BackgroundTazeeb Rajwani is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management. He is also a Chaired Professor of International Business and Strategy and Head of Department of Strategy and International Business at University of Surrey. Previously he was Professor of International Business, Director of Postgraduate Programmes, Director of Executive Education and member of the Senior Management Team at University of Essex.
He has also been Associate Professor (Reader) in Strategic Management, Director of Executive MBA and Director of Creating Strategic Advantage (CSA) Executive Programme at Cranfield School of Management. He has been a Director of Strategy at a high-tech start-up, where he still holds an advisory board position. He has also been a member of several technology and infrastructure investment boards.
Prior to these roles he held a management position at KPMG Corporate Finance, where he was an Innovation Champion and member of the Thought Leadership group at KMPG Europe. He also holds or has held visiting faculty positions at University of Oxford, London Business School, Kings College London, University of Warwick, ALBA (Greece), EM Lyon (France), University of Notre Dame, Strathmore University (Kenya), ESMT (Germany), University of Anáhuac (Mexico), Royal Holloway (University of London), Hult International Business School (London), Swiss Hotel Management School (Switzerland) and University of Nottingham.
He has previously studied at the University of Surrey, University of Nottingham, University of Cambridge (Visiting PhD scholar) and has a PhD from Imperial College London. He is also an active member of UK India Business Council, Strategic Management Society, Academy of International Business, and Academy of Management. He is Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) expert network, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and has been a board member for their Learning strategy panel.
Current activitiesA world leading researcher on geopolitics, Tazeeb conducts award-winning research into business-government relationships in emerging markets. His research focuses mainly on corporate political activity, nonmarket strategy, competitive advantage and CSR. He has written over 50 books, book chapters, thought leadership reports and white papers, including articles in prestigious refereed journals such as Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Management Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Management International Review, Groups & Organizations Management, Strategic Organization, British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Management Reviews, Organizational Dynamics, Business Horizons, Journal of International Management, International Business Review and European Management Journal. His research has been reported in the press, including the BBC, The Times, Irish Times, Forbes and Financial Times. He has published a highly acclaimed book contracted by Oxford University Press on “Aligning for Advantage: Competitive Strategies for the Political and Social Arenas” and a companion on “Nonmarket strategy” with Routledge press.
He serves as Associate Editor for Multinational Business Review and Associate Editor for Journal of International Management, editorial board member of the British Journal of Management, Long Range Planning, Irish Journal of Management and Journal of World Business. He is a frequent reviewer for leading management journals such as Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Global Strategy Journal, Strategic Organization, Long Range Planning, Management International Review and International Business Review. His article in International Journal of Management Reviews (with Steve McGuire and Thomas Lawton), “Corporate Political Activity: A Literature Review and Research Agenda,” won the annual Elsevier Citation Prize.
ClientsTazeeb has gained a broad range of executive teaching experience, e.g. IT, energy, casinos, consumer goods, insurance, automotives, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, banking, hospitality and several government bodies. He has taught and facilitated many discussions with executives from major organisations such as Oracle, KPMG, PwC, IBM, EDF Energy, Royal Sun Alliance, Philips, Saudi Aramco, Qatar Petroleum, HSBC, Coca Cola, Henkel, Jaguar Land Rover, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), EY, HP, Gulf bank, Co-operative Retail Bank, Telekom Malaysia, South African Airways, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), Central Bank of Nigeria, Avon and Somerset Probation Trust, Actavis, Groupe Aeroplan, Stanbic Bank, China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, Rank Group, United Nations (UN), Quadrangle, Cisco Systems and others.
Articles In Journals
- Rajwani T & Liedong T (2015) Political activity and firm performance within nonmarket research: A review and international comparative assessment, Journal of World Business, 50 (2) 273-283.
- Liedong TA, Ghobadian A, Rajwani T & O'Regan N (2015) Toward a View of Complementarity: Trust and Policy Influence Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Political Activity, Group and Organization Management, 40 (3) 405-427.
- De Villa MA, Rajwani T & Lawton T (2015) Market entry modes in a multipolar world: Untangling the moderating effect of the political environment, International Business Review, 24 (3) 419-429.
