Dr Palitha Konara

Dr Palitha Konara

Visiting Specialist

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Palitha Konara is an Associate Professor in Strategy and Operations Management in the Faculty of Business at Plymouth University. 


Previously Palitha was a Senior Lecturer in International Business at the University of Huddersfield. His research interests are on Multinational Enterprises’ foreign entry, location choice, corporate political activities, subsidiary operations/performance and exit/divestment. His previous research has appeared in British Journal of Management, Journal of International Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Management International Review, International Journal of the Economics of Business, Transnational Corporations and Thunderbird International Business Review. He is a recipient of the best paper award (the 'Danny Van Den Bulcke Prize') in the European International Business Academy (EIBA) conference.

After completing a B.Sc. Engineering Degree specialized in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Palitha began working in the private sector in Sri Lanka and gained a track record with hands on experience in finance, audit, marketing, and general management. He gained most of his commercial experience in insurance and telecommunication industries working in the largest insurance company in Sri Lanka and the second largest fixed-line telecom operator in Sri Lanka.

After completing a Master of Research Degree in International Business from Lancaster University Management School in 2011, Palitha joined the York Management School to read for a PhD. His doctoral thesis investigated determinants and impact of Foreign Direct Investment in the context of Sri Lanka. He received the York Management School Scholarship and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the international Business and strategy group at York Management School. Under this engagement, Palitha has taught on modules in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Palitha’s academic credentials also include an MRes in International Business, an MBA specialised in Banking and Finance, a B.Sc. Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and a Bachelor of Information Technology Degree. Moreover, he is professionally qualified in Management Accounting (CIMA, UK), Marketing (CIM, UK) and Insurance (CII, UK). He is also a Fellow Member of Insurance Institute of India. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


PhD,University of York, UK, 2013

MRes in International Business (Distinction), Lancaster University, UK, 2011

MBA in Banking and Finance (Distinction), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, SriLanka, 2009

B.Sc in Engineering (Hons), Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2005

Bachelor of Information Technology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2009

ACMA,Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK, 2009

ACIM,Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK, 2010

ACII,Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), UK, 2012

FIII,Insurance Institute of India (III), India, 2010