GSB Staff

Professor Gurmeet Singh is the Head of the Graduate School of Business and Director of MBA programme. He teaches Marketing on the MBA programme. He has over 21 years of experience in teaching, research, consultancy and executive training for industries. He held teaching and research assignments at various universities in India and Africa. He has a wide range of teaching and research experience and has not only taught but developed various courses in the area of marketing and management both at graduate and undergraduate levels.

He has contributed more than 100 articles in leading International journals and International conferences including more than 50 articles in ABDC and other ranked international journals. Dr. Singh was editor of Journal of Pacific Studies (2010-2017) an ABDC ranked Journal. Presently he is an associate editor for ABDC ranked Journal of Global Marketing (Taylor Francis) and section edition editor for Australasian Journal of Information Systems a journal ranked A by ABDC. He is also a member of Editorial Review Board for Journal of Business Research, a top tier (A ranked) Journal published by Elsevier. He is the recipient of 2008 ‘Japan’s outstanding research on development Award’ and 2016 ‘Amity Global Academic Excellence Award’. He has done a number of consulting projects for Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF), Fiji Public Service Commission and PICPA. He has won research grants from major funding agencies including PARDI, GDN, ODN and USP SRT and FRC funding. His current research interests include Social Entrepreneurship, Project Management, business ethics, Food security and Food consumption behavior, e-Governance for improving service quality, open innovation and service operations management.

PUBLICATIONS

Please click here to view Prof. Singh’s publications on USP Electronic Research Repository.

Prof. Gurmeet Singh
Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location:     Statham Campus
IDD tel. No.: +679 3231386
E-mail: gurmeet.singh(at)usp.ac.fj


Dr Sunia Vosikata is a regionally trained academic achieving credible qualification from the following reputable regional institutions: USP (Fiji) – BA (Economics and Management), MBA; University of Waikato (NZ) – MMS (Masters in Management Studies), UNSW (Australia) – PhD Philosophy (Management), PGCert – Higher Teaching (In progress), FULT (Foundation of university learning and teaching.

His PhD thesis was declared to test the influence of social capital and networking ties on HR selection and decision making policies for the Fiji Public Service. In that regards, a key substantive contribution of the thesis for the public service is how social capital and networking ties influence the meritocracy of HR selection and decision. The findings are crucial for developing countries like Fiji and also important for comparable and developed economies.

Qualification Accreditation

Dr Vosikata is a member of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) institution and his most recent qualification (PhD Philosophy (Management) is accredited under the AQF and classified at the highest level of 10: (Graduates at this level will have systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialized research skills for the advancement of learning and/or for professional practice).

Professional Working Experience

Currently, he is a post-doctoral academic and researcher and a visiting lecturer with the Graduate School of Business at USP. He has also worked as a lecturer for Central Queensland University (Fiji campus) for 1.5 years, at USP’s School of Management and Public Administration for 7 years, the Waikato Management School, University of Waikato and has been Associate Lecturer at the University of New South Wales@The Australian Defence Force Academy – UG &PG for 3 ½ years, teaching HRM, Managing People Across Culture and Project Management.  Hence, he has taught a diverse crop of students from the South Pacific Islands, NZ and Australian managers whilst lecturing at Universities in Fiji, NZ and Australia, hence has extensive experience in consulting current and future managers on contemporary management theories and ideologies.

Dr Vosikata was also employed by the Fiji Government in the Ministry of Home Affairs & Immigration for almost 22yrs.

Publications

Has published a couple of papers and his publications will continue to grow given that his interests include researching the Pacific Rim and Developing Economies on how Social Capital, Networking Ties and Meritocracy influence the application of Management ideologies and its major sub-functions including HRM, International HRM, Strategic Management, Project Management and Management.

Paper/Book Reviewer

Faifua, D., Vosikata, S., (2012), HR Selection Distortions: A Theoretical Framework for the Fiji Public Service, Journal of US – China Public Administration, 9 (7) pp775 – 790.

Invited by the International Journal of Human Resources Management to review the paper titled: Contributions to the Planning of Human Resources in the Territorial Level on 20/09/16.

