Name: John Chelliah
Position: Director Human Resources
Section: Administration

Professor John Chelliah is the Director of Human Resources for Fiji National University. He joined FNU in 2016 as a Professor in Management for the College of Business Hospitality and Tourism Studies. In addition to his role as a Professor, he also offered his services as the acting Dean for College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry until the substantive appointment was confirmed in April 2018. After which he took up the acting role of Director Human Resources until his substantive appointment in January 2020. Prior to joining FNU, Professor Chelliah held academic and management positions at Universities in Australia and New Zealand. He holds a PhD in Human Resource Management from RMIT University, Australia and a masters’ degrees in management and business administration from New Zealand. Preceding his academic career, Professor Chelliah held senior management positions in organisations located in the UK, USA and Malaysia. He has published widely in reputable international management journals covering areas such as strategy management, consulting, human resource management, change management, international management, supply chain management and entrepreneurship. Professor Chelliah continues to contribute to management education through delivering lectures as an invited speaker at business schools in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific.



PhD in HRM, RMIT University, Australia

Chelliah, J. and Swamy, Y., 2018. “The Strategic Use of Deception and Lies in Business”, Journal of Business Strategy,

Clarke T., Chelliah J., Pattinson E. 2018, National Innovation Systems in the Asia Pacific: A Comparative Analysis. In: Clarke T., Lee K. (eds) Innovation in the Asia Pacific. Springer, Singapore.

Logue, D., Pitsis, A., Pearce, S., Chelliah, J. 2018. “Social enterprise to social value chain: Indigenous entrepreneurship transforming the native food industry in Australia”, Journal of Management and Organization, Published online: 1833-3672.

Chelliah, J., and Prasad, A., 2017. “South Pacific transnational money laundering typologies”, Journal of Money Laundering Control, 20 (4), 345-353. ISSN: 1368-5201.

Chelliah, J. 2017. “Child labour in the supply chain” Human Resource Management International Digest, 25 (4), 1-2. ISSN 2045-4457.

Chelliah, J. 2017. “Will artificial intelligence usurp white collar jobs?” Human Resource Management International Digest, 25 (3), 1-3 ISSN 2045-4457.

RG Joshi, J Chelliah, S Sood, S Burdon., 2016. “Nature and spirit of exchange and interpersonal relationships fostering grassroots innovations”, The Journal of Developing Areas, 49(6), 50 (6), 399-409. ISSN 1548-2278.

E Ahmed, B D’Netto, J Chelliah, E Fein., 2016. “Psychological Contract Breach: Consequences of Unkept Promises of Permanent Employment”, Contemporary Management Research, 12 (2), 183-210. ISSN: 1813-5498.

Chelliah, J., 2016. “Labour exploitation: Recent examples from Australia”, Human Resource Management International Digest, 24 (3), 4-9. ISSN 2045-4457.

Chelliah, J., and Skinner, A., 2016, “Organizational Transformation: Strategic Application of Lean Six Sigma for High Performance”, The Journal of Global Business Management, 12 (1), 85-92. ISSN: 1817-3179.

Chelliah, J., Boersma, M., Klettner, A., 2016. “Governance Challenges for Not-for-Profit Organisations: Empirical Evidence in Support of a Contingency Approach”, Contemporary Management Research, 12(1), pp.3-24. ISSN: 1813-5498.
Best Case Award from ANZAM 2016 Case Writing Competition:

Chelliah, J & others., 2016. Indigiearth: Ingredients for a thriving social enterprise.

Chelliah, J., Sood, S., Scholfield, S. 2015. “Realising the strategic value of RFID in academic libraries: a case study of the University of Technology Sydney”, The Australian Library Journal, 64(2), pp.113-127. ISSN 0004-9670.

Chelliah, J and Georges, S. (2015), “Consulting Firm Identity: The Online Effort to Differentiate and Compete.", Journal of Business Strategy, vol.36 (6), pp. 47-53. ISSN: 0275-6668.

Chelliah, J., Boersma, M., Klettner, A. 2015 “The role of a national regulator in developing solutions to governance challenges in the not-for-profit sector”, The Journal of Developing Areas, 49(6), pp.449-458. ISSN 1548-2278.

