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Dr Rashedur Chowdhury BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

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Rashedur Chowdhury specializes in understanding the dynamic relationship between firms and marginalized groups, conceptualizing how marginalized groups influence firms, and how firms respond. Rashedur’s empirical works include research of access to low-cost HIV/AIDS medicines in South Africa, low-paid workers and microcredit borrowers in Bangladesh, and mining activists in South Asia and the UK. His most recent project examines rhetoric and reality in the context of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh; making sense of how victims of Rana Plaza see their own situation. Under this project, his single-authored article titled, ‘Rana Plaza Fieldwork and Academic Anxiety: Some Reflections’ (first published: 9 February 2017; available here became one of the most downloaded articles from the Journal of Management Studies. As of the end of 2017, this article had received 2,463 downloads.


Rashedur’s Ph.D. thesis, titled “Reconceptualizing the Dynamics of the Relationship between Marginalized Stakeholders and Multinational Firms,” has received The Society for Business Ethics Best Dissertation Award, 2014. His award-winning thesis brought a unique perspective on how firms can and should explore new mechanisms for engaging marginalized stakeholders. By challenging old dogmas, including that marginalized stakeholders are poor, lack education, and are incapable of understanding and participating in politics, Rashedur argued marginalized stakeholders have “political imaginations and capabilities,” allowing them to flourish in the longer term. Firms can be more innovative and successful when they work with marginalized stakeholders, enabling these stakeholders to develop further skill sets and capabilities (termed "stakeholder capabilities") rather than restricting development of stakeholder capabilities in fear it would challenge firms in nuanced ways. When marginalized stakeholders attain stakeholder capabilities, they bring economic and socio-political freedom to firms, to themselves, and to wider society.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Southampton Business School as Associate Professor on 1 October 2018, Rashedur was an Assistant Professor at Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin. Currently he also holds a Batten Fellowship at the Batten Institute, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (UVA). He earned his Ph.D. at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Rashedur has been invited as a Visiting Scholar by various institutions, including INSEAD Business School, France; Darden, UVA; Faculty of Business and Economics, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland; School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of the Western Cape, South Africa; School of Government, Peking University, China; The Center for the Study of Democracy, School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine; and Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. 



Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CISEI)


Department of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Research interests

Rashedur's research interests include poverty and inequality, stakeholder theory, social movement theory, capabilities approach (from development economics), social responsibility, sustainability and evolutionary economics.

Research Projects

Notable Databases

1) Project on Rana Plaza collapse: 410+ interviews (ongoing; to the best of the author’s knowledge, this is one of the largest datasets to record victims’ authentic accounts in a systematic manner since the Second World War)

2) Project on representational rights of garments workers: 100+ interviews (ongoing)

3) Phulbari movement: 140+ interviews (funded by Irish Research Council)

4) Microfinance and its Implications: 120+ interviews and 1000 survey data


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Dr Rashedur Chowdhury
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number: 2/6029

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