Latha Poonamallee

Latha Poonamallee


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Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, School of Business and Economics

  • PhD in Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University
  • MBA in Human Resources, Pondicherry University
  • BA in English Literature, University of Madras


Originally from India, more recently from Cleveland, Ohio, my idea of scholarship is multi-dimensional, and includes research, teaching and community engagement. I am especially interested in learning about and promoting organizing models that are sustainable; ecological, social, and economic. As a teacher, my objective is to facilitate students learning to understand social issues of management systemically and equip them with the necessary critical and leadership skills to address these challenges as business and community leaders. My learning philosophy is ‘Freireian’ in that I believe in the power of education to liberate the minds of people. I believe in education that would simultaneously fulfill the functions of preparing individuals for meaningful employment and progressive and cosmopolitan citizenship, that education must conjoin theory and practice, utility and free thinking. I am also involved in many community related projects and other consulting projects around the world. I am active in the Academy of Management.

Teaching Interests

  • Managing Change
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Research Interests

  • Managing Change
  • Leadership
  • Business & Society
  • Qualitative methods

Recent Publications

  • Poonamallee, L. C., Goltz, S. M. (2014). "Beyond Social Exchange Theory : An Integrative Look at Transcendent Mental Models for Engagement" in Integral Theory (vol. 10, 1 #, pp. 63-90).
  • Orozco, D., Poonamallee, L. C. (2013). "The Role of Ethics in the Commercialization of Traditional Knowledge" , Springer. Read More
  • Joy, S., Poonamallee, L. C. "Cross-cultural teaching in globalised management classrooms: Time to move from functionalist to post-colonial approaches?" in Academy of Management Journal of Learning and Education, Academy of Management. Read More
  • Poonamallee, L. C. (2012). "Corporate Citizenship: Panacea or Problem? - The Complicated Case of Hindustan Unilever" in The Journal of Corporate Citizenship , Greenleaf Publishing. 44: 2-28
  • Poonamallee, L. C. (2011). "Transforming Realities: Reclamation of the Sacred as a source of Generative Capacities â a new theory of organizational change," Journal of Management Inquiry (vol. 20, # 3, pp. 242-262) . CA: Sage.
  • (2011). Chris Huxham and Pam Hearne (Ed.), "Leader, Participant, Beneficiary or Partner? Examination of Leadership Dynamics in a Collaborative Inter-organizational Initiative," MOPAN - 2011 . Glasgow, Scotland: Multiple Organizational Partnerships and Networks.
  • Poonamallee, L. C. (2010). Steven Wallis, "Advaita (non-dualism) as metatheory: a constellation of ontology, epistemology and praxis" (vol. 6, 3 #, pp. 190-200) , Integral Review - A Transdisciplinary abnd Transcultural Journal For New Thought, Research, and Praxis. Accepted: April 2010.
  • Poonamallee, L. C. (2009). Chris Huxham, Ernie Stringer & Bob Dick (Ed.), "Building Grounded Theory in Action Research through the Interplay of Subjective Ontology and Objective Epistemology Theory and Action Research: An illustration," (1st ed., vol. 7). CA: Action Research.
  • Poonamallee, L. C. (2007). Sustainability and Solidarity in a Globalized World: The Case of a Local Network Economy in Rural India, (3rd ed., vol. 7, pp. 419-439). Ephemera - theory & politics in organizations.
  • Poonamallee, L. C. (2007). From the dialectic to the dialogic: A new epistemological framework for studying organizational change Academy of Management Meeting.
  • Poonamallee, L. C., Howard, A. Learning about organizing for intersectoral collaborative arrangements in managing disasters Boston, MA: MOPAN - 15th Annual Conference on Multi-Organizational Partnerships, Alliances and Network.
  • Poonamallee, L. C., Howard, A. David Paton, Emmanuel Raufflet (Ed.), The Dark Side of Water: Struggle for Access & Control - A Case Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing.