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  • Latha Poonamallee

    Associate Professor of Management and Social Innovation & Chair of Management Programs


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    Latha Poonamallee


    Dr. Poonamallee is a tenured Associate Professor of Management & Social Innovation and Chair of Management at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment & School of Undergraduate Studies, and University Faculty Fellow at The New School.

    Dr. Poonamallee received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and has presented and published her award-winning research on change management, leadership, and social innovation/entrepreneurship in numerous international conferences and journals.  

    She works on two major research areas:

    1. Socio-tech innovation: Prof. Poonamallee and colleagues defined a new area of innovation research that combines social and technology innovation. She recently published an edited book "Socio-tech Innovation: Harnessing Technology Innovation for Social Impact (Palgrave Macmillan, May 2020). 
    2. How mindfulness and other contemplative approaches can be utilized to develop prosocial mental models and behaviors and leadership skills to advance a more just, prosperous, and sustainable world. She is currently working on a book, "Mindfulness for Leaders: Developing expansive leadership mental models" and is developing (with Cotter Christian of Parsons) a pilot infrastructre for Mindfulness at the New School.

    She serves as Editor in Chief of the Society of Advancement of Management Journal, a preeminent journal that has been published for over 75 years. She also received a Fulbright Scholarship to assist Botswana government, USAID, and Botswana Civil Society in developing a nation-wide social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

    She is also the co-founder and Chairperson of In-Med Prognostics, a health tech firm that uses AI and imaging technologies to develop brain health predictive analytics. This firm has received accolades such as the Falling Walls Conference (Germany), BIRAC grant (Government of India grant), and has presented scientific papers in the European Radiology Society Conference in Vienna.

    Degrees Held

    Dr. Poonamallee received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, M.B.A. from Pondicherry University, and B.A. from University of Madras.

    Professional Affiliation

    Academy of Management

    Recent Publications

    Poonamallee, L., Scillitoe, J., & Joy, S. (May 2020). Harnessing Technology Innovation for Social Impact: An international case book, Palgrave Macmillan.

    Scillitoe, J. L., Poonamallee, L., & Joy, S. (2018) Technological innovation investments influence on market: Social strategic orientation balance of socio-tech ventures. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.

    Poonamallee, L. & Joy, S. (2018). Connecting the Micro to the Macro: How individual actions at the micro-level contribute to corporate social responsibility at the macro-level. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 1-8.

    Poonamallee, L., Joy, S. & Scillitoe, J. (2018). “Social as institutional change: Interplay of actors’ logic strategies and resources” USC Social Entrepreneurship Conference.

    Poonamallee, L. Harrington, A.,Nagpal, M. & Musial, A. (2018). Improving Emotional Intelligence through Personality Development: The Effect of the Smartphone App based Dharma Life Program on Emotional Intelligence. Frontiers in Psychology.

    Poonamallee, L., Scillitoe, J. & Joy, S. (2017). At the interface of Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Institutions: Solving social and environmental problems through social innovation. Academy of Management Meeting, Atlanta: GA.

    Performances and Appearances

    Keynote speaker on emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and change leadership

    Research Interests

    social innovation and entrepreneurship, socio-tech innnovation, change, leadership, mindfulness

    Awards And Honors

    • Speaker, Annual Diversity & Leadership Conference. • The Inaugural New School University Faculty Fellowship Award. • Fulbright Specialist, Botswana Network of AIDS Service Organization, Developing CSOs for Social Enterprise Sustainability, 2019-20. • Fulbright Specialist Roster, 2018-2021. • Mentoring Grant, The New School, 2018. • Research Fellowship Grant, India-China Institute, 2018. • Keynote Speaker, Confederation of Indian Industry – South India, 2017. • Keynote Speaker, Vellore Institute of Technology Business School, 2016. • PI, Richard M Schulze Family Foundation Grant, e-Fest Entrepreneurship, 2016-17; 2018-19. • National Science Foundation, Senior Personnel, Professional Development for Graduate Students, 2016-18.

    Current Courses

    Independent Study (Spring 2020)

    Mindful Leadership Development (Open Campus)

    Mindful Leadership Development (Spring 2020)

    Mindful Leadership Development

    Mindfulness & Engagement

    Org Change Interventions (Spring 2020)

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