Transdisciplinary innovations journal paper

Interested in knowing how trans disciplinary innovations work?  Ron Beckett and I look at Australian-Indian context and explore themes in this journal paper.


Chartered Manager status for Hardik Vachharajani


In July 2017, Hardik Vachhrajani was awarded prestigious Chartered Manager (CMgr) status by Chartered Management Institute of UK (CMI UK).

Chartered Manager is the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession.  It is recognised as gold standard in leadership excellence around the world.

In Australia, Chartered Manager qualification is jointly offered by Institute of Managers and Leaders ANZ and Chartered Management Institute UK.  Hardik is in one of the first cohorts of Chartered Managers from Australia and New Zealand region.

Process of award involves reflection based assessment which is followed by interview from CMI UK and peer references.


Lecture at CSR Symposium


Various centres and departments of Amrita University India and RMIT University Australia jointly organised a symposium on NGOs and Governance of CSR on 5th January 2017 at Amrita University’s Amritapuri campus in south Indian state of Kerala.

Symposium gathered practitioners  and academics from CSR domain from India, Australia and Germany.  Hardik Vachharajani made a presentation focussing on different perspectives to CSR pursued by large v/s small firms.  Presentation took the examples of a leading corporate company and a leading small firm from India and compared how CSR approaches were different.

Lecture was followed by interaction on the topic.  Masters students attending the symposium discussed future of CSR and sustainability with presenters.

Symposium Flyer


TEQSA and HECQ Forum Presentations at Melbourne


The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and Higher Ed Services collaborated for the inaugural TEQSA Conference Sharing Excellence: Assuring Quality in Melbourne on 9 November.

Higher Ed Services’ Higher Education Compliance and Quality Forum Sharing excellence through collaboration followed the TEQSA Conference on 10 and 11 November.

Hardik Vachharajani partnered with Dr. Jess Oliver and Mr. Sajan Cyril to present outcomes of two academic works during the forum.

In presentation with Dr. Jess Oliver, outcomes of blended learning experiment using Facebook as online tutorial platform used at AIH Higher Education was shared.

Copy of the presentation is available here

In presentation with Mr. Sajan Cyril, reserach outcome of effect of work on academic performance of first year accounting students was shared.

Copy of full presentation is available here


Paper presentation at XIth International Conference on Applied Business Research at Pattaya


In September 2016, Hardik Vachharajani presented a co-authored paper at XI International Conference on Applied Business Research (ICABR) at Pattaya, Thailand.  Paper was authored and presented with Dr. Harpreet Kaur as main author.

Conference was jointly organised by Kasetsart University Thailand, Mendel University Czech Republic and Slovak University of Agriculture Slovakia.  ICABR is a series of prestigious conferences run for last XI years across the globe.

Paper discussed car buying patterns of consumers in India.  The session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Nigel Holden from Leeds University UK.  The presentation was followed by questions and answers.


Certificate in Social Sector Leadership from Berkeley Hass


Hardik Vachharajani recently achieved Certificate in Social Sector Leadership offered by Philanthropy University.  Philanthropy University is an initiative sponsored by Philanthropy U, Inc., a non-profit registered in the U.S., and powered by Berkeley-Haas.

Program involved seven courses on areas covering all major elements of social sector leadership and management.  As a Philanthropy University alumni earning a Certificate in Social Sector Leadership, Hardik is invited to take advantage of the special alumni benefits created by Berkeley-Haas for motivated impact leaders.

“Certification will help me improve my impact on social sector projects which I am currently advising across Asia, Pacific and Africa”, Hardik added.



Appointed as GIMI Certified Ambassador for Australia


Hardik Vachharajani was recently appointed certified Ambassador for Massachusetts based Global Innovation Management Institute (GIMI) for Australia region.

GIMI is the global nonprofit standard certification board for innovation and innovation management. GIMI was initiated by a group of chief innovation officers, innovation executives, academics and consultants from around the world. GIMI’s worldwide advocacy for making innovation a professional business discipline is reinforced by its globally recognised standards and certification program, extensive academic programs, communities of practice, and professional development opportunities.

Based at Sydney, Hardik will promote GIMI services and certifications across Australia and New Zealand region.

Hardik has over twelve years of experience in consulting, research and teaching in the area of innovation management across four continents.  This partnership will benefit individuals, organisations, universities and governments across the region.  All certification and training services offered by GIMI are now available in Australia.

As Australian government embarks upon drive to promote innovation, GIMI is bringing the best know how and expertise in the area right here at Australian shores.


Workshop on Leadership and Management



On 9/Feb/2016, Hardik Vachharajani jointly delivered a workshop on leadership and management to 19 South Korean university students visiting Australia on study exchange.

Hardik discussed cross-cultural issues in leadership and management using engaging exercises. Visiting students enjoyed the workshop.

Workshop was organised by AIH Higher Education, Sydney.


HR Seminar at IBS Software Services


In April, Hardik Vachhrajani delivered a seminar to Corporate HR team at IBS Software Services’s head quarters at Trivandrum in Kerala.

Session titled ‘Not letting go – 15 roles for HR in 2015’ focused on area of employee retention and 15 roles HR managers will have to play in the coming year.

Seminar was attended by corporate HR team of Trivandrum and also by core HR teams from Bangalore and Kochi campuses.  “The seminar was very interesting and gave some really amazing insights into the role of HR in the coming year”, said Aravind TU from Trivandrum team.

IBS is a leading provider of new-generation IT solutions to the global Travel, Transportation and Logistics (TTL) industry.  With offices in India, Middle East, Europe and USA, IBS is one of the fastest growing IT companies in the domain.


MOOC on MOOC for Development


In November 2014, Hardik Vachhrajani successfully completed a unique course titled ‘MOOC on MOOC for Development’ offered by Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), Commonwealth of Learning and Knowledge Incubator for TEQIP.  The course was attended by teaching and learning practitioners from across commonwealth of nations. Hardik completed the course with Distinction.

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a new online medium for course delivery and learning. It enables thousands of learners to participate in the same course with high quality content and interactive tools for learning. On this scale, a MOOC can offer a better user experience as compared to a standard web-based course. Possibilities for rich mentor-learner and learner-learner interactions are unlimited.

Course was facilitated by Prof. Prabhakar from IITK and was supported by Dr. Balaji and Prof.. Chang from COL; and Prof. Sodhi and Prof. Agrawal from IIT system.

Course covered all important areas related to MOOC and how to develop and execute it. Key areas included;

  • Different types and styles of MOOCs
  • Key aspects of content authoring and pedagogy
  • A variety of methods for grading, assessment and certification
  • More effective peer-to-peer learning and online mentoring
  • Technology components that go into a MOOC and platforms
  • How to participate in a MOOC more effectively
  • The basics of copyright and intellectual property matters in MOOC content
  • Costs and resource management of a MOOC

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About the Institutes :

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), a premier research university in India, is a pioneer in offering MOOCs. It is among the top 50 Asian universities in QS Rankings.

Commonwealth of Learning (COL) an inter-governmental organization in the Commonwealth family, is globally known for its efforts and advocacy to improve access to learning at all levels.

Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP)is a national programme of India, under the Ministry of Human Resources Development. The aim of this programme is to enhance the quality of teaching faculty in institutions of technology in the public sector. KIT (Knowledge Incubation for TEQIP) offers a platform to host quality courses, specialist lectures, research interactions and workshops