Dr Bimal Arora


Work & Organisational Psychology Department

Dr Bimal Arora

Bimal is Lecturer in Management, CSR and Sustainability in the Work and Organisational Psychology Department at Aston Business School, holds a Visiting Research Fellowship at Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester and serves as Honorary Chairperson of Centre for Responsible Business, a global think tank on CSR and sustainability based in India. Before joining as full-time lecturer at ABS in August 2017, he held a research position at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Bimal’s active teaching and research interests are in the areas of political economy of CSR and sustainability, global governance, ethical trade, sustainability standards, multi-stakeholder initiatives, and collaborative sustainability partnerships and initiatives. Bimal has extensive experience of over 25 years working in policy, practice and research across diverse sectors and has undertaken consultancy work with governments, large and small business, and civil society organisations. To contribute to the contemporary global debates and facilitate participation of emerging economy actors in voluntary global governance, Bimal conceptualized an international Multi-stakeholder Dialogues Platform and Conference 'India and Sustainability Standards: International Dialogues and Conference' in 2013, which attracts partnerships from over 60 international organizations, high profile international speakers and participation of over 700 delegates every year in November.

He has been the Chair for the dialogue platform and the conference since 2014, and was the founding Director and CEO of the Centre for Responsible Business, which was incubated by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Social Accountability International and Business Social Compliance Initiative/Foreign Trade Association between 2010-2013, as part of a German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development supported Public-Private Partnership project. CRB has since evolved into an independent international centre of excellence, facilitating social and environmental impacts and organizational behaviour change towards incorporating responsible business strategies, polices and practices. 

Position: Lecturer (Assistant Professor)

Phone: +44(0)121 204 3663 
Email: b.arora1@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW8007

  • PhD, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham

  • UK MSc, London School of Economics 
  • BHM369: Managing Responsible Organisations 
  • CSR
  • Sustainability
  • Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS)
  • Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives (MSIs)
  • Sustainability Reporting
  • India  

Academic Journal Papers (refereed):

  • Bergman, Z., Teschemacher, Y, Arora, B., Sengupta, R., Leisinger, K.M., & Bergman, M.M. (2018) Developing the Business-Society Nexus through Corporate Responsibility Expectations in India. Critical Perspective on International Business
  • Pereira, V., Fontinha, R., Pawan, B., & Arora, B. (2018). Human resource management and performance at the Indian railway. Journal of Organizational Change Management.
  • Arora, B. (2017) Multi-Stakeholder Inititatives: Journey and the Future. Annual Review of Social Partnerships, Dec 2017.  
  • Lasrado, F., & Arora, B. (2017). Social identity and environmental citizenship in multinational corporations: an exploratory investigation and future research directions. Social Identities, 1-23. 
  • Arora, B. and Kazmi, B.A. (2012) Performing Citizenship: An Innovative Model of Financial Services for Rural Poor in India. Business & Society, Vol. 51, No. 3 pp. 450-477.  
  • Arora, B. and Puranik, R. (2004) A Review of Corporate Social Responsibility in India. Development, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 93–100. 

Authored and Edited Books (contracted and in progress):

  • Arora, B., Budhwar, P.S. & Jyoti, D. (editors) (forthcoming in 2019) Business Responsibility and Sustainability in India: Sectoral Analysis of Voluntary Governance Initiatives. Palgrave Studies in Indian Management in Association with Indian Academy of Management. Palgrave Macmillan, UK.

Book Chapters:

  • Arora, B. and Jyoti, D. (In Press) Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Standards in India. In Budhwar, P.S., Kumar, R. & Varma, A. (Eds.) Indian Business. Palgrave Studies in Indian Management in Association with Indian Academy of Management. Palgrave Macmillan, UK. 
  • Arora, B. (2018). India and the OECD Working Party for Responsible Business Conduct: Finding Synergies. In OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: a Glass Half Full. OECD, 105-117. Available at http://mneguidelines.oecd.org/oecd-guidelines-for-mnes-a-glass-half-full.htm.
  • Srinivasan, V. & Arora, B. (2015) Examining HRM and CSR Linkages in the Context of Emerging Economies: The Indian Experience. In Budhwar, P.S. & Horwitz, F. (Eds.) Handbook on HRM in Emerging Markets. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Gloucestershire, UK.
  • Arora, B. & Choudhury, S.K. (2014) Antecedents to Humanistic Management Approach in India: The Role of Family Business. In Khan, S. & Wolfgang, A. (Eds.) World Humanism: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Ethical Practices in Organizations. Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, UK.
  • Arora, B. & Mahajan, A. (2010) CSR in India. In Visser, W. & Tolhurst, N. (Eds.) The World Guide to CSR: A Country-by-Country Analysis of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility. Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, UK.

Professional and Popular Journal Papers:

  • Arora, B. (2016) Profits versus Social Concern. BW Businessworld Magazine, India -http://businessworld.in/article/Profits-Versus-Social-Concern/11-11-2016-108124/.
  • Arora, B. & Jyoti, D. (2016) Balancing the ‘Shift’: Robotics, World of Work and Sustainability in the Textile and Apparel Industry. Fibre2Fashion Sustainability Special Compendium.
  • Arora, B. (2007) Business Ethics in India: Is Tata’s crown slipping? Ethical Corporation Magazine, London, 31 January.

Official Reports:

  • Arora, B. & Jyoti, D. (2015) Forgotten Children: Case of Sandstone Industry in Kota and Bundi in Rajasthan, India. Study sponsored by Unicef and Marshalls PLC UK
  • Arora, B. (2014) National Voluntary Guidelines: A Clarion Call and an Opportunity to Mainstream and Institutionalise Business Responsibility in India. In Disclosure Matters: The First Step Towards Business Responsibility. Corporate Responsibility Watch, India
  • Arora, B., Jyoti, D., Singh, S., & Singh, A. (2014) Responsible Business Practices in the Indian Palm Oil Sector. Study sponsored by RSPO, RSB and ISEAL Alliance, London. 
  • Arora B. & Cummings, A.M. (2011) Reuters Market Light: Creating Efficient Agriculture Markets in Rural India. Case Study, Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative, UNDP, New York.
  • Arora B. & Swamy, H. (2011) BASIX-Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Limited: A New Generation Livelihoods Promotion Agenda. Case Study, Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative, UNDP, NY.
  • Arora B. & Cummings, A.M. (2010) A Little World: Safe and Efficient Mobile-Banking in Rural India. Case Study, Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative, UNDP, New York.
  • Sood, A. and Arora, B. (2006) The Political Economy of Corporate Responsibility in India Technology, Business and Society Programme Paper Number 18, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva.