Chanaka Wijewardena

Dr Chanaka Wijewardena

Lecturer in International Business

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Chanaka is a diligent and versatile university lecturer and researcher with 8+ years of experience working in the higher education industry. Before his current appointment as a lecturer in International Business at the Adelaide Business School, Chanaka served as a teaching assistant at the Monash Business School - Melbourne and as a senior lecturer in International Business at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka.

In his current role with the Adelaide Business School, he designs, organizes and delivers lectures as a course coordinator for several undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He is also the program director of the Master of International Management and the Bachelor of Business in International Business programs.

Chanaka's research interests emphasise the internationalization process of SMEs in developing countries and the micro-foundation of internationalization decisions. His PhD thesis looked into the factors that drive the export opportunity exploration behaviour of domestic small- to medium-enterprise (SME) owner-managers in a small developing country, Sri Lanka. He has presented his work at some of the leading academic conferences in his field, such as the Academy of International Business and the British Academy of Management. As an Early-Career Researcher, Chanaka has also published several research articles on international entrepreneurship and SME internationalization.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Lecturer - International Business University of Adelaide
    2018 - 2020 Teaching Assistant Monash University
    2014 - 2020 Lecturer in International Business University of Colombo
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Sinhala; Sinhalese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 - 2022 Monash University Australia PhD in International Business
    2014 - 2016 University of Colombo Sri Lanka MBA in International Business
    2009 - 2013 University of Colombo Sri Lanka BBA in International Business
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2016 Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) United Kingdom
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Emmanuel, J. A., Wijewardena, C., Rammal, H. G., & Khakhar, P. P. (2024). Partnering for impact: unveiling the dynamics of collaboration between social enterprises and impact investors in emerging economies. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 20(1), 1-27.
    2019 Wijewardena, C., & Dharmadasa, P. (2019). Impact of Country of Origin Effect (COE) on Consumer Purchase Intentions.. International Journal of Business and Management, 7(1), 74-86.
    - Hamzi, L., Williams, C., Anaraki, N., & Wijewardena, C. (n.d.). Exploring the effect of the Arab Spring on the relationship between foreign aid and corruption. INTERNATIONAL STUDIES OF MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATION, 23 pages.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2024 Prestianawati, S. A., Wijewardena, C., Rammal, H. G., Pereira, V., & Behl, A. (2024). Navigating Challenges for Sustainable Rural Entrepreneurship: A cross-country exploration. In ANZIBA 2024. Christchurch, New Zealand.
    2022 Wijewardena, A. G. C., Rammal, H. G., & Tang, R. (2022). The impact of institutional support on the confidence and export opportunity exploration behavior of rural entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka. In Academy of International Business - Oceania. QUT - Brisbane.
    2021 Wijewardena, A. G. C., Samaratunge, R., & Prajogo, D. (2021). Export Opportunity Exploration of SME Owners in Sri Lanka: A Behavioral Approach. In Proceedings of the British Academy. On line: British Academy.


INTBUS 3002 - Internationalization of SMEs

INTBUS 2001 - International Business Operations


INTBUS 7016 - Managing Multinational Corporations

INTBUS 7506 - International Business Strategy

Open University Australia (OUA)

INTBUS 1000OUA - International Business Environment 

  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2023 - ongoing Program Director - Master of International Management The University of Adelaide Australia
    2023 - ongoing Program Director - Bachelor of Business in International Business The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2023 - ongoing Reviewer Journal Review Journal of Business and Society Australia
  • Position: Lecturer in International Business
  • Phone: 83138332
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: 10 Pulteney Street - Nexus 10 Tower, floor Tenth Floor
  • Room: 10.35
  • Org Unit: Management

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