Dr Ashokkumar Manoharan is a Lecturer in the Flinders Business (FB) at the College of Business, Government and Law, Flinders University. He teaches for MBAs and undergraduates.
Dr Manoharan has an interdisciplinary background. Dr Manoharan completed his PhD from University of South Australia in 2015. He was awarded Australia Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship from Australian Commonwealth Government and Top Up scholarship from University of South Australia. His thesis explored the relationship between organisational culture, diversity management and organisational effectiveness in the context of Australian hotels.
Dr Manoharan has valuable overseas experience in teaching, training and consultancy . He has taught various management courses (Strategic Management, People Organisation and Leadership, Research for Business Decision Making) at postgraduate and undergraduate level in Australia and India. He also has an extensive industry experience in training call centre employees in Australia and providing consultancy for hospitality firms.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2015 – University of South Australia. Thesis title: Does ethnic diversity matter in Australian hotels? Understanding the relationship between organisational culture, diversity management and organisational effectiveness
Masters of Science (Psychology) - University of Madras, India.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Bharathiar university, India.
Bachelors of Catering Science and Hotel Management - Bharathiar University, India.
Faculty Research Grant, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Flinders University 2017
Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) 2011 - 2014
University of South Australia Top-Up Research Scholarship 2011 - 2014
Research Affiliate – Australian Industrial Transformation Institute
Academic Integrity Officer
Member – Flinders Business International Committee
My reseach revolves around three areas:
1. Organisational culture: I am interested in exploring the mechanism between organisational culture and organisational effectiveness – ‘how’ and ‘why’ the relationship exists.
2. Diversity management: I am interested to understand the diversity management practices outside the context of the US. Currently I am exploring the informal diversity management practices prevailing in the Australian hospitality industries.
3. Workforce diversity: My interest lies with cultural and ethnic diversity of employees. My current research examines how this workforce diversity impacts organisations outcomes.
HDR Supervision (Current):
1. The experiences and concerns of ex-Holden employees and their communities following the closure of the General Motors Holden Elizabeth plant
2. Credit access, innovation and knowledge management, the critical factors influence SMEs growth: A cast study on Lao PDR.
3. The employee’s perspective of leaders effectiveness in times of organizational change: The case of the economic crisis in Saudi Arabia
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