Prof Tazeeb Rajwani

Chaired Professor of International Business and Strategy, University of Surrey

Professor Tazeeb Rajwani is Professor of International Business and Strategy, Head of Department and Member of the Senior Management Team at Surrey Business School. He previously was a Professor in International Business and Strategy at University of Essex and Reader (Associate Professor) in Strategic Management at Cranfield School of Management, one of Europe's leading business schools, where he was also the Executive MBA Director. He also holds or has held visiting faculty positions at Cranfield School of Management, London Business School, Kings College London, University of Warwick, ALBA (Greece), University of Edinburgh, HULT (London), University of Notre Dame (USA), Strathmore University (Kenya), University of Oxford and ESMT (Germany). He has been a Director of Strategy at a high-tech start-up, where he still holds an advisory board position. 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. His unique role at KPMG also included managing large complex projects globally with a particular focus on Corporate Finance.

He has written over 50 academic papers, books, book chapters, reports and white papers on the topics of strategic management, nonmarket strategy, corporate political activity and corporate social responsibility. His work appears in Journal of World Business, Academy of Management Perspectives, Strategic Organization, Journal of Business Ethics, International Business Review, Management International Review and British Journal of Management, among others. His research has also been covered in the media, such as the FT, The Times, The Irish Times, The Guardian and BBC. He has published a highly acclaimed book contracted by Oxford University Press on “Aligning for Advantage: Competitive Strategies for the Political and Social Arenas”. He also recently won the Emerald citation award for his highly cited paper on corporate political activity.

He has taught and facilitated many discussions with postgraduate students and 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, 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. He has facilitated senior management and board level workshops and runs executive programs on corporate strategy, strategic leadership and international business in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


  • 2019–present
    Head of department, Strategy and International Business