Dr Manjula Dissanayake

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

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

Manjula Dissanayake is the Associate Head of Learning & Teaching - Adelaide Business School and the Academic Director – ThincLab & Entrepreneurship Programs of the University of Adelaide. He is an expert on strategising for sustainability and social impact at the Yunus Centre for Sustainability and Social Impact.

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 coach, 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 the 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, which subsequently got acquired by Motorola (now a Google 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 research papers and book chapters on entrepreneurial learning within business accelerators and business model innovation.

  • Appointments

    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
  • Education

    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)
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Despite proven clinical need with endometriosis, why do diagnostic technologies still face significant barriers for development and deployment? Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Part Time Miss Annie Simpson
    2023 Co-Supervisor The new topic looks at the impacts of AI adoption on team effectiveness and the mediators and moderators of this. It will build on recent research in AI-human teaming, team effectiveness, and the future of work. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Harry Ross Spurrier
  • Phone: 83135584
  • Email: manjula.dissanayake@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 9
  • Org Unit: Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation, and Innovation Centre

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