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Salford Business School

Dr Susantha Udagedara

Lecturer in Enterprise and Innovation


Dr Susantha Udagedara joined the University of Salford as Lecturer in Enterprise and Innovation after completing his PhD funded by the World Bank. He has over 17 years of research and teaching experience in the UK, China and Sri Lanka. Previously, he taught business management related subjects at the University of Kelaniya (Sri Lanka), and had visiting appointments at the University of Rajarata (Sri Lanka) and the Manchester International College (UK). Dr Udagedara is also working as external examiner of Portsmouth Business School. He has supervised and supported a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and has served as Person in Charge of the IRQUE Project funded by the World Bank. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and continues researching into innovation and small business related issues in both advanced capitalist countries and emerging/less-developed countries.


Module Leader for the Business Innovation Project.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Research Methods



Research Interests

Dr Udagedara’s research focuses on innovation management and small business, with a particular interest in organisation dynamics and innovation within the context of both advanced capitalist countries and emerging/less-developed countries.


CURRENT PHD SUPERVSIONS Exploration of the innovation process in small digital marketing agencies in the UK: Understanding the implications of social, knowledge and structural capital

An Exploration of Organizational Elements on Social Media Platforms Based Knowledge Sharing of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Malaysia.

Implication of knowledge transfer on innovation within the partnership between the university and the technology-based small firm in the UK.

Examining the empowerment of women borrowers participating in Interest Free Microfinance programs in Pakistan



Qualifications and Memberships

PhD; MBA; PDip; PgCap; CPD; BBM (Hons)

Fellow - The Higher Education Academy