Dr Geetha Karunanayake

Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management/ Programme Director, BA Business and Management (Part-Time)

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


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Dr Geetha P Karunanayake joined the University of Hull as a full time academic in September 2012.

She teaches a wide range of modules in organisational behaviour and HRM to undergraduates and postgraduates, in addition to supervising research students.

Geetha has 12 years of higher education teaching experience at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.

She also undertook tutorials at the University while completing her PhD in Management, Identity as Discursive Practice: Historical, Social-Cultural and Political Interactions in Understanding Workers’ Identities in Tea Plantations in Sri Lanka.


Research Interests

  • Identity dynamics

  • Leadership

  • Cross cultural Issues in management

Research groups

  • Member of the Organisation, Ethics and Society Research Group, HUBS.


Journal Publications:

Cunliffe, A. L. & Karunanayake, G. (2013) 'Working Within Hyphen-Spaces in Ethnographic Research: Implications for Research Identities and Practice', Organizational Research Methods, 16(3), 364-392.  (Impact Factor 4*)

Book Chapters:

Ramanayake, U. B., Chandrakumara, P. M. K. A., M.D. Pushpakumari, P.D.H.D. Goonathilka & Karunanayake, G. P. (2005), "Organizational Behaviour”, Colombo, Wejesuriya Printers.

Refereed Conference Proceedings:

Karunanayake, G. (2017), ‘Construction of identity: Saying and doing gender’, 6th New Zealand Discourse
Conference , Auckland, New Zealand.

Bozionelos, N. & Karunanayake, G. (2016), ‘High performance work practices: The case of Tea Plantations in Sri Lanka’, Academy of Management, Anaheim, California, USA.

Ratnayake, N. & Karunanayake, G.(2015), ‘Ethical consumption and identity conformity through religiosity: From a Buddhist perspective’. International Conference Qualitative Research: Beyond the ‘Fractured Future’, Neuchatel, Switzerland. 

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Managing People, Organisational Behaviour (UG)

  • Research Methods (UG,PG)

  • Managing in Organizations (PG)

  • Professional Skills and Ethics (PG)

  • Personal and Management Development (UG)

  • Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management (PG)

  • Strategic Leadership and Leading Change(PG)

  • Organisation Theory (PG)

Research PhDs

Geetha welcomes applications from PhD candidates who are particularly interested in exploring how social realities are constructed in work places (e.g. identity issues, leadership, cross cultural issues in organisations).

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Bashayr Alsharif, An analysis of the effects of gender inequality in the workplace in Saudi Arabia (first supervisor)

  • Lavine, Jennie, Strategy and culture in UAE based Businesses (joint first supervisor)

  • Alzawawi, Bashir Salem, Translating organisational change: a case study of transformation in the Libyan banking sector (second supervisor)

  • Duaij Alshammari, Understanding the Effectiveness of Leadership Skills Development Programs: A case study of Kuwait (joint first supervision)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Hull

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Research Training (PGDip), University of Hull

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, University of Hull

  • MBA, Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

  • BCom (Special-First Class Honours), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

External roles

Paper reviewer for

  • British Academy of Management.

  • Gender in Management : An International Journal.

  • Journal of Organizational Ethnography

  • Journal  Culture and Organization