Dr Sukanlaya Sawang

Associate Professor in Small Business, Innovation and EntrepreneurshipSukanlaya Sawang

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1967
  • Email: sukanlaya.sawang@leicester.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 205, Level 2, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: By appointment only (please email)

Personal details

I am an organisational psychologist and an active researcher with professional experience from Australia, Japan, Thailand, U.K. and the USA. I started my academic career at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, as a full time Psychology lecturer, consultant and trainer, before I moved to Australia. Prior to joining QUT Business School, I was a project manager for the Organisational Safety and Wellbeing unit at Queensland Police Service in conjunction with Griffith University. Recently, I followed my family to the U.K.

Currently, I am an Associate Professor in Small Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Leicester, as well as a Visiting Professor in Small Business, Innovation and Wellbeing at The International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University and an adjunct Associate Professor at QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.


  • Graduate Certificate (Higher Education) Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Innovation Management) Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • Summer Program (Innovation) Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
  • Graduate Certificate (Organisational Psychology) The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Master of Arts (Psychology) University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma, USA
  • Bachelor Of Science (Honours I/O Psychology) Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Certificate (Asian Studies) Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan


My research primarily focuses on organisational behaviours, especially in a small business/entrepreneurial context, innovation management and wellbeing. I have an extensive array of quality research publications in this area (including cross-cultural studies), experience in managing large research grants, and a strong collaborative research background with scholars from Asian countries. I have also provided consulting services for small businesses in Asia and Australia; training for small businesses through The Asian Productivity Organization (a regional intergovernmental organisation which aims to build the sustainable socioeconomic development of Asia and the Pacific); developed academic courses, research projects and publications relating to small businesses; been invited to provide recommendations for the Innovation Policy Report, Department of Industry, Canberra. I received a number of awards – including the ‘Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence’; the ‘Best Paper Awards’ from the Academy of Management (AOM); and the ‘AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange’ award. I have been awarded a number of competitive grants such as the CRC Rail Innovation and the CRC Spatial Information, to shape future research in the field.

I actively engage with the research community by serving as associate editor for BMC Psychology, reviewing for leading journals; serving on PhD panels and thesis examinations.

Administrative Responsibilities

Director of Research Internationalisation

My role is to develop and nurture international strategy and partnerships to enhance the School's research and reputation.


I am prepared to consider supervising PhD projects relating to my interest as below

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship education
  • Small Business context
  • Psychology of Entrepreneurship
  • Self-employment
  • Digital Innovation and wellbeing


A full list of publications can also be accessed via https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7977-7194

Book Chapters

Jamieson, K., Sawang, S. & Newton, C. (2014). What makes e-learning work?, in T. Short & R. Harris (eds.), Workforce Development: Strategies and Practices, Springer, Singapore, pp. 171-184.

Sawang, S., Zolin, R., Matthews, J., & Bezemer, M. (2014.) Innovation in the Australian Spatial Information Industry. In Stettner, Uriel, Aharonson, Barak S., & Amburgey, Terry L. (Eds.) Exploration and Exploitation in Early Stage Ventures and SMEs. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bradford, United Kingdom, pp. 211-236.

Sawang, S., & Newton, C. J. (2014). Psychological stress and employee engagement. In A. Michalos and P. Kahlke (Eds) Encyclopaedia and Quality of Life Research. Springer: London , pp. 5161-5166.

Sawang, S., Brown, K. (2011). Negotiating the Business Environment: Theory and Practice for all Governance Styles. In Brown, K., R. Keast & Waterhouse, J. (Eds), Negotiating the Business Environment: Theory and Practice for all Governance Styles. Tilde University Press.

O'Driscoll, M. P., Brough, P., Timms, C., & Sawang, S. (2010). Engagement with information and communication technology and psychological well-being. In P. L. Perrewe, & D. C. Ganster (Eds.), New developments in theoretical and conceptual approaches to job stress: Research in occupational stress and well-being Vol. 8: 269-316. Connecticut, USA: Emerald.

Journal Articles

Gruenhagen, J.H., Sawang, S., Gordon, S.R., & Davidsson, P. (2018) International experience, growth aspirations, and the internationalisation of new ventures. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 16, pp. 421-444.

Ismail, A.B.T., Sawang, S., & Zolin, R. (2018) Entrepreneurship education pedagogy: Teacher-student-centred paradox. Education + Training, 60(2), pp. 168-184.

Sawang, S. & Newton, C.J. (2018) Defining work stress in young people. Journal of Employment Counseling, 55(2), pp. 72-83.

Langdon, R. R. & Sawang, S. (2018) Construction workers’ well-being: What leads to depression, anxiety, and stress? Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 144(2), pp. 1-15.

Sawang, S., O'Connor, P.J., & Ali, M. (2017) IEngage: Using technology to enhance students’ engagement in a large classroom. Journal of Learning Design, 10(1), pp. 11-19.