Member of the reviewing team for the book titled – Organizational Behaviour: Core Concepts and Application by Wood, Zeffane, Fromholtz and Fitzgerald – published with Wiley Inc – ISBN 0470809515.

Invited by Cengage Inc to review two chapters in the HRM textbook titled, Nankervis 10e for 2018 publication

In that regards, Dr Vosikata is keen to continue as a book reviewer and publisher in the future.

Public Policy Consultant

Dr Vosikata was also contracted as a Performance Appraisal expert by the ADB in 2015 and did some research on the importance of Performance Appraisal Measurement and Job Analysis (JA). Further, he has also consulted and currently reviewing certain South Pacific Island economies’ public sector HR systems, processes, practices and policies and their alignment to the strategic direction and bottom line. In this work, the objective is to identify disconnects and recommend the relevant policy changes as the guided by a rhetorical theoretical framework, given the current organizational characteristic data.


 

Dr Ofer Zwikael’s research focuses on the selection, management and evaluation of projects with emphasis on public sector management. Dr Zwikael is the author of two books and more than 100 scholarly peer-reviewed papers that have appeared in a variety of academic journals and conference proceedings, including top journals, such as the Journal of Operations Management and the British Journal of Management. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Project Management. Dr Zwikael is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and has served on the Executive Boards of three Project Management Institute chapters. He has lead, trained, mentored and consulted projects and program groups in dozens of organisations, including Motorola, Nestle, Teva (Israel), IRL, PINZ (New Zealand) and Nationwide Bank (UK). Dr Zwikael is the recipient of the International Project Management Association’s Outstanding Research Contributions Award.


Adjunct Professor Raghuvar Dutt Pathak, after attaining the age of compulsory retirement at USP, is now serving as a Adjunct Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Business. He teaches Organisational Behaviour on the MBA Programme. He had joined USP in 1999 and served as Professor & Head of the Graduate School of Business & Director of MBA Programme from December 2009 to January 2019 as well as Head of the Department of Management & Public Administration (MPA) for 6 years from 2000 to 2006. He was also Acting Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Affairs) at the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE). Before joining USP, he was Professor & Director & Dean of the Institute of Management Studies of Devi Ahilya University at Indore, India (1993-1999), Director of University Research and Development, Head of the School of Defense and Management Studies, and Programme Director of the International Institute of Professional Studies at Devi Ahilya University , Indore, India . He has also worked as a ‘Fellow’ in the Manchester Business School, UK; Department of Management, The University of Melbourne, Australia; and more recently at the Research School of Management, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia.

Professor Pathak has received Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Best Teacher Award in the Faculty of Business and Economics) in 2017 Learning and Teaching Forum; 2018 Vice-Chancellor Award for innovation, and also Vice-Chancellor’s awards for Research Excellence.

He has also participated and presented papers in more than 75 national and international conferences, seminars and workshops. He is also on the Editorial Boards of international journals (including Management Research News from Emerald publishers) and a reviewer for leading international conferences including Academy of Management (USA). He is a Member of leading associations including Academy of Management, USA; Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), USA; and formerly – Chairperson of the Pacific Islands Local chapter of the Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance (NAPSIPAG); and also a Member of the South Asian Quality Assurance System (SAQS) Council of the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA).

Dr. Pathak has provided consultancy to various public and private sector corporations (including ITC, Hindustan Levers, and Whirlpool India), International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Ministry of National Planning of Fiji. He has also been a Trainer for a number of organizations including the Public Service Commission of Fiji.

