Ajantha Dharmasiri

PIM MBA in Oman: A Sri Lankan pride

/ Monday, 24 April 2017 00:00

It was indeed memorable to organise an inauguration of a brand new MBA batch at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in Muscat, ...


Commuting and communicating for communityship

/ Tuesday, 11 April 2017 00:00

I am writing this column while enjoying the warm hospitality of the Philippines. It was in Manila that the bi-annual meeting and knowledge sharing ...


Revitalising HR research: A national need

/ Monday, 27 March 2017 00:02

Key people involved in IPM’s second research symposium    Human resource management in the Sri Lankan cont...


‘Exchange to Change’: Making things happen

/ Monday, 13 March 2017 00:02

Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri addressing the International Human Resource Conference in Bangladesh   I was delighted to be...


Signifying ‘Sigmoid’ for Sri Lankans

/ Monday, 27 February 2017 01:20

Being proactive is becoming a rarity. Protests for rights have become a regular occurrence. Conducting post-mortems after a tragedy is not somethin...


Emotionally intelligent leaders: A rare breed in Sri Lanka?

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:23

It appears that the West and East alike have one common phenomenon - emotionally charged leaders making utterances that get wide media publicity le...


Digitisation Dynamics: People for Progress

/ Monday, 30 January 2017 00:20

Digital business transformation is about significant change; it should be diligently driven by leadership   Overview&...


Communicating with confidence: Clarity over chaos

/ Monday, 16 January 2017 00:02

We witnessed the reactions of people at the inauguration of the Hambantota industrial zone. Even before, we saw how Hambantota port employees stage...


17 suggestions for success in 2017

/ Monday, 2 January 2017 01:07

A brand new year has just dawned. As usual, people tend to have New Year resolutions. My suggestion is to go beyond resolutions, to have s...


Whither MBAs? Rigour, relevance and results

/ Monday, 19 December 2016 08:07

    An MBA has always been a sought-after qualification among managers. It has been hailed as a competency builder on one...


Men and women for SEN: Reaping research richness

/ Monday, 5 December 2016 00:01

The research monograph is handed over to the Secretary of the Ministry of Education    It was a delight to witne...


High impact HR: Local and global

/ Monday, 21 November 2016 00:01

   I was involved in two key recent global and local HR events. The annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Pers...


Humane results: Discovering future HR in a digital era

/ Monday, 7 November 2016 00:01

I enjoyed speaking at the Annual Conference of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) recently. The topic assigned to me was ‘Reimag...


Competencies or connections? Clarity of choices

/ Monday, 24 October 2016 00:01

   I recall the discussion that took place during the annual sessions of the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) rece...


Managers and leaders in high demand

/ Monday, 10 October 2016 00:01

 I was a speaker at the annual conference of the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) last week, held along the theme ‘Good G...


Ten Commandments for talent developers

/ Monday, 26 September 2016 00:01

  Talent is in high demand both locally and globally. We saw a wave of writings such as ‘Winning the War for Talent’ sprea...


Prison as a prism: Poignant points

/ Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:02

Politically powerful people in prisons receive publicity. Prisons are supposed to remand and rehabilitate people. In times when much attention is p...


Presence as a present: Practising spiritual intelligence

/ Monday, 29 August 2016 00:01

 I read a refreshingly resourceful book titled, ‘You are here’. It is written by Rev. Thich Nhat Hanh         ...


My son as my hero: Reflections of reverse mentoring

/ Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

I never thought I would write this column in my life. Strange are the swirls that entangle us. My son, my hero is physically no more. I tr...


Remembering a management sage: One year later

/ Monday, 1 August 2016 00:00

When I handed over the book co-edited by me to Prof. Liyanage   Time has passed by. Almost one year is gone after the...


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Sri Lanka trapped between wrong priorities and disaster relief

26 April 2017

Over the years Sri Lanka has experienced so many natural and man-made disasters, one could sarcastically say, people are already used to it. Usually the main steps are, something tragic happens, everybody is shocked and surprised, relief efforts s...


Sharing economy – a double-edged sword!

26 April 2017

The time we have to 'consume' in a day is largely the same as we did decades ago. But per capita acquisition (of all forms of goods and services) has significantly increased. This means a lot of idling assets in our homes and offices, from...


How not to be a social entrepreneur

26 April 2017

These days everybody wants to be a social entrepreneur. That’s awesome, but as long as you don’t pretend to be one. Every business is not a social enterprise… because if it was then we don’t need to have a separate name ca...


The nation needs new hope, new horizon: Succession stakes and Opposition strategy

26 April 2017

The victory in Round One of the French elections and his highly probable election as the new President of France on 7 May, of Emmanuel Macron, the young outsider with a neo-Centrist or ‘Alt-Centrist’ stance, underscores that the global...


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