The Department of Business Administration is the pioneer in Business Management Education in the University System of Sri Lanka. Since its establishment in 1980, the Department remains the largest academic department of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
The Department offers a globally competitive four-year special degree in Business Management, B.Sc. Business Administration (Special) Degree, and a three-year external degree, B.Sc. Business Studies (General) External Degree. The curriculum of the B.Sc. Business Studies (General) External Degree is designed to develop potential managers who can lead the World of Work while being socially and ethically responsible towards the society.
The role of the Department in the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce is unique and significant in that it provides teaching and research support for students in other departments and postgraduate programmes of the Faculty, mainly in the areas of Management, Organisational Behaviour, Strategy, and International Business Management.
In its long history, the Department has immensely contributed to the progress of management education, the corporate sector, and the wider society of Sri Lanka. Its alumni include renowned corporate leaders, scholars, businesspersons, government officials, and community leaders.
The members of the Department are active in research across broad areas of Management and Organisation Studies. In order to enrich the research culture of the Department, the Department has recently organised its research activities under three clusters: The Cluster for Organisation & Society (COS), the Cluster for Leadership & Strategy (CLaS), and the Cluster for Knowledge Management & Business Innovation (CKMBI). The research clusters provide a scholarly platform for local and global researchers as well as the members of the Department to share their ideas and work.