PUBLICATIONS

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Adjunct Professor Dr. Vijay Pereira
PhD (IHRM); MCMI; MSc (IHRM); PG (SRM); LL. B; PG (DLS); B. Com

Dr. Vijay Pereira is an Associate Professor (International and Strategic Human Capital Development) at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He has experience and expertise in consulting, industry and academia, globally. He has a successful track record of attracting funding and has published widely, in over 100 outlets. He is currently the Associate Editor (Strategy and Organization-Behavior) at the top-ranked Journal of Business Research.Dr. Pereira was the Associate Dean (Research) at the Australian University of Wollongong, Dubai and is a visiting scholar at Manchester and Portsmouth Universities, UK. Dr. Pereira has published widely, in leading international journals, such as HRM US, Journal of World Business, International Journal of HRM, Journal of Business Research, HRM Review, Journal of International Management, and International Journal of Production Research, among others. He is currently on the editorial and advisory board for the journals Production and Operations Management (Listed in Financial Times), International Journal of HRM, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Asian Business & Management Journal and South Asian History and Culture. Dr. Pereira has written and edited (published and forthcoming) 10 books and has been involved in over 10 special issues on important topical areas in top tier journals. He is one of the leading experts on outsourcing and offshoring and culture and identity in a business and management context.


Adjunct Fellow Dr. Benedito Waqailiti joined the MBA program after pursuing his Ph.D. studies at Griffith University, Gold Campus, Australia. After obtaining an MBA from the University of Canberra he joined the School of Management and Public Administration (USP) lecturing in Organization Behavior, Human Resources Management, Marketing, and Management. In addition, he conducted Summer Schools and consulted middle managers cohort groups in regional centers such as Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Is, Nauru, Kiribati, and Fiji. Ben’s areas of interest include female small business entrepreneurship, new venture creation, South Pacific business environment, and services marketing.

Mr. Benedito Waqailiti
Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location:     Statham Campus
IDD Tel. No.: +679 3231995

E-mail: benedito.waqailiti(at)usp.ac.fj


Professor Bodo B. Schlegelmilch is Chair of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association [AMBA & BGA] and heads the Institute for International Marketing Management at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. For more than 10 years, he served as founding Dean of the WU Executive Academy.

Initially educated in Germany, he obtained two doctorates (a Ph.D. in International Marketing and a D.Litt. in Corporate Social Responsibility) from the University of Manchester (UK) and an honorary Ph.D. from Thammasat University (Thailand). Starting at Deutsche Bank and Procter & Gamble in Germany, he continued his career at the University of Edinburgh and the University of California, Berkeley. Appointments as British Rail Chair of Marketing at the University of Wales (UK) and Professor of International Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management (USA) followed.

He serves on several business school advisory boards in Europe and Asia and is member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Marketing Science. He holds/held visiting appointments, for example at the Universities of Minnesota (USA), Keio (Japan), Leeds (UK), Sun Yat-Sen (China), Cologne (Germany) and the Indian School of Business (India), and has taught in over 30 countries.

Prof. Schlegelmilch received numerous teaching and research awards as well as Fellowships from the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Marketing Science and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. His research interests span from international marketing strategy to CSR, and his work has been published in a wide range of books and journals, such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and Journal of World Business. He also serves /served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of International Business Studies, International Marketing Review and many others, and was the first European Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Marketing, published by the American Marketing Association.


Cornelius J. König is Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Saarland University in Germany and currently Dean of the Faculty of Human and Business Sciences there. His research focuses on time management issues such as meetings, personnel selection (e.g., faking), job insecurity and firing practices, and the science-practitioner gap. He received his PhD in psychology from the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. He has published more than 80 journal articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Personnel Psychology, one co-edited and one co-authored book plus 18 book chapters. He is an Associate editor of Personnel Assessment and Decisions and International Journal of Selection and Assessment as well as editorial board member for several journals. His work has been founded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), the Swiss National Science Foundation, the European Union, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), among others. Together with a colleague, he has also funded a consulting company called KOMIT (Kompetenzzentrum Mensch, Innovation & Technik).


