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GUST’s Dr. Gertrude Hewapathirana Presents Six Papers at a UK Conference

27 June 2019 to 30 June 2019

GUST Associate Professor of Business Administration, Dr. Gertrude Hewapathirana, presented six of her research papers at the 20th Anniversary Celebratory Edition of the International Conference in America of the Academy of Human Resources Development Conference at Nottingham University, UK, earlier this month. The conference this year carried the theme: “From Robin Hood to the digital era: HRD as a driver for future creativity, innovation and change”.



Her research papers include: Convergent and divergent factors that affect Kuwaiti women climbing to top leadership positions, done in collaboration with Dr. Angela Brunstein, also a professor at GUST, Rethinking of human resource management practices in South Asia: An integrated model of dynamic capability and innovation, A story of the modern Athenas: Korean women’s views on working with women’,Sri Lankan Buddhist male managers’ views on knowledge transfer to women employees: A Phenomenological inquiry, Learning Transfer in Practice: A qualitative study of HRD practitioners’ perspectives, and When Robinhood left Sherwood: Social engagement, acculturative challenges, and personal identity of foreign students in South Korea


The conference is a multi-disciplinary high impact conference headquartered in the USA. Dr. Gertrude has served as a Track Chair, Special Interest Group Member, Reviewer and Author for this conference since 2008. She currently serves as a member of the Membership Development Committee of the Academy of Human Resource Development in USA.

Dr. Gertrude also initiated the development of a special-interest Group for the MENA region to support scholars, faculty and students in creating a forum to present their research and publish their papers in top journals. 


Apart from the conference, Dr. Hewapathirana also published her research paper titled: A critical analysis of lived experience of Sri Lankan 3D workers in Korean workplace in the Journal of Business Diversity, a renowned journal listed in many databases including ProQuest Central, PROQUEST-Entrepreneurship Studies Source, EBSCO-Entrepreneurship, Google Scholar, Ulrichs Web and The Australian Research Council Index.