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The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences provides opportunities and resources to its faculty and students for the pursuit of research and development. The faculty members of the department have varied research interests and have published in reputed national and international journals. The department organizes seminars, workshops and also publishes the Campus newsletter and student journal.

The Department offers Ph.D. programmes in various disciplines of Humanities and Social Sciences such as Sociology, Public Policy, Economics, Linguistics, Finance, Management, International Relations, Political Science and Psychology. The faculty of the Department have a wide range of research interests and expertise that include sustainable happiness, linguistics, technical and business communication, human resource management, corporate sustainability, organizational behavior, macroeconomics, international trade and finance, applied microeconomics, public policy and governance, urban development, international relations, contemporary Japanese politics and East Asian affairs, political geography, security studies childhood studies and social theory, positive psychology, work family studies, wellbeing research, stock market dynamics and corporate finance. Several of the Department’s doctoral students have already been awarded their PhDs, while several are currently working on their doctoral theses. For the guidelines and requirements for the Ph.D. programme, refer to: LINK

  • Publications in Journals

    1.      Raavee Kadam, A.S. Rao, Waheed Kareem Abdul, & Shazi Shah Jabeen. 2020. ‘Diversity climate perceptions and its impact on multicultural team innovation and performance’, Measuring Business Excellence, vol. 24 no. 3, pp. 301-318.

    2.        Vinnarasan Aruldoss. 2019. ‘The politics of young children through the 'epistemologies of the south'. Social Sciences, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 1-14.

    3.        Raavee Kadam, A.S. Rao, Waheed Kareem Abdul, & Shazi Shah Jabeen. 2019. ‘Impact of cultural intelligence on SME performance: The mediating effect of entrepreneurial orientation’. Journal of Organizational Effectiveness - People and Performance, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 161-185.

    4.      Raavee Kadam, A.S. Rao,  Kareem Abdul Waheed, & Shazi Shah Jabeen. 2019. ‘A comprehensive examination of antecedents of cultural intelligence amongst students: Testing the moderation effect of third culture kids’, International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 245-262.

    5.        Aastha Bhardwaj, & Shazi Shah Jabeen. 2019. ‘Corporate social responsibility practices in small and medium enterprises’, Polish Journal of Management Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 9-20.

    6.        K Singh & Mahima Raina. 2019. ‘Demographic correlates and validation of PERMA and WEMWBS scales in Indian adolescents’, Child Indicators Research, pp. 1-12.

    7.        Nitin Vihari, M.K. Rao, P. Doliya. 2019. ‘Organizational learning as an innovative determinant of organizational sustainability: An evidence-based approach’, International Journal of Innovation Management, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 1-24.

    8.        Sheetal Desai, Shazi Shah Jabeen, Waheed K Abdul, & Srinivasa A Rao. 2018. ‘Teaching cross-cultural management: A flipped classroom approach using films’, The International Journal of Management Education, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 405–431. 

    9.        Sartaj Rasool Rather. 2018. ‘Asymmetric impact of relative price shocks in presence of trend inflation’, Applied Economics Letters,

    10.    Sheetal Desai, Srinivasa A Rao, & Shazi Shah Jabeen. 2018. ‘Developing cultural intelligence: learning together with reciprocal mentoring’, Human Resource Management International Digest, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 38-40. 

    11.    Sartaj Rasool Rather, Raja Sethu Durai & Muthia Ramachandran. 2017. ‘Inflation and the Relative Price Dispersion: A Case for 4% Solution’, Australian Economic Papers, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 81-91.

    12.    A. Srinivasa Rao, Waheed Kareem Abdul, & Nelson D’Souza. 2017. ‘Perceived Outcomes of Action Learning Programs: Study from a Large Public Sector Organization in U.A.E.’, Measuring Business Excellence, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 1-18.

    13.    Amritesh, SC Misra, & J Chatterjee. 25 April 2016. ‘Quality Framework for Credence Based Informational Services: Applying KANO’s Method’, Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, vol. 29, no. 1-2, pp. 116-147.

