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Prof. Wasantha Rajapakshe

Associate Professor

Faculty of Business | Business Management

Career Summary

Wasantha Rajapakshe is an Associate Professor, SLIIT Business School, SLIIT.  Prior to joining SLIIT, she was an Assistant Professor and the Head of the Department of Business Administration, Jubail University College, Saudi Arabia; Assistant Professor and Assistant Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, St. Theresa (Inti) College in Thailand; Adjunct Faculty, Troy University USA (Thailand Program) and Senior Lecturer Grade 1, Faculty of Management Studies & Commerce, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka.  She has experience in teaching management students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has served as a research supervisor for graduate and undergraduate level in several national universities in Sri Lanka as well as Troy University USA (Thailand Program). Her current teaching at SLIIT focuses on Human Capital Management and Strategic Management for both graduate and undergraduate students.  Her main teaching and research interests are in the field of HRM and Organizational Behaviour. She has conducted some research on the Human Side of the organizations.

  • 01/2020 up to date – Accosite Professor, SLIIT Business School, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Sri Lanka
  • 01/2017 to 31/2019 – Senior Lecturer in Business Management, SLIIT Business School, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Sri Lanka.
  • 02/2007 – 06/2016 – Assistant Professor in Business Administration, University College Jubail, Saudi Arabia
  • 09/2003 – 02/2007 – Assistant Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, St. Theresa (Inti) College, Thailand
  • 09/2003 – 02/2007 – Dean Faculty of Graduate Studies, St. Theresa (Inti) College, Thailand
  • 09/2003 – 02/2007 – Adjunct Faculty, Troy University USA (Thailand Program)
  • 03/1989 – 09/2003 – Senior Lecturer Grade 1, Department of Public Administration, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka
  • 1994-2003- Chief Examiner in Business Studies GCE (A/L) - The Examination Department of Sri Lanka
  • 10/1986 – 02/1989 -Audit Officer - P.E.Mathew & Co; Chartered Accountants, Sri Lanka 


  • BSc. (Hons) in Public Administration, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka, 1986
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1996
  • Ph.D., National Institute of Development Administration. Thailand, 2003
  • Associate (Final) Part 1, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka 1988,


  • For MBA studies- Full tuition Fee scholarship form Ministry of Higher Education in Sri Lanka. 1990
  • For Doctoral Studies – Full Tuition Fee scholarship and Stephen allowance form Commission of Higher Education in Thailand. 1998
  • Research Grant for Doctoral dissertation: From University of Sri Jayawardenepura Sri Lanka and National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand-2000
  • Research grant from Thailand Research Fund in 2005 to conduct research on Thailand Higher Education Institutions.2005

Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Studies


Member of Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE) UK

Ongoing Research

  1. Study on Training Need Analysis in the Health Sector in Sri Lanka
  2. The impact of Mobile phone usage on the performance of small businesses in Sri Lanka

  3. Revisiting work-life balance under COVID-19 Pandemic Period: Comparatives study with men and women in Banking Sector in Sri Lanka

My Publications

Journal Publications

Conference Proceedings


  • Rajapakshe, Wasantha,  " An Alternative Model for Employees Voluntary Labour Turnover." Germany,  LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. ,  2015,  Edition 1,    
  • Rajapakshe, Wasantha  " Performance Management System: An Introduction." Germany,  LAP Lambert Academic Publishing,  2021,      

Book Chapters

Conference Presentations

  • Wasantha Rajapakshe, Thivanka Mailewa, Piumika Chandrasiri, Dileepa Chandrasena, Sajeevkanth Kirubhakaran, Diluksan Jesudasan, Akalanka Mailewa  " Impact of the smart class room on students academic success in government Schools of Sri Lanka; A conceptual framework  Presentation,  at The 4th CIPM Research Symposium, 01 March 2020,   2020
  • Rajapakshe,W., Weerarahna, R.S., Pathirana, G., Malage, M.H.  " An Analysis on Current Training Needs of Nursing Staff in Health Sector of Sri Lanka. Conference  Presentation,  at 4th National Research Symposium on Management, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka,   2021
  • Rajapakshe,W., Weerarahna, R.S., Pathirana, G., Malage, M.H., Balachandran, B.  " Analysis on Future Training Needs in Health Sector of Sri Lanka  Presentation,  at 3rd International Symposium on Social Sciences and Humanities (IRSSSH) 2020. Advances in Social Sciences and the Humanities: challenges and opportunities.22nd 23rd January 2021,   2021
  • Dissanayaka, D. M. K. S., Malluwawadu, D. D., Mendis, W. N. M., Wickramarachchi, W. A. H. M., & Rajapakshe, W.  " Impact Of Operational Level Employees happiness On Performance Of Hotel Industry In Sri Lanka  Presentation,  at 4th Interdisciplinary Conference of Management Researchers (ICMR) 2019. ,   2019
  • Sandaruwan K.C, Praodhya R.H.S, Amarasooriya R.P.S, Rajapakshe W.  " The Impact of Academic Procrastination, Self-Efficacy, and Motivation on Academic Performance among Undergraduates in Private Universities in Sri Lanka  Presentation,  at 16th International Conference on Business Management (ICBM 2019). 28th November 2019,   2019

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