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Dr Sugumar Mariappanadar Name: Dr Sugumar Mariappanadar
Senior Lecturer, Business
+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-Room 460.7.15
Biographical Information

Sugumar Mariappanadar is a Senior Lecturer in Management/HRM in the School of Business at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. His teaching and publications cover 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.

Refereed publications in the last 5 years
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).
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)

Mariappanadar, S., and Kramar, R. Sustainable HRM (2014). The Synthesis Effect of High Performance Work Systems on Organisational Performance and Employee Harm. Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, 6 (3), 206-224. 

  • 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

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) meeting 2019 and International Industrial and Organisational Psychology conference 2019.

  • Panel Discussion (2019) &ndash The Cultural Changes Required in a Post Hayne Royal Commission World, AHRI National Convention 2019, Brisbane, Australia, 17 &ndash 19 September.
  • Professional Development Workshop - (2019) &ndash Sustainable HRM: The Emerging Future of HRM for Corporate Sustainability, American Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting 2019, Boston, USA, 9 &ndash 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 &ndash 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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