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, MSc, BSc (Hons), FHEA (Pending), Dip (ICT), CC, CL


Dinuka Herath is a lecturer in Organisation Science at the Business School since September 2016. He is a member of the European Academy of Management (EURAM). 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 the youngest PhD student at BU. 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 a 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 a marketing manager at a multinational information technology company, VoiceTec Systems Limited.

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.)

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., 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 (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. (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


  • Editor, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Special Issue), 2017/18

  • Special Interest Group Officer, European Academy of Management (EURAM), 2016/17

  • Session Chair, European Academy of Management, Poland, 2015

  • Doctoral fully funded Studentship, Bournemouth University


Research Degree Supervision

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

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

  • The application of agent based modelling techniques for studying organisations.
  • Scale development for measuring disorganisation in businesses

Aprart from the afroemtnioned areas, He is also interested in novel quantiative, 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. 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 orgasning research symposia within the university. He is also involved in the research seminar series within the business school.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Dinuka currently teaches Behavioural Approaches to Work and Society; Cross Cultural Studies; Real World Business Issues and Human Resource Skills for Personal Development and Employability.