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Consumer Strategy: A consumer’s perspective

Views - 4106 Monday, 1 February 2016 00:00

  It has been almost six months since the sad demise of Prof. Uditha Liyanage. A collection of his articles was posthumously published by the Postgraduate Institute of Management in a book entitled ‘Consumer Strategy’. Today&


Communityship

Views - 3820 Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

   Figure 1. Management as a practice    The moment I typed the heading, the Word spellchecker highlighted that there was no such word. It is in a way correct. It is refreshingly new. I came across it af


Sixteen Suggestions for Success in 2016

Views - 3875 Monday, 28 December 2015 00:03

A Brand new year is a few days ahead. As usual, people tend to have New Year resolutions. My suggestion is to go beyond resolutions, to have specific reinforcements. For that, I would like to share sixteen suggestions for success, especia


Management Research beyond barriers

Views - 3884 Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

  It was an insightful intellectual interaction when Prof. Michael O’Donnell and Prof. Mark Turner from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia visited us to conduct a doctoral workshop recently.  It was indee


HR Quiz 2015 delivers motivating momentum

Views - 3979 Monday, 30 November 2015 00:00

  There was an impressive show of young talent at the HR Quiz 2015 which was held recently. With the involvement of 50 teams representing leading corporates, a passionate battle between several bright minds took place. I remember th


Five S for the mind

Views - 4686 Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

Prof. AjanthaDharmasiri delivering the key note speech at the Annual Five S Conference   It was a meaningful occasion when I had to deliver the keynote address at the Annual Five S Conference, organised by the Sri Lanka Associ


Academics as thought leaders: Promises and pitfalls

Views - 4067 Monday, 2 November 2015 00:00

I was so happy to get involved in the Annual Research Symposium 2015, organised by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, as the Plenary Speaker. As someone who does not work in the field of medicine, I picked the topic ‘Ac


Talk in Tamil Nadu on Tech-Tradi Tribe

Views - 3741 Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

   Addressing the Annual Conference (NATCON) of the National Institute of Personnel Management, India    My first visit to Tamil Nadu was a memorable one. I was one of the speakers at the Annual Conferen


PIM MBA in UAE: A new beginning

Views - 4741 Monday, 5 October 2015 00:00

It was indeed memorable to organise an inauguration of a brand new MBA batch at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was encouraging to see the spirit of Sri Lankans in Dubai who actively su


Professing in a premier enterprise

Views - 3864 Monday, 21 September 2015 00:00

I am delighted to embark on a new series of Humane Results. Having written 250 weekly columns, I thought to make it a fortnightly column. This is to create more breathing space amidst a welter of administrative tasks and a hectic teaching schedule


HRM for Managers: Launch of a learning guide

Views - 5101 Monday, 24 August 2015 00:00

      I am delighted to share some thoughts about my newly published sixth book, in fact, the fourth in English in addition to two science fiction stories in Sinhala.  Interestingly, this happens to be the 250


Myriad memories of my mentor: Management sage of our age

Views - 4631 Monday, 17 August 2015 00:15

Dr. Ajantha Dharmasiri handing over the book he co-edited with Prof. Sudatta to Prof. Uditha Liyanage   I never thought that I would have to write this column so early. Two years ago, at the demise of Prof. Sudatta Ranasinghe,


Kalam at PIM: Reflections in retrospect

Views - 4116 Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00

  Much has been written on a great human being named Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. He was much loved by the world not only as a brilliant scientist but as a diligent strategist. I still remember when Dr. A P.J. Abdul Kalam visi


Cynosure of Cyberloafing

Views - 4255 Monday, 3 August 2015 00:00

   Employees often spend extended periods of the workday cyberloafing  Loafing is often associated with lazily loitering or lethargically lounging.  Now we have a newer term, associated with computers. Cyberloaf


Glimpses of the Genovese Effect

Views - 3884 Monday, 27 July 2015 00:00

  There is a Sinhala proverb which goes “Thaman hisata thama athamaya sevanala” (It is only one’s hand is the shelter/shadow for one’s head). It highlights what we are going to discuss in today’s column.


