Dr Ashokkumar Manoharan

Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce (3.44)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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 in 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 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 International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, and Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education and presented in Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, International Council of Hospitality and Restaurant Educators Conference (USA), APacCHRIE & EuroCHRIE Joint Conference, 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.

Honours, awards and grants

Le Cordon Bleu – University of South Australia Research Grants Scheme 2018 - 2019

BGL College Miscellaneous Small 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

Key responsibilities

Research Affiliate – Australian Industrial Transformation Institute

Academic Integrity Officer (2016 to Present)

ECR Representative College Research Committee (2019 - Present)

Coordinator - Business, Economics & Industry Research Section (2018 - Present)

Student Progress Committee (2018 – Present)

Topic coordinator
BUSN2026 Entreprenurship and Small Business
BUSN9261 Strategic Management
BUSN3055 Strategic Management
BUSN9019 Applied business research methods
Topic lecturer
BUSN9261 Strategic Management
BUSN2026 Entreprenurship and Small Business
BUSN9019 Applied business research methods
BUSN3055 Strategic Management
Supervisory interests
Diversity management practices
Human resource management
Organisation behaviour
Organisational climate
Organisational culture
Work-life balance
Workforce diversity
  • Workforce Diversity and Diversity Management

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