    14.    Nivetha Gunaseelan & Shazi Shah Jabeen. March 2016. ‘Techniques of Politeness in Tamil and English: A Comparative Study’, New Frontier- International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, vol. 2, no.2, pp. 27-38.

    15.   Mubeena Iqbal & Khairunnisa Abrar. 2015. ‘Soap Operas: A Potential Tool for Women Empowerment’, GSTF Journal on Media & Communications, vol 3, pp. 10-15.

    16.   Aqila, R. & Anomitra B. January 2015. ‘An Essay to returns to scale of Banks in UAE’, Asian Journal of Management Science and Education, vol 4, no1, pp. 43-50.

    17.   Aqila R. 2015. ‘Growth of Islamic banking in GCC: Journey and beyond’, International Journal of Financial Services Management, vol 8 no 2.

    18.   A.S. Rao. June 2015. ‘Impact of Transformational Leadership on Team Performance - empirical study in U.A.E.’, Measuring Business Excellence, vol.19, no.4, pp. 30-56.

    19.   Shazi Shah Jabeen, Zakia Sadique & Mohammed Ayesh Towheed. 2015. 'Clarity in Communication: An Imperative', Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 18-24.

    20.   Lajwanti, Kishnani. February 2015. ‘Elements of Suspicion and Thrill in Sidney Sheldon’s –The Other Side of Midnight’, International Journal of Research on English Language Teaching Studies, vol. 3, no. 1. pp.24-28.

    21.   Pushkala M. and Madhavi C. April 2014. ‘Emerging Ethical Issues due to Technological Developments in an Era of Globalization’, Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 317-331.

    22.   A.S. Rao. 2014. ‘Nurturing entrepreneurial women: An empirical study from a Developing country’, Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 268 – 297.

    23.   Shazi Shah Jabeen. 2014. ‘Implementation of Communicative Approach’, English Language Teaching, vol. 7, no.8, pp 68-74.

    24.   Pushkala Muralidharan, and C. Madhavi. 2013. ‘Impact of CSR initiatives on Consumer Behavior’, International Journal of Research in Commerce and Management, vol 4, no. 3, pp. 37- 41.



  • Books and Book Chapters

    1. Devika Sharma and Varun Sahni. 2019. Trump’s Triumph Through Indian Eyes: Terribly Tragic, Truly Transformative, or Totally Trivial? In American Presidential Elections in a Comparative Perspective. The World is Watching, edited by Jesus Velasco, Lanham: Lexington. 
    2. Mahima Raina & K. Singh. 2019. Employee Well-Being in Organizations. In Translational Research and Applied Psychology in India, 341-368. New-Delhi: Sage
    3. A. Srinivasa Rao, ‘A Study on Micro Women Entrepreneurs in U.A.E’, Book Title: Entrepreneurship in the MENA: Dynamics in Trends, Policy and Business environment, July 2018 Springer, 449-475.
    4. Mrutuyanjaya Sahu. Urban Redevelopment, Neoliberalism and Politics of Displacement in Gujarat: Forced Migration, in India Migration Report 2017, edited by S. Irudaya Rajan published on 27 November 2017 by Routledge India.
    5. Aiyaswami Natesa Prasad. Energy Security as a Subset of National Goals a Comparative Study of Seven Major Global Players, in Changing Global Economic Scenario : Strategies for Business Sustainability, edited by S K Mahapatra, N K Gupta, Timira Shukla, Surabhi Singh, published on 08-11-2017 by Bloomsbury India.
    6. Qasim, Z. and Pushkala, M., "CSR and impact of CSR practices in companies in UAE", in 'Perspectives of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability:  a specific reference to UAE', Naem M. and Salim B., Ed. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2014, pp. 123-149.

