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DR MEENA CHAVAN Bcom, Mcom, PhD (International Business),SHEA

Research Expertise: International Business /Management, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, Cross-Cultural Management, Intercultural Management, Diversity Management, , Experiential & Engaged education.

Meena holds the position of a Senior Lecturer, Program Director Master of International Business at the Macquarie Business School. Prior to academia, she worked as a Merger & Acquisition auditor with KPMG and Ernst & Young. She has a BCom degree majoring in Accounting and Auditing and Business Management, an MCom degree majoring in Advanced Accounting and Auditing and Business Administration, a PhD in International Business and she is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her Ph.D. dissertation is an empirical resource-based study exploring international migrant entrepreneurs in Australia. This research has produced the first Australian model for Ethnic Migrant Business Creation - "The Productive Diversity Model", which measures the value of a multicultural migrant workforce to bolster "International Business" and export earnings through links to their country of origin.

Focussed in the discipline of International Management/ Business & Entrepreneurship, Meena is an ardent and dedicated broad-spectrum Business/Management Researcher. The hallmark of her scholarship strategy is applying multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives to understand and explain broader business issues so that it complements and exemplifies her highly integrated practice and outlines my participation in industry-based research, grants and teaching.

She publishes in the areas of International Business/Management/ Business/Cross Cultural management, International Entrepreneurship, Experiential L&T and on the Emerging market of India. Her research involves understanding the unique aspects of the institutional and cultural contexts on firm strategies. She conducts  research on global themes that impact multinational corporations and small business : Internationalisation strategies, relational capability building, emerging markets, social enterprises and sustainability, inequality, urbanization strategy, benchmarking, institutional distance, intercultural interaction and migration to name a few. Her work focuses on the interplay of institutions, firm strategy, culture, social networks and internationalization.

She is an interculturalist and a Fellow member of the 'Intercultural Academy of Intercultural Research'. Within this stream, Dr. Chavan’s focus has been on developing intercultural competence and cross-cultural leadership development, building intercultural capacity, developing strategies for inclusion and diversity, intercultural conflict management in multinational corporations, conscious decision-making for improving cross-cultural competency in diverse workplaces and enhancing the employment opportunities of people from culturally, sexual and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with a disability. She is the recipient of the best paper award for her paper “Diversity makes good business” at the 50th International Council for Small Business conference in Washington.

Her research has been published in top-tier "A" ranked journals such as Habitat International, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, International Migration, Health & Social Care in the Community, ,European Business Review.

She is an advocate of experiential learning and adopts an experiential teaching style. Her innovative approach to teaching has earned her a Vice Chancellors citation for sustained leadership in experiential and work integrated learning approaches for the transformation of students into employable graduates with strong social and community value. She is passionate about curriculum design through digital technology for the 21st century, as she believes that the style of teaching and learning for the Zee generation is far from similar to the learning styles of the baby boomers.

She has demonstrated excellence in her record of successful supervision of HDR students with a track record of timely and publishable completions. She has supervised 8 PhD students and more than 15 Hons students and 10 Masters Theses to date.
Dr Chavan has been a regular contributor to the media on topical issues on India Australia Trade Relations, Indian Mining firms in Australia, Migrant Business and Management of Diversity. Her opinion pieces have been featured by the Chronicle- Magazine, The Asian Miner Magazine, CPA Publication, Queensland Multicultural office Publication.

She currently serves as the Associate Editor Journal of International Education in Business and on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Ethics Education and the Journal of Global Marketing journal "B ranked". She has worked on research projects on Migrant Employment and Women Entrepreneurs with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Global Labour Organisation on Indian labor and mobility studies. Meena is a member of the Centre for workforce futures research group and the Macquarie ageing and aged care research network (MAACRN) at Macquarie University which provides an important platform for researchers in diversity management, ethics and migration in the business context, bringing together academics, the business community, and representatives from government. 

Education/Academic qualification

Business Management, Bcom Mcom PhD

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Research Outputs

Benchmarking publication metrics for Indian business researchers: Exploring the role of collaboration

Behl, A., Chavan, M., Dutta, P. & Sheorey, P. A., 2 Mar 2020, In : Benchmarking. 27, 2, p. 571-591 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Industry-academia partnerships for sustainability: Project Genesis in India

    Chavan, M. & Breyer, Y. A., 2020, Industry and higher education: case studies for sustainable futures. Wood, L., Tan, L. P., Breyer, Y. A. & Hawse, S. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 189-205 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Internationalization challenges for SMEs: evidence and theoretical extension

    Chandra, A. A., Paul, J. & Chavan, M., 29 Feb 2020, In : European Business Review. 29 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Supply chain management and social enterprise towards zero hunger: the Akshaya Patra Foundation in India

    Chavan, M. & Breyer, Y. A., 2020, Industry and higher education: case studies for sustainable futures. Breyer, Y., Tan, L. P., Wood, L. & Hawse, S. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 169-187 19 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Healthcare operations management and the industry 4.0: the disruptive technology use in the continuous education

    Daú, G., Scavarda, A., Zhao, F. & Chavan, M., 2020, Operations management for social good : 2018 POMS International Conference in Rio. Leiras, A., González-Calderón, C. A., de Brito Junior, I., Villa, S. & Yoshizaki, H. T. Y. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 205-213 9 p. (Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Prizes

    Emerald literati network award for excellence

    Meena Chavan (Recipient), 2006

    Prize: Other distinction

  • FILT Alumni Scholarship

    Meena Chavan (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Oral presentation

    International Metropolis Conference

    Sandra Hartl (Participant), Meena Chavan (Participant), L. Taksa (Participant)
    31 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    A Cross-Continental Comparative Study of Conflict Management in Organisations

    Sandra Hartl (Speaker), Meena Chavan (Speaker), Lucy Taksa (Speaker)
    31 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Press / Media