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A/Prof. Fara Azmat



Associate Professor


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2009
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2006
Master of Public Policy & Management, Monash University, 1999
Master of Science, University of Dhaka, 1991
Bachelor of Science, University of Dhaka, 1989

+61 3 925 17095


Dr Fara Azmat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management in Deakin Business School. Within the broader domain of social responsibility, Fara is known for her research nationally and internationally in two interrelated streams.

The first stream explores issues surrounding sustainable development, social inclusion and value creation by social entrepreneurs. Within this stream, she is interested in exploring the social responsibility of microbusinesses and extending it into an international context focusing on developing economies, thus addressing the current need and void in existing CSR literature which largely focuses on large businesses and SMEs. Central to her research in this stream is also a focus on the social inclusion of disadvantaged and isolated communities and the potential of social entrepreneurship in promoting sustainable development. 

The second stream explores migrant and women entrepreneurs looking into their hindrances, opportunities, social responsibility perceptions and acculturation strategies. Although distinct, these research streams involve cross-fertilizations and are inter-related through their underlying link of social responsibility and sustainable development.

Fara has established herself as an expert in these fields nationally and internationally as evidenced in her publications, awards, grants, and membership of international Peer Review College, editorial boards and research supervisions. She is committed to enhancing her national and international reputation by collaborating with renowned scholars, building industry partnerships, leveraging and creating networks and seeking competitive industry grants that make a difference for the positive development of the community.

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Research interests

  • Sustainable Development, Social Inclusion
  • Social responsibility,  Responsible entrepreneurship in developing countries, Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Immigrant entrepreneurship, Women entrepreneurship


  • Member, Academy of International Business.
  • Member, Australasian Business Ethics Network. 
  • Member, Australia New Zealand Academy of Management. 
  • Member, Member of the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC), Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria.
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Social Responsibility Journal.
  • Member, American Council on Consumer Interests

Teaching interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management Principles
  • International business

Units taught

  • MMM132 - Management
  • MMM385 - Business in Asia
  • MMM241 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MMM343 - Business Ethics

Media appearances

Radio interview with SBS about DFAT project


  • 2017, Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding
    Contribution to Building Economic, Social and Human Capital.
  • 2014, Emerald Literati Highly Commended Paper Excellence Award.
  • 2013, Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Paper Excellence Award.
  • Worked as Academic Peer Reviewer for the UK ESRC-DFID   Joint Scheme for Research on International Development (Poverty alleviation) in 2010-11.
  • 2010 Faculty of Business and Law award for individual excellence in teaching.
  • 2008 School of Management and Marketing award for team teaching.
  • 2008 Best presenters award - 'Global Business and Finance' Conference,  in London.


  • Exploring the social responsibility perceptions of microbusinesses in Bangladesh.
  • Diversity dynamics:  Reframing recategorization theory for non-profit board directors, Australia.
  • Public Sector Funding, Arts and culture as a strategic approach to address extremism in Bangladesh, Dr Fara Azmat, Dr Ahmed Ferdous, Prof Ingrid Nielsen, 2017: $125,690.
  • Industry and Other Funding, Mapping Social Investment, Environment, Activities and Outcomes @ Asia Pulp and Paper, Prof Nava Subramaniam, Dr Fara Azmat, Dr Yuka Fujimoto, 2013: $45,000.


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Creating community-inclusive organizations: managerial accountability framework

Y Fujimoto, F Azmat, N Subramaniam

(2019), Vol. 58, pp. 712-748, Business & society, London, Eng., C1


'Bringing everyone on the same journey': revisiting inclusion in higher education

A Collins, F Azmat, R Rentschler

(2019), Vol. 44, pp. 1-13, Studies in higher education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Arts-based initiatives in museums: creating value for sustainable development

F Azmat, A Ferdous, R Rentschler, E Winston

(2018), Vol. 85, pp. 386-395, Journal of business research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Gender and ethnic diversity on boards and corporate responsibility: the case of the arts sector

F Azmat, R Rentschler

(2017), Vol. 141, pp. 317-336, Journal of business ethics, Berlin, Germany, C1


Family embeddedness and entrepreneurship experience: a study of Indian migrant women entrepreneurs in Australia

F Azmat, Y Fujimoto

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 630-656, Entrepreneurship & regional development, Abingdon, England, C1


