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Dr Sugumar Mariappanadar Name: Dr Sugumar Mariappanadar
Senior Lecturer
+613 9953 3167
Organisational Area
Faculty of Law and Business
Peter Faber Business School (Melbourne)
Building 460 - 250 Victoria Parade(250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002)-Level 7-Room7.15
Biographical Information

Sugumar Mariappanadar is Academic/Researcher, Peter Faber Business School at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. He is one of the top internationally acclaimed researchers who have shaped the field of sustainable HRM since 2000 to facilitate organisations to achieve ESG sustainability outcomes. Mariappanadar, is Fellow - College of Organisational Psychologists - Australian Psychological Society (APS), and Certified Academic HR (CAHR) of the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI). He has published more than fifty research articles in peer reviewed international journals, book chapters and refereed conference publications. He has the distinction of publishing the first international book on Sustainable Human Resource Management: Strategies, Practices and Challenges published by Macmillan International, London (2019).

Delivered keynote address to various international conferences. Conducted workshops on sustainability and sustainable HRM in the American Academy of Management (AOM) Annual meetings (2019, 2020 and 2021), and conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Engaged with media based on his research on sustainability and sustainable HRM and contributed to changes to international work health and safety standards (GRI 403 - 2018) of Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) for Sustainability, Amsterdam.

His teaching covers sustainable human resource management, human resource measurement, organizational behaviour, and culturally indigenous management practices. He has had broad management consulting experience in Australia and India. His consultancy includes employee turnover study for call centres and business process analysis and management systems development. He has been involved along with other IT systems experts in developing eMonstro®, business management (HR) software.

YouTube channel on &lsquoSustainability and Sustainable HRM&rsquo:


Refereed publications in the last 5 years
Mariappanadar, S., Muller-Camen, M., Maurer, I & Kramar, R. (2021) Is it a Sententious Claim? An Examination of the Quality of Occupational Health, Safety and Well-Being Disclosures in Global Reporting Initiative Reports Across Industries and Countries. International Business Review, 101922. (ABDC "A" ranked and Q1 journal - top 10% in the SCImago category of Business).

Mariappanadar, S. (2020) Do HRM Systems Impose Restrictions on Employee Quality of Life? Evidence from a Sustainable HRM Perspective. Journal of Business Research, (ABDC "A" ranked and Q1 journal - top 10% in the SCImago category of Business).
Mariappanadar, S. (2020). Characteristics of Sustainable HRM System and Practices for Implementing Corporate Sustainability. In Sita Vanka, Madasu Bhaskara Rao, Swati Singh, Mallika Rao Pulaparthi (Eds.), Sustainable Human Resource Management - Transforming Organizations, Societies and Environment. Springer Nature Publisher, Singapore. (Book chapter)
Mariappanadar, S. (2019). Sustainable Human Resource Management: Strategies, Practices and Challenges, Macmillan International Publisher, London. This internationally first research monograph is published as part of the Management, Work & Organisations series. (Book)
Mariappanadar, S. (2018). The impact of dissonance in schema based leadership perceptions on employee engagement. Personnel Review, 47, 1309-1329 (ABDC "A" ranked).
Mariappanadar, S. and Aust, I. (2018). The Dark Side of Overwork: An Empirical Evidence of Social Harm of Work from a Sustainable HRM perspective, International Studies of Management and Organization, 47, 372 -387. (ABDC "B" ranked).
Mariappanadar, S. and Kairoz, A (2017). Influence of Human Resource Capital Information Disclosure on Investors&rsquo Share Purchase Decision - An Australian Study. Personnel Review, 46 (3), 551-571. (ABDC "A" ranked).

Mariappanadar, S. (2016). Health Harm of Work from the Sustainable HRM perspective: Scale Development and Validation. International Journal of Manpower, 37(6, 924-944 (ABDC - A ranked).

