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Professor D. M. Semasinghe
Designation : Professor,  Vice Chancellor
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Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Entrepreneurship)Queensland University of Technology, Australia 2011.
  • MCom (Management) University of Kelaniya,Sri Lanka 1998.
  • FDPM (Management) Indian Institute of Management- Ahmedabadh,India 1993-1994.
  • BCom (Management) University of Kelaniya,Sri Lanka 1991.

Teaching Interests

  • Entrepreneurship, Research Methodology, Microeconomics, Operations Research, Strategic Management

Research Interests

  • Opportunity recognition, Innovation, Resource based theory, Small firm growth

Research & Publications

Published in Refereed Journals

  • Dissanayake, D.M., Semasinghe, D.M. (2016). Entrepreneurial Orientation and Growth: The Moderating Role of National Culture. Journal of Entrepreneurship and Organization Management, 5: 168. doi:10.4172/ 2169-026X.1000168.
  • Rathiranee, Y., & Semasinghe, D.M. (2016). An Empirical Analysis of Micro Credit Repayment in Northern Sri Lanka. Pearl Journal of Management, social Sciences and Humanities, 2(1), 10-16.
  • Rathiranee, Y., & Semasinghe, D.M. (2016). An Analysis of measures of Micro Credit, Business and Management Research Journal, 6(3), 21 – 28.
  • Rathiranee, Y., & Semasinghe, D.M. (2016). The Impact of Micro Finance Factors on Women Entrepreneurs‟ Performance in Northern Sri Lanka, International Journal of Social Science Studies, 4(3), 94-99.
  • Dissanayake., D.M.N.S.W & Semasinghe, D.M. (2015). Is culture a restraining or a driving force for entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka?. African Journal of History and Culture, 7(1), 8 - 15.
  • Rathiranee, Y., & Semasinghe, D. M. (2015). Micro entrepreneurs and their access on micro credit: A study of Moderating Effects of Family size, Education, Age and experience, Pyrex Journal of Business and Finance Management Research, 1(2) , 006-015.
  • Rathiranee, Y., & Semasinghe, D. M. (2015). Micro Credit is a Tool for Women Entrepreneurship Development. Journal of Mathematics and System Science, 5(9), 385-390.
  • Rathiranee, Y.,  Semasinghe, D. M., & Morais, N. (2015). Contribution of Micro finance in Women Economic Empowerment: An Empirical Study on Jaffna District in Sri Lanka. Caarmel Journal of Management Research. 3(1), 1-10.
  • Rathiranee, Y.,  Semasinghe, D.M. (2015). A Study on Empowerment of Rural Women through Microcredit Facilities in Sri Lanka. Management Studies, 3(9-10), 237-246.
  • Rathiranee, Y., & Semasinghe, D.M. (2015). Factors Influencing on Women Empowerment through Micro finance:  Am Empirical Study in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Social, Education, economics and Management Engineering, 9(5), 1489-1493.
  • Dissanayake, D., & Semasinghe, D. (2014). Does the Innate Culture make all Failures to Entrepreneurs? An Existing Context Specific Problem. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, 4(11), 1-9.
  • Dissanayake, D., & Semasinghe, D. (2014). Presenting a Conceptual Model of Organic Entrepreneurial Venture Growth: An Alternative Perspective. Social and Basic Sciences Research Review, 2(12), 554-570
  • Musa, B. M., & Semasinghe, D. M. (2014). Human Capital And Venture Performance: The Role of Entrepreneur’s Culture and Business Environment in Nigeria. Journal of Economics and International Business Research (JEIBR), 2(4), 58-69.
  • Rathiranee, Y., & Semasinghe, D, M. (2014). Contribution of Micro Credit Programme in Empowering Women: A Special Reference to Kilinochchi District in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Business and management Review, 2(3),1 – 16.
  • Musa, B. M., & D. M. Semasinghe. (2014). Leadership Succession Problem: an Examination of Small Family Businesses. European Journal of Business and Management, 6(34), 301-306.
  • Rathiranee, Y., & Semasinghe, D.M. (2014). Empowering women entrepreneurs through Micro finance in Jaffna District, Sri Lanka: Challenges and Scenarios. Journal of Social Sciences (COES&RJ-JSS), 3(4),  542-555.
  • Rathiranee, Y., & Semasinghe, D, M. (2013). Impact of Demographic Factors On Women Empowerment Through Micro Credit – A Special Reference to Jaffna District, Zenith International Journal Of Business Economics & Management, ZIJBEMR, 3 (10).
  • Rathiranee, Y., & Semasinghe, D, M. (2013). Women Empowerment through Micro-credit—A Special Reference to Jaffna District, Journal of US-China Public Administration, 10(3), 338-344.
  • Rathiranee, Y., & Semasinghe, D, M. (2013). Challenges Facing by Women in Accessing Credit from Micro finance Institutions In Sri Lanka, The International Journal for Economics and Business Management, 3(1), 103 – 110.
  • Semasinghe, D. M. (2010). Attractiveness of Venture Idea amongst Expert Entrepreneurs: A Conjoint Analysis (Interactive Paper).  Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 30(5), 22.