Chelliah, J., 2015. “Sexual harassment: a costly affair for employers.” International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(3), pp.37-39. ISSN 2045-4457.

Wang, K.Y., Hermens, A., Huang, K.Y., Chelliah, J. 2015. “Entrepreneurial orientation and organizational

learning on SMEs’ innovation”, The International Journal of Organizational Innovation, 7(3) pp.65-75. ISSN 1943-1813.

Joshi, R., Chelliah, J and Ramanthan, V. 2015. "Exploring grassroots innovation phenomenon through the lived experience of an Indian grassroots innovator." South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, 4(1), pp.1-16. ISSN 2045-4457.

Chelliah, J.,D'Netto, B., Georges, S. 2015 “Single or multiple organizational identities: the management consultant’s dilemma”, The Journal of Developing Areas, 49(5), pp.365-374. ISSN 1548-2278.

D’Netto, B., Shen, J., Chelliah, J. and Monga, M. 2014, “Human resource diversity management practices
in the Australian manufacturing sector”, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25(9), pp.1243-1266. ISSN No. 0958-5192.

Chelliah, J & others. 2015, Digital Post: Business Transformation and the future sustainability of Australia Post.


Salicru, S. and Chelliah, J. 2014, “Messing with corporate heads? Psychological contracts and leadership integrity”, Journal of Business Strategy, 35(3), 35(3), pp.38-46. ISSN: 0275-6668.

Lekmat, L and Chelliah, J. 2014, “What are the antecedents to creating sustainable corporate entrepreneurship in Thailand?”, Contemporary Management Research, 10(3), pp.181-202. ISSN: 1813-5498.

Chelliah, J. 2014, “Training plays a key role in struggle against bullying: education helps to define the problem and avoid its consequences”, Human Resource Management International Digest, 22(3), pp.42-44. ISSN: 0967-0734.

Davis, D; Chelliah, J. and Minter, S. 2014, “New Product Development Processes in the Australian FMCG Industry”, Contemporary Management Research, 10(1), pp3-21. ISSN: 1813-5498.

Chelliah, J. 2014 "Policing pornography in the workplace: the case of Australia Post", Human Resource Management International Digest, 22(1), pp.39 – 42. ISSN: 0967-0734.

Tay, K.B. and Chelliah, J. 2014, “Disintermediation-Activity Matrix: A Framework for Adoption in the Chemical Industry”, The Journal of Global Business Management, 10(1), pp.87-98. ISSN: 1817-3179.

Field, J. and Chelliah, J. 2013, “Employers need to get to grips with social-media risks: two key policies required to cover all the bases.” Human Resource Management International Digest, 21(7), pp.25-26. ISSN: 0967-0734.

Joshi, R. and Chelliah, J. 2013, “Sharing the benefits of commercialisation of traditional knowledge: what are the key success factors?” Intellectual Property Forum, June (93), pp.60-66. ISSN: 0815-2098.

Tay, K.B. and Chelliah, J. 2013, “Why are Private Equity Firms Acquiring Chemical Distributors Worldwide?”, The Journal of International Management Studies, 8(1), pp.108-113. ISSN: 1993-1034.

Selvarajah, C., Chelliah, J. and Lee, H. 2012, “Dynamism of Chinese entrepreneurship in Australia”, Contemporary Management Research, 8(1), pp.3-26. ISSN: 1813-5498.

Nair, R. and Chelliah J. 2012, “Understanding key impediments to small businesses in South Pacific island nations: a case of Fiji”, Journal of Global Business Management, 8 (1), pp.175-182. ISSN: 1817-3179.

Field, J. and Chelliah, J. 2012, “Social-media misuse a ticking time-bomb for employers.” Human Resource Management International Digest, 20 (7), pp.36-39. ISSN: 0967-0734.

Kirsch, C., Chelliah, J. and Parry, W. 2012, “The impact of cross-cultural dynamics on change management", Cross Cultural Management: an International Journal, 19(2), pp.166-195. ISSN: 1352-7606.

Georges, S. and Chelliah J. 2012, “A morphology of management consulting typologies”, Journal of International Management Studies, 7(2), pp. 157-166. ISSN: 1993-1034.

