Associate Professor Dilupa Nakandala

Associate Professor Dilupa Nakandala

Associate Dean, Graduate Studies,
Dean's Unit, School of Business

Associate Professor,
Human Resources & Management

Biography

Associate Professor Dilupa Nakandala has research interests in innovation and technology transfer management and supply chain management. Her research has been recognised by the funding from the Australian Research Council, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia and the Western Sydney University. Dilupa obtained BSc (First Class Hons) in electrical and electronic engineering at the University of Peradeniya, MBA in management of technology at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and PhD in innovation studies at Western Sydney University.

She has published in top-tier journals including Decision Support Systems, Knowledge-based Systems, European Journal of Operational Research, Supply Chain Management - an Int'l Journal, Int'l Journal of Production Research, and Int'l Journal of Technology Management. She has also published several book chapters and in practitioner journals and was the lead author of the 'South Asia' chapter of the latest UNESCO Science Report.

Dilupa's skills in both qualitative and quantitative research methods enable her to do studies using the case study method, fuzzy expert systems, genetic algorithm, agent-based modelling, and structural equation modelling. She teaches innovation, entrepreneurship, and project management at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Prior to joining the academia in 2007, she held multiple roles in engineering, integrated solution designs, quality assurance, business, process and project management and business compliance in a multinational business environment for over eight years. She is also a certified Project Management Professional in PMI, USA, and has PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification. 

Dilupa is currently available to supervise PhD projects in innovation and technology transfer management and supply chain management related areas.

Major Grants:

Design and Implementation of a Stochastic Trans-shipment Decision Model (STDM) to Assist Logistics Practitioners in a Supply Chain Network 2013 - 2015 (Australian Research Council - Discovery Grant $120,000)

Cost-optimised Transshipment in Food Supply Chain Management 2015 - 2016 (Western Sydney University - Women's Research Fellowship Grant $40,000)

Optimisation Modeling in Emerging Fresh Food Supply Chain Structures 2015 - 2016 (Western Sydney University - Research Development Grant $20,000)

Regional Experience on Innovation for Business Students 2017 - 2019 (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant Scheme $292,100)

Connecting Vietnamese and Australian Women Entrepreneurs in Agri-food Business 2017-2018 (Australia-ASEAN Council $93,765)

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Nakandala.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MBA University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • BScEng University of Peradeniya

Professional Memberships

  • INFORMS (2017 - 2017)
  • ANZAM (Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management) (2019 - 2021)
  • Project Management Institute, USA (2007 - 2014)

Awards

  • Asian Development Bank Scholarship for the MBA in Management of Technology 2002-01-01
  • UWSIPRS for PhD studies 2007-03-02
  • IBM Bravo Award for the success in the BCRS business unit 2005-12-01
  • IBM Bravo Award for Project Management 2005-12-01
  • IBM Bravo Award for Business Controls 2003-12-01
  • J. B. Dissanayake Prize for the Best Performance in Industrial Training in the General Convocation in University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 1999-02-01

Interests

  • Innovation and Technology Management within Organisations
  • Renewable Energy
  • Supply Chain Management - SCM

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Business
  • Human Resources & Management

Contact

Email: D.Nakandala@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9477
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Location:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 200154 Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation, 2014
  • 200159 Organisation Analysis and Design, 2008
  • 200300 Managing People at Work, 2008
  • 200528 Management of Projects, 2011
  • 200528 Management of Projects, 2013
  • 200571 Management Dynamics, 2012
  • 200571 Management Dynamics, 2013
  • 200585 Organisational Behaviour, 2011
  • 200862 Creating Change and Innovation, 2015
  • 200862 Creating Change and Innovation, 2016
  • 200919 Innovation and Professional Practice, 2017
  • 200979 Foundations of Entrepreneurship, 2017
  • 51119 International Management, 2010
  • 51240 Project Management, 2013
  • 51240 Project Management, 2014
  • 51240 Project Management, 2015
  • 51240 Project Management, 2016
  • 51240 Project Management, 2017

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Nakandala, D. and Malik, A. (2016), 'South Asia', UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030, UNESCO 9789231001291.
  • Nakandala, D. and Turpin, T. (2016), 'The barriers to innovation diffusion : the case of GM food in Sri Lanka', Handbook of Research on Driving Competitive Advantage through Sustainable, Lean, and Disruptive Innovation, Business Science Reference 9781522501350.
  • Hurriyet, H. and Nakandala, D. (2016), 'Lean thinking and the innovation process', Handbook of Research on Driving Competitive Advantage through Sustainable, Lean, and Disruptive Innovation, IGI Global 9781522501350.
  • Nakandala, D. and Turpin, T. (2013), 'A framework to analyse the role of government in promoting quality innovation in developing economies : a case study', Quality Innovation: Knowledge, Theory and Practices, IGI Global 9781466647695.
  • Nakandala, D., Turpin, T. and Sloan, T. (2012), 'How firms develop technological capabilities through foreign technology acquisitions : case studies from Sri Lanka', Innovation Systems and Capabilities in Developing Regions: Concepts, Issues and Cases, Gower 9781409423072.

