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Prof. Israr Qureshi, desire to contribute to society in general, with a particular interest in marginalized and disadvantaged communities, has inspired him to understand sustainability and pressing social issues from theoretical and practical viewpoints.
While conscious of the negative impact of some business activity, Israr examines how ICTSD and social business models, if implemented with the intent of pursuing a ‘triple-bottom line’ and with the philosophy of ‘first do no harm,’ might help address some of the more acute social issues through social value creation.
His research and extensive pro-bono collaborations with social enterprises and social ventures help him understand the role that ICTSD and entrepreneurship play in transforming society. Due to his interest in disadvantaged communities, he began to focus on ICT-enabled social entrepreneurship and social intermediation.
When he started investigating social entrepreneurship in 2007, this field of study was in its infancy, and very little in-depth field research was available. Through his research, Israr has learned that socially-oriented organizations, such as social enterprises, have very different goals, motivations, and approaches compared with typical for-profit organizations.
Several mainstream organizational theories in their current forms fail to adequately explain organizational activities and processes in the base of the pyramid contexts. As Israr continued to explore this field, his research brought him to a number of developing countries where he examined the institutional structures present in different countries.
He began to appreciate that institutional voids, defined broadly as either the lack of formal institutions or the presence of multiple informal institutions, are more salient in the base of the pyramid environments, where cultural norms, dogmas, and traditions take precedence over rational economic choices and business models.
Prof. Israr Qureshi, research appeared in the multiple best paper proceedings of the Academy of Management and received three best paper awards. His research has been published in MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, Organizational Research Methods, Organization Studies, Journal of Organization Behavior, among others. Israr is a dedicated and passionate instructor.
He believes that learning in an academic environment is like a journey through a stream towards the vast ocean of knowledge. While students travel down the stream, they will inevitably encounter rapids and waterfalls along the way. Overcoming these challenges makes individuals confident in their quest for knowledge. Professor Qureshi wants his students to enjoy this journey, encouraging them to continue learning, even after graduation.