Sabina Nielsen is Professor of International Management at the University of Sydney Business School and further holds a Professorship in Strategic Leadership and Diversity at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. She received her PhD from University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and was visiting scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle, the University of Technology Sydney, Australia and Arizona State University, USA. Sabina’s research focuses on the composition, dynamics and decision-making of top management teams and boards of directors and appears in the top international journals such as Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of World Business, and Strategic Organization, among others. Sabina has received numerous national and international awards for excellence in research as well as several prestigious research grants from the research councils of Switzerland, Denmark and the European Union. Sabina also served as a grant accessor for the Research Foundation Flanders, Belgium and the Israel Science Foundation. Since 2007, she has been actively involved in the Strategic Management Society (SMS) and the European Academy of Management (EURAM) as a representative-at-large and a track chair. She has also served on panels as well as an organizer of multiple Doctoral and Mid-career consortia at the Academy of International Business (AIB) and the Strategic Management Society. She is also a co-founder of the European Network of Top Management Teams and Strategy and Founding Director of the Global Governance and Management Research Group at University of Sydney. Sabina was also actively involved in the Australian Census of Women in Leadership and has conducted research on women in leadership in collaboration with the Workforce Gender Equality Agency of Australia (WGEA). She was invited to the Catalyst CEO Summit in Europe and has given numerous talks about women in leadership around the world. Sabina is currently working on a research project on Women in Leadership in the South Pacific.


Danny Samson is Professor of Management at the University of Melbourne (since 1988), was Head of the Department of Management in the Faculty of Economics and Commerce for three years (2002-4), and was Director of the Foundation for Sustainable Economic Development there. He has an honours degree in chemical engineering (UNSW) and a PhD in management from the Australian Graduate School of Management (1984). His work history includes three years as an engineer at ICI Australia, appointment as a lecturer at AGSM, five years as an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois and ten years as the Professor of Manufacturing Management at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. He was Associate Dean (Development) in the Faculty of Economics and commerce from 1998 to 2001.

His board experience includes nine years (maximum term) on the board of the TAC in Victoria, an insurer with $6 billion in assets. He also served on the Board of the Australian Institute of Management, and its state board in Victoria. He has regularly been an advisor to boards, especially SMEs, in both manufacturing and logistics businesses.

While professor at Melbourne Business School, he founded and directed the Centre for Manufacturing Management for over a decade. It conducted research and ran a large number of short courses for manufacturing executives and managers. During that time, he wrote a book on Technology Management. He worked as a consultant to many companies in Australia and beyond, especially in formulating manufacturing/ operations and business strategies.

He has published over one hundred academic research articles in journals, and a dozen books on various aspects of Management. He is currently Co-Editor in Chief of Operations Management Research. His book, co-authored with Tom Bevington, “Implementing Strategic Change” identifies that organizations literally waste one-third of their resources through built in process noise, at process interface steps. This noise can be substantially reduced. His most recent book, published by Oxford University Press in 2016, is titled Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Value creation. It contains survey research results of over 2000 Australian organisations and 25 case studies.

During his academic career, he has been a consultant to senior executives in most manufacturing industries and in numerous service sector organisations. These include major companies in the food, building products, paper and printing, chemicals, processing, banking, engineering/ construction and other industries, in Australia and elsewhere. This included ten years working on corporate strategy with the CEO and top team of a major bank with networks and brands in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia. He designed and delivered six programs to 250 health systems executives and managers in Victoria in 2010-2014, known as Professional Certificate in Health Systems Management. He regularly provides industry and executive seminars and has participated in a number of committees and industry bodies including appointment as a member of the Australian Manufacturing Council and the Commonwealth Government Industry Task Force on Leadership and Management (Karpin committee). He has undertaken numerous studies in technology management including the DIST sponsored study on “International Best Practices in Technology Management”.


Kosmas X. Smyrnios PhD
Professor
RMIT University Australia

komas.smyrnios(at)rmit.edu.au
Kosmas is Professor of Family Business Entrepreneurship, in the School of Management, RMIT University. Kosmas was a past Foundation Associate Editor of the Journal of Family Business Strategy and former Associate Editor of the Family Business Review journal, and a former Foundation Board Member of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA).

Kosmas has developed an extensive applied research record with over 150 international and national refereed publications in different disciplines, including marketing, psychology, family therapy, physics, management, and accounting. Kosmas has established international credentials in family business, having been involved in a number of prominent national and international research projects.

