Dr Ashokkumar Manoharan


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Research Biography

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 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. 

Research Interests

My research 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 the cultural and ethnic diversity of employees. My current research examines how this workforce diversity impacts organisations' outcomes.

HDR Supervision (Current):

1. Credit access, innovation, and knowledge management, the critical factors influence SMEs growth: A case study on Lao PDR. 

2. The experiences and concerns of ex-Holden employees and their communities following the closure of the General Motors Holden Elizabeth plant

3. The employee's perspective of leaders effectiveness in times of organizational change: The case of the economic crisis in Saudi Arabia

4. “Is it fake news?” Exploring the consumer perceived veracity of traditional media vs social media information sources in an organizational crisis context.

HDR Supervision (Completed):

1. The service triangle power, subordination and alienation frontline home support workers and change to consumer-directed care, an Australian context.



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