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Personal profile


Ramanie Samaratunge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management. She is an internationally renowned management scholar with 30 years’ experience working in the public and private sector, including consultancies in Australia and Asia. She was previously at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, from which she also graduated with first class honours in Public Administration. She holds a PhD from Monash University, Australia. She has served on international and local advisory bodies and is a member of many international professional bodies. 

Associate Professor Samaratunge has published a number of book chapters, several government and industry reports, and journal articles in leading international management journals such as International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Australian Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics and Human Relations. She is represented in conference proceedings and invited keynote speeches. She also reviews for many top-ranking journals.

Since 2010, she has been instrumental in establishing and leading Monash University programs in partnership with the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration and with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia. These programs have significantly enhanced the operational and research capacity of public officials in Sri Lanka and become model programs for a number of other developing countries including Bangladesh and Nepal.

Research interests

Her research interests include public management in developing countries, humor in management, governance, cross cultural management, immigrants in Australia, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Monash teaching commitment

MGC3120 International Management

MGX5310 International Management Process

Research area keywords

  • Public Management
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Cross Cultural
  • Immigrants
  • Governance
  • Knowledge Management
  • Emerging Markets

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Projects 2010 2018

Research Output 1997 2019

HRM reforms and job-related well-being of academics

Xia, J., Zhang, M. M., Zhu, J. C., Fan, D. & Samaratunge, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Personnel Review. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Managing with Humor: a Novel Approach to Building Positive Employee Emotions and Psychological Resources

Wijewardena, N., Hartel, C. E. J. & Samaratunge, R., 2019, 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer. 153 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Relationship between healthcare utilization and household out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure: evidence from an emerging economy with a free healthcare policy

Sisira Kumara, A. & Samaratunge, R., Aug 2019, In : Social Science and Medicine. 235, 12 p., 112364.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Country institutional profile for women-led small businesses: evidence from a developing economy context

Dissanayake, K. & Samaratunge, R., Apr 2018, In : South Asian Journal of Management. 25, 2, p. 66-89 24 p., 5.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The effects of chronic non-communicable diseases on labour force outcomes: quasi experimental evidence from Sri Lanka

Kumara, A. S. & Samaratunge, R., 1 Sep 2018, In : Economics and Human Biology. 31, p. 40-53 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


2014 Dean's Commendation for Research Impact

Ramanie Samaratunge (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)