Kosmas has undertaken a number of research consultancy projects for prominent multinational corporations including AXA, the Commonwealth Bank, MGi Australasia, Price Waterhouse Coopers, BDO Chartered Accountants, and Family Business Australia. Professor Smyrnios is also frequently called upon to provide expert media commentary on pertinent matters relating to family business and entrepreneurship.

Professor Smyrnios has secured over $1.5m in competitive and industry research funding and has supervised 30 PhD candidates to successful completion, the projects of which include family business best practice, organizational resilience, strategic and marketing capabilities, information systems capabilities, accounting and strategic management education, business coaching, and the biological and genetic basis of narcissism.


Professor Luiz Moutinho (BA, MA, PhD, FCIM)
luizammoutinho(at)gmail.com
Professor Moutinho is Visiting Professor of Marketing at Suffolk Business School, Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, England, and at the Universidade Europeia and the Marketing School, Portugal. He is Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Business, University of the South Pacific, Fiji. During 2015 – 2017 he was a professor of BioMarketing and Futures Research at the DCU Business School, Dublin City University, Ireland. This was the first Chair in the world on both domains – BioMarketing and Futures Research. Previously, and for 20 years, he had been appointed as the Foundation Chair of Marketing at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, Scotland. In 2017 Luiz Moutinho received a degree of Professor Honoris Causa from the University of Tourism and Management Skopje, FYR Macedonia. His areas of research interest encompass bio-marketing, neuroscience in marketing, algorithmic self, EmoWear – a wearable tech device that detects human emotions, evolutionary algorithms, human-computer interaction, the use of artificial neural networks in marketing, modelling consumer behaviour, futures research, marketing futurecast and tourism and marketing. Professor Moutinho has over 150 articles published in refereed academic journals, 34 books and more than 12,000 academic citations, the h-index of 51 and the i10-index of 178 (February, 2019).

 


David Parker BA MSc PhD CEng CertEd is a Senior Lecturer at the Business School, University of Queensland specialising in process analytics, project management and operations management. His consultancy and research interests include lean systems, strategic service operations, project-based management and supply chain management. His most recent book publications are Managing Projects, Mana aging People (2008) Palgrave-McMillan, and Operating System Models in Operations Management: An integrated approach (2OO8), Cambridge University Press. He has extensive academic journal articles and conference papers; and has consulted to British Airways, Saab, Fonterra, Qld Treasury, Marks & Spencer, GE Money, HSBC, Tl Engineering, Triumph, Sports Girl, amongst numerous other international firms.


Prof Raghbendra Jha, PhD (Columbia), FWIF is professor of economics and executive director Australia South Asia Research Centre in the Australian National University, Canberra. He was Head Arndt-Corden Department of Economics in the Australian National University during 2014-2017.

He completed his B.A. (Hons.) in economics from St. Stephen’s College (1973), Delhi University in 1973 and his M.A. in economics from Delhi School of Economics (1975) in Delhi University. .He obtained his M.Phil and Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, New York, USA, in 1977 and 1978 respectively.

He has taught at Columbia University and Williams College in the US, Queen’s University in Canada, University of Warwick in the UK and Delhi School of Economics, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in India before coming to the Australian National University in 2001.

He specialises in the areas of public economics, development economics and macroeconomics and teaches graduate courses in these areas. He has published dozens of books with major publishers including Oxford University Press, Routledge, Macmillan, World Scientific Press, Edward Elgar and several others. He has published more than 150 scientific papers in major international journals and other refereed outlets including Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Public Finance, Public Choice, Public Finance Quarterly, Applied Economics, Asian Economic Policy Review, History of Economics Review, European Journal of Development Research, Journal of Policy Modelling, International Review of Applied Economics, Economic Modelling, Economic Change and Restructuring, Journal of Asian Economics, Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies, Agricultural Economics, World Development, World Economy, Development and Change, Information Economics and Policy, Resources Policy, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Economic and Political Weekly, Indian Economic Review, Indian Economic Journal, among several others. He is on the editorial board of several major economics journals.

He has consulted widely for organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, United Nations Development Program, WIDER, United Nations Economic Commission on Africa, Department for International Development, Reserve Bank of India, and Government of India, among others. He is a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation and a member of Marquis Who’s Who in the World. He has supervised 24 PhD students.


