Dr Vivek Soundararajan

Dr Vivek Soundararajan

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Strategy and International Business

Contact details

Address
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr. Vivek Soundararajan is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Strategy and International Business. His core research interest lies around understanding the ways in which businesses can contribute to social, environmental and economic sustainability, and create value for stakeholders. Under this broad theme, he conducts research on corporate responsibility, political role of business, multi-stakeholder initiatives, labour and environmental standards, and labour rights in global production networks, modern slavery and forced labour, sustainable entrepreneurship and stakeholder value creation. His research draws on insights from a wide range of disciplines, including management, sociology, political science, planning studies, development studies and law; and he collaborates with numerous international scholars across these disciplines.  

Vivek’s research has been published in journals such as Journal of World Business, Human Relations, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Business Ethics and Business and Society. Also, his work has been published in books edited by leading scholars. He has engaged with a wide range of stakeholders for consulting and research. Also, he has obtained grants from British Academy, United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and British Academy of Management. Additionally, he is leading a work package in European Union - Horizon 2020- Marie Skłodowska-Curie research and innovation staff exchange project. 

Vivek has obtained numerous honours, awards, and has experience in organizing interdisciplinary international conferences and workshops. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of the journal Business Ethics: A European Review and a Section Editor for the Annual Review of Social Partnerships and he reviews for numerous high-impact journals on an ad-hoc basis.   

Vivek has a completely funded Ph.D. in Management from University of London, which won numerous prestigious awards including, 'the Academy of Management, Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division's Best Dissertation award' and 'Honourable Mention from Labor and Employment Relations (LERA), USA'. His PhD research covered a range of areas including, corporate responsibility, global supply chains, labour conditions, small business, garment sector and emerging country context. He also has a distinction class Master’s Degree in Management from University of St Andrews and a distinction class Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Management, University of London, UK (2014)
  • MLitt in Management (Distinction), University of St Andrews, UK (2010)
  • BE in Mechanical Engineering (Distinction), Anna University, India (2007)

Biography

GRANTS, AWARDS AND HONOURS

Grants

Year

Funder

Role/Topic

Value

2017

Knowledge and Innovation fund -Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

Principal-Investigator/ Developing international modern slavery regulations

£3000

2017

British Academy & Department for International Development, UK

Co-Investigator (0.25FTE)/ Combatting modern slavery through business leadership at the bottom of the supply chain

£195,600.76

2017

EPSRC Impact Acceleration – Directed from Chemical Engineering

Co-Investigator/Understanding water use in India

£10,000

2016

ESRC & Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, UK

Principal-Investigator/Spaces of impact: Understanding impact-oriented knowledge hubs and their role in the creation and development of sustainable entrepreneurship

£4,996

2016

Impact Hub Birmingham, UK (in-kind support)                                                                                               

Principal-Investigator/Spaces of impact: Understanding impact-oriented knowledge hubs and their role in the creation and development of sustainable entrepreneurship

£3,172

2016

European Union - Horizon 2020-Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research And Innovation Staff Exchange

Work Package Lead - Socio-economic-environmental sustainability/MAKERS-Smart manufacturing for EU growth and prosperity

NA

2016

Brown University International Advanced Research Institutes Alumni Research Initiative Funding, USA

Co-Investigator/

Global production networks and social upgrading: Labour and beyond

US$9,000

2016

Knowledge and Innovation fund - Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

Principal-Investigator/Modern slavery as structural violence

£2,400

2015

Knowledge and Innovation fund - Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

Principal-Investigator/CSR-CSIR

£4,600

2015

University of Birmingham and Universitas 21 network

Universitas 21 fellowship

£2,400

Awards & Honours

2015

‘Honourable Mention’ Thomas A. Kochan & Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Competition, Labor and Employment Relations Association, USA

2015

Brown University International Advanced Research Institutes Scholarship, Brown University, USA

2014

Social Issues in Management Best Dissertation Award, Academy of Management, Philadelphia, USA

2014

Next Generation Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Scholar, Bentley University, USA

2010

Reid Research Scholarship, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

2010

School of Management Research Scholarship, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

