Dr. Rondy De Silva

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Dr Rondy De Silva DBA, MSc, BA (Hons)

Principal Lecturer in International Business


Dr. Rondy de Silva is a Principal Lecturer in International Business at the Sheffield Business School and is also the role of Global and Academic Partnership Lead. In her academic role Rondy specialises in subjects related to international business management which help build the links between theory and practice. Rondy is actively engaged in international business as part of the Sheffield Business School and supports international partnership development, student recruitment and university profile raising activities overseas.

Rondy's research specialisms are in transnational entrepreneurship, institutions and institutional Voids in emerging markets.




  • 2016: Doctorate of Business Administration, International Business, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2012: Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCTLHE), Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2005: MA Political Communication, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1993: Associate Teacher's Diploma, Other, United Kingdom

Chair of national or international conference


  • 2016: , International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF), United Kingdom
  • 2015: , Christ University, India

Member of professional body


  • 2017: , European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB), Finland
  • 2016: , European International Business Academy, Belgium
  • 2012: , Higher Education Academy (HEA), United Kingdom

Senior University leadership or strategic project role

Member of University committee

  • 2016: , European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), Belgium

Senior Lecturer

Teaching expertise

  • International Business


  • International business, Economics and Entrpreneurship

Industry Links

  • Partnership development


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

International Business

Courses taught:

 - MSc International Business Management
 - MSc International Business and Marketing
 - MSc International Business and Human Resource Management



Conference papers

Johnston, A., De Silva, R., & Sharpe, D. (2016). Value Diversity from Foreignness: How Transnational entrepreneurs adopt bi-focality to recognise institutional differences and identify voids.

De Silva, R. (2015). How transnational entrepreneurs are responding to institutional voids: A study of transnational entrepeneurs from Sri Lanka. South Asian Journal of Management, 22 (2), 61-80.

Book chapters

De Silva, R. (2018). Transnational Entrepreneurship in a Post Conflict Society. In Elo, M., & Minto-Coy, I. (Eds.) Diaspora Networks in International Business. New York: Springer

De Silva, R. (2017). Institutional Voids and their Impact on Transnational Entrepreneurship: A Study of Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs; : A Study of Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs in Transnational Entrepreneurship: Issues of SME Internationalization in the Indian Context. In Manimala, M.J., Wasdani, K.P., & Vijaygopal, A. (Eds.) Institutional Voids and their Impact on Transnational Entrepreneurship. New York: Springer


De Silva, R. (2017). Capitalising on Institutional Voids in Emerging Markets, the case of Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs.

De Silva, R. (2017). Institutional Voids as opportunities, evidence from Sri Lanka.

De Silva, R. (2015). How Transnational Entrepreneurs are Responding To Institutional Voids. Presented at: Transnational Entrepreneurs and International SMEs in Emerging Economies: Drivers and Strategies organised The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and San Jose University. Held in Bangalore, India

De Silva, R. (2015). Transnational Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies through the institutional lens.

Other activities

Board Member - Academic Advisory Group at Christ University, Bangalore, India

Prize or best paper
2015: Best Conceptual Paper Award, Indian Institute of Management, India

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