Corporate social responsibility in the ready made garments industry in Bangladesh

F Azmat, M Haque

(2016), pp. 207-227, Research handbook on corporate social responsibility in context, Cheltenham, Eng., B1


Exploring cultural inclusion : perspectives from a community arts organisation

F Azmat, Y Fujimoto, R Rentschler

(2015), Vol. 40, pp. 375-396, Australian journal of management, London, Eng., C1


Corporate social responsibility, economic globalization and developing countries: A case study of the ready made garments industry in Bangladesh

M Haque, F Azmat

(2015), Vol. 6, pp. 166-189, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, C1


Understanding the dynamics between social entrepreneurship and inclusive growth in subsistence marketplaces

F Azmat, A Ferdous, P Couchman

(2015), Vol. 34, pp. 252-271, Journal of public policy & marketing, Ann Arbor, Mich., C1


Walk through the doors. Be our guest : how important are partnerships to enable multicultural groups to attend arts events?

F Azmat, R Rentschler, Y Fujimoto

(2014), pp. 132-141, The Routledge companion to arts marketing, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Exploring the potential of social entrepreneurship in developing countries

F Azmat

(2014), pp. 98-110, Corporate social responsibility and local community in Asia, Abingdon, England, B1


Community social capital and entrepreneurship : analyzing the links

H Roxas, F Azmat

(2014), Vol. 45, pp. 134-149, Community development, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Organizational justice of work-life balance for professional/managerial group and non-professional group in Australia: creation of inclusive and fair organizations

Y Fujimoto, F Azmat

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 587-607, Journal of management and organization, Cambridge, Eng., C1


Migrant women entrepreneurs : exploring the barriers

F Azmat

(2014), pp. 199-217, Entrepreneurial women : New management and leadership models [2 volumes], Santa Barbara, Calif, B1


Gender perceptions of work-life balance: Management implications for full-time employees in Australia

Y Fujimoto, F Azmat, C Hrtel

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 147-170, Australian Journal of Management, C1


Understanding aspirations and expectations of international students in Australian higher education

F Azmat, A Osborne, K Le Rossignol, U Jogulu, R Rentschler, I Robottom, V Malathy

(2013), Vol. 33, pp. 97-111, Asia Pacific journal of education, Oxon, England, C1


Opportunities or obstacles?: Understanding the challenges faced by migrant women entrepreneurs

F Azmat

(2013), Vol. 5, pp. 198-215, International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, C1


Sustainable development in developing countries: the role of social entrepreneurs

F Azmat

(2013), Vol. 36, pp. 293-304, International journal of public administration, Philadelphia, Pa., C1


Corporate Social Responsibility, Customer Trust, and Loyalty-Perspectives from a Developing Country

F Azmat, H Ha

(2013), Vol. 55, pp. 253-270, Thunderbird International Business Review, C1


Towards a diversity justice management model: Integrating organizational justice and diversity management

Y Fujimoto, C Hrtel, F Azmat

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 148-166, Social Responsibility Journal, C1


Exploring customer loyalty at bottom of the pyramid in South Asia

F Azmat, R Samaratunge

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 379-394, Social Responsibility Journal, C1


Influence of home-country culture and regulatory environment on corporate social responsibility perceptions : the case of Sri Lankan immigrant entrepreneurs

F Azmat, A Zutshi

(2012), Vol. 54, pp. 15-27, Thunderbird international business review, Hoboken, N.J., C1


Perceptions of corporate social responsibility amongst immigrant entrepreneurs

F Azmat, A Zutshi

(2012), Vol. 8, pp. 63-76, Social responsibility journal, Bingley, England, C1


Indian student concerns about violence: Exploring student perceptions

F Azmat, A Osborne, R Rentschler

(2011), Vol. 46, pp. 311-333, Australian Journal of Social Issues, C1


Consumer loyalty in South Asia: A double edged sword?

F Azmat, R Samaratunge

(2010), pp. 1-12, Proceedings of Annual London Business Research Conference, London, England, E1


Exploring social responsibility of immigrant entrepreneurs : do home country contextual factors play a role?