Mariappanadar, S. (2014). Stakeholder harm index: A framework to review work intensification from the critical HRM perspective, Human Resource Management Review, 24(4): 313-329 (ABDC ranked A - Ranked as the world&rsquos top journal in the field of HRM for theoretical research).

Mariappanadar, S. (2014). Sustainable HRM: A counter to minimize the externality of downsizing. In Ina Ehnert, Wesley Harr and Klaus J. Zink (Eds.), Sustainability and Human Resource Management. Springer Publisher, 181 - 203. (Book chapter)

YouTube channel on &lsquoSustainability and Sustainable HRM&rsquo:

  • Sustainable Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Capital
  • Spirituality and Management
  • Motivational Gratification and
  • Competencies and HR systems.

Invited to deliver Keynote address

  • Invited and accepted to deliver keynote address on The Role of Business Intelligence in Shaping Organizations in emerging Economies in the 9th International Conference on Management and Economics, 10 & 11 September, 2020, organised by the Faculty of Management and Finance University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.
  • I delivered Keynote address on The Past, Present and Future of Sustainable Human Resource Management in the International Conference on Sustainable HRM, November 1 & 2 2018 at School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad, India. More than 250 researchers from different countries in the South-East Asia region attended the conference.

International Workshops Conducted (Last 5 years)

I have previously conducted workshops on sustainable HRM for organizational psychologists in Australia, and for HRM researchers and practitioners in Belgium, Germany, India, New Zealand and the Netherlands. My workshop proposals on sustainable HRM have been accepted in the American Academy of Management (AOM) meetings (2019 - 2021) and International Industrial and Organisational Psychology conference 2019 & 2021.

  • Mariappanadar, S., & Semeijn, J. (2021). Joint organizer:  A caucus on 'Sustainable HRM: Research to Bolster Managers' Endeavours to Accomplish Common Good' in the virtual 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management taking place 29 July - 4 August 2021. The proposed Caucus aims to promote international research collaborations in the field of sustainable HRM.
  • Based on my research engagement and impact in revising the Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) standards on occupational health and safety (GRI - 403), I am invited to conduct an international workshop on 'Sustainability Perspective for Occupational Health and Well-being' in the two-day virtual international event on "Transforming Work" by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), College of Organisational Psychologists, in July 2021. The virtual event is designed to bring psychologists, researchers, business leaders and HR professionals together to hear about evidence-based approaches to workforce strategy.
  • Mariappanadar, S. (2020). Organizer: Professional Development Workshop (PDW) on 'Sustainable HRM: Spanning Boundaries Between Corporate Environmentalism and Work Practices', Sponsored by Organization and Natural Environment, and Co-sponsored by HR Division of Academy of Management. Panelists include Sugumar Mariappanadar (Australia), Carol Kulik - Past President - AOM 2019 (Australia), Douglas Renwick (UK), Robin Kramar (Australia) and Wajda Wikhamn (Norway).  Academy of Management meeting, 7 - 11 August, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Mariappanadar, S. (2019). Organizer: Professional Development Workshop (PDW) on Sustainable HRM: The Emerging Future of HRM for Corporate Sustainability, Sponsored by HR Division of Academy of Management. Panelists include Sugumar Mariappanadar (Australia), Susan E. Jackson (US), Mari Kira (US), Christine P. Hughes (UK), Marco Guerci (Italy), Sita Vanka (India) and Wajda Wikhamn (Norway).  Academy of Management meeting, 9 - 14 August, Boston, USA.
  • Mariappanadar, S. (2019). Invited speaker: What organisational psychologists need to know about work related leading indicators of occupational health and wellbeing to achieve Corporate Sustainability? Invited Research Workshop in APS 13th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, 11 -13 July, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Panel Discussion (2019). The Cultural Changes Required in a Post Hayne Royal Commission World, AHRI National Convention 2019, Brisbane, Australia, 17 - 19 September.
  • Professional Development Workshop - (2019). Sustainable HRM: The Emerging Future of HRM for Corporate Sustainability, American Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting 2019, Boston, USA, 9 - 13 August. This is an important achievement for me and the field to obtain the support of the HR Division of the AOM to enhance research, practice and teaching in the new and emerging field of sustainable HRM in the US.
  • Conference workshop (2019) - What organisational psychologists need to know to Engage Human Resource for Corporate Sustainability? APS 13th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Adelaide, 11-13 July.
  • ANZAM 2018 Joint workshop with Professor Robin Kramar, topic: Sustainable HRM: A Disruptive Change in the Field of HRM (100 minutes), Auckland, New Zealand, 2018.
  • Pre-conference workshop (one-day) &ndash Sustainable HRM: Practices, Policies & Perspectives in South Asia (jointly organized by University of Hyderabad and IBS-ICFAI Business School &ndash Topic: Sustainable HRM: Research and Practices, Hyderabad, India, October 31, 2018.
  • Pre-conference workshop (3 hours) - Dutch HRM Network Conference on Sustainable HRM, Topic: Sustainable HRM Workshop for Research and Practice, at Radbound University Nijmegen, Netherlands, 8 November 2017.
  • 2nd International Sustainable HRM Workshop, Workshop topic: Sustainable HRM Workshop for International Research Collaborations (3 hours), at The Institute of Technology and Work (ITA) at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, 4 June 2015.
  • Professional Development (PD) program for the members of College of Organisational Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society, Workshop topic: Recent Developments in HRM: Sustainable HRM (2 hours), Melbourne, Australia, June 2014.

