Faculty of Business

The Faculty of Business within SLIIT continues to rise up to the challenge of nurturing leaders, managers and IS professionals that can make decisions and implement actions that are right for themselves, right for their organizations and right for the wider community within which they exist.

Marketing and Organizational productivity

Institutionalization of management practices

This engrosses the institutional theory as the theoretical lens in exploring and understanding the institutionalization of management practices in private and public entities. The broader research argument is that the “institutionalization of institutions is the “Newtonian Physics” for management. Accordingly, the sub research projects will be mooted to come out with new findings with regard to institutionalization of the particular aspect of institutions in question. As such first project will be “Revisiting the Reformation of Public Financial Management: Financial Accounting and Reporting Perspectives of Public Entities”.

Marketing in Non-traditional sector

In recent decade the nontraditional sector ( Public sector, corporative, NGO, social enterprises) of market gain increasing popularity due to many reasons including growing bottom of the social pyramid, increasing environmental pollution and cultural pollution, and increasing negative externalities of private sector etc. As a result they started moving from product oriented policies and decision making to more market oriented view. But many failed due to lack of proper structural change and implementation, and inability to adapt to turbulent marketing environment, hence were limited to documents and surface application. The main concern is to isolate one of such sector and try to develop a framework for them to plan, organize and implement successful commercialization of services in a way to benefit the bottom line.

MService Quality and Consumer Satisfaction

The main aim of this study is to analyze and measure the service quality and the consumer satisfaction in HEIs.

Consumer Psychology

Advertising persuades consumers to engrave its brand in the minds of consumers while giving them option to buy different types of products and services. This study focuses on trying to find out consumer preferences for certain brands over other brands.

  • Ms. Nishanthi Kariyapperuma – Marketing in Non-traditional sector
  • Ms. Chalini Kuruppu – Service Quality and Consumer Satisfaction

Tertiary Education Landscape

The policies, practices and operational aspects of the Sri Lankan education sector (both secondary and tertiary) has undergone major transformation in the recent past. For example, the opportunities for the non-state sector ( fee paying) education has been emerged and as a result many new issues have brought in. On one hands the tertiary education providers face a new completion. Prospective students also should acquire a new knowledge on the contemporary developments to make the right decisions on their future education pathways. This group aims to explore the related areas that will be beneficial to tertiary education providers, perspective students (and parents) and also for policy makers.

Productivity in the SME Sector

The Small and Medium Enterprisers ( SME) sector plays major role in the National economy, including employment creation and supplying a wide range of products services to consumers. With the globalization, rapid developments in information technology applications and heavy growth in different business sectors as experienced today, several new issues emerge in SMEs. The fact that Sri Lanka underwent a long period of major disturbances has aggravated this situation. Under the circumstances, these businesses will have to transform themselves to new situations and managing such changes are challenging. This research group aim to examine the issues faced by SMEs for growth and development as well as the impact of external and internal environmental changes towards productivity and growth of SMEs in Sri Lanka.

Business Finance and IS applications

Proper financial management is a key to a successful business irrespective of the size or form of the business or the industry in which it operates. Business failure caused by improper financial management paves way to many macroeconomic issues such as unemployment, lack of entrepreneurships, investor frustration etc. This research group aims to examine methods to forecast financial health (using both quantitative and qualitative factors) and also the use of accounting information systems in supporting businesses t stay financially healthy.

Business Intelligence

The aim of the Business Intelligence Research group is to advance research in the field of business intelligence and analytics. This focuses latest ideas and research on all aspects of practicing and managing business intelligence in organizations. The research group defines BI broadly as the use of high-level software intelligence for business applications. More specifically, business intelligence can be defined by the collection of cutting-edge technologies that help to make systems more intelligent.

Information Systems researchers are in a unique position to benefit from this attention to intelligent technologies for business applications. A lesson learned over years of research in Artificial Intelligence is that deep knowledge both of the technology and the application area is crucial to the success of intelligent applications. Although of course there are exceptional individuals, other fields of business research typically do not have deep understanding of the technologies and other fields of technical research typically do not have deep understanding of business. It would seem that business intelligence is an ideal topic for Information Systems research.

Computational Linguistics

This is a discipline between linguistics and computer science which is concerned with the computational aspects of the human language faculty. It belongs to the cognitive sciences and overlaps with the field of artificial intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science aiming at computational models of human cognition. This research group conducts research in the sub areas given below.

  • Dr. Samantha Thelijjagoda
  • Mr. Dilshan de Silva – Computational models of human language processing
  • Ms. Nethmi Weerawarna – Human language technology (HLT)
  • Ms. Sanjivi Chandrasiri – Digital linguistics
  • Ms. Laksri Wijerathna

Big Data Management

Processing large volumes of data efficiently with an optimized resources and cost is now becoming crucial in most of the IT environments. With such a large data volumes, vendor developed databases may not bid optimized solutions due to various reasons. License cost is the key constraint among the others. Due to the fact that, most of the software architects now opt to use flat files as a cheaper and faster alternative to databases. On the contrary, downsides have also been introduced such as data organizing, query processing and query optimization which becomes the responsibility of the developer. Aim of this research group is to identify strenuous areas in flat file database management with the intention of improving efficiency while making developer’s life easy.

  • Ms. Muditha Tissera – Query Processing Improvements in distributed flat file databases
  • Ms. Chathurangika Kahandawarachchi – Automated solution for dynamic offline data transmission across the systems
  • Ms. Nethmi Weerawarna – Human language technology (HLT)
  • Ms. Sanjivi Chandrasiri – Digital linguistics
  • Ms. Laksri Wijerathna