Management marvels of a hydraulic civilisation

Views - 4115 Monday, 20 July 2015 00:02

We started an uncommon search on common sense last week, in looking into the presence of management in the east, well before the west repackaged it. Today’s focus is on our home soil. Highlights of a hydraulic civilisation in Sri La


Six thinking roles for HR professionals

Views - 4099 Monday, 13 July 2015 00:00

   Decision-making is a delicate part of a managerial career. This is true of Human Resource professionals as well. Thinking is the central theme when it comes to decisions. Today’s column is all about how HR profe


Being diligent when going digital

Views - 3546 Monday, 6 July 2015 00:00

   Technology has always been an enhancer of our work. From adding machines to the advanced computer this was always the case. Such extensive applications are broadly categorised as digital transformations. Today’s column e


7 ups for a creativity leap

Views - 4115 Monday, 29 June 2015 00:00

   Creativity involves breaking patterns and thinking out of the box   Creativity has become a cutting-edge factor for competitive advantage. Even though we have covered it a couple of times, it is well worth


Living strategy: People at the core

Views - 4327 Monday, 22 June 2015 00:00

  Lynda Graton I got a sigh of relief after the successful completion of perhaps the largest-ever HR conference in South Asia (NHRC 2015 of IPM Sri Lanka) a few days ago. It was encouraging to see the vibrancy of speakers, the ve


HR for national prosperity: Extending the exploration

Views - 3632 Monday, 8 June 2015 00:00

  We started a discussion on the National HR Conference (NHRC) 2015 last week. The countdown has begun. It is just seven days until the biggest HR event in South Asia. I am delighted to lead a dedicated team to make it even bigger, b


Succeeding in the Social Age: Lessons for Lankans

Views - 3515 Monday, 25 May 2015 00:00

   I came across an interesting and insightful book entitled ‘A World Gone Social’. The authors Ted Coine and Mark Babbit take us through an important journey by discussing how we have transitioned from the industrial


Serene insights into spiritual intelligence

Views - 1525 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 01:35

We have just witnessed another vibrant Vesak. At a time when the whole country is united in concluding the celebrations linked to the long years of Buddhism, it is quite appropriate to discuss something serene relating to humane results. That’s why


Treasures of Transformative CSR

Views - 2011 Monday, 27 April 2015 00:00

Sustainability is surely an aspect that business leaders cannot sidestep. It was heartening to see the three days of events organised by CSR Sri Lanka featuring Dr. Wayne Visser. Having participated in his breakfast forum for CEOs and a subsequent ch


Avurudu awakening

Views - 1649 Monday, 20 April 2015 00:01

We welcomed another Avurudu. Holidays give us time to refresh, reflect and renew. As Sinhalese and Tamils unite for festive times, a sense of national unity is radiated. Today’s column on Human Results is a relaxed reflection on the need to collect


Serenity of servant leaders

Views - 2089 Monday, 6 April 2015 00:00

Jesus Christ provided an ideal example of servant leadership     Yesterday was Easter Sunday. In the cherished tradition, Jesus Christ washed the feet of his disciples on Holy Thursday, three days earlier. It showed the world n


Rao’s reflections on HR

Views - 3277 Monday, 30 March 2015 00:18

It was so special meeting Dr. T.V. Rao after 10 years. Last time, it was at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) where he conducted a program on Human Resource Development (HRD) Audit. This time it was at the Institute of Personnel Manageme


HRM Awards, HRP and IPM

Views - 2030 Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

I was there at the recently concluded National HRM Awards organised by the Association of HR Professionals (HRP). I am actively involved in the upcoming National HR Conference organised by the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM). I was in the Exe


Halos and horns in Lankan workplaces

Views - 1606 Monday, 16 March 2015 00:28

Performance has always been a buzz word in business circles. This time of the year is the typical time for a wave of performance appraisals, particularly in organisations where the appraisals are linked to the financial year. There is a strong link b


Culture vs. climate in Lankan organisations

Views - 2105 Monday, 9 March 2015 00:10

Organisational or corporate culture is the pattern of values, norms, beliefs, attitudes and assumptions that may not have been articulated but shape the ways in which people behave and things get done     We go to Nuwara Eliya


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Take a check on your Board Directors

Monday, 21 May 2018

The public entrusts the Government to collect taxes and invest them prudently to ensure quality of life. Similarly, the shareholders (minority ones in particular) entrust the Board of Directors to protect and grow their investments.


Mangala’s Gam Peraliya: Good move but essential requirement a village level database

Monday, 21 May 2018

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, announcing the Government’s decision to move for a flexible fuel price system based on international prices built into a pricing formula, made a side announcement as well.


New mandate to navigate ‘Nation’s management mentor’

Monday, 21 May 2018

I was delighted to be reappointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) for the second term of three years.


Misuse of State Governors by the Centre continues in India

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The gross misuse of the State or Provincial Governor in India by the ruling party at the Centre in New Delhi to achieve its narrow political interests continues to plague the functioning of the Indian Constitution.


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