Qualification: 
PGDM, BA
m_vandana@asb.kochi.amrita.edu

Vandana M. serves as Assistant Professor in the HR area. She was awarded her PGDM from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and her BA Mahatma Gandhi University. Vandana is currently pursuing Ph.D. with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Her industry experience has been in the IT sector with IBS Software Services, Thiruvananthapuram and NatureSoft, Chennai. She was associated with Department of Management, Kochi as Visiting Faculty (OB and HRM) from 2009 to 2013.

Publications

Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Publication Title

2020

Dr. V. Murale and Vandana M., “Religiosity and online social engagement of Indian youth”, in Sixth Biennial Conference of the Indian Academy of Management (INDAM 2020), 2020.[Abstract]


The study tries to find out whether there is an increased manifestation of religious sentiments in the virtual social networks of Indian youth. Further, it looks at whether virtual social networks offer any advantages over real social networks as a platform for the youth to express themselves. Thus, this paper integrates the seemingly independent areas of digital social networks and religious expressiveness. Through two detailed focus group discussions with youth belonging to diverse religious backgrounds, this study tries to gain insights into the identity negotiation process that takes place in digital space through social networking site

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2020

Vandana M. and Dr. V. Murale, “Gaps in Organizational Goals and Individual Motivation in the Training and Learning context: Heuristics based on Review”, in Sixth Biennial Conference of the Indian Academy of Management (INDAM 2020), at Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli, 2020.

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title

2019

G. Sisodia, Vandana M., and Venugopalan, M., “Social Influence on Career Choice Decisions of Business School Graduates in India- An Exploratory Analysis”, International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 463-485, 2019.[Abstract]


The last two decades have witnessed the campus recruitment system gaining popularity in India. In most of the cases, a few employers are prioritised frequently by students for employment. The existing literature describes that job choice decisions are rational and is based on job and organisational attributes. Contemporary research highlights that social norms and acceptance influence present-day job aspirants' career choice decisions. This study investigates the role of social norms in career choice decisions of prospective employees who are in the final phase of completing their college education. For this study, a qualitative approach is adopted. In-depth interviews with students in their last year of a second-tier business school in India were carried out for gaining insights into the career choices. The study found the relationship between the role of normative and informational social elements in career choice decisions of individuals.

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2019

R. Sreedharan V, M, V. Sunder, Vandana M., and Gurumurthy, A., “Development of Lean Six Sigma Training Module: Evidence from an Emerging Economy”, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, vol. ahead-of-print, 2019.[Abstract]


Purpose Nowadays, firms are keen on improving the quality culture in the organizations. The proven success of Lean and Six Sigma has given rise to the synergetic Lean Six Sigma (LSS) approach that has been catching fire in the past one decade. However, there exists a gap between the understanding and implementation of LSS in the organizations, especially in the emerging economies. Taking this as a valuable opportunity, the purpose of this paper is to present a development of LSS training module. Design/methodology/approach This study starts with a literature review of LSS to reinforce the understanding of the research subject in scope of manufacturing sector. Then, an online questionnaire was designed and used to collect responses from 181 companies located in the Indian sub-continent. Subsequently, the results obtained from the survey were analyzed using COARSE approach. Findings This study reveals two key findings and associated contributions. First, it was found that the overall awareness of LSS within the responded manufacturing firms is about 70.4 percent. Second, there is no single standard training module that exists in any of the sampled firms to cater to their quality programs. Hence, in order to improve the LSS awareness which could subsequently help managers as a resource for creating an efficient workplace, this paper presents a structured LSS training framework. Research limitations/implications Although this paper presents the importance of LSS and associated awareness level among the responded firms, more empirical evidence is required to generalize the model findings. Second, this study is scoped to firms that work out of the Indian sub-continent, and this provides a future opportunity to expand the scope of this research toward a global study for a comparison between emerging and developed economies. Third, this study is limited to manufacturing firms and hence paves an opportunity to research on a similar theme in services context as well. Practical implications Before embarking on an LSS journey, an organization can use the LSS training module proposed in this study to assess the employee awareness on LSS. Furthermore, organizations that already have a mature LSS practice can incorporate the LSS training module for periodic evaluation of the employees for effective change management. Originality/value The training module presented in this paper is the original contribution by the authors. This is no association to any single identifiable organization or associated funding. The direct practical implication of its application in real time is the value that managers could derive from the proposed LSS training framework.

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2018

S. SL and Vandana M., “Acceptance of Augmented Reality as a Method of Training in the Medical Field”, International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, vol. 118, no. 5, pp. 603-607, 2018.

2018

PC, N., K., and Vandana M., “Bullying and Academic Performance among School Children”, International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, vol. 118, no. 5, pp. 587-602, 2018.

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings

Year of Publication Title

2017

Dr. V. Murale and Vandana M., “Religious Identity Negotiations among Indian Youth in Digital Space”, 4th International Conference on SPIRITUALITY & SKILL FOR LEADERSHIP AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT. School of Management Sciences BHU Varanasi-221011 Uttar Pradesh, 2017.

2015

Dr. V. Murale and Vandana M., “Factors Influencing Job-Offer Acceptance Among Campus Recruits”, 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association - International Tier 1 Conference. Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, 2015.

Workshops

'HR Analytics' organized by School of Management Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology (February 21st and 22nd, 2019)