Portrait of Dr Dinuka Herath Dr Dinuka Herath

d.herath@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472379


Position: Lecturer in Organisation Science, Department of Management
Qualifications: PhD, FHEA, MSc, PGCHE, BSc (Hons), Dip (ICT), CC, CL


Dinuka Herath, PhD, FHEA, MSc, PGCHE, BSc (Hons), Dip (ICT), CC, CL; is a lecturer in Organisation Studies at the Business School since September 2016. He is a fellow of the British Higher Education Academy. He is also a member of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and Institute for Small Business Entrepreneurship (ISBE). Prior to his position at Huddersfield University, he completed a fully funded PhD in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at Bournemouth University (BU), UK. He received a fully funded studentship for his PhD and was theyoungest PhD student at BU. His PhD thesis was examined by Professor Bruce Edmonds who is a key figure in the field. At BU he was also a P/T lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. Apart from his academic positions, he was also the president of the Doctoral Student Society, the Chairman of the BU Institute of Directors and a P/T officer at the BU Students Union. He holds an MSc with distinction in Information Systems from the University of East Anglia (UK) and a BSc with honours In Business Information Technology from Staffordshire University (UK). He is also a certified orator and holds a Competent Communicator certificate from Toastmasters International. Prior to his academic career he has worked in Industry, notably as amarketing manager at a multinational information technology company, VoiceTec Systems Limited. His work has been featured on Newsweek, Yahoo News, UK Bulleting and other prominent outlets and he has also been featured in BBC news. To keep track of his latest work you can follow Dr Herath on: Twitter & Facebook.

Research and Scholarship

Dinuka’s research focus is on Organisational behaviour and Human resource management. He primarily uses quantitative research methods including statistical tools, big data analysis techniques and computer simulations. Dinuka is interested in studying organisational structure and processes. Dinuka systematically studies the effects structural and procedural changes have on an organisation’s employees. His research in the past three years focused on minimally organised (disorganised) organisational structures and processes with an emphasis on how the change of one or both these constructs affected individuals and teams within organizations. Dinuka’s research has implications for both academics and practitioners on how productivity/ efficiency can be increased using disorganisation. He is currently looking at developing a validated measurement scale for measuring disorganisation. Dinuka also conducts methodological research focusing on computer simulations using agent based modelling (ABM) techniques and how ABM can be used in management research. Currently he is looking at how ABM can be applied to study an array of management theories (i.e. leadership, dynamic capabilities, consumer behaviour, talent management, etc.). His most recent work has focused on entrepreneurship in the third sector and minority entrepreneurship.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Davies, J., Kevill, A. and Herath, D. (2017) ‘Delineating successful HRM models in high-pressure SMEs: Hospice employee-volunteer synergies’. In: ISBE Conference 2017, 8th-9th November 2017, Belfast

Herath, D (2017) ‘Say yes to mess – why companies should embrace disorderThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032

Herath, D (2017) ‘It’s a Mess! Placing Disorganization on the Map’. In: Huddersfield University, Business School Research Conference 2017, 11-13 January 2017, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Herath, D., Costello, J. and Homberg, F. (2017) ‘Team Problem Solving and Motivation under Disorganization – An agent-based modeling approach.Team Performance Management , 23 (1/2). ISSN 1352-7592


Herath, D., Costello, J. and Homberg, F. (2016) ‘Effects of Disorganization on Team problem solving and motivation – An agent-based modeling approach’. In: European Academy of Management (EURAM) 2016, 1-4 June 2016, Paris, France

Herath, D., Secchi, D. and Homberg, F. (2016) ‘The effects of disorganization on goals and problem solving’. In: Agent-Based Simulation of Organizational Behavior. New York, USA: Springer. pp. 63-84. ISBN 978-3-319-18152-3


Herath, D., Secchi, D. and Homberg, F. (2015) ‘Organization vs Disorganization: A Computational Model of Goals, Motivation and Problem Solving’. In: European Academy of Management (EURAM) 2015, 17-20 June 2015, Warsaw, Poland

Herath, D (2015) ‘Team Problem Solving and Motivation Under Disorganization’. In: Agent-Based Models (ABM) of Bounded Rationality, 7-8 May 2015, Slagelse, Denmark


Herath, D (2014) ‘Simulating the Effects of Disorder on Goal Setting and Task Performance’. In: The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) Workshop 2014, 27-28 January 2014, Bournemouth, UK


  • Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy
  • Guest Editor, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Special Issue), 2017/18
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Evidence based HRM
  • Special Interest Group Officer, European Academy of Management (EURAM), 2016/17
  • Member Community and Family Business Special Interested Group (SIG), Institute of Small Business Entrepreneurship (ISBE)
  • Session Chair, European Academy of Management, Poland, 2015
  • Fully funded doctoral Studentship, Bournemouth University (2013-2016)

Research Degree Supervision

Dinuka is currently supervising students on Human Resource Management in SMEs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


He is also is interested in supervising PhD projects in the following areas:

  • Organizational Adaptability (plasticity)
  • The application of agent based modelling techniques for studying organisations.
  • Scale development for measuring disorganisation in businesses
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Apart from the aforementioned areas, He is also interested in novel quantitative, qualitative and mixed method projects


Enterprise Activities

Dinuka has a keen interest in enterprise activities and how they can add value to a university and its operations. He is currently working on an EU (ERASMUS) funded project (SHARPEN) on HRM in SMEs (https://efis.tul.cz/sharpen/) and working with local businesses. He is currently organising funded symposia on Organisational Plasticity and Entrepreneurship in the Margins. He has received funding from the European Academy of Management and the school research fund at the University of Huddersfield. At Bournemouth University he was the Chairman of the Institute of Directors which is the largest professional body business leaders (top management and executives) in the UK. Through the IoD he organised monthly events which allowed students to routinely network with top business leaders and build connections. Dinuka, is currently working on setting up similar initiatives at Huddersfield University. 


Administrative Responsibilities

Dinuka is involved in organising research symposia within the university. Dinuka is a Fields journal champion at the Huddersfield Business School. He acts as personal academic tutor for over 30 students. He is also involved in the research seminar series within the business school.


Teaching and Professional Activities

Under his core teaching duties for academic year 2017/18, Dinuka is the module leader for 3 Business school modules –

  • Leading and Managing Change
  • HR for Personal Development and Employability
  • Work, Society and Organizations

He is also a tutor on the module Real World business Issues