Pawan Budhwa is a Professor of International HRM at Aston Business School, an Associate Pro Vice Chancellor International (India), Aston University and the Joint-Director of Aston India Centre for Applied Research, Birmingham, UK. He received his doctorate from Manchester Business School, UK. Pawan is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of British Journal of Management. He is the co-founder and first (now past) President of Indian Academy of Management, an affiliate of the Indian Academy of Management (USA). Pawan’s research interests are in the broad area of managing human resources in emerging markets with a specific focus on India. He has published over 110 articles in leading journals and has also written and/or co-edited 18 books. He has guest edited around a dozen special issues of leading journals.

Pawan has regularly received research grants from a variety of funding bodies, including the industry. He has served as an advisor to the Commonwealth Commission for scholarships and fellowships for six years and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, British Academy of Management, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Indian Academy of Management. He is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He has successfully organised a number of major International conferences, has served as a track chair on many international conferences and has regularly organized professional development workshops at the major international conferences. He was the All Academy of Management Caucuses Chair in 2009. He has been regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches at major conferences and has won many teaching and research related awards.


Dr. Siggi Gudergan is Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Business within the University of the South Pacific, and Professor of Strategy and Deputy Dean of Waikato Management School within the University of Waikato. He has the equivalents of a Bachelor and Master degree, respectively, in business administration and economics from the RWTH-Aachen (Aachen University of Technology in Germany), and has gained a PhD in Management from the former Australian Graduate School of Management that was awarded by both the University of Sydney and UNSW. His research and consulting focuses on three areas: Business Strategy & Strategic Management (including entrepreneurship, innovation, organisational change & performance; and international business & management); Services & Customer Decision Making; and Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM).


Professor Sunil Poshakwale is a Professor of International Finance in the School of Management of Cranfield University, England since 2006. As Director of Centre for Research in Finance, he has led the development of high quality industry relevant research. He has published over 50 research papers in top finance journals and has presented over 60 papers in international conferences and seminars all over the world. He has successfully supervised many PhD and DBA students who work in prestigious universities and financial services both in the UK and worldwide. Sunil was named as the Best Professor of Financial Management by Asia’s Business School Awards and as one of the most influential ‘Management Gurus’ of Indian origin by Business India. He was named as one of the fifty top faces of Cranfield’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Professor Sunil Poshakwale has wide-ranging consulting experience in the area of international finance, investments and governance matters. He has served as finance expert on several projects of international banks and financial institutions. Professor Sunil Poshakwale’s industry led-research on ‘Quality of Corporate Governance and Firm Performance’ has been used by MAPFRE for launching a ‘Good Governance Fund’. His earlier work on ‘Gender Diversity’ was used by March Gestion Fondos in developing their investment strategies. His work on ‘Political Risk’ was extensively used by Atradius. He is currently developing research with an Emerging Market Focused Macro Hedge Fund. Well recognised for his finance expertise, he is regularly interviewed by print, radio and television media for his expert views on global finance. His views on global finance and economy are broadcast on the BBC World Service, TRT Television, and Sputnik International.

Professor Sunil Poshakwale has been a backbone of Cranfield’s growth in finance research and MSc programmes. As Director of Cranfield’s finance MSc programmes until 2016, he helped drive the School of Management into the top league of schools offering Financial Times ranked finance masters. He got the CFA recognised status for Cranfield and developed international partnership and student exchange programme with Freie University in Berlin.

Before joining Cranfield in 2006, Sunil held academic positions in a number of UK Business Schools; as a Professor of Finance in the University of Hull (2004-2006), as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in University of Birmingham (1998-2004), and as a Lecturer in the University of Kent (1997-1998). Before arriving in the UK, Sunil worked in the academia (Institute of Management Studies 1989-1994) and held a number of senior positions in the industry in India. He has received several prestigious international scholarships and awards including the Rotary International Scholarship for visiting Argentina (1992), Euro-Asia Centre Scholarship from INSEAD (1993), Shastri Indo-Canadian Scholarship for pursuing research in Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and the Commonwealth Scholarship to study for his PhD in Manchester Business School, Manchester University, UK. Being an alumnus, he has been a visiting Professor to the Manchester Business School’s Global MBA programme for the last 18 years and has delivered finance courses all over the world.