- Rajwani T, Lawton T & Phillips N (2015) The "Voice of Industry": Why management researchers should pay more attention to Trade Associations, Strategic Organization, 13 (3) 224-232.
- Amaeshi K, Adegbite E & Rajwani T (2014) Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Economies: Do Institutional Voids Matter?, Journal of Business Ethics, 134 (1) 1-19.
- Doh J, Lawton T, Rajwani T & Paroutis S (2014) Why your company may need a Chief External Officer, Organizational Dynamics, 43 (2) 96-104.
- Stadler C, Rajwani T & Karaba F (2014) Solutions to the exploration/exploitation dilemma: Networks as a new level of analysis, International Journal of Management Reviews, 16 (2) 172-193.
- Lawton T, Rajwani T & Doh J (2013) The antecedents of political capabilities: A study of ownership, cross-border activity and organization at legacy airlines in a deregulatory context, International Business Review, 22 (1) 228-242.
- Lawton T, McGuire S & Rajwani T (2013) Corporate Political Activity: A Literature Review and Research Agenda, International Journal of Management Reviews, 15 (1) 86-105.
- Lawton T, Rajwani T & Reinmoeller P (2012) Do You Have A Survival Instinct? Leveraging genetic codes to achieve fit in hostile business environments, Business Horizons, 55 (1) 81-91.
- Doh J, Lawton T & Rajwani T (2012) Advancing Nonmarket Strategy Research: Institutional Perspectives in a Changing World, Academy of Management Perspectives, 26 (3) 22-39.
- Lawton T & Rajwani T (2011) Designing lobbying capabilities: Managerial choices in unpredictable environments, European Business Review, 23 (2) 167-189.
- Lawton T, Rajwani T & O'Kane C (2011) Strategic reorientation and business turnaround: The case of global legacy airlines, Journal of Strategy and Management, 4 (3) 215-237.
- Rajwani T & Ramdani B (2010) Enterprise 2.0: A Case of British Telecom, Journal of Strategic Management Education, 6 (2) 1-14.
- Rajwani & T (2010) The power of social technologies, Management focus (28) 22-23.
- Harrington D, Lawton T & Rajwani T (2005) Embracing and Exploiting Industry Turbulence: The Strategic Transformation of Aer Lingus, European Management Journal, 23 (4) 450-457.
- White G, Rajwani T & Hemphill T (2015) Political tie intensity and regulator vulnerabilities to government interference: the moderating effects of regulatory and political distance. In: 75th Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia, 7-11 August 2015.
- Liedong T, Rajwani T & White G (2015) The contingent value of managerial political ties in private debt financing: evidence from Ghana. In: 75th Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia, 7-11 August 2015.
- Liedong T, Rajwani T & White G (2015) The contingent value of managerial political ties in sub-Saharan Africa: a study of Ghana. In: Strategic Management Society Annual International Conference, Denver, 3-6 October 2015.
- White G, Fainshmidt S, Rajwani T & Galang R (2014) Political network intensity fit and strategic performance: Evidence from wholly owned foreign subsidiaries in a volatile environment. In: Academy of International Business Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, 23-26 June 2014.
- White G, Rajwani T & Hemphill T (2014) Political Ties and Regulator Vulnerabilities to Political Pressure: The Moderating Effects of Regulatory and Political Distance. In: Academy of International Business Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, 23-26 June 2014.
- De Villa AM, Rajwani T, Lawton T & Mellahi K (2014) A Taxonomy of Adaptive Political Strategies: Managing Host Political Contexts in Emerging Economies. In: Academy of International Business Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, 23-26 June 2014.
- Rajwani T & De Villa AM (2013) Adaptive Strategies: An Empirical Study into Reactive Corporate Political Activity. In: Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, Atlanta, 28 September 2013.
- Rajwani T, Lawton T & Phillips N (2013) Exploring trade associations: a framework for understanding activity and influence. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2013, Orlando, FL, 9-13 August 2013.
