Professor Suku Bhaskaran

Professor: International Business and Strategic Management

Professional Biography

Professor Suku Bhaskaran has approximately four decades of global experience in teaching, research and leadership roles in the higher education and corporate sectors. Suku held senior full-time and visiting appointments in several institutions worldwide including Gilbert Chandler College (Melbourne University) and Victoria University in Australia; Pennsylvania State University in the USA; Cyma College of Commerce-Stamford College in Malaysia; and the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode and G D Goenka World Institute | Lancaster University in India.

Suku earned his PhD from Monash University Australia and BA (Economics) from the University of Malaya; both institutions are consistently ranked among the leading 70 universities globally. Suku also earned a ‘Graduate Diploma in Social Science’ from the University of Tasmania (Australia) and a Masters in Business (Research) from Victoria University (Australia), both institutions feature prominently in global higher education rankings for research and teaching.

Suku has authored and co-authored more than 100 scholarly research articles, research monographs, book chapters and other research outputs. He was a Consultant for the ‘Excellence in Research for Australia’, an initiative by the Government of Australia to assess and develop the research excellence of Australian universities; Expert Assessor of International Standing (IntReader) for the Australian Research Council, Australia’s peak R&D funding agency; serves and has served on the Editorial Board of several highly ranked international scholarly journals; has provided start-up and business development consultancy and bespoke training programmes to several small, medium and large corporations in many parts of the world including China, Myanmar, South Korea, Japan and Australia; has mentored several early career academics and researchers; has supervised several doctoral, masters and honour’s level student projects; has lead managed initiatives in course accreditation, course renewal and the introduction of new courses; and has developed and delivered executive and faculty development programmes worldwide.

In his substantive position as the President of GD Goenka University, Suku nurtures empathy to socio-cultural, economic and gender diversity; champions a work environment that draws on the strength of its socio-cultural, economic and gender diversity; prioritises the creation of an ecosystem that is devoid of workplace bullying; fosters the creation of a trusting, non-hierarchical and collegial work culture that emphasises meritocracy and a passion for scholarship; and handholds his colleagues to foster changes that would develop the University’s goals of achieving best-in-class teaching and learning practices, quality and intensity of research endeavours, global teaching and research partnerships and meaningful alliances with the community and other stakeholders; and operationalise the University’s vision to become the first choice destination for students, academic and administrative staff and visiting scholars.

Publications (from 2015)

Scholarly Journals
‘Global high-value luxury brands manufactured domestically: Customer beliefs and attitudes in low-income emerging economies’, International Journal of Business and Globalisation, (Menezes, K.A., Bhaskaran, S., and Durdyeva, G., forthcoming).

Effects of national culture on leadership succession in small-to-medium scale family enterprises’, Career Development International, 38/1-2, pp. 69-87.  (Menezes, K.A., Bhaskaran, S., and Deswal. A., 2019).

‘Persuadability of celebrity brand endorsements:  Socio-economic and cultural perspective’, International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 23(1), pp. 69-87. (Menezes, K.A., Bhaskaran, S., and Yadav, I., 2019).

Peer review: Its efficacy as a quality control mechanism’, Research in Higher Education Journal, 28 (May), pp. 18-38. (Bhaskaran, S. and Menezes, K.A., 2015).

Research Monographs, Books and Book Chapters
‘National Skill Development Corporation: Creating vocational skills through public-private partnership’, How the Private Sector Develops Skills: Lessons from India, United Nations Development Programme, Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development, Istanbul, Turkey. (Bhaskaran, S.  2017).

Current Research

Suku’s current research interests pertain to academic and business best practices and ethics; research and teaching philosophy and practices; transnational business alliances; and transnational entrepreneurship and business networks.

Contribution to Profession and ​​Awards (from 2015)

  • ‘University rankings: How can universities in India learn from the experiences of Australian universities?’, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, New Delhi, 24 February 2020 (Panelist).
  • Expert Member: Round table to review the coursework component for PhD programmes, Ambedkar University, New Delhi, India, 2018.
  • Regional Advisor, Asia Pacific Journal of Business Administration [Publisher – Emerald]
  • Editorial Review Board, Journal of Management and Marketing Research [Publisher – Academic and Business Research Institute]
  • Past member of the Editorial Review Board of:
    • Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship {Publisher - Taylor & Francis]
    • Journal of International Food & Agribusiness Marketing [Publisher - Taylor & Francis]
    • Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management [Publisher - Emerald]
  • ‘Internationalisation of higher education in India’, World Education Summit, Helsinki, Finland, 20 September 2019 (Panelist)
  • ‘Are we ready for international students?’, 3rd Association of Social Media in Academia Convention, Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai, 17 September 2019 (Panelist)
  • ‘Revamping higher education: Partnering the progress’, 13th National Conference on Vision 2030 for Education, Skill Formation and Rural Transformation, Hotel Taj Mahal, New Delhi, 28 June, 2019 (Panelist)
  • ‘Influence of our Indic heritage on teaching and learning’, Keynote speaker at ‘Teacher’s Day Conclave’, G D Goenka University, 05 September 2017
  • ‘Leading growth and development in education’, G D Goenka School Principal’s Conclave, G D Goenka University, 13 June 2016 (Speaker)
  • ‘National perspectives on entrepreneurship education’, 5th Indian Education Congress, Vivanta by Taj, New Delhi, India, 10-12 June 2015 (Speaker)
  • ‘Adoption of technology in higher education’, VC Education Investment Summit, New Delhi, India, 27 November 2015 (Speaker)
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