Lee, S. & Sawang, S. (2016). Unpacking the impact of attachment to project teams on boundary-spanning behaviors. International Journal of Project Management, 34(2016), 444-451. (ABS 4).

Zhou, Y., Sawang, S., & Yang, X. (2016) Understanding the regional innovation capacity in China after economic reforms. International Journal of Innovation Management, 20(6), 1650057-1-1650057-37.

Casali, G.L., Zolin, R., & Sawang, S. (2016) Do SMEs cluster around innovation activities? Discovering active, incremental and opportunistic innovators. International Journal of Innovation Management, 20(7), 1650062-1-1650062-24.

Nguyen, H. & Sawang, S. (2016). Juggling or Struggling? Work and Family Interface and Its Buffers among Small Business Owners. Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 6(2), 207-246.

Sawang, S., Parker, R., & Hine, D. (2016). How small business advisory program delivery methods (collective learning, tailored, and practice-based approaches) affect learning and innovation. Journal of Small Business Management, 54(1), 244-261.

Phillips, D, Guaralda, M. & Sawang, S.(2016). Innovative housing adoption: Modular housing for the Australian growing family. Journal of Green Building, 11(2), pp. 147-170

Song, J., Sawang, S., Andrews, L., & Drennan, J. (2015). Same but different? Mobile technology adoption in China. Information Technology & People, 28(1), 107-132.

Salim, S.A., Sedera, D, Sawang, S. et.al (2015). Moving from Evaluation to Trial: How do SMEs Start Adopting Cloud ERP? Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 19(oct), S219-S254.

Chou, C.Y. & Sawang, S. (2015). Virtual community, purchasing behaviour, and emotional well-being. Australasian Marketing Journal, 23(3), pp. 207-217.

Salim, S.A., Sedera, D., & Sawang, S. (2015) Non-linear and linear postulations of technology adoption determinants. ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 10(23), pp. 17679-17689.

Boyce, M. & Sawang, S. (2014). Unpacking the role of mindfulness on conscientiousness and spirituality. The Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 10(6), 1-21.

Sawang, S., Sun, Y., & Salim, S.A. (2014). It’s not only what I think but what they think! The moderating effect of social norms. Computers & Education, 76, 182-189.

Sawang, S. & Kivits, Robbert A. (2014). Greener workplace: understanding senior management's adoption decisions through the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21(1), 22-36.

Johnston, M., Guaralda, M., & Sawang, S. (2014). Sustainable innovation for Queensland’s housing design: a case study. Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 14(4), 11-31.

Oei, T.P.S., Sawang, S., Goh, Y.W., & Mukhtar, F. (2013). 'Using the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale 21 (DASS-21) across cultures. International Journal of Psychology, 48(6), 1018-1029.

Sawang, S., Newton, C. & Jamieson, K. (2013). Increasing learners’ satisfaction/intention to adopt more e-learning. Education and Training, 55,1, 83-105.

Becker, K.L., Newton, C.J., & Sawang, S. (2013). A learner perspective on barriers to e-learning. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 53(2), 211-233.

Sargent, K., Hyland, P., & Sawang, S. (2012). Factors influencing the adoption of information technology in a construction business. Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 12(2), 72-86.

Unsworth, K., Sawang, S., Murray, J., Norman, P., & Sorbello, T. (2012). Understanding innovation adoption: Effects of orientation, pressure and control on adoption intentions. International Journal of Innovation Management, 16(1), 1-35.

Goh, Y.W., Sawang, S., Oei, T., & Ranawake, D. (2012). An Asian perspective of occupational stress coping model: a case study of Sri Lankan employees. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Organisational Psychology, 5, 25-31.

Sawang, S. (2012). Is there an inverted U-shaped relationship between job demands and work engagement?: The moderating role of social support. International Journal of Manpower, 33(2), 178 – 186.

Yuile, C., Chang, A., Gudmundsson, A., & Sawang, S. (2012). The role of life friendly policies on employees' work-life balance. Journal of Management and Organization, 18(1), 53-63.

Sawang, S. & Unsworth, K. (2011). Why Adopt Now? Multiple Case Studies and Survey Studies Comparing Small, Medium and Large Firms. Technovation, 31(10-11), 544-559.

Sawang, S. & Unsworth, K. (2011). A model of organizational innovation implementation effectiveness in small to medium firms. International Journal of Innovation Management, 5(5), 989-1011.

Sawang, S. (2011). Key performance indicators for innovation implementation: Perception vs. actual usage. Asia Pacific Management Review, 16(1), 23-29.

Chang, A., Chan, F., Gudmundsson, A. & Sawang, S. (2011). Motivating blue collar employees: A case study of the Chinese workforce. Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, 12, 69-85.

Goh, Y.W., Watson, S., Sawang, S. & Oei, T.P.S. (2011). Gender influences on the work-related stress-coping process. Journal of Individual Differences, 32(1), 39-46.