Lekmat, L and Chelliah, J. 2011, “Surviving the next economic crisis: corporate entrepreneurship in Thai auto parts industry”, Journal of International Management Studies, 6(1), pp. 18-35. ISSN: 1993-1034.

Chelliah, J. and Benn, S. 2011, The Greening of Hewlett Packard’s Supply Chain. In: D. Dunphy, S. Benn and B. Perrot (Eds), Cases in Corporate Sustainability and Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Australia: Tilde University Press.

Chelliah, J. and Clarke, E. 2011, “Collaborative teaching and learning: overcoming the digital divide?” On the Horizon, 19 (4), pp. 276-285. ISSN: 1074-8121.

Chelliah, J. and Lee, H. 2011, “Inter-generational changes in entrepreneurial values of Chinese Australians, Journal of Global Business Management, 7 (3), pp. 1-11. ISSN: 1817-3179.

Kin Bee, T. and Chelliah, J. 2011, “Disintermediation of traditional chemical intermediary roles in the electronic business-to-business (e-b2b) exchange world”, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 20(3), pp.217-231. ISSN: 0963-8687.

Kirsch, C., Chelliah, J. and Parry, W. 2011, “Drivers of change: a contemporary model”, Journal of Business Strategy, 32 (2), pp. 13-20. ISSN: 0275-6668.

Chelliah, J. 2011, “The psychodynamics of the client-consultant relationship”, International Journal of Business and Information, 5(2), pp. 135-150. ISSN: 1728-8673.

Chelliah, J. and Davis, D. 2011, “What clients really want from management consultants: evidence from Australia”, Journal of International Management Studies, 6 (1), pp.22-30. ISSN: 1993-1034.

Field, J. and Chelliah, J. 2011, “Australian firms fail to keep pace with rapid industrial relations reform.” Human Resource Management International Digest, 19 (3), pp.35-39. ISSN: 0967-0734.

Chelliah, J. and Pitsis, T. 2010, “Power sharing in progressive discipline: new rules of engagement arising from an Australian perspective.” Contemporary Management Research, 6(2), pp.91-110. ISSN: 1813-5498.

Chelliah, J.  and Davis, D. 2010.  “But do you like your (expensive management) consultant?” Journal of Business Strategy, 31 (2), pp. 34-42.  ISSN: 0275-6668.

Yeung, S. and Chelliah, J. 2010. “International strategies of Australian firms”, Journal of International Management Studies, 5(2), pp. 131-141. ISSN: 1993-1034.

Selvarajah, C., Chelliah, J., Meyer, D., Pio, E. and Anurit, P. 2010, “The impact of social motivation on cooperative learning and assessment preferences: a comparison of tertiary students in New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand.”, Journal of Management & Organization, vol.16, no.1, pp.131-143. ISSN: 1833-3672.

Burdon, S. Chelliah, J. and Bhalla, A. 2009, “Structuring enduring strategic alliances-The case of Shell Australia and Transfield Services, Journal of Business Strategy, vol. 30, no.4, pp.42-51. ISSN: 0275-6668.

Chelliah, J., Nikolova, N. and Davis, D. 2009, Outsourcing to self-employed knowledge workers: What are the key success factors? NZ Journal of Human Resources Management, vol. 9, no.2, pp.72-85. ISSN: 1175-5407.

Chelliah, J., Benn, S.H. and Low, S. 2008, 'HP Australia: strategies in response to global sustainability', Management Case Study Journal, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 38-47. ISSN: 1445-033X.

D’Netto, B., Monga, M., Shen, J. and Chelliah, J. 2008, Manufacturing Employees’ Perceptions of Human Resource Diversity Practices in Australia. Available at:

Chelliah, J.  and D' Netto, B. 2008, 'Japanese whaling strategies', Management Case Study Journal, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 65-82. ISSN: 1445-033X.

Chelliah, J. and D’Netto, B. 2006, “Unfair dismissals in Australia: does arbitration help employees”, International Journal of Employee Relations, vol.28, no.5 pp. 483-495. ISSN: 0142-5455.

Teaching Interests

Strategy, Transnational Management, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship, Management Consulting and Enterprise Risk Management.