Associate Professor Venkatesh Mahadevan
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BEng MEng GradCertHETL Cert IV TAE PhD
Associate Professor Venkatesh is currently Deputy Dean (Research), at APIC Graduate School of Management. Venkatesh has been with APIC for a few years and has seen various programs and changes during the ownership and structural transition. He is well aware of the student and organisational culture, and teaching and learning success factors. His current role is a natural progression on his career path and a good recognition of Venkatesh’s efforts, results, knowledge, abilities and experience. He is a member of Senior Academic Management Team and his teaching portfolio includes Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework Programs delivered at APIC. Earlier as Deputy Dean (Sydney), he was responsible for providing strategic direction and operation management of APIC Sydney campus. Venkatesh possesses great knowledge and experience in business and project management, gathered through years of research, academic and industry work. Prior to joining APIC, he has been involved in substantial service to the University of Technology Sydney and the Swinburne University of Technology in his capacity as the Academic and Researcher. He worked as a lead researcher at UTS. One of the most significant projects from this period was with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), where he led the Centre for Networking Technologies for the Information Economy (CeNTIE) Telecollaboration (TC) project. His responsibilities included establishment, improvements and coordination of three ICT strategic action areas within this project, as well as close liaison with a diverse and challenging stakeholders group. The stakeholders included senior and executive level decision makers in several organisations (government agencies and private organisations), which required continuous demonstration of strong strategic, operational and tactical management and communication abilities. This project provided highly valuable experience for Venkatesh and unlocked the value of higher productivity and digital innovation (such as eLearning, eHealth and eBusiness) for the client. Venkatesh has strong commercial acumen and also maintains close links with academic and industry networks, which further assist him in performing well in his current role.
Venkatesh has gained his Masters from University of Auckland, New Zealand and PhD (Telecollaboration Business Management Information System) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). The quality and impact of his research can be directly assessed against a number of his publications on expert evaluations of different business management information systems (such as Tele collaboration, Patient Management Information System, Hotel Management Information System and Remotely Accessible Management Information System for Vehicle Inspectors etc.). With 52 refereed publications, comprising of 40 refereed conference publications, 10 journal publications, and 2 book chapters thus far, he has established an ambitious research agenda and have a substantial body of academic work in progress, with negotiations currently underway with several publishers for a major monograph to be completed in 2017. After completing his PhD research, Venkatesh took on the opportunity to clarify the research agenda and support research activities for the strategic planning of his research unit. He developed several applied research/consultancy projects as a foundation on which other research projects were built. He also applied his strong expertise in the end to end delivery of customer centric technology innovation and played a major role in planning, attracting and managing several change management-centric UTS partnership grant proposals, building an intellectual capital for established independent research leaders within UTS. His current research interests include Management Information Systems, IT/IS capabilities, and analysis and utilisation of technology in teaching, evaluation and overall academic performance.
Venkatesh has had an impressive career in both industry and academic research and teaching. He has over 26 years of experience in teaching at all levels of tertiary education including Bachelor and Master programs, Doctoral programs, and non-degree Certificate courses in India, Malaysia, UK, New Zealand and Australia. His more recent teaching activities have included: Strategic Management Information Systems, Operations Management, Value Chain Management Systems, Business Research Methodology, and Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation Management, and specialist talks on PhD/Honours courses. His personal pedagogy has improved greatly with Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (GCHETL) and Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment (TAE) courses that he has done.