Conference Presentations (published as Full Papers)

  • Huyghe, Davidsson, P., & Semasinghe, D. M. (2016). The interplay between novelty, prior knowledge and resource investments in new venture emergence. Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. Gold Cost: Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
  • Jeewandarage, P., & Semasinghe, D. M. (2016). Imperatives of Entrepreneurial Venture Growth: The Role of Cognition and learning of Entrepreneurs. Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. Gold Coast: Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
  • Kumarapeli, K., & Semasinghe, D.M. (2015). The Impact of Entrepreneurial Orientation on the growth of SMEs in Sri Lanka.  Proceedings of the International Conference on Business, Marketing and Information System Management (BMISM'15), Nov. 25-26, 2015 Paris – France (p.87-91).
  • Gajanayake, R., & Semasinghe, D.M. (2015) Market Orientation and Service Innovation on Organizational Performance. Paper presented at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference 2015, Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Rathiranee, Y., and D. M. Semasinghe.(2015). Factors Influencing on Women Empowerment through Micro finance:  Am Empirical Study in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the International Scholarly and Scientific Research and Innovation, Montreal Canada 720-727.
  • Musa, B. M., & Semasinghe, D. M. (2014). Enterprise Education and Venture Initiative in Developing Entrepreneurial Potentials. Paper presented at the International Conference on Trends in Economics, Humanities and Management (ICTEHM'14) Aug 13-14, 2014 Pattaya (Thailand).
  • Dissanayake , D.M.N.S.W, & Semasinghe, D.M., (2014). Building a Theoretical Model of Entrepreneurial Venture Growth: An Alternative Perspective. A paper presented at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference, (p. 14). Sydney.
  • Musa, B. M., & Semasinghe, D. M. (2013). Entrepreneurship and Unemployment: A Literature Review. A paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Business and Information. University of Kelaniya.
  • Rathiranee, Y., and D. M. Semasinghe.(2012).The Role of Micro Credit Programme in Empowering Women: A Study with Special Reference to Kilinochchi District. A paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Business and Information. University of Kelaniya.
  • Semasinge, D., Davidsson, P., & Steffens, P. R. (2011). Nascent venture performance: linking novelty of venture ideas and commitment of firm founders as predictors. Proceedings of the 8th AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, 597-607.
  • Semasinghe, D. (2010). Attractiveness of venture idea amongst expert entrepreneurs: a conjoint analysis. A paper presented at BABSON College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Laussane, Switzerland.
  • Semasinghe, D., Davidsson, P., & Steffens, P. R. (2010) attractiveness of venture ideas: a conjoint study. In Langan-Fox, Janice (Ed.) Proceedings of the 7th AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, Swinburne University of Technology, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, pp. 119-129.
  • Semasinghe, D., & Davidsson, P. (2009). Venture idea newness, relatedness and performance in nascent ventures. Proceedings of the 6th International AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, Feb 3-6, 2009, ECIC, University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 17-26.

Abstract Presentations in Conferences

  • Musa, B. M., & Semasinghe, D. M. (2014). Enterprise Education and Venture Initiative in Developing Entrepreneurial Potentials. Proceedings of the Wayamba International Conference WinC 2014, P.132
  • Musa, B. M., & Semasinghe, D. M. (2014). Enterprise Education and Venture Initiative in Developing Entrepreneurial Potentials. Presented at the International Conference on Trends in Economics, Humanities and Management (ICTEHM'14) Aug 13-14, 2014 Pattaya (Thailand).
  • Rathiranee, Y., and D. M. Semasinghe. (2012). Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Development through Micro Credit under Post-war Development. Proceedings of the Jaffna University International Research Conference. P.51
  • Semasinghe, D., Davidsson, P. (2009). Venture Idea Newness and Relatedness in Nascent Ventures. Presented at the 2009 Faculty of Business Research Student’s Colloquium, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

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