2010

Distinction, Master’s degree in Management from University of St Andrews, UK

2010

Project Distinction, Master’s degree in Management from University of St Andrews, UK

2010

School of Management Scholarship, University of St Andrews, UK

2007

Distinction, Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India

Teaching

  • Strategic Management
  • International Business Strategy
  • Critical Analysis in Management

Research

Research interests:

  • Corporate responsibility
  • Political role of business
  • Multi-stakeholder initiatives
  • Labour and environmental standards and labour rights in global production networks
  • Modern slavery and forced labour
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Stakeholder value creation

Other activities

Editorships 

  • 2015 – Present: Associate Editor (Community Section), the Annual Review of Social Partnerships 
  • 2015 – Present: Associate Editor, Business Ethics: A European Review  

Committees 

  • 2015-Present: Nomination Committee, Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division, Academy of Management, USA. 
  • 2015-Present: Best Dissertation Award Selection Committee, SIM Division, Academy of Management, USA. 
  • 2014-2015: Sustainability Commission, Industry and Parliamentary Trust, UK.  

Conference Organisation 

  • April 13th -15th 2016: Co-convener of an interdisciplinary conference titled ‘Public Regulation and Private Governance: Competitors or Collaborators?’ at University of Connecticut, USA. Sponsors: University of Connecticut School of Business and the Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics (US$40000). 
  • May 2016: Co-convener of an interdisciplinary conference titled ‘Global Production Networks and Social Upgrading: Labour and Beyond’ at University of Manchester, UK. Sponsor: Brown International Advanced Research Institutes Alumni Research Initiative, Brown University, USA (US$10000).  

Professional Associations 

  • 2013 - Present:  Member, International Association for Business and Society (IABS) 
  • 2012 – Present: Member, Academy of Management (AoM) 2012 – Present:  Member, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)  
  • 2010 – Present:  Member, Centre for Research into Sustainability (CRIS), University of London (Royal Holloway), UK

Publications

Articles Published in Refereed Journals

  • Soundararajan, V., Jamali, D. & Spence, L. J. (2017). Small business social responsibility: A critical multi-level review, synthesis and research agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews. (ABS 3)
  • Khan, Z. Soundararajan, V., Wood, G., & Ahammad, M. F. (2017). Employee emotional resilience during post-merger integration across national boundaries: Rewards and the mediating role of fairness norms. Journal of World Business. Doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2017.06.009 (ABS 4)
  • Khan, Z. & Soundararajan, V. (forthcoming). Global post-merger agility, transactive memory system and human resource management practices. Human Resource Management Review. (ABS 3)
  • Jamali, D., Karam, C., Yin, J., & Soundararajan, V. (2017). CSR logics in developing countries: Translation, adaptation and stalled development. Journal of World Business, 52 (3): 343-359. (ABS 4)
  • Soundararajan, V., Khan, Z., & Tarba, S. (2017). Beyond brokering: Sourcing agents, boundary work and working conditions in global supply chains. Human Relations. DOI: 10.1177/0018726716684200. (ABS 4)
  • Soundararajan, V., Spence, L. & Rees, C. (2016). Small business and social irresponsibility in developing countries: Working conditions and ‘evasion’ institutional work. Business & Society. DOI: 10.1177/0007650316644261. (ABS 3)
  • Soundararajan, V. & Brown, J. A. (2016). Voluntary governance mechanisms in global supply chains:  Beyond CSR to a stakeholder utility perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 134 (1): 83-102. (ABS 3)

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Soundararajan, V. & Spence, L. J. (2016). Small business social responsibility. In M. Hopkins (Ed.), CSR and sustainability - From the margins to the mainstream: A textbook (pp. 165-183). Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing.

Articles in Best Paper Proceedings

  • Soundararajan, V. & Brammer, S.  Understanding resource-deprived individuals’ interaction with institutional complexity, Best Paper Proceedings, 2015 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada. DOI:10.5465/AMBPP.2015.145.

Practitioner Publications, Reports and Other Outlets