eral concepts by using bibliometric data retrieved from the Scopus database. We used descriptive analysis to exa...
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This concept paper examines and solaces reflection of factors for the revival terrain of small businesses in the post-pandemic era of the small firms of the emerging countries of the Asian continent. The findings reveal that financial resources, technological resources, human resources, intellectual capital, strategy, government support, entreprene...
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Purpose: SMEs serve as a dominant component of every economy. The search for an appropriate growth paradigm of SMEs is prominent in academic debate. So, the study attempts to conceptualize an effective growth direction founded on the business perspectives of sustainability, advanced technology, and spirituality. Design/Methodology/Approach: A syste...
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The worldwide supply chain of all sectors has been severely damaged due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is high time for various companies to extend their focus on sustainability into their supply chains. The palm oil industry in Indonesia faces enormous challenges to manage its supply chain. Besides this, the Indonesian industry experiences the conse...
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In order to sustain economic growth and effective performance, it is important to optimize the contribution of women entrepreneurs that comprises almost half of the population of the country. Present literature also supports the fact that training promotes furthermost establishment among women-led businesses. The study seeks to analyze the effect o...
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The Future of the Entrepreneurship in Society 5.0: A Bangladeshi perspective
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In the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in September 2019, world leaders addressed current and future sustainability challenges faced by the world, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has shocked and dampened global sustainable development efforts. Malaysia...
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The paper seeks to compare related theories of SME growth to find a suitable theory.
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The annual death rate of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is a strategic issue facing global businesses. In Nigeria, SMEs have been unable to achieve sustainable growth. The purpose of this paper is to examine the problems in the sustainable growth of Nigerian SMEs and to provide relevant solutions based on a comprehensive review of the literatu...
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The Thal desert is the third-largest desert in Pakistan, a major part of which consists of dunes. In recent years, a large portion of the Thal farmers has shifted from conventional farming to tree cultivation and border cropping on the dunes. In this study, we compared household income generated from conventional farming and agroforestry. Data on t...
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Challenges and Solutions in the Sustainable Growth of Nigerian SMEs: A Review
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of organisational culture on the sustainable growth of SMEs; mediating role of innovation competitive advantage. The electrical products small and medium enterprises was the realm of this study. The partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) via SmartPLS was employed to test...
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Textile dyeing factories of Bangladesh (SMEs) deal with many challenges that threaten their survival every day. To successfully overcome these challenges, they may rely on strategic innovation. Drawing on the innovative concept of ambidexterity, this study focuses on how appropriate regulatory outline that can handle the dilemma of exploration and...
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Purpose: The appropriate involvement of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in industrial activities globally is an incontestable truth. SMEs need to keep pace with a dynamic and changing ecosystem that perpetuates both local and international borders to support their continuous and sustainable contributions to economic growth. Therefore, the main...
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When something unpredictable creates turbulence, the result can be disastrous not only for Malaysian SMEs but also for the country’s economic outline as well. So, how can SMEs survive the current crisis period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic? Actually, there are no straight answers. At this point, the study aims to serve a wider understanding of ho...
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Purpose: The contribution of small businesses to a country’s economic growth is vital. It makes sense to accentuate the small businesses by emphasizing the neglected segments. The present study aims to explore the women-owned small businesses (WOSB) and their various problems. The study also examines if the city-based features of the urban economy...
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Purpose – SMEs that manage more sustainability focused initiatives into their core business strategy can possibly benefit from lower expenses, reduced threats and new business opportunities, but in Malaysia most of the SMEs are still far off in terms of adapting to a sustainable business growth outline from a holistic point of view. Hence, this stu...
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Bangladesh opens up its business physically. Usually, For working mothers, it is tough to maintain workand family. During this COVID-19 pandemic, difficulties become more challenging to handle for mothers. Mothershave several maternal and postpartum issues to handle alongside work. This study intended to assess the impact ofMental Pressure and issu...
