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Malavika Sundararajan

Associate Professor of Management

Year Joined RCNJ: Fall 2014

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7704
  • Email:
  • Office: ASB 207
  • Office Hours: Thursdays, 4-6:30 pm and by appointment Mondays, 1:10-2:10 pm


  • Ph.D., Management (Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship), and M.S. Psychology (Cognition) Rensselaer (RPI), Troy;
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Madras, Chennai, B.Sc., (Dual Degree) Food Service Management and Chemistry

Courses Offered:

  • Managing Organizational Behavior
  • Ethics in Business
  • Leading Change in an Uncertain World

Teaching Interest:

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Creativity

Research Interest:

  • Management of Personality Traits in Leaders and Followers
  • Ethical Behaviors
  • Innovation Management

Recent Publications:

Peer- Reviewed Journal Publications:

  • Sundararajan, M. (2022), Discerning the Nature of Uncertainties to Lead Sustainably. SAM Advanced Management Journal, 87 (4)
  • Sundararajan, M. (2021). Exploration of personal ethics: an in-class case exercise for business ethics students to help them develop personal values. Journal of Management and Business Education, 4(2), x-x.
  • Raghavan I, & Sundararajan, M. (2021) “CEO pay sensitivities in innovative firms”, Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print., Refereed, Peer Reviewed Article.
  • Sundararajan, M. (2020). Ethical Case Analysis Template: Learning to Develop Ethical Values through Practice, Journal of Business Ethics Education Vol 17, 2020, pp. 183-210, Refereed, Peer Reviewed Article
  • Raghavan, I. & Sundararajan, M. (2020). Is Firm Innovation Associated with Corporate Governance? International Journal of Innovation Management (accepted in forthcoming issue April 2020).
  • Sundararajan, M. (2019). When the Setting is Right, Ideas Will Flow- A Business Class Case Study. Journal of Management and Business Education. 2 (1), 48-65.
  • Sundararajan, M., Sundararajan, B., & Manderson, J. (2016).  Impact of group emotions on student collective action tendencies, ties, and task performance.   Journal of Education for Business, 91 (7), 355-364.
  • Sundararajan, M. & Sundararajan, B. (2015).  Immigrant Capital and Entrepreneurial Opportunities.   Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review, 3 (3), 29-50.
  • Sundararajan, M., Sundararajan, B. and Henderson, S. (2012) Role of Meditative Foundation in Entrepreneurial Leadership and New Venture Success, Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management, 6 (1): 59-70.
  • Sundararajan, B, Manderson, Jill, Sundararajan, M (2012), Students Understanding of Assessment and Their Resultant Motivation to Engage with the Material, The Workplace Review, November 2012: 50-64.
  • Iyengar, R., Kargar, J and Sundararajan, M (2011) Why are some firms admired? Corporate Reputation Review, Volume 14, Number 3:200-220.
  • Sundararajan, M. (2010) Physiological Emotions and Entrepreneurial Decisions, Global Business and Management Research: An International Journal, Volume 2, No. 4, December 2010, 310-322.
  • Peters, L.; Rice, M.; and Sundararajan, M. (2004) The Role of Incubators in the Entrepreneurial Process. The Journal of Technology Transfer, Volume 29, No. 1, January 2004.

Book Chapter Publications:

  • Sundararajan, B. and Sundararajan, M. (2013) Like us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter: Corporate Identity Management Across Social Media Platforms, Book Chapter in Social Networking and Identity Management, Lexington Books.|
  • Sundararajan, B., Sheehan, L., Sundararajan, M. and J. Manderson (2013) Influencing group decisions by gaining respect of group members in an e-learning environment: A path model analysis In: M.S. Khine (Ed.) Applications of Structural Equation Modeling in Educational Research and Practice. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers (Book chapter)

Last Five-Year Conference Presentations:

  • Sundararajan, M. (2018) Building an Environment for Creative and Innovative Thinking, Innovative and Creative Education and Teaching Conference, Badajoz, Spain, June 20-22, 2018.
  • Sundararajan, M. (2017) Impact of Mindfulness on the Power of Words and Impulsivity in E-mail Communication, Society of Advancement of Management Conference, Orlando, Florida
  • Sundararajan, M. (2015) Emotions, Weak Ties and Sustainability of the Family Business. The 11th Annual Family Enterprise Research Conference poster presentation, June 4-7, 2015, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Sundararajan, B., Sheehan, L., Sundararajan, M. & Manderson, J. (2015). “Knowledge Gains and Satisfaction in Performance Using Face-to-Face and ICTs in E-Learning and Blended Learning Environments”. Accepted for presentation at the Instructional Development Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, to be held from May 20-25, 2015, in San Juan, Puerto Rico
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