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

Vandana M. serves as Assistant Professor in the HR area since 2013. She was awarded her PGDM from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and her BA from Mahatma Gandhi University. Vandana is currently pursuing Ph.D. with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Her research is in the areas of organizational training, learning and development focusing on individual preferences on training and development.

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

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title

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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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)