Journal Articles

  • Nakandala, D., Lau, H. and Zhang, J. (2021), 'Pricing of fresh food enterprises in different market structures', Enterprise Information Systems, vol 15, no 3 , pp 373 - 394.
  • Leung, K., Lau, H., Nakandala, D., Kong, X. and Ho, G. (2021), 'Standardising fresh produce selection and grading process for improving quality assurance in perishable food supply chains : an integrated fuzzy AHP-TOPSIS framework', Enterprise Information Systems, vol 651, no 675 , pp 15 - 5.
  • Fanousse, R., Nakandala, D. and Lan, Y. (2021), 'Reducing uncertainties in innovation projects through intra-organisational collaboration : a systematic literature review', International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, vol 14, no 6 , pp 1335 - 1358.
  • Rodriguez Serna, L., Nakandala, D. and Bowyer, D. (2021), '[In Press] Why do eligible successors withdraw from the succession process in family businesses? : a social exchange perspective', Journal of Family Business Management, .
  • Lau, H., Shum, P., Nakandala, D., Fan, Y. and Lee, C. (2020), 'A game theoretic decision model for organic food supplier evaluation in the global supply chains', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 242 .
  • Duc, L., Nguyen, T., Nakandala, D. and Lan, Y. (2020), 'Team innovation in retail services : the role of ambidextrous leadership and team learning', Service Business, vol 14, no 1 , pp 167 - 186.
  • Nakandala, D., Smith, M. and Lau, H. (2020), 'Shared power and fairness in trust-based supply chain relationships in an urban local food system', British Food Journal, vol 122, no 3 , pp 870 - 883.
  • Asif, M., Lau, H., Nakandala, D., Fan, Y. and Hurriyet, H. (2020), 'Adoption of green supply chain management practices through collaboration approach in developing countries : from literature review to conceptual framework', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 276 .
  • Nakandala, D. and Lau, H. (2019), 'Innovative adoption of hybrid supply chain strategies in urban local fresh food supply chain', Supply Chain Management, vol 24, no 2 , pp 241 - 255.
  • Nakandala, D., Lau, H., Zhang, J. and Gunasekaran, A. (2018), 'A pragmatic decision model for inventory management with heterogeneous suppliers', Enterprise Information Systems, vol 12, no 5 , pp 603 - 619.
  • Lau, H., Nakandala, D. and Shum, P. (2018), 'A business process decision model for fresh-food supplier evaluation', Business Process Management Journal, vol 24, no 3 , pp 716 - 744.
  • Lau, H., Dadich, A., Nakandala, D., Evans, H. and Zhao, L. (2018), 'Development of a cost-optimization model to reduce bottlenecks : a health service case study', Expert Systems, vol 35, no 6 .
  • Lau, H., Lee, C., Nakandala, D. and Shum, P. (2018), 'An outcome-based process optimization model using fuzzy-based association rules', Industrial Management and Data Systems, vol 118, no 6 , pp 1138 - 1152.
  • Nakandala, D., Lau, H. and Zhao, L. (2017), 'Development of a hybrid fresh food supply chain risk assessment model', International Journal of Production Research, vol 55, no 14 , pp 4180 - 4195.
  • Nakandala, D., Samaranayake, P., Lau, H. and Ramanathan, K. (2017), 'Modelling information flow and sharing matrix for fresh food supply chains', Business Process Management Journal, vol 23, no 1 , pp 108 - 129.
  • Nakandala, D., Lau, H. and Shum, P. (2017), 'A lateral transshipment model for perishable inventory management', International Journal of Production Research, vol 55, no 18 , pp 5341 - 5354.
  • Nakandala, D., Lau, H. and Zhang, J. (2017), 'Strategic hybrid lateral transshipment for cost-optimized inventory management', Industrial Management and Data Systems, vol 117, no 8 , pp 1632 - 1649.
  • Lau, H., Nakandala, D., Samaranayake, P. and Shum, P. (2016), 'BPM for supporting customer relationship and profit decision', Business Process Management Journal, vol 22, no 1 , pp 231 - 255.
  • Lau, H., Nakandala, D. and Shum, P. (2016), 'A case-based roadmap for lateral transshipment in supply chain inventory management', Journal of Information Systems and Technology Management, vol 13, no 1 , pp 27 - 44.
