Mr Kumaran Murugan

PhD Candidate
School of Business

Mr Kumaran Murugan is currently pursuing a Higher Research Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Strategy, Portfolio and Knowledge Management at the School of Business, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) campus, Canberra. His research area encompasses Strategic Management, Organisational Studies, Portfolio, Programme and Project Management and Knowledge Management, supported by case studies within the Department of Defence.


Kumaran research will identify how organisation structures are differentiated, how that creates boundaries and barriers among the groups and divisions and evaluate how the isolated groups and divisions structure of the organisation creates an uncoordinated and non-collaborative culture that affects the overall strategic goals of the organisation. His research study will provide a view of how the portfolio approach, aligned with strategy can integrate work activities and address/improve the isolated and uncoordinated nature of groups and divisions, via a knowledge management process for effective strategy implementation.


Kumaran is an engineer and a portfolio and IT service management professional currently working as a Deputy Director, in the Department of Defence. Kumaran has spent over 14 years in the field of engineering, construction, project, portfolio and ICT management.


Kumaran holds an MBA from the Australian National University, specialised in the area of Project, Strategy and Technology Management. He has been qualified in the field of Mechatronics Engineering, Information Technology and Electronics Instrumentation and Process Control, via Masters and a Bachelor Degree in Engineering and Technology from AnnaUniversity, PunjabiUniversity and University of Madras. He is a professional member in the Project Management Institute (PMI), Australian Institute of Project Management, Institute of Engineers, the International Centre for Complex Project Management and a Certified Professional in Australian Computer Society.


Kumaran is the proud recipient of the Secretary of Defence Fellowship 2015 and has recently received the PMI Doctoral Grant 2016 to further continue his research in a private sector organisation.

Conference Papers

Murugan K; Connor J; Owen J; Linger H, 2014, 'The Strategy-Portfolio Nexus: Managing Organisational Capabilities', in The Strategy-Portfolio Nexus: Managing Organisational Capabilities, Project Management Institute, Inc, Portland, Oregon, presented at PMI Research and Education Conference 2014, Portland, Oregon, 26 July 2014 - 31 July 2014