Dr Palitha Konara

Dr Palitha Konara

Associate Professor in Strategy and Operations Management

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of 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

Key publications are highlighted

Konara P & Shirodkar V 2018 'Regulatory institutional distance and MNCs’ subsidiary performance: climbing up vs. climbing down the institutional ladder' Journal of International Management , DOI PEARL
Omokaro–Romanus C, Anchor JR & Konara P 2018 'The internationalization of Nigerian firms: Motivations and location patterns' Thunderbird International Business Review , DOI PEARL
Shirodkar V, Konara P & McGuire S 2017 'Home institutional imprinting and lobbying expenditure of foreign firms: Moderating effects of experience and technological intensity' British Journal of Management , DOI PEARL
Konara P & Wei Y 2017 'Foreign direct investment as a catalyst for domestic firm development: The case of Sri Lanka' Transnational Corporations 23, (3) 1-32 , DOI PEARL
Elliott C, Konara P, Ling H, Wang C & Wei Y 2017 'Behind film performance in China’s changing institutional context: The impact of signals' Asia Pacific Journal of Management , DOI PEARL
Shirodkar V & Konara P 2016 'Institutional Distance and Foreign Subsidiary Performance in Emerging Markets: Moderating Effects of Ownership Strategy and Host-Country Experience' Management International Review 57, (2) 179-207 , DOI PEARL
Elliott C, Konara P & Wei Y 2016 'Competition, Cooperation and Regulatory Intervention Impacts on Independent School Fees' International Journal of the Economics of Business 23, (2) 243-262 , DOI
Konara P & Wei Y 0 'The Complementarity of Human Capital and Language Capital in Foreign Direct Investment' International Business Review
Konara P, Ha Y, McDonald F, Wei Y, Pettit CPC & Dunleavy P 2015 The Rise of Multinationals from Emerging Economies Achieving a New Balance. Springer
Konara P & Shirodkar V 2017 'The Direction of Regulatory Institutional Distance and MNE’s Subsidiary Ownership Strategy: Re-Examining Theory and Evidence in the Case of Emerging Markets' in Verbeke A; Puck J; Tulder RV Distance in International Business Concept, Cost and Value Emerald Group Publishing 135-154
Konara P & Wei Y 2014 'The role of language in bilateral foreign direct investment: a forgotten factor' in Temouri Y; Jones C International Business and Institutions after the Financial Crisis Palgrave MacMillan 221-227
Mirza H, Buckley P, Hänni M, Konara P, Sexsmith K & Sturgeon T 2017 ASEAN at 50 : A Historic Milestone for FDI and MNEs in ASEAN. The ASEAN Secretariat The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Publisher Site