- White G, Rajwani T, Fainshmidt S & Geland R (2013) Foreign subsidiary political network intensity, strategic fit, and satisfaction with performance in a volatile emerging market environment. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2013, Orlando, FL, 9-13 August 2013.
- Rajwani T & Paroutis S (2013) Institutional conditions and political capabilities: an examination of airlines reactions to 9/11. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2013, Orlando, FL, 9-13 August 2013.
- Rajwani T, Lawton T, McGuire S & Lindeque J (2012) Nonmarket strategies and industry effects in the 21st century: explicating corporate political activities across sectors. In: Academy of International Business 2012 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 30 June 2012.
- Amaeshi, K, Rajwani, T, Adegbite & E (2012) Corporate social responsibility in emerging economies: do institutional voids matter?. In: Academy of International Business (UK&I), Liverpool, 29 March 2012.
- Rajwani T & Paroutis S (2012) Institutional effects on developing political capabilities: the case of European airlines on the aftermath of 9/11. In: Strategic Management Society Conference, Prague, 7-9 October 2012.
- McGuire, S, Lindeque, J and Rajwani & T (2011) Firms and International Regimes: Transnational Corporate Political Activity and the World Trade Organization. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference, 2011, Birmingham, 13-15 September 2011.
- Lawton T, Rajwani T & Igasi M (2011) Institutional Effects during International Expansion: An Integrative Model of Value Erosion. In: Strategic Management Society 31st Annual International Conference, Miami, FL, 6 November 2011.
- Rajwani T, De Villa Correa MA & Lawton T (2011) Exploring Market Entry Modes: Antecedents, Moderators and Future Research. In: European Academy of International Business, Bucharest, 8 December 2011.
- Rajwani T & De Villa Correa M (2011) Managerial perceptions and crisis management: Adapting strategic responses at four Colombian organizations. In: Strategic Management in Latin America Conference, Bogota, 13 January 2011.
- Rajwani T, Lawton T & Phillips N (2011) The influence of trade associations: Towards a framework for understanding activities and impact. In: EURAM 2011: 11th European Academy of Management Annual Conference, Tallinn, 1-4 June 2011.
- Lawton T, Rajwani T & Phillips N (2011) The Influence of Trade Associations: Towards a framework for understanding activities and impact. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2011, Birmingham, 13-15 September 2011.
- Rajwani, T and Rompas & S (2010) What drives "valuable" resources to lose their value? The concept of value erosion. In: Strategic Management Society 30th Annual International Conference, Rome, 12 September 2010.
- Rajwani T & Lawton T (2009) Developing and exercising dynamic political capabilities: the case of European airlines. In: 2009 Academy of Management annual meeting: green management matters, Chicago, IL, 7 August 2009.
- Rajwani T & Lawton T (2009) Strategy, structure and performance in trade associations: an implicit configuration framework for coordinating influence. In: Strategic Management Society 29th Annual International Conference, Washington.
- Rajwani T & Lawton T (2009) Developing and exercising political capabilities: the case of European airline deregulation. In: Strategic Management Society 29th Annual International Conference, Washington.
- Rajwani T & Lawton T (2008) Contextual Connectedness and Management Attention: Explicating lobbying in a predicable policy context. In: Strategic Management Society Annual International Conference, Cologne.
- Rajwani T & Lawton T (2007) Unbundling the development of a lobbying capability in an exogenous policy context: 2000-2005. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2007**, Philadelphia, PN, 3-8 August 2007.
- (2015) The Routledge Companion to Non-Market Strategy.
- Lawton T, Doh J & Rajwani T (2014) Aligning for Advantage: Competitive Strategies for the Political and Social Arenas. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Harrington D & Lawton T and Rajwani T (2007) Embracing and Exploiting Industry Turbulence: The Strategic Transformation of Aer Lingus. In: Strategic Management in Aviation. Thomas C. Lawton (ed.), Ashgate Publishing.
- Harrington, D, Lawton, T and Rajwani & T. (2005) Aer Lingus. In: Irish Cases in Entrepreneurship. Thomas M. Cooney, (ed.), Blackhall Publishing..