Professor Sunil Poshakwale is an expert in international finance and emerging markets. He has published extensively in top finance journals including Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, International Review of Financial Analysis, Review of Quantitative Finance & Accounting, Global Finance Journal, Applied Financial Economics, etc. His work on the Emerging Chinese Financial Markets won the China Accounting and Finance Review, (CAFR) Best Research Paper Award. His work on portfolio flows in emerging markets was adjudged as the best paper in the Journal of Emerging Markets Finance by Sage. Professor Sunil Poshakwale has chaired special sessions and delivered key-note speeches in many international conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of several finance journals and regularly referees research papers for a number of high quality finance journals. Sunil has successfully supervised several PhD and DBA students. Sunil’s research interests include corporate governance, investments, asset pricing, financial regulations, international finance & investments, and risk management. He serves on the editorial board of Global Finance Journal, and Annals of Financial Economics.


Dr. Arup Varma is Professor of Management at the Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago. Dr. V, as he is popularly known, joined Loyola in 1996 as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999, and tenured in 2002. In 2006, he was promoted to full Professor.

He holds a PhD in Human Resources & Industrial Relations from Rutgers University, New Jersey, an M.S. (1984) in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (with honors) from XLRI, Jamshedpur (India); and a B.S. (1982) in Economics (with honors) from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta (India).

He has been a visiting professor at Beijing International MBA (Peking University, China), Great Lakes Institute of Management (India), and XLRI – School of Business and Human Resources (India), University of Gdansk (Poland), and Visiting Scholar at Aston University, Birmingham (U.K.) and the University of Gottingen (Germany). He has presented research seminars and lectured in numerous countries around the world, including China, Cuba, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Poland, Singapore, and the U.K., etc.

He has received numerous awards at Loyola, for teaching (in 2003 and 2012), for research excellence in 2004, 2011, and 2017) and for service in 2012 and 2015. In 2017, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award (for Academics) from his alma mater, XLRI (Jamshedpur, India).

He teaches several HR/OB courses and has conducted several hundred hours of management development seminars covering topics such as Leadership, Motivation, and Problem Solving, etc. He has consulted with numerous multinational organizations on strategic issues. His current focus is on helping organizations achieve alignment between individual and corporate strategic goals.

His research interests include performance management and expatriate adjustment issues. He has published over 100 articles in leading journals and magazines, including the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. He has co-edited 6 books and contributed over 40 book chapters. He has also presented over 100 papers at leading national and international conferences.

He is regularly invited to speak at multinational corporations and academic and professional associations.

His hobbies include cooking, cricket, and traveling to exotic and not-so-exotic places.


Amandeep Dhir is currently a full professor at School of Business and Law, University Agder, Norway. He holds a visiting Professorship at the Norwegian School of Hotel Management (NHS), University of Stavanger, Norway as well as Optentia Focus Area, North-West University, South Africa. Amandeep obtained his first PhD in Psychology (consumer) from the University of Helsinki and second PhD (DSc) in the Information systems (IS) from Aalto University, Finland. He has developed and taught several bachelors, masters and doctoral level courses for institutions based in India, Taiwan, Finland, Namibia, South Africa, UAE, Saudi Arabia. Amandeep has also done extensive teaching of master and doctoral students and taught subjects related to IT/IS/Marketing/research methodology. His work has appeared in different leading publishing forums, including International Journal of Information Management, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Food Quality and Preferences, Appetite, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Health Promotion International, Computers in Human Behaviour, New Media & Society, Computers & Education, Social Science in Computer Review, Online Information Review, Telematics and Informatics, and Frontiers in Psychology. He has made several research visits to Taiwan, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Africa, Namibia, United Kingdom and Norway. He is currently engaged in several large-scale research projects in Asia, Africa and Europe.