  • Nakandala, D., Lau, H. and Zhang, J. (2016), 'Cost-optimization modelling for fresh food quality and transportation', Industrial Management and Data Systems, vol 116, no 3 , pp 564 - 583.
  • Nakandala, D., Lau, H. and Ning, A. (2016), 'A hybrid approach for cost-optimized lateral transshipment in a supply chain environment', Business Process Management Journal, vol 22, no 4 .
  • Lau, H., Nakandala, D., Samaranayake, P. and Shum, P. (2016), 'A hybrid multi-criteria decision model for supporting customer-focused profitability analysis', Industrial Management and Data Systems, vol 116, no 6 , pp 1105 - 1130.
  • Lau, H., Zhao, L. and Nakandala, D. (2015), 'An intelligent approach for optimizing supply chain operations', Journal of Economics, Business and Management, vol 3, no 6 , pp 571 - 575.
  • Lau, H., Nakandala, D. and Zhao, L. (2015), 'Inventory replenishment in fashion products : a novel approach based on fuzzy-logic methodology', International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, vol 29, no 1-2 , pp 96 - 115.
  • Nakandala, D., Turpin, T. and Djeflat, A. (2015), 'Parallel innovation policies to support firms with heterogeneous innovation capabilities in developing economies', Innovation and Development, vol 5, no 1 , pp 131 - 145.
  • Nakandala, D. and Lau, H. (2015), 'A technology management strategy selection method for firms in joint venture partnerships', International Journal of Management and Decision Making, vol 14, no 2 , pp 112 - 129.
  • Nakandala, D., Lau, H. and Zhao, L. (2015), 'A hybrid optimisation model for pallet loading', International Journal of Production Research, vol 53, no 19 , pp 5725 - 5741.
  • Lau, H., Nakandala, D., Zhao, L. and Lai, I. (2015), 'Using fuzzy logic approach in estimating individual guest loyalty level for international tourist hotels', International Journal of Services Technology and Management, vol 21, no 1/2/3 , pp 127 - 145.
  • Lau, H., Nakandala, D. and Zhao, L. (2015), 'Development of a hybrid fuzzy genetic algorithm model for solving transportation scheduling problem', Journal of Information Systems and Technology Management, vol 12, no 3 , pp 505 - 524.
  • Nakandala, D. and Lau, H. (2014), 'An application of a fuzzy-based optimisation model for selecting food products based on cost and nutrition', Journal of Research for Consumers, , no 24 , pp 88 - 106.
  • Nakandala, D., Lau, H. and Zhang, J. (2014), 'Optimization model for transportation planning with demand uncertainties', Industrial Management and Data Systems, vol 114, no 8 , pp 1229 - 1245.
  • Nakandala, D. and Turpin, T. (2013), 'Responses of successful local firms to changing foreign partnership characteristics : a model of dynamic technology management strategies', International Journal of Technology Management, vol 61, no 2 , pp 156 - 176.
  • Nakandala, D., Samaranayake, P. and Lau, H. (2013), 'A fuzzy-based decision support model for monitoring on-time delivery performance : a textile industry case study', European Journal of Operational Research, vol 225, no 3 , pp 507 - 517.
  • Nakandala, D. and Lau, H. (2012), 'A novel approach to determining change of caloric intake requirement based on fuzzy logic methodology', Knowledge-Based Systems, vol 36 , pp 51 - 58.
  • Lau, H. and Nakandala, D. (2012), 'A pragmatic stochastic decision model for supporting goods trans-shipments in a supply chain environment', Decision Support Systems, vol 54, no 1 , pp 133 - 141.
  • Nakandala, D., Turpin, T. and Sloan, T. (2012), 'The dynamics of technology management practices in local firms in foreign partnerships in the context of a less developed economy', International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, vol 9, no 5 , pp 1 - 20.
  • Nakandala, D. and Turpin, T. (2011), 'Downstream developments of a traditional industry through foreign investment and local knowledge and capabilities? : evidence from the Sri Lankan rubber industry', International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, vol 4, no 4 , pp 292 - 309.