Goh, Y.W., Sawang, S. & Oei, T.P.S. (2010). The Revised Transactional Model (RTM) of Occupational Stress and Coping: An improved process approach. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Organisational Psychology, 3, 13–20.

Sawang, S. (2010). “Moderation or Mediation? An Examination of the Role Perceived Managerial Support has on Job Satisfaction and Psychological Strain”. Current Psychology, 29(3), 247-256.

Sawang, S. & Matthews, J. (2010). Positive relationships among collaboration for innovation, past innovation abandonment and future product introduction in manufacturing SMEs. Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business, 2(6), 106-117.

Sawang, S. (2010). Sex Appeal in Advertising: What Consumers Think. Journal of Promotional Management, 16(1), 167-187.

Sawang S., Oei T.P.S., Goh Y.W., Mansoer, W., Markhum, E. & Ranawake, D. (2010). The Ways of Coping with Checklist Revision-Asian version (WCCL-ASIAN): A new factor structure with confirmatory factor analysis. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 59(2), 202-219.

Sawang, S., Unsworth, K.L., & Sorbello, T.M. (2007). An Exploratory Study of Innovation Effectiveness Measurement in Australian and Thai SMEs. International Journal of Organisational Behaviour, 12(1), 110-125.

Sawang, S., Unsworth, K. L., & Sorbello, T. M. (2006). An exploratory study of innovation effectiveness measurement between Australian and Thai SMEs. International Journal of Organisational Behaviour, 12(1), 110-125.

Sawang, S., Oei, T.P.S. & Goh, Y.W. (2006). Are country and cultural values interchangeable?: A case example using occupational stress and coping. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 2(2), 205-219.

Conference Papers

Sawang, S., Guaralda, M., Chamorro-Koc, M., Garcia Hansen, V., Caldwell, G., Medland, R., et al. (2016) The Aerie: An innovative way for wellbeing restoration in an open-plan workplace. In Coles, Richard, Costa, Sandra, & Watson, Sharon (Eds.) Co-Creating Pathways to Well-being: Book of Proceedings, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK, pp. 192-195.

Sawang, S. & Bonner, S. (2016). Quit my job for a start-up dream: For better or for worse? British Academy of Management, Newcastle, U.K.

Sawang, S., Zhou, Y., & Yang, X. (2016). Capturing opportunities for business and innovation in knowledge intensive services. In Toombs, L. (Ed.) 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management : Making organizations meaningful, 5-9 August 2016, Anaheim, California, United States,.

Taylor, M.L., Sawang, S., Yang, X., Mardiasmo, D., & Coates, T.L. (2014). Global start-ups profile: one size fits all? In Meyer, Klaus & Kiyak, Tunga (Eds.) Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business: Local Contexts in Global Business, Academy of International Business, Vancouver, Canada.

Lee, S., Jung, E., Sawang, S., & Sung, J. (2013). Construal level and ingroup bias. In Toombs, L. (Ed.) 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management: Capitalism in Question, 9-13 August 2013, Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida.

Matthews, J., Zolin, R., & Sawang, S. (2013). Capturing opportunities for business and innovation in knowledge intensive services. In Toombs, L. (Ed.) 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management : Capitalism in Question, 9-13 August 2013, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida, United States,.

Burgers, H. & Sawang, S. (2012). Strategic renewal and competitive advantage in opportunity-driven and conservative new ventures. The Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management conference, Boston, Massachusetts.

Burgers, H. & Sawang, S. (2011). For the better or the worse? The impact of business idea changes on new venture performance and novelty. The 8th AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australian. (Best paper award).

Sawang, S. & Unsworth, K. (2010). Why Adopt Now? Multiple Case Studies & Survey Studies Comparing Small, Medium and Large Firms. The Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Barbour, J. P., Brough, P., & Sawang, S. (2009). Strains as Mediators between Job Characteristics and Work-Related Outcomes in Police Officers. The Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference, Australia.

Unsworth, K., Sawang, S., Murray, J. & Sorbello, T. (2009). Developing a Unifying Theoretical Framework for Understanding Organizational Innovation Adoption. The Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Conference, USA. (Best paper award).

Sawang, S., Brough, P., & Barbour, J. P. (2009). Curvilinear relationships between the job demands-resources (JD-R) model, work well-being and work engagement: A police service case study. The 8th Australian Psychological Society Industrial & Organisational Conference. Australia.

Sawang, S., Brough, P., & Barbour, J. P. (2009). Work engagement and its antecedents in high-risk occupations: A police service case study. The 14th European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology. Spain.

Sawang, S., Brough, P., & Barbour, J. P. (2009). “I smile when I’m angry!” An examination of emotional dissonance among police officers. The 8th International conference on Occupational stress and Health. Puerto Rico.


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ORCID: 0000-0001-7977-7194

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