Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana

Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy, PhD in International Management and Strategy

  • Fibigerstræde 11, 23b

    9220 Aalborg Ø


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Personlig profil


I am an associate professor in international business and strategy at the Department of Business and Management in Aalborg University, DK. I completed my Phd in international management and strategy from the International Business Center at Aalborg University, followed by an MSc in international business from the Stirling Management School, The University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. During the MSc study I had spent one semester at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and studied courses on the specialization of international marketing, which was run by the ‘European Academic Consortium for Management Studies’. I also completed MBA in marketing followed by a Bachelor of Business Studies in marketing from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

My PhD study focused on European multinational enterprises strategies’ in emerging economies, particularly in Bangladesh. Using a business systems perspective and institutionalism, I investigated how multinational subsidiaries legitimized their behavior in emerging markets, and what roles did national institutions, civil society actors, and transnational communities play in the process of internationalization, legitimization and sustainability.

Currently my research focuses on three broad themes: 1) MNEs internationalization and strategies for legitimization and sustainability in emerging markets from the comparative institutionalism and business systems perspectives; 2) Firm's innovation and technology adoption (AI, modular technology) in relation to product strategies in international marketing and international management; 3) Business models (including circular economy), firm capabilities, and competitive advantage of Western firms and Emerging market firms. I have worked on several large MNEs such as Novo Nordisk, Arla, Glaxo Smith Clyne (GSK), Nestle, Telenor (Grameenphone), and am currently working on Oticon, H&M, Bestseller, & Kube Data. In addition, I have also worked on Bangladeshi multinational corporations such as Walton Electronics, DBL Group, Micro Fiber Group, GMS Group (Apparel), ABA group (Apparel), and Interstoff Apparel.

I primarily work with qualitative techniques and case study methods, but am interested to work with panel data and quantitative techniques.

I have published in leading academic journals such as Global Stategy JournalInternational Business Review, Journal of International Management, Advances in International Management, and so forth.

I personally enjoy travelling, reading books, and watching movies. I am a black belt in Karate (Shotokan) and I enjoy training it.


Uddannelse (Akademiske kvalifikationer)

International Management and Strategy, PhD

… → 2014

Specialization in International Marketing, MSc-IB, University of Groningen

… → 2005

International Business , MSc, University of Stirling

… → 2004

Marketing, MBA, The University of Rajshahi


Marketing, BBS (Honours), The University of Rajshahi


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  • 22 Lignende profiler
Internationalization Erhverv og økonomi
Multinational enterprises Erhverv og økonomi
Bangladesh Erhverv og økonomi
Civil society Erhverv og økonomi
Suppliers Erhverv og økonomi
Apparel Erhverv og økonomi
International business Erhverv og økonomi
Legitimacy Erhverv og økonomi

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Projekter 2015 2019

Publikationer 2012 2020

2 Citationer (Scopus)

Buyer–supplier relationships from the perspective of working environment and organisational performance: review and research agenda

Hoque, I. & Rana, M. B., 1 feb. 2020, I : Management Review Quarterly. 70, 1, s. 1-50 50 s.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

Buyer-supplier relationships
Working environment
Research agenda
Organizational performance

EDITED BOOK: Upgrading the Global Garment Industry: Internationalization, Capabilities and Sustainability

Rana, M. B. (red.) & Allen, M. (red.), 2020, (Under udarbejdelse) Upgrading the Global Garment Industry: Internationalization, Capabilities and Sustainability. Rana, M. & Allen, M. (red.). Edward Elgar Publishing

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapport/konference proceedingBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review

Multinational enterprises
Civil society

APPAREL INDUSTRY: A long- or short-run cash cow?

Rana, M. B., 6 mar. 2019, I : The New Age Newspaper.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

Better World Fashion: Circular Economy and Competitive Advantage

Ivang, R. & Rana, M. B., 29 maj 2019, IVEY Teaching Case . Western University, Canada: Ivey Publishing, s. 1-16 16 s. 9B19A021

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapport/konference proceedingBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review

Circular economy
Competitive advantage
Business model

Aktiviteter 2014 2019

Global Strategy Journal (Tidsskrift)

Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana (Fagfællebedømmer)
dec. 2019 → …

Aktivitet: Redaktionelt arbejde og fagfællebedømmelsePeer reviewer/fagfællebedømmer af manuskripterForskning

Sustaining Global Garment Industry 2019

Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana (Deltager), Peter Hasle (Deltager), Jan Vang (Deltager), Rahim Box Talukder (Deltager), Khondaker Golam Moazzem (Deltager), Md. Mofizul Islam (Deltager), Mr. Mohammed Nasir (Deltager), Mohammad Zahidullah (Deltager), Md. Sadequr Rahman (Deltager), Zaglul Hayder (Deltager)
5 mar. 20197 mar. 2019

Aktivitet: Deltagelse i faglig begivenhedOrganisering af eller deltagelse i workshop, kursus, seminar eller lignende

Analytical Workshop on garments capability development in Bangladesh

Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana (Foredragsholder), Peter Hasle (Paneldeltager), Jan Vang (Paneldeltager), Malek Maalouf (Oplægsholder)
4 feb. 20197 feb. 2019

Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidragForedrag og præsentationer i privat eller offentlig virksomhed