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 as Editorial Board Member of Journal of Business Ethics, 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.