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The aim of this paper is to propose a study on how to improve the commercialisation success rate of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) while sustaining technology development during the Valley of Death by university startups in Malaysia. Even though the Malaysian government has put enormous efforts in accelerating commercialisation of IPR particula...
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Purpose: During the COVID-19 pandemic, a new age digital era has emerged; Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be instrumental in keeping this new virus within reasonable limits. AI also has the potential to transform communities into super smart Society 5.0. So, the main target of the study is to analyze AI-focused Society 5.0 configuration through...
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Purpose: The COVID-19 economic shock is unprecedented both in its complexity and severity for Bangladeshi SMEs. To overcome the crisis, SMEs need holistic motivation aligned with strategy that is moral and authentic, and represents the interests of both the leader and the follower. Thus, the study aims to conceptualize SME’s innovation focused perf...
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Purpose: In a very short period, the worldwide pandemic sparked by the COVID-19 has not only taken multiple lives but has also imposed extreme restrictions on both the private and business activities. The purpose of the study at this point is to provide a broader interpretation of how a flexible cash-flow structure of various strategic intervention...
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The purpose of this paper is to explore and understand the current problems of the TVET sector in the developing world, specifically in Bangladesh. TVET in this paper is an abbreviation for Technical & Vocational Education and Training. This paper follows UNESCO’s (2015) definition of TVET as, “education, training and skills development relating to...
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Purpose: Although the number of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) produced by the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) grows exponentially, there is only 8% of the IPR being translated into commercialisation success stories. The purpose of this study is twofold. Firstly, to decipher on how university startups in Malaysia can commercialize IPR albei...
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Companies for the better integration of their internal & external system, significant decision making about financial, managerial, human resource, supply chain, and inventory management, adopted enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. ERP system helps not only the organizations to reduce the cost but also for smooth operations as well. The accep...
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Purpose: The purpose of the research is to investigate the impact of voluntary green behavior (VGB) on the relationship between socially responsible human resource management (SRHRM) and organizational sustainability (OS) of pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. Currently, environmental sustainability, voluntary green behavior and socially responsib...
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Purpose-Employees performance vary with time and age. With age, employees gain knowledge and experience, but they lose physical strength. With the concept of employee lifespan, this research proposed a sustainable framework to satisfy the need of sustaining employees' performance (SEP) in diverse age. Impact of Transformational Leadership, Work Mot...
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Driving the roots of this study from Stake holder theory and Resource based view (RBV) the study proposes to find a detailed model that provides a greater understanding of Performance Sustainability. The study takes insight of triple bottom line (TBL) approach to Performance sustainability in order to find its relationship with Eco Innovation, Gree...
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Purpose: In the absence of positive environmental strategies, manufacturing activities have depleted natural resources, generated significant waste, and overutilized energy. However, the implementation of sustainable management systems in Malaysia is still in its infancy. From the research perspective, previous studies on sustainability have found...
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Purpose: This study will evaluate the impact of HRM practices (compensation pay, workplace environment, safety climate) that are effective in inducing higher level of employee sustainability. These HRM practice encourage changes in work behavior that is detrimental to both health of the worker and their sustainable performance. HRM practices like c...
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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to develop a proposed framework of sustainable growth of SMEs in Nigeria. It also examines the relationship between organisational culture (OC), strategic orientation (SO), technology orientation (TO) and strategic business model (SBM) on the sustainable growth of SMEs (SGSMEs). Moreover, the study investigates...
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The main objective of this paper is to understand the fundamental reality of nature of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Malaysia by adopting ontological approach as well as to uncover the elements or components that made up the entrepreneurship ecosystem. It also aims to study the factors involved in sustaining the entrepreneurship ecosystem and a...
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Purpose: For SMEs, the rate of failure is alarmingly on the higher side. At the same time, the digital revolution has substantially changed the present business environment and put pressure on SMEs to reflect on their current strategy to achieve sustainable business growth. So, the study attempts to conceptualize an advanced technology-oriented Tri...