Sini V. Pillai


Assistant Professor

Dr. Sini V. Pillai is Assistant Professor at School of Digital Humanities and Liberal Arts and Faculty Chair- Placements at Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology (Digital University Kerala).

She instructs at the Masters and Doctoral levels, emphasizing experiential hands-on learning approach of learning by doing to provide students with practical experiences and real-world insights to enhance their understanding. Her course offerings cover a wide range of subjects, and she serves as the Academic Coordinator for the MBA program. Her commitment to education is further highlighted by her training in the Participant-Centered Case Study Methodology program by Harvard Business Publishing. As the Faculty Chair of Placements, she also play a crucial role in connecting academia with the job market and crucial in fostering strong ties with industry partners to facilitate placements. Her strong leadership, networking, and organizational skills create valuable opportunities for students and maintain the university’s reputation for producing job-ready graduates.

Dr. Sini serves as a resource person in technical sessions for industry and academic institutions, enriching knowledge-sharing. She has contributed to various Management Development and Faculty Development Programs, hosted more than 30 training programs and offers consultancy services for academic institutes.

Academic Qualifications:

        PhD in Management Studies from the University of Kerala.

        UGC NET (Management)

        MBA in Operations and Marketing from TIM

        B.Tech from Government Engineering College Thrissur

Work Experiences: 

        Retail Banking (Operations) at HDFC Bank.

        Assistant Professor at Lourdes Matha College of Science and Technology

        Assistant Professor at the CET School of Management, College of Engineering Trivandrum (CET)

Research and Development

Areas of expertise: Operations Management, Entrepreneurship and New Product Development, Leadership, Small Business Management, Branding.

Courses Developed and offered: Post Graduate Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management


Link to personal/professional web page

Publications (last 3 years):

  • Nair, A., Pillai, S.V. (2024), Towards emerging Industry 5.0- a review based framework, Journal of strategy and Management (Ahead of print) Emerald Publishig
  • Pillai, S.V., Priyadarsini, R.S., Kumar, R.S. (2023). Student Small Satellite Design and Development in India: A Review. Advances in Small Satellite Technologies. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, Singapore.
  • Pillai, S.V. and Prasad, J. (2023), Investigating the key success metrics for WFH/remote work models, Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 55 No. 1, pp. 19-33
  • Pillai, S. V. (2022). A Novel Uni-directional Flow Circular Facility Layout for Effective Social Distancing. Vision, 26(4), 417–422.
  • Pillai, S. V., JS, D., & Subramoniam, S. (2022). Conquering the Employability Conundrum among Business Graduates in India. Abhigyan40(3).2022, pp12-25.
  • Pillai, S. V., and  Suresh, Vishnu., Digital Transformation through Servant Leadership Model: A Qualitative Analysis. 40th IBIMA International Conference 2022, Seville, Spain, ISBN 979-8-9867719-0-8 and ISSN 2767-9640.
  • Pillai, S. V., & Abhilash, V. S. (2022). Modeling and Evaluation of Circular Layout Facility in Hospitals. Prabandhan: Indian Journal of Management15(2), 55-67.
  • Suresh Kumar, C., Pillai, S. V., & Subramoniam, S. (2021). Application of AHP in Aerospace Configuration Management. FIIB Business Review, DOI: 10.1177/23197145211065088, Sage Publishing.
  • Pillai, S. V., & Kumar, R. S. (2021). The role of data-driven artificial intelligence on COVID-19 disease management in public sphere: A review. Decision48, 375-389.
  • Arunnima BS, Bijulal D,  Kumar R.S., Pillai,S.V. Innovation Maturity-Scape: A Balanced Scorecard Approach to Measuring Innovation, Jilin Daxue Xuebao (Gongxueban)/Journal of Jilin University (Engineering and Technology Edition) Vol: 40(11) November 2021
  • Pillai, S. V., VS, A., & Subramoniam, S. (2020). Technology to enhance humanitarian supply chains. Industrial Management62(5).pp 22-27, Published by Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Sept/Oct 2020.
  • Pillai, S. V., & Dev, D. (2022). Dynamics of Gig Work Economy: An Investigation of Worker Perspectives on Gig Work. IIMS Journal of Management Science13(2), SAGE Publishing
  • Pillai, S. V. (2021). UPSHOT OF COVID-19 ON EMPLOYEE WORK STRESS. Journal of Strategic Human Resource Management10(2).
  • Pillai, S. V., & Jayadev, S. (2021). The mediating role of corporate social responsibility: Exploring determinants and indicators in driving the performance constructs. IITM Journal of Management and IT12(2), 26-31.
  • Pillai, S. V., & Jayadev, S. (2021). Unidirectional Circular Movement: A Healthier Way to Hospital Administration for Effectual Patient Care. Review of Professional Management19(2).
  • Nair, N. P., Lal, L., & Pillai, S. V. (2021). Feasibility and Adoption of Electric Two-Wheeler Mobility Sharing service. Asian Journal of Management12(4), 435-438.

International Conference Presentations

Presented a research paper on “Digital Transformation through Servant Leadership Model” at the 40th IBIMA International Conference on 23-24 November 2022, Seville, Spain.

International/National Conference Presentations

  • Presented a research paper “Humanitarian and Crisis Management: Electric Vehicle Explosions in the Indian Scenario,” at the POMS India International Conference 2023, hosted by the Production and Operations Management Society POMS India chapter at XLRI Jamshedpur from December 4th to 6th. titled
  • Presented a case study on “EV Market: Electric Vehicle Explosions in the Indian scenario” on Feb 24, 2023 at Fortune Institute of International Business (FIIB), New Delhi, India
  • Presented a research paper on “People-Centric Practices for Industry 5.0: A Bibliometric Analysis” at POMS India International Conference 2022 on “Reimagine OM for Providing Sustainable Solutions in New Normal” December 21-23, 2022, Venue: IIM Kozhikode

Consultancy and Professional Service:

  • Involved in consultancy projects related to electric vehicles, smart schools, and strategic development plans for educational institutions.
  • Reviewer – Nature Human Behaviour, Nature Publishing Group
  • Senior Member of the Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering (IIIE) Navi Mumbai and office bearer IIIE Trivandrum Chapter, Life Member of the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) and Member of Trivandrum Management Association.