Visveswara Mohan Avvari


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1997 …2023

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Dr. Avvari V. Mohan is a Professor and Deputy Head (Engagement & Impact) at the School of Business, Monash University Malaysia.  He received his doctorate in Management of Innovation from the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore following which he visited South Korea on a Research Fellowship at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Prior to joining Monash University, he served as a member of the faculty with the Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia campus. He also held several leadership positions at NUBS Malaysia, including Director of Research, Acting Dean, Dy Dean for External Engagement and was also the Malaysia Lead for the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR).


His teaching and research interests are in broadly in innovation and strategy with special interest in sustainability related / responsible business strategies.  His work focusses on innovation systems (inter-organisational linkages) that help organisations to develop innovations and contribute to sustainable development. He has published his work in international journals and in reports for international agencies. He is an associate editor in chief for the Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, a member of the steering committee of the Asian Society of Innovation & Policy and a member of the steering committee for Asian Society for Innovation & Policy (ASIP). He is also on the editorial panels of other international journals in the area of Innovation and policy. He has been a resource person in training programmes for various business organisations and also for organisations like UN-ESCAP, UNESCO-WTA etc. He has served as a Council Member of the Consumer Forum (CFM) under MCMC Malaysia, as an Innovation Auditor of SMEs in Malaysia, as a recourse person in WTA-UNESCO workshops and more recently as a UNESCO expert for entrepreneurship and innovation.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Management of Innovation, PhD, Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru

Award Date: 1 Sept 1997

General Management, MBA

Award Date: 1 May 1990

Research area keywords

  • Innovation Systems
  • Strategic Management
  • Sustainability
  • sustainability-oriented innovation

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