  • Papers Presented in Conferences

    1. Prakash Rao, Nitin Vihari, Shazi Shah Jabeen, ‘Supply Planning & Inventory Management Transformation Journey of a Leading Fashion Apparel Business – Landmark Group in MENA region: An Analytical Case’, Jaipuria International Management Conference (JIMC – 2020) on “Envisioning Business – 2030”, July 18, 2020, Jaipuria Institute of Management Indore, India. 
    2. Shazi Shah Jabeen and Zakia Sadique, 'Factors influencing the adoption of e-learning in educational and corporate sectors', 12th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN20), 6-7 July 2020, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
    3. Mahima Raina, 'Rethinking gender in work family management in India', Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, 8-10 January 2020, Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom.
    4. Prem Dakshin and Shashank Khurana, 'Frustum CAM (FC) Mechanism: Achieving differentiating feed in continuous production machines of non-similar parts', 2nd International Conference on Recent Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Technology, 20-22 November 2019, Dubai, UAE.
    5. Devika Sharma, 'The bad pasts of good norms: Identifying postcolonial silences and agency in the opium ban', The International Studies Association (ISA) Conference on ‘Exploring the Agency of the Global South in International Studies (Practices)’, 1-4 August 2019, LECIAD, Accra, Ghana.
    6. Aastha Bhardwaj and Shazi Shah Jabeen, 'Corporate social responsibility in small and medium enterprises', 9th Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences 2019 organized by the Global Academy of Teaching and Research, 19-20 July 2019, Male, Maldives.
    7. Prakash Rao, A.S. Rao, and Shazi Shah Jabeen, 'Towards a customer oriented conceptual model for e-commerce sustainability', International Conference on Technology, Innovation and Sustainability in Business Management, 2 May 2019, Middlesex University, Dubai, UAE.
    8. Sheetal Desai, A. S. Rao, and Shazi Shah Jabeen, 'Perceptions of diversity and its impact on team innovation and performance: The moderating effects of team cultural intelligence', International Conference on Technology, Innovation and Sustainability in Business Management, 2 May 2019, Dubai, UAE.
    9. M. Sahu, 'The impact of organizational behaviour on organizational performance and sustainability: A Case Study of Shipping Companies in Dubai', International Conference on Technology, Innovation and Sustainability in Business Management (ICTIS 2019), 2nd May 2019, Middlesex University Dubai. UAE.
    10. M. Sahu, 'Contesting development induced displacement and new social movements in India', International Conference on Democratizing Displacement, 18-19 March 2019, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, London, United Kingdom. 
    11. M. Sahu, 'Politics of urban development and forced displacement of slums in India', 1st International Conference on Crafting Foundations for Sustainable and Inclusive Development (CRFSID-2019), 22-23 February 2019, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Dubai, UAE.  
    12. Akshaya Kalyanaraman, Abbinaya Kalyanaraman and Shazi Shah Jabeen, ‘Language Socialization in Virtual Communities’, 7th Annual International Conference on Language, Literature and Linguistics (L3) 2018, organized by Global Science and Technology Forum, 11-12 June 2018, Singapore.
    13. Sartaj Rasool Rather, 'Do prices rise faster than they fall – Evidence from India', Annual Conference of The Indian Econometric Society (TIES), 7-9 March, 2018, SMVDU Jammu, India.
    14. Sheetal Desai,  A.S. Rao, Shazi Shah Jabeen and Waheed A,  'Developing cultural competence amongst students', 3rd International Conference on Organization and Management, 19-20 Nov 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
    15. Khushboo Agarwal, Priyanka Deshpande & Shazi Shah Jabeen. 'Factors Influencing Intention to Purchase Halal Products (Case Study: Dubai, U.A.E)', 4th United Arab Emirates Undergraduate Student Research Competition, 9 May 2016, Abu Dhabi University, Khalifa City Campus, UAE.
    16. Sheetal Desai and Lajwanti Kishnani, 'The New Age Bollywood heroine: Breaking stereotypical norms', International Conference, 15 May, 2016, Manipal University Dubai, UAE.  
