Technology Management & Innovation Centre
Innovation and Technology Centre


The Innovation and Technology Centre (ITC) was established in April 2015 with an aim to promote innovation, vital for growth in Pakistan. The Directors of the Centre are Dr. Azam Amjad Chaudhry, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Economics, and Dr. Theresa Thompson Chaudhry, Professor, Faculty of Economics.

The Lahore School of Economics’ Innovation and Technology Centre (ITC) is a platform for academics, the business community and the public sector to collaborate in areas of economic and social importance, including innovation and technology, macroeconomic and microeconomic constraints facing firms, productivity growth, manufacturing, export promotion, and environmental sustainability. In addition to its internationally recognized academic output produced every year, the ITC conducts annual surveys of manufacturers, exporters and policymakers on business confidence, technology adoption, innovation, and export competitiveness.

The Centre enjoys a wide range of connections with top-level policymakers (at both the federal and provincial levels), the Chambers of Commerce of various major cities of Pakistan (many of which it has collaborated with on a project by project basis) and manufacturers (with whom it has interacted during projects and extensive survey work).

The ITC is currently engaged in a variety of exciting projects measuring innovation in the soccer ball industry, readymade garments sector, light engineering sector, automotive sector, surgical goods sector, and other export sectors, as well as developing models that estimate the poverty gap in Pakistan and model Pakistan’s macroeconomy. Currently, the research team is also working on a soccer ball project which examines the impact of subsidizing high-quality inputs on quality up-gradation in the soccer ball manufacturing sector, as well as projects analyzing innovation and technology in the Sialkot surgical goods sector, the overall Pakistani textile sector, the light engineering sector, and Punjab automotive sector.

The ITC and the Lahore School of Economics in WTO Chairs Programme

The Lahore School of Economics’ ITC was the only institution from Pakistan, among seventeen other universities from a selection of least-developed and developing member countries, chosen to participate in the prestigious WTO Chairs Programme. The role of the ITC, as part of the WTO Chair Programme, would be to enhance knowledge and understanding of the international trading system among academics and policy makers in the country.

The objectives of the WTO Chair at the Lahore School of the Economics are threefold: First, to further the understanding of trade related issues (including trade theory, implications of restrictions on trade, the role of international bodies like the WTO, etc.) amongst students, the business community, policy makers and other stakeholders. Second, to conduct timely, relevant, and broadly inclusive research on trade related issues which is not only of the highest academic quality but is also relevant to stakeholders. Third, to disseminate the findings of its activities (both research and stakeholder consultations) to a broader audience through an effective dissemination campaign.

Vision Statement:

The Innovation and Technology Center produces and will continue to produce world-class research in innovation and technology management. It will provide a platform where international researchers, academics, businesses and the public sector work in partnership to find solutions to challenges facing firms and supporting the public sector’s industrial development goals in key sectors.

Mission Statement:

The Innovation & Technology Center (ITC) mission is to:

  • Conduct collaborative research on innovation and productivity.

  • Conduct surveys on innovation and technology, business confidence, export growth and environmental sustainability.

  • Collaborate with the government on policy using evidence based research focusing on exports and technological upgradation in the manufacturing sector.

  • Work with the business community, including Local Chambers of Commerce, and other industrial organizations to promote technological innovations in Pakistan.


The ITC’s planned research agenda consists of four parts:

  • The centre plans to continue to collect data and conduct primary research on trade-related issues. This includes new surveys of exporters to measure the impact of the global pandemic on Pakistani trade, the national and international constraints faced by Pakistani exporters in strategic sectors, and identifying areas of potential growth in exports.

  • The Centre plans to investigate the relationship between environmental sustainability and trade as part of its research agenda. The ITC plans to work together with the Lahore School Department of Environmental Sciences to look at these environmental issues more closely.

  • The Centre plans to work with policy makers to encourage evidence-based policy decisions. In particular, we propose that the ITC provide evidence based analysis to Pakistani policy makers on trade-related issues in order to support the development of trade policy.

  • The Centre plans to conduct workshops and seminars with a variety of stakeholders to develop a comprehensive strategy for sustained and equitable economic growth.

Lahore School of Economics 2024 - Innovation and Technology Centre