Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana

Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy, PhD in International Management and Strategy, Member of the Study Board, Aalborg University Business School

  • Fibigerstræde 11, 23b

    9220 Aalborg Ø

    Denmark

20122020

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I am an Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy at Aalborg University Business School, Denmark. 

I studied the European multinational enterprises strategies’ in emerging economies, particularly Bangladesh, and it was the first study of its kind on Bangladeshi institutions and business systems. Using institutionalism perspective, I investigated how multinational subsidiaries legitimized their behaviour in Bangladeshi business systems, and what roles did national institutions, civil society actors, and transnational communities play in the process of internationalization, legitimation and sustainability.

In short, the key focus of my research is on sustainable strategic management in international business with special emphasis on emerging markets.

However, three themes can well describe my research areas: 1) Multinational Corporations’ strategies in relation to internationalization, capabilities, legitimation, and sustainable management in emerging markets. 2) Business modelling including sustainability-driven business modelling and it’s impacts on and relationship with global value chain, climate change, circular economy, and capability development. 3) Firm's innovation, technology adoption, and digital strategies (Artificial intelligence & Modular Innovation) that focus on value creation and legitimation for sustainable adaptation and growth.

Despite multiple research areas to which I work, the core concentration of my research is on the cross-border management and multinationals strategies using institutional and business systems perspectives with an aim to understand the strategic choices, antecedents, and mechanisms affecting sustainable strategic management of local and multinational firms in emerging markets. 

In relation to research and consulting, I have worked on and investigated a number of large multinational corporations such as Novo Nordisk, Arla, Glaxo Smith Clyne (GSK), Nestle, Telenor (Grameenphone), Tesla, iRobot Romba, and been currently working on H&M, Bestseller, Oticon, & Kube Data. In addition, I researched on Bangladeshi multinational corporations too such as Walton Electronics, DBL Apparel Company, Micro Fibre Apparel Group, GMS Apparel Group, ABA Apparel Group, and Interstoff Apparel Limited. I primarily use qualitative method including case studies, qualitative data analysis techniques and comparative case analysis; however I am interested to work with panel data and quantitative techniques.

Currently I am co-editing a book on 'Upgrading the Global Garment Industry: Internationalisation, Capabilities, and Sustainability', to be published by Edward Elgar, UK; which is going to be the first book of its kind that focused on Global Garments Industry from the perspective of three under-focused areas. We bring this industry into the light that has been ignored for long, but that has affected the international business of many emerging economies, and had influenced the history of international business of many western countries at some point in time.

My research articles have appeared in leading academic journals such as Global Strategy Journal, Technovation, International Business Review, Journal of International Management, Advances in International Management, and so forth.

I personally enjoy travelling, reading books, watching movies and training karate.

Education/Academic qualification

International Management and Strategy, PhD

… → 2014

Award Date: 1 Jun 2014

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

… → 2005

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

International Business , MSc, University of Stirling

… → 2004

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Marketing, MBA, The University of Rajshahi

19941996

Award Date: 31 Dec 1996

Marketing, BBS (Honours), The University of Rajshahi

19911994

Award Date: 31 Dec 1994

Keywords

  • Business Economics and Trade
  • International Business
  • Strategy and management
  • Global value chains
  • Internationalization
  • Civil society- Transnational Communities
  • Discourse and Society
  • Sentiments
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Legitimation
  • Institutional theory
  • comparative capitalism
  • Management and Organization
  • Entrepreneurship
  • National Business Systems
  • Business Models
  • sustainable strategic management
  • Capabilities
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Pedagogy
  • Qualitative case studies

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

Hoque, I. & Rana, M. B., 1 Feb 2020, In : Management Review Quarterly. 70, 1, p. 1-50 50 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Circular Economy and Sustainability Capability: The Case of H&M

    Rana, M. B. & Tajuddin, S. A., Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) UPGRADING THE GLOBAL GARMENT INDUSTRY: INTERNATIONALIZATION, CAPABILITIES AND SUSTAINABILITY. RANA, MOHAMMAD. & ALLEN, MATTHEW. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, (New Perspectives on the Modern Corporation series).

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

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

    Rana, M. B. (ed.) & Allen, M. (ed.), 2020, (In preparation) Upgrading the Global Garment Industry: Internationalization, Capabilities and Sustainability. Rana, M. & Allen, M. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Revisiting the role of modular innovation in technological radicalness and architectural change of products: The case of tesla X and Roomba

    Habib, T., Kristiansen, J. N., Rana, M. B. & Ritala, P., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Technovation. 102163.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • Activities

    TAG FAT CAMP (Sustainability)

    Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana (Lecturer)

    26 Aug 2020

    Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

    Talk on creating 'Denmark Alumni Network Bangladesh' at Danish Embassy to Dhaka

    Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana (Speaker), Imranul Hoque (Other), Annette Kaalund-Jørgensen (Speaker) & Winnie Estrup Petersen (Speaker)

    26 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

    Global Strategy Journal (Journal)

    Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana (Peer reviewer)

    Dec 2019 → …

    Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

    Knowledge Sharing and Networking

    Imranul Hoque (Speaker), Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana (Panel member), Annette Kaalund-Jørgensen (Lecturer), Peter Hasle (Lecturer) & Jan Vang (Lecturer)

    5 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

    Edward Elgar Publishing (Publisher)

    Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana (Editor) & Matthew Allen (Editor)

    12 Apr 2019Dec 2020

    Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

    Press / Media

    DANIDA to fund Tk 120m for RMG workers' safety research project

    Jan Vang, Peter Hasle & Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana

    08/02/2015

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Ph.d.-grad

    Mohammad Bakhtiar Rana

    03/09/2014

    4 items of Media coverage

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