Rashedur Chowdhury

Assistant Professor

Graduate School - Business and Law
Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
University College Dublin
Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock
Co Dublin, Ireland

Tel: +353(1)7168812
Email: rashedur.chowdhury@ucd.ie


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 Experience

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.



Peer Reviewed Journals

Chowdhury, R; Willmott, H (2018) 'Microcredit, the Corporatization of NGOs and Academic Activism: The Example of Professor Anu Muhammad (forthcoming)'. Organization, . [Details]
Rashedur Chowdhury (2017) 'The Rana Plaza Disaster and the Complicit Behavior of Elite NGOs'. Organization, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Rashedur Chowdhury (2017) 'Rana Plaza Fieldwork and Academic Anxiety: Some Reflections'. Journal of Management Studies, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Chowdhury, R; Banerjee, S; Nagarkoti, DS (2016) 'Anna Hazare: A Corruption Crusader and His Grassroots Wisdom'. Journal of Management Inquiry, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]


Research Interests

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

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : A Case Study on Rana Plaza (Second Extension)
Start Date / End Date : 09-DEC-16 / 08-DEC-18
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Radical Ideologies as a Mechanism for Resisting Co-Optation and Contributing to Sustainable Development: A Case Study of the Phulbari Movement
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-16 / 01-SEP-17
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Paper 1 # Anna Hazare: A Corruption Crusader and his Grassroots Wisdom; Paper 2 # Microfinance and its Implications: An Interview with Professor Anu Muhammad; Paper 3 # Black Pain to Rhodes Must Fall
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-15 / 31-JUL-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : A Case Study on Rana Plaza (Extended)
Start Date / End Date : 27-NOV-14 / 26-NOV-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : A Case Study on Rana Plaza
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-14 / 31-DEC-15

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