Personal profile


Alka’s expertise lies in the operations and supply chain management fields. Her studies have been based in the services and manufacturing sector and public sector. She has published her work in a number of leading journals including International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Operations and Production Management and International Journal of Production Research. Alka obtained her PhD from the University of Melbourne and her thesis examined how firms in Australian service and manufacturing industries treated and developed their operational capabilities using primarily secondary data.  She also has strong interests in areas such as food waste, sustainability and circular economies with various publications such as IEEE: Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Business Research and Journal of Cleaner Production.  Alka is an experienced lecturer, having taught many courses in undergraduate and postgraduate program locally and abroad. She is the co-chair for Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Operations, Supply Chain, and Services Management Symposium in 2021 and 2022. 

Supervision interests

Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Sustainability and Collaboration practices

Monash teaching commitment

Supply Chain Management 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research area keywords

  • Operations strategy
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Operations Management and Production Planning
  • Circular economy
  • sustainability

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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