Introducing Dr. Vivek Soundararajan to the MAKERS project

Following on from the departure of Pamela Robinson, we would like to introduce her replacement Dr. Vivek Soundararajan who 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, 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. Additionally, he has obtained numerous honours, awards and grants, 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 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.

The potential secondees are: Dr Roshan Boojihawon; Dr. Dr Natalia A. Vershinina; and Dr. Dr Simon Adderley. Along with this team, Vivek will be looking to ecosystem for sustainable entrepreneurship, international sustainable entrepreneurship and ambidexterity and sustainable supply chains.

Prof Marco Bellandi and Dr Erica Santini at ERSA 2017

The ERSA 2017 conference was in Groningen this year. It included various sections drawing on the research  output  of the MAKERS project. In this context, Prof Marco Bellandi and Dr Erica Santini presented two working papers: “The reconfiguration of traditional manufacturing areas affected by servitization processes: a perspective from Italy” and “Endogenous Rerouting of Systemic Organisations of Production, and feasible Policies for the Manufacturing Recovery in Europe”. The former was hosted in an ordinary session on “Regional Economic Development” and explored the localization of service activities in traditional manufacturing areas, such as the industrial districts, employing Italy as a reference case study. The latter was presented in the special session “A new Industrial and Regional Policy for European Growth and Integration” and focused on the  a debate over place-based integrated policies for a manufacturing recovery in Europe, stressing the importance to support intersections between technologies, sectors and value chains.

 Building - ERSA 2017Prof Marco Bellandi - ERSA 2017

Dr Erica Santini - ERSA 2017Prof Marco Bellandi & Dr Erica Santini - ERSA 2017