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Dr Rashedur Chowdhury PhD (Cambridge), MSc (Warwick), BSc (London)

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. He does so, by immersing himself with marginalized people and their spaces, where they live, suffer or experience pain, reject dominant institutions, and aspire to thrive on their own terms or maintain non-conformist lifestyles.

Statistics, archives, and jet‐plane ethnography are not enough to conceptualize victims’ suffering… we need to venture beyond the ivory‐tower mind‐set and see, sense, experience, and share the victims’ pain while explaining it open‐mindedly to the wider world.

Rashedur’s empirical works include research in access to low-cost HIV/AIDS medication and Rhodes Must Fall in South Africa; low-paid garment workers, microcredit borrowers and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh; violence against transgender people in Pakistan; 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 article titled, ‘Rana Plaza Fieldwork and Academic Anxiety: Some Reflections’ (first published: 9 February 2017 (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,” received The Society for Business Ethics Best Dissertation Award, 2014. His award-winning thesis brought a unique perspective on how powerful actors can and should explore new mechanisms for engaging marginalized stakeholders. By challenging old dogmas, including the commonly held assumption that because marginalized stakeholders are poor and uneducated, they are incapable of understanding and participating in politics, Rashedur argued that marginalized stakeholders have the “political imaginations and capabilities” to challenge the powerful actors.

Funding and Awards

Rashedur received numerous research funding awards, and other awards, from diverse institutions around the globe such as University of Cambridge, Magdalene College at Cambridge, University College Dublin, University of Jyväskylä, University of Southampton, Smuts Memorial Fund, the Charles Wallace Trust, the Batten Institute (funded for the 2013/2014 academic year), the Kaufman Foundation, Oikos, Erasmus+ and AESOP+ [European Union projects], the Irish Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), and the Foundation for Economic Education (Finland).

Most notably, he was awarded a first class honours for his BSc and the prestigious Drapers’ Company Undergraduate Prize 2006 for outstanding academic merit and excellence. In 2020, the Academy of Management awarded him best Critical Management Learning and Education article on black scholarship.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Southampton Business School as Associate Professor on 1 October 2018, Rashedur held the post of Assistant Professor at Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin (UCD, 2014-2018). He also holds an honorary, lifetime Batten Fellowship at the Batten Institute, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (UVA). Rashedur has been invited as a Visiting Scholar by various institutions, including INSEAD Business School, France; Darden, UVA; Smurfit, UCD; 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; School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine; and Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.


PhD (University of Cambridge), MSc (University of Warwick), BSc (Queen Mary University of London)


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 (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 garment workers: 100+ interviews (ongoing)
  3. Phulbari movement: 140+ interviews
  4. Microfinance and its Implications: 120+ interviews and 1000 survey datasets



Affiliate research group

Strategy and Innovation Research Group

  1. Faculty research ethics member, University of Southampton
  2. Editorial board member of Journal of Business Ethics
  3. Occasional reviewer of diverse academic journals, book publishers and funding bodies in social sciences and humanities such as:

Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Organization, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Management Inquiry, International Journal of Business Environment, Journal of Business Ethics, Business and Society, Business and Society Review, Business Ethics: A European Review, Business and Human Rights Journal, Journal of Management History, Management Learning, California Management Review, Equality, diversity and inclusion: An international journal, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Cultural Dynamics, International Review of Victimology, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Macmillan Publishers, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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

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