Selvi Kannan is a Lecturer within the Victoria University Business School at Victoria University.

Selvi’s research focuses on industrial and organisational foundations of competitive innovation and leadership knowledge and performance relations in global business networks. Her research work has contributed to understanding of knowledge in a disruptive, changing environment and has been premised in novices, experts, gender, Australian organisations and global hubs.

She has demonstrated her academic strengths at a global level in the area of knowledge, technology and innovation: In 2015 Selvi was invited as a key speaker at the Global Congress of Knowledge Economy, Qingdao, China.  Selvi was invited to do the closing speech at the European Innovation Academy Program, Turin, Italy in 2018. She was appointed as Mentor and Instructor in 2018 Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, UC Berkeley.

Selvi’s strength is in both academia and industry. Her industry experience extends from MNCs to SMEs and she has done work at strategic, functional, steering committee and regulatory levels. Her engagement as a corporate consultant has been at a national and international level in the area of strategic growth and partnerships, ultimately managing disruptive change. Selvi’s agile project management knowledge and skills coupled with financial astuteness and strong negotiation skills has led to successful partnering arrangements, strategic alliances and joint ventures. 

Selvi is involved in mentoring and coaching leaders and managers to embrace knowledge-based solutions for business growth, innovation, and automation.  Her teaching, consulting and research interests include:

  • Knowledge Management – Human & Machines
  • Leadership & Change
  • Diversity management and Organisational systems
  • Narratives


Refereed journal articles

Kamoche, K., Kannan, S., & Siebers, L. Q. (2014), Knowledge-sharing, control, compliance and symbolic violence. Organization Studies, 35 (7), pp. 989 - 1012.

Kannan, S., & Madden-Hallett, H (2006), Population ageing challenges knowledge management and sustaining marketing culture. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 6 (3), pp. 57 - 69.

Kannan, S., Heisig, P (2018), Does gender matter in knowledge management, Journal of Knowledge Management (Under Review)

Kannan, S., Miah, S,  (2018), Integration of Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence for lean organisational learning by the Digital Worker, in Applying Business Intelligence Initiatives in Healthcare and Organizational Settings, IGI Global, USA.

Kannan, S. (2017), Emotions and managing knowledge: connector, enabler and provocateur, Motivation & Emotion, Springer International Publishing.

Kannan, S. (2017), Virtual Learning System – Felt Experiences, Management Learning, Sage Publishing.


Kannan, S. (Expected Publication, 2017) Managing Change - First Australasian Edition, Cambridge University Press.

Refereed book chapters

Kannan, S., Miah, S,  (2018), Integration of Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence for lean organizational teaching and learning, in Applying Business Intelligence Initiatives in Healthcare and Organizational Setting, IGI Global Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA.

Kannan, S. (contributor) (2014), in Waddell, D., Creed, A., Cummings, T.G., Worley, C. Organisational Change: Development & Transformation. 5th Edition. Cengage Learning Australia Ltd. Melbourne, Australia.

Kannan, S. (contributor) (2013), in Pinto, J. Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage, Global Edition. 3rd edition. Pearson Education Ltd, Essex, UK.

Kannan, S. (2010) in Crossman, J., Bordia, S., Mills, C. Digital Test Bank, Business Communication for the Global Age. McGraw Hill Australia.

Conference presentations

Kannan, S. (2017), i-Technology Use, An Agri Startup, ASEAN Academic Partnership for Small Business and ICT Knowledge Transfer, Australia.

Kannan, S. (2016) Virtual Learning System – Capturing Experts’ Felt Experiences for Effective Knowledge Transfer and Learning. British Academy of Management, Newcastle, UK.

Kannan, S. (2016) Capturing Experts’ Felt Experiences for Shared Cognition and Effective Knowledge Transfer, ECKM, Belfast, UK.

Kannan, S. (2016) Unit-Specific Mentor Supporting Blended Learning and Individual Student Outcomes, Victoria University Blended Learning Symposium, Australia.

Kannan, S. (2016) Good Practice and Messy Problems, Victoria University Learning and Teaching Symposium, Melbourne, Australia.

Kannan, S. (2016) Emotions and Managing Knowledge: Connector, Enabler, Provocateur, 11th Asia-Pacific Symposium on Emotions in Worklife, Brisbane, Australia

Other presentations

Kannan, S. (delegate speaker) (2015), Human capital investment in the era of innovation faced with diversity and disruption. Presented at One Sea, One Belt, One Great Dream, 2nd Annual Global Congress of Knowledge Economy 2015 (GCKE), Qingdao, China.

Radio interview Highland FM100.7 – Storytelling in organisations.

Key functions of business – key management roles (international edition), video interview, VEA Group Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia (2012).

Research grants

  • Futures School (raised $13,000 scholarship) (2016)
  • Green World Project, Victorian Multicultural Commission, $10,000 (2008)
  • Green World Project, Western Waters, $2000 (2008)

Teaching responsibilities

Specialist advisor for management and innovation.


  • BMO3000 Managing Knowledge for Innovative Organisations
  • BMO3332 Managing Organisational Change


  • one Masters student
  • one Phd student and one Masters student

Professional memberships

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Australian Institute of Project Management
  • Australasia-Pacific Extension Network
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Monash University Australia Alumni
  • Society of Organisational Learning, USA
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Industry experience

Business founder and managing consultant

Areas of expertise

  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Inter-generational learning and knowledge transfer technologies
  • stories and storytelling
  • Workplace diversity
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Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 5374