Conference Papers

  • Nakandala, D., Samaranayake, P. and Lau, H. (2015), 'A representative model for information sharing needs in fresh food supply chains', ANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Lau, H., Nakandala, D. and Zhang, J. (2015), 'Trans-shipment cost optimization for fresh food supply chain', ANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Nakandala, D. and Lau, H. (2014), 'Cost-optimized extra-lateral transshipments', International Conference on Supply Chain and Logistics Engineering, Paris, France.
  • Nakandala, D. and Lau, H. (2014), 'A complete model for cost-optimized lateral transshipment in a multi-supplier environment', International Social Sciences and Business Research Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Lau, H. and Nakandala, D. (2013), 'Factors and methods of environmentally responsible operations : a review in the logistics trans-shipment and supply chain environment', IEEE International Conference on Business Innovation and Technology Management, Beijing, China.
  • Nakandala, D. and Turpin, T. (2012), 'An Extended Perspective for Analysing the National System of Innovation in Developing Economies: The Case of Sri Lanka', The 10th GLOBELICS International Conference, Hangzhou, China.
  • Nakandala, D., Turpin, T. and Sloan, T. (2011), 'Towards a Model of Technological Development Strategies of Firms in Joint Venture Partnerships', 10th International Research Conference on Quality, Innovation & Knowledge Management, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Lau, H., Samaranayake, P. and Nakandala, D. (2011), 'A fuzzy-based integrated framework for monitoring stochastic demand in a supply chain environment', The IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM2011), Singapore.
  • Nakandala, D. and Turpin, T. (2011), 'Local Firms' Response to Changing Foreign Partnership Characteristics-Dynamic Technology Management Strategies of Firms in Sri Lanka', The 9th GLOBELICS International Conference - Creativity, Innovation and Economic Development, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Nakandala, D., Turpin, T. and Sloan, T. (2010), 'Strategic Learning and Leveraging of Foreign Technology by Entrepreneurial Firms in the Technological Development Process - Case Studies from the Sri Lankan Garment Accessories Industry', Globelics 2010 8th International Conference, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Nakandala, D. (2008), 'Technology transfer through foreign direct investment in Sri Lanka', Globelics 6th Annual Conference, New insights for understanding innovation and competence building for sustainable development and social justice, Mexico.
  • Nakandala, D., Attalage, R. and Dasanayaka, S. (2005), 'A Study of the Leather Industry in Sri Lanka with Special Emphasis on Technology', International Conference of Business Management, Colombo.

Other Publications

  • 2020, 'Benefits of Early Adopter Feedback in Innovation Commercialisation', Report
  • 2016, 'A Manager's Roadmap Guide for Lateral Trans-Shipment in Supply Chain Inventory Management', Report

My research interests are in innovation and technology transfer management, supply chain management and project management. I would welcome PhD proposals in these areas.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Nakandala.

Previous Projects

Title: A complete Stochastic Trans-shipment Decision Model (STDM) to assist logistics practitioners to make cost optimised decisions
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Henry Lau and Dilupa Nakandala
Years: 2013-01-07 - 2016-04-06
ID: P00020840
Title: Connecting Vietnamese and Australian Women Entrepreneurs in Agri-food Business
Funder:
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Western Researchers: Dilupa Nakandala, Maria Estela Varua, Felicitas Evangelista, Yi-Chen Lan and Vijay Jayasena
Years: 2017-08-29 - 2018-07-31
ID: P00024010

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Coping with Ambiguity and Uncertainty in Innovation Projects
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Role of Entrepreneurial University? Model towards promoting knowledge based economic development: The case of Saudi Arabia's Universitities
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Stakeholder Management in Business Succession. A multi-source analysis of the Australian cake and pastry manufacturing industry
Field of Research: Business And Management
Thesis Title: Developing Entrepreneurial Universities: The Use of External Knowledge
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Optimising Order Fulfilment Costs in Omni-Channel Distribution Networks
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Technological readiness of organisations towards smart supply chains: Multiple case studies from Sri Lankan Apparel Industry
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Foreign Direct Investment in Indonesia
Field of Research: International Business; Investment And Securities
Thesis Title: Skill-Biased Technological Change in Vietnam
Field of Research: Business And Management Not Elsewhere Classified
Thesis Title: Hybrid Approaches for Improving Supply Chain Performance: A Systematic Literature Review
Field of Research: Quality Management; Other Management And Commerce
Thesis Title: Judgemental Forecasting in Healthcare Inventory Management: A Supplier Perspective
Field of Research: Business Management

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