Media engagement based on my research on Sustainable HRM to communicate research findings:

  • Expert live Interview - ABC Radio National - "Life matters" program - "Is it time organisations took responsibility for overworked employees?" 5th April 2019, National audience.
  • Research cited in The New Daily Newspaper article on "Treating your weekend like a holiday: Tips for overworked Australians", 4th April 2019, National audience.
  • Research cited in "In the Black" magazine article on "Burnout - and prevention as a shared responsibility between employee and employer". 1st December 2019. Australia&rsquos flagship publication by the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia.

Research Impact - Contributed to changes to international work health and safety standards GRI-403 (2018): Submissions made to Global Report Initiatives (GRI) for Sustainability, Amsterdam for revising international standards (GRI 403) on occupational health through International public consultations. My submission was based on my research publications on sustainable HRM in which I indicated the need for providing an explanation for leading indicators of occupational health in the GRI 403 standards. I also emphasized in the submission that the explanations for leading indicators for occupational health standards will engage large corporations to develop management practices that can prevent and improve the occupational health of employees and to disclose this in their GRI reports. The Global Sustainability Standards Board accepted my submission and incorporated it in the final published standards.

Patent and copyright for HR Analytics software: I have individually conceptualized and jointly own the copyright for eMonstro®, an HR Analytics software, for managing employees&rsquo performance in achieving Key Performance Indicators (KPI), based on my consultancy research for AXA Australia (2006).  The HR Analytics software was developed based on the understanding of employees&rsquo organisational behaviour (personal, job and organisational culture drivers) for improving KPIs like low productivity, high employee turnover, high absenteeism etc. I have jointly designed and developed the software with an industry partner (Sakshi Automation Solutions (P) Ltd., an Indian software company). The HR Analytics software provides a detailed insight into personal, job and organisational cultural drivers for improving KPIs. It helps managers to have a strategic approach to solving management issues and has the potential to save millions of dollars annually for the company because of evidence based HR and management practices.




Academic appointments

2003 - current: Senior Lecturer - Centre for Sustainable HRM and Wellbeing, Peter Faber Business School, Australian Catholic University.

2000 - 2003: Lecturer - Department of Management, Monash University, Australia.

Earlier Dr. Sugumar Mariappanadar also worked as Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, and Department of Management Studies, Anna University, Chennai, India.


Professional Memberships

Fellow                                     - APS College of Organisational Psychologists

Elected Member                      - Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Certified Academic &ndash HR       - Australian Human Resources Institute

Member                                   - Academy of Management (US)



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