Vivek Soundararajan



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Research interests

I conduct research primarily on four areas: 1) worker exploitation governance of decent work in supply chains, 2) inequalities in and around organizations, 3) sustainable supply chains, and 4) oppression. 

I believe in the interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and thus my research draws on insights from a wide range of disciplines, including management, sociology, political science, planning studies, development studies, geography, and law.

My research has received awards and nominations from top academic associations,  journals, and media, including Financial Times Top 100 Papers with Social Impact (2020), Business Ethics Quarterly Journal Top 3 Outstanding Articles (2020), Business & Society Journal Best Paper Award (2019), and the Academy of Management Best Dissertation Award (2014).

I have acquired around £400,000 in funding from both industries and research councils for my research.

My research has been published in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of World Business, Human Relations, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Business Ethics, and Business and Society.

Currently, I'm an editorial board member of the Journal of Business Ethics, and Business & Society and I review for numerous world-leading high-impact journals across disciplines. 

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. on the topic of worker exploitation in supply chains, governance of decent work in supply chains, sustainable supply chains, inequalities in organizations. 

Education/Academic qualification

Management, Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London


Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

Management, Master of Letters, University of St Andrews


Award Date: 1 Dec 2010

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Anna University


Award Date: 1 Dec 2007

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Connecticut

Mar 2016Apr 2016


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