In this short monograph, the author proposes to shed light on the transformation of Selangor into a regional smart state. He defines the term “Smart State” and examines the theoretical foundations of paradigm change touching on the Kuhn-Popper debate concerning falsifiability. The author contends that this discourse has been dominated by Western scholarship viewed from secular-oriented lenses. He presents his alternative perspective from the prism of Islam and revealed knowledge as articulated in his first two books, The Province of Shariʿah Determined – Fundamental Rethink of the Shariʿah and Wars of Jurisprudence – Clash between Contractual Justice and Freedom of Contract. The author discusses questions on managing strategic change, leadership and strategic management doctrines and principles. Having set the theoretical discourse, he presents some key case studies to support the contention that propelling change for the state of Selangor is neither rhetoric nor polemics but supported by facts, figures and tangible results. The author makes the case for continued support for transformational change made even more pressing by the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Good governance, accountability and transparency and social justice are posited as critical success factors for the transformation. He proposes some strategic formulations in respect of the key steps to further drive the change process and propel the transformation trajectory.
Propelling Selangor’s Transformation Into A Regional Smart State
Professor Dr Mohd Faiz Abdullah is the Dean of the Selangor Business School, UNISEL and advisor to the Menteri Besar of Selangor on international affairs and policy. He graduated with First Class Honours in LLB from the International Islamic University, Malaysia in 1989 before earning an MBA and a PhD in Business Law. His first discipline was in the Humanities with particular interests in Literature and Philosophy. His first book –The Province of Sharī’ah Determined: A Fundamental Rethink of the Sharī’ah – is a tour de force in Sharī’ah exposition calling for a paradigm shift in looking at Islamic law and in engaging a universal audience by
breaking free from the classical constraints in Islamic legal discourse. In his second book – The Wars of Jurisprudence: Clash between Contractual Justice and Freedom of Contract, Faiz explores the concept of justice tracing back to Plato and Aristotle and then to Kant’s categorical imperatives before settling on Rawlsian “justice as fairness” in support of both the definition and advocacy of contractual justice. His fourth book – Voyage to Excellence: Strategic Management for the 21st Century – is set for publication in December, 2017. Faiz is currently working on his fifth book entitled Islamic State: Between the Idea and the Reality which is targeted to be published in June 2018.