Dr Ashokkumar (Ashok) Manoharan is Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at the College of Business, Government and Law. Before joining Flinders University, he has taught management courses at the University of South Australia and the higher education sector in India. He also has extensive industry experience in training call centre employees in Australia and providing consultancy for hospitality firms.
Dr Manoharan is the recipient of the college's 2020 Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Early Career Researcher. His research interest includes workforce diversity, migrant workers, diversity management practices, and organisational culture in the context of the hospitality industry. He has collaborated internationally with researchers from the US, France, Ireland, China, Korea, and Australia. His research work has been published in the leading hospitality and management journals such as the International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Industrial Relations and presented in Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, British Academy of Management, International Council of Hospitality and Restaurant Educators Conference (USA), APacCHRIE & EuroCHRIE Joint Conference (Hong Kong), and Australian New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. In recognition of his research, he has been successful in collaborating and obtained external research grants and university-level research grants. His research has been supported by Australian Hotels Associations.
Dr. Manoharan was born and raised in Madurai, India. On completing his bachelor's degree, he was trained to be a chef; however, he went on to complete his MBA and then M.Sc Psychology. He earned his doctorate from the School of Management, University of South Austalia.
PhD in Management (University of South Australia), Master of Business Administration, Masters of Science (Psychology), Bachelors in Catering Science and Hotel Management.
Council of Australian-Arab Relations Grant, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2021-2022
BGL College Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Early Career Researcher 2020
BGL College COVID 19 Grant 2020
Le Cordon Bleu – University of South Australia Research Grants Scheme 2018 - 2019
Diabetes SA Market Research 2018 - 2019
BGL College Grant 2018
Faculty Research Grant, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Flinders University 2017
Flinders University Establishment Grant 2016 - 2017
Recipient of Leadership Award, School of Management, University of South Australia 2012 & 2013
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 (2016 to Present)
Student Progress Committee (2018 – Present)
ECR Representative College Research Committee (2019 - 2020)
Coordinator - Business, Economics & Industry Research Section (2018 - 2020)
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