Rashedur Chowdhury specializes in understanding the dynamic relationship between firms and marginalized stakeholders, conceptualizing how marginalized stakeholders 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 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.
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 to joining Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School as an Assistant Professor, Rashedur received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Currently he also holds a Batten Fellowship at the Batten Institute, Darden Graduate 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; 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.