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Dr Selvi Kannan

PhD (VU), GAICD (AICD), GradCertEd (VU), MComm (Monash), GradDipComm (Monash), BA (RMIT)

Lecturer, College of Business

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

Prior to joining VU, she gained over 20 years of experience working in senior corporate management roles with start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and private and public entities both nationally and internationally at strategic, functional, steering committee and regulatory levels.

She has engaged on an international level in the area of strategic growth and partnerships and also has extended exposure in change management in differing environments, specialised in identifying organisations for growth and managing change. Selvi is also specialised in disruptive changes both socially and technologically, and addressing complexities and uncertainties.

Selvi has knowledge and skills in project management with financial astuteness and strong negotiation skills in partnering arrangements, strategic alliances and joint ventures. In addition, she is knowledgeable in strategic and performance improvement capability in organisational workforce and talent engagement plans. Specifically, her work has included:

  • assisting organisations with cross-cultural business integration
  • building creative and innovative employee orientation
  • quality improvement
  • performance improvement strategies.

Selvi is involved in mentoring and coaching leaders and managers to embrace knowledge-based solutions for business growth, innovation, and modernisation.

Her teaching, consulting and research interests include:

  • organisational analysis knowledge management
  • diversity management
  • narratives and organisational value driven through social network groups.


Refereed journal articles

Managing engineers: Practice-based felt experiences and learning, Journal of Knowledge Management (in review).

Kamoche, K., Kannan, S. & Siebers, L.Q. (2014), Knowledge-sharing, control, compliance and symbolic violence, Organization Studies, 35(7), 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), 57-69.

Refereed book chapters

Kannan, S. (contributor) (2014), in Waddell, D., Creed, A., Cummings, T.G., Worley, C. Organisational change: Development and 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 proceedings

Kannan, S. & McGrath, M. (2015), Practice-based felt experiences and learning for managing peak performance of engineers. Paper presented at Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Kannan, S. (2013), i-Expert Knowledge Structure (i-EKS) in generational knowledge transfer and transition. Paper presented at the Organizational Learning & Capabilities (OLKC) Conference of Translation, Transition and Transmission, Washington DC, USA.

Kannan, S. (2011), Expert knowledge helps or hinders idea generation and creativity for innovation? Paper presented in the proceedings at the 12th European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM), Passau, Germany.

Kannan, S. (2010), Managing knowledge and wisdom – The next step in knowledge management for the ageing workforce phenomenon. Paper presented at the 11th European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM), Portugal.

Kannan, S. (2008) Dilemmas and enigmas of Asian Indian migrants in Australian organisations, Paper presented at the Academy of World Business Marketing and Management Development (AWBMAMD) Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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).

Teaching responsibilities

Specialist advisor for management and innovation.

Teaching & research grants & funding

  • European Innovation Academy, (raised $100,000 scholarship) (2016)
  • Futures School (raised $13,000 scholarship) (2016)
  • Green World Project, Victorian Multicultural Commission, $10,000 (2008)
  • Green World Project, Western Waters, $2000 (2008)

Professional membership

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Australian Institute of Management – Associate Fellow
  • Australian Institute of Project Management
  • Australasia-Pacific Extension Network
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Monash Alumni, Monash University Australia
  • Society of Organizational Learning, USA – Research Member
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Committee Member, European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM), 2012-2016
  • Track Chair, KM in a Multigenerational Workforce, European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM), 2011
  • Passau, Germany Conference Committee Member, European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM), 2011
  • Passau, Germany School Representative at Equity & Diversity Committee, 2010 to current
  • Member of the Melbourne Mining Club 2009 to current


Areas of expertise

  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Inter-generational learning and knowledge transfer technologies
  • Stories and storytelling
  • Workplace diversity

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5374