F Azmat

(2010), Vol. 28, pp. 377-386, European management journal, Oxford, England, C1


Collaborative inquiry using 'learning' projects

P Hagel, K Saville, M Parris, F Graetz, F Azmat

(2009), pp. 173-182, HERDSA 2009 : Higher education in a changing world : Proceeding of the 32nd annual international HERDSA Conference 2009 : The student experience, Darwin, N. T., E1


Integrated governance : a pre-requisite for sustainable market-orientated development in Bangladesh

F Azmat, Q Alam, K Coghill

(2009), Vol. 32, pp. 829-851, International journal of public administration, Abingdon, England, C1


Responsible entrepreneurship in developing countries: Understanding the realities and complexities

F Azmat, R Samaratunge

(2009), Vol. 90, pp. 437-452, Journal of Business Ethics, C1


Understanding the dynamism between corporate social responsibility and social capital in family businesses

F Azmat, D Waddell

(2009), GCBE 2009 : Proceedings of the 9th Global Conference on Business & Economics, Oxford, England, E1


Reforms in the Bangladesh agriculture input sector : room for complacency?

F Azmat

(2009), Vol. 17, pp. 379-398, Contemporary South Asia, London, England, C1


Towards a model of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the ready made garments (RMG) industry in Bangladesh

Z Haque, F Azmat

(2009), ANZAM 2009 : Sustainable management and marketing, Melbourne, Victoria, E1


A study of social responsibility of Sri Lankan immigrant entrepreneurs in Australia

F Azmat, A Zutshi

(2008), Vol. 10, pp. 302-308, The business review, Cambridge, Hollywood, Fla., C1


Understanding responsible entrepreneurship of micro-businesses in Bangladesh

F Azmat

(2008), pp. 1-15, ASAA 2008 : Proceedings of the Asian Studies Association of Australia 17th Biennial Conference : Is this the Asian Century, Melbourne, Victoria, E1


Market-oriented reforms, their sustainability and unintended outcomes : the case of Bangladesh agriculture sector

F Azmat

(2007), Vol. 2, pp. 4-18, TMC academic journal, Singapore, C1


Developing countries : poverty and deficits linger

F Azmat, R Samaratunge

(2007), Vol. 3, pp. 18-20, Monash business review, Clayton, Vic., C1


Governance gone bad

F Azmat, K Coghill, Q Alam

(2006), Vol. 2, pp. 44-46, Monash business review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


E-government: a possible solution to the problems of the agricultural input market in Bangladesh?

F Azmat, K Coghill, Q Alam

(2006), Practice and potential of e-government and e-governance : the South Asian experience, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1


Good governance and market-based reforms: A study of Bangladesh

F Azmat, K Coghill

(2005), Vol. 71, pp. 625-638, International Review of Administrative Sciences, C1-1


Self-regulation: a risky option for developing countries? The case of Bangladesh

F Azmat, K Coghill

(2005), pp. 1-10, Governance and Social Responsibility Proceedings, London, England, E1-1


Integrated governance: a possible solution for a sustainable private sector led development in Bangladesh?

F Azmat, K Coghill, Q Alam

(2005), pp. 1-21, Business and Governance in Bangladesh in the 21st Century Proceedings, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1


Corporate social responsibility of small businesses: a developing country perspective

F Azmat, K Coghill

(2005), pp. 1-8, Integrated governance : linking up government, business and civil society : proceedings, Prato, Italy, E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Arts and culture as a strategic approach to address extremism in Bangladesh

A/Prof Fara Azmat, Dr Ahmed Ferdous, Prof Ingrid Nielsen

  • 2017: $125,690

Preparing tertiary students from CALD migrant communities for careers in regional areas. Development and evaluation of an online course and associated materials.

Prof Alexander Newman, A/Prof Fara Azmat, Dr Joe Jiang, Dr Huong Le, Dr Siewmee Barton, Dr Ahmed Ferdous

  • 2019: $48,448

Industry and Other Funding

Building Diverse Community Engagement Mix It Up Project Evaluation 2006-2010

Prof Ruth Rentschler, Dr Yuka Fujimoto, A/Prof Fara Azmat

  • 2011: $16,000

Mapping Social Investment, Environment, Activities and Outcomes @ Asia Pulp and Paper

Prof Nava Subramaniam, A/Prof Fara Azmat, Dr Yuka Fujimoto

  • 2013: $45,000


Associate Supervisor

Cuc Nguyen

Thesis entitled: Impact of community context and individual factors on entrepreneurial propensity and behaviours of rural females in a transitional economy: evidence from Vietnam

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Marketing