    17. Vipul Parmarthi and Lajwanti Kishnani, 'Indianizing the English Classic Othello in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Hindi Movie Omkara-A Case Study', International Conference on “Indian Cinema : Past, Present and Future”, 8-9 January 2016, VP Bedekar College Thane.
    18. Aastha Bhardwaj, Bhavi Bhavesh Thakker and Shazi Shah Jabeen, Corporate social responsibility in small and medium enterprises: Perspectives and implementation', 4th Annual Research Conference, 26 November 2015, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
    19. Pushkala M, 'Analysis of differences in managerial perception of current CSR initiatives as against future expectations', International Conference on Organization and Management, November 22-23, 2015, Abu Dhabi University, UAE.
    20. Ajay Jesse Thomas and Shazi Shah Jabeen. 'Effectiveness of Online Language Learning', Proceedings of World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2015 (WCECS 2015) organized by the International Association of Engineers (IAENG), 21-23 October, 2015, University of California, Berkley (San Francisco), USA.
    21. Aqila R, 'Role of supply chain management in the success of entrepreneurs', International Conference on Evidence Based Management 2015 (ICEBM2015), 20-21 March 2015, BITS Pilani, Pilani campus, Dubai, UAE.
    22. Aqila R. and Lajwanti, 'Comparative analysis of anxiety among sports and non-sports personnel in UAE and India', Global Conference on Business Management and Social Sciences, 24-25 April, 2015, Dubai, UAE.
    23. Ria K. and Shazi Shah Jabeen, 'Corporate social responsibility audit: An exploratory study', 21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard University, 8-10 March, 2015, Boston, USA.
    24. Shazi Shah Jabeen and Aqila R.  'Factors influencing education decision making process',  21st Century Academic  Forum Conference at Harvard University, 8-10 March, 2015, Harvard University, Boston, USA.
    25. Lajwanti Kishnani, 'Cry The Peacock –In Search of her own Identity', International Conference on Science Technology and Society, 21-22 March 2015, Christian College, Indore, India.
    26. Lajwanti Kishnani, 'Comparative study on anxiety among sports and non-sports personnel in India and UAE', Global Conference on Business Management and Social Sciences, 24-25 April 2015, Abasyn  University, Dubai, UAE.
    27. A.S. Rao, 'Entrepreneurial growth : An empirical study on issues & challenges being faced by micro level women entrepreneurs in UAE region', McGill International Conference, Feb 28 - March 1, 2015, UAE University, Al Ain.
    28. Shazi Shah Jabeen, Anomitra Banerjee, and Purab Dilip Bhatia, 'Strategizing for the future: Introducing e-learning in educational institutions and corporate houses', Canadian University of Dubai, 2014 International Conference on Web and Open Access to Learning (ICWOAL' 2014) IEEE Catalogue Number: CFP1407Z-ART, ISBN: 978-1-4799-5739-2, 25-27 November 2014, Dubai, UAE.
    29. Arihant Sogani, Anomitra Banerjee, and Aqila Rafiuddin, 'Development of a model for human capital management for the success of corporate', Society for Global Business & Economic Development organized by Università Politecnica, 13th International Conference, July 2014, Delle Marche, Ancona, Italy.
    30. Mubeena I. and Maneesha, 'Analysis of written business communication competency in the hotel industry of Dubai', International Conference of Academic Disciplines, Harvard Medical College, 25-30 May, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
    31. Mubeena Rahaman. ‘A Study of the Significance of Business Communication in the Hotel Industry of Dubai’, 9th Annual International Conference on Tourism, July 10-13, 2013, Athens, Greece.
    32. K. Teja Priyanka Yadav and Shazi Shah Jabeen. ‘Role and Impact of Visual Communication in Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations’, 2nd Annual International Conference on Language, Literature and Linguistics (L3 2013), organized by Global Science and Technology Forum, June 17-18, 2013, Singapore.
    33. Bhargav Mallampati, Spoorthi Satish, Anurag Reddy Ramireddy, Sourya Sriharsha G, Pushkala Muralidharan, ‘Ethical Issues due to emerging Technological Advancement’, Eleventh AIMS International Conference on Management, Dec 21-24, 2013, Ghaziabad, India.
    34. Pushkala Muralidharan, Akshay Dalmia, Kiran Menon, B. G. