Academic Director - Entrepreneurship
Adelaide Business School
Faculty of the Professions
Manjula Dissanayake is the Academic Director – ThincLab & Entrepreneurship Programs at the Adelaide Business School of the University of Adelaide.
He specialises in entrepreneurial learning taking a technology-centric approach to provide a flexible and personalised learning experience.
He has also designed and facilitated many business accelerator/pre-accelerator programs including eChallenge program the longest-running pre-accelerator program in South Australia and Business Model Innovation program for business leaders in South Australia and Victoria. Manjula is also a certified Personal Initiative trainer, the only empirically proven program to result in 30% profit growth in two years by practising business leaders.
Prior to the University of Adelaide, Manjula was a facilitator for the Accelerating Information Technology Initiative (AITI) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Manjula is a co-founder of highly successful technology start-up companies in Silicon Valley raising multi-million dollars, one of which was acquired by Symbol Technologies (now a Motorola Company) in 2002. Manjula has worked on innovative projects for leading clients including Macy’s, Kohls, Verifone and JPMC in the USA and retail, banking and government sectors across more than 15 countries. He also has over 10 US patents in the technology space and published many research papers and book chapters on entrepreneurial learning within business accelerators and business model innovation.
Date Position Institution name 2015 - 2019 Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer Emojot Pty Ltd 2004 - 2012 Vice President - Global Operations Zone24x7 Inc 1998 - 2004 Engineering Manager Motorola Inc
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2003 - 2005 University of Colombo Sri Lanka Master of Advanced Computer Science 2001 - 1997 Manchester Metropolitan University United Kingdom Bachelor of Information Systems (First Class)
Year Citation 2017 O'Connor, A., de Zubielqui, G., Li, M., & Dissanayake, M. (2017). Supporting entrepreneurship in high cost economies: What can governments do. In Entrepreneurship: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (Vol. 2-4, pp. 629-731).
2014 O'Connor, A., Corral de Zubielqui, G., Li, H., & Dissanayake, M. (2014). Supporting entrepreneurship in high cost economies: What can governments do?. In G. Roos, & N. Kennedy (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Achieving Success in High and Low Cost Operating Environments (1 ed., pp. 290-392). Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference.
2014 Balan-Vnuk, E., Dissanayake, M., & O'Connor, A. (2014). Policy analysis for entrepreneurship education in necessity-based contexts: a Sri Lankan case study. In J. Brewer, & S. Gibson (Eds.), Necessity entrepreneurs: Micro-Enterprise and Economic Development (1 ed., pp. 160-182). United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Year Citation 2015 O'Connor, A., Dissanayake, M., & Roos, G. (2015). How does a Government business support program influence business growth?The case for a business model innovation program in Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of http://acereconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ACERE-Program2015FINAL.pdf. Adelaide, SA.
Year Citation 2015 Dissanayake, M. (2015). 9094454, Location specific personalized enterprise services using video signature of an electronic display. USA.
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