Griffith Business School's 2020 Outstanding International Alumnus

Master of Human Resource Management (Honours)

Dr Thanacoody is an energetic and dedicated educator, who enjoys sharing her knowledge and research with her students from various social and cultural backgrounds. She encourages progressive and constructive conversation in all her classes which promote a stimulating learning environment.

Her passion is Human Resource Management, an industry and practice which she has studied for 22 years. She is a highly educated woman, holding four tertiary qualifications including:

  • PGCHE, Middlesex University, UK  2011
  • PhD Management, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia 2008
  • Master in Human Resource Management, Griffith University, Australia 2000
  • Bachelor in Social Work, University of Mauritius, Mauritius 1998

Her research is now focused on the area of work-life balance and organisational outcomes. In particular, its impact on family conflict, expatriate's adjustment, burnout, mentoring and cross cultural studies.

Although many years ago now, one of Dr Thanacoody's fondest memories of her time in Australia is associated with one of her very first Human Resources related positions - when she was a recruitment officer for the Sydney Olympic Games in Brisbane. She commenced in this role as her Master in Human Resource Management studies at Griffith University concluded.

Not one to stay in one place or even country for too long, Dr Thanacoody's international career has included working in Australia, Mauritius, China, The Netherlands and most recently, the United Kingdom. She has shared her knowledge via her various teaching positions at several well-regarded Universities including The University of Mauritius, La Trobe University, The University of Hull, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Nottingham China campus, to name a few.

For the past fifteen years, Dr Thanacoody has also presented her research papers at international conferences and since 2011, she has been a fellow of Higher Education Academy in the UK.

In July 2019, she received the Teaching Award from Nottingham University Business School (SHRM module) £500.

She is a member of various industry memberships and in March 2020, joined the Work Family Research Network as a member and panel expert. The Work and Family Researchers Network’s mission is to facilitate virtual and face-to-face interaction among academic, work and family researchers from a broad range of fields, as well as engage the next generation of work and family scholars.

In addition to her academia, Dr Thanacoody supports her community through a variety of voluntary positions and sponsorship. These include her role as the University Dignity Adviser, Compassion UK Sponsor and World Vision sponsorship.

In 2020, she has been named Griffith Business School's 2020 Outstanding International Alumnus.

"I am very grateful, thankful and excited to have been chosen to be a finalist for the overall awards. I would like to extend my thanks to the panel members who saw my potential and achievements. 

"I look forward to hearing who will win that award and I wish all the finalists the best of luck!" Dr Thanacoody said.

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