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Dr. Dinuka B. Herath, PhD, FHEA, MSc, PGCHE, BSc (Hons), Dip (ICT), CC, CL; is a Senior lecturer in Organisation Studies at the Business School since September 2016. He is a fellow of the British Higher Education Academy. He is also a member of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and Institute for Small Business Entrepreneurship (ISBE).  He currently acts as the communications officer for the European Academy of Management (since 2017). To date he has over 20 academic publications including articles in reputed journals and multiple book chapters. 

He has over 5 years of experience in higher education institutions. He studied and worked in 4 universities in the UK (Staffordshire University, The University of East Anglia, Bournemouth University, and The University of Huddersfield) as well as being a visiting researcher at The University of Southern Denmark. Furthermore, He has received funding from the European Academy of Management and the HuD Research Fund for his work. Apart his main publications, he acts reviewer for multiple journals and has guest edited 2 journal special issues to date. In addition he has successfully organized multiple funded national and international research symposiums. Within the university, he is a member of the Behavioural Research Center (BRC) and has taken active roles in the Business School research conferences including acting as a co-track chair. He is also currently working on an impact case on human resource practitioner wellbeing which involves a number of local SMEs.  In terms of wider global experience, to date, he has presented his research in the US, China, Iceland, France, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sri Lanka, Spain, and Italy. He has also given invited lectures, (including at the University of Leeds) along with numerous other workshops and events.

Prior to his position at Huddersfield University, he completed a fully funded PhD in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at Bournemouth University (BU), UK. He received a fully funded studentship for his PhD and was the youngest PhD student at BU. His PhD thesis was examined by Professor Bruce Edmonds who is a key figure in the field. At BU he was also a P/T lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. Apart from his academic positions, he was also the president of the Doctoral Student Society, the Chairman of the BU Institute of Directors and a P/T officer at the BU Students Union. He holds an MSc with distinction in Information Systems from the University of East Anglia (UK) and a BSc with honours In Business Information Technology from Staffordshire University (UK). He is also a certified orator and holds a Competent Communicator certificate from Toastmasters International. He has received funding from the European Academy of management, Bournemouth University and Huddersfield University for his research. He currently also works as a part of an EU funded researcher grant, known as the SHARPEN Project. He is also a senior advisor for Pronoia Consulting. Prior to his academic career he has worked in Industry, notably as a marketing manager at a multinational information technology company, VoiceTec Systems Limited. His work has been featured on Newsweek, Yahoo News, UK Bulletin and other prominent outlets and he has also been featured in BBC news. To keep track of his latest work you can follow Dr Herath on: Twitter & Facebook.

Latest Work


  • Organisational behaviour 
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Agent-Based Modelling 

Research Expertise and Interests

Dinuka’s research focus is on Organisational behaviour and Human resource management. He primarily uses quantitative research methods including statistical tools, big data analysis techniques and computer simulations. Dinuka is interested in studying organisational structure and processes. Dinuka systematically studies the effects structural and procedural changes have on an organisation’s employees. His research in the past three years focused on minimally organised (disorganised) organisational structures and processes with an emphasis on how the change of one or both these constructs affected individuals and teams within organizations. Dinuka’s research has implications for both academics and practitioners on how productivity/ efficiency can be increased using disorganisation. He is currently looking at developing a validated measurement scale for measuring disorganisation. Dinuka also conducts methodological research focusing on computer simulations using agent based modelling (ABM) techniques and how ABM can be used in management research. Currently he is looking at how ABM can be applied to study an array of management theories (i.e. leadership, dynamic capabilities, consumer behaviour, talent management, etc.). His most recent work has focused on entrepreneurship in the third sector and minority entrepreneurship.

Research Degree Supervision

Dinuka is currently supervising students on Human Resource Management in SMEs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

He is also is interested in supervising PhD projects in the following areas:

  • Organizational Adaptability (plasticity)
  • The application of agent based modelling techniques for studying organisations.
  • Scale development for measuring disorganisation in businesses
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Apart from the aforementioned areas, He is also interested in novel quantitative, qualitative and mixed method projects

External positions

Senior Adviser , Pronoia Consulting

1 Apr 2018 → …

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Hospices Medicine & Life Sciences
Caregivers Medicine & Life Sciences
Volunteers Medicine & Life Sciences
Internet Engineering & Materials Science
Disorganization Business & Economics
Personnel Engineering & Materials Science
Personal Space Medicine & Life Sciences
Agent-based modeling Business & Economics

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Projects 2016 2019

SHARPEN: SMEs Human resource attraction, retention and performance enhancement network

Davies, J., Emsell, P., Kevill, A. & Herath, D.


Project: ResearchEU Government

Research Output 2016 2019


Exploring entrepreneurship amongst the socially excluded: An introduction

Kevill, A., Analoui, B. & Herath, D., 1 May 2019, In : International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 20, 2, p. 77-79 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Independent female escorts: Stigmatized, value-adding entrepreneurs

Analoui, B. & Herath, D., 1 May 2019, In : International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 20, 2, p. 119-129 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Entrepreneurial activity
Sex workers

Wellbeing, the lone HR practitioner, and managing volunteers: caring for the carers’ carers

Davies, J., Kevill, A. & Herath, D., 1 Nov 2018, In : BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. 8, S2, p. A106 P-270.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Personal Space
Outsourced Services
5 Citations (Scopus)

Team problem solving and motivation under disorganization: an agent-based modeling approach

Herath, D., Costello, J. & Homberg, F., 1 Jan 2017, In : Team Performance Management. 23, 1/2, p. 46-65 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Problem solving
Agent-based modeling

Activities 2015 2018

  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 2 Editorial work
  • 1 Poster presentation

Wellbeing, the lone HR practitioner, and managing volunteers: caring for the carers’ carers

Julie Davies (Speaker), Alex Kevill (Speaker), Dinuka Herath (Speaker)
27 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPoster presentation

Dynamic Capabilities and Disorganisation: A Conceptual Exploration

Shelley Harrington (Speaker), Dinuka Herath (Speaker)
18 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Evidence-based HRM (Journal)

Dinuka Herath (Member of editorial board)
1 Nov 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Journal)

Dinuka Herath (Member of editorial board), Bejan Analoui (Member of editorial board)
1 Sep 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

Effects of Disorganization on Team problem Solving and Motivation: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach

Dinuka Herath (Speaker), Joyce Costello (Speaker), Fabian Homberg (Speaker)
1 Jun 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Mess is Good for Business

Dinuka Herath


2 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment