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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sombat Kusumavalee

Vice President for Academic and International Affairs

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Management Learning, Lancaster University, England, 2006 
    • Concentrations: Management (Organisational Learning), Sociology (Postmodern), Critical Organization Studies
    • Dissertation: ‘Shifting Paradigm/ Changing Network: A Case study of Thai National Economic and Social Development Planning’
    • Advisor: Prof. Dr. Stephen Fox
    • Examiners: Prof. Dr. Mark Easterby-Smith and Prof. Dr. Christopher Grey
  • M.Sc. (Hons), Human Resource Development, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand, 1994
    • Concentrations: HRD
    • Thesis: ‘The Role of Multi-National Corporations and Development of Technological Capabilities of Thai Engineers’
    • Advisor: Prof. Dr. Chartchai Na Chiangmai
  • B.A. (Hons), Political Science, Thammasat University, Thailand, 1988



  • Instructor, 1995-2012
    • Graduate School of HRD, NIDA
    • Courses: Organization Theory and Development, Learning Organization and Knowledge Management, Organization Development Interventions  
  • Dean, 2016-2021
    • Graduate School of HRD, NIDA
  • Director, 2014-2016
    • Center of Academic Service, NIDA
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 2007- 2013 
    • Graduate School of HRD, NIDA
  • Vice Director, 2006 – 2007 
    • Center for the Study of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, NIDA
  • Columnist, 2009-2012
    • For Quality Management, Monthly Magazine
    • (Sponsored by the Thai-Japanese Technology Promotion Association)
  • Editor in Chief, 2012–2016
    • People Magazine (วารสาร “คน”)
    • (Sponsored by the Personnel Management Association of Thailand (PMAT))
  • Leaders of Research Projects, Consultancy Programs, and Training Programs in areas of Strategic Management, Human Resource and Organization Development, and Learning Organization and Knowledge Management for several private and public organizations, for instances,

                • Office of the Civil Service Commission

                • Office of the Public Sector Development Commission

                • Office of the Cabinet Secretariat 

                • Office of the Attorney General

                • Ministry of Tourism and Sport

                • The State Enterprise Policy Office, Ministry of Finance

                • Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy

                • Siam Cement Group

                • Thailand Tobacco Monopoly

                • Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand

                • Provincial Electricity Authority 

                • National Science and Technology Development Agency

                • PTT Group

                • CAT Telecommunication

                • Thai Health Promotion Foundation and ThaiPBS

                • Etc.


Research and Academic Interests

  • Learning Organization and Knowledge Management
  • Strategic planning, Strategic Management and Business Model Innovation
  • Developing Creative and Innovative Organization
  • Building the Happy Company 
  • Designing the Creative Leadership Development 
  • Scenario planning for Organization Development 
  • HROD and the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy
  • Actor-Network Theory and Postmodern Theory


Teaching Experience at NIDA

  • HR.631 Organization theory and Development
  • HR.732 Organization Development Interventions
  • HR. 600 Human Resource Development and Entrepreneurial Management
  • HR.7236 Learning Organization and Knowledge Management
  • HR.801 Seminar on current issues of Human Resource and Organization Development



  • Singapore-France Third Country Training Programme on “New Public Management” conducted by Singapore Civil Service College and Adatef (France), 30 January – 3 February 2012.
  • The ASEAN University Network, “The 19th AUN-QA Training Course for Accomplishing Programme Assessment 2017 (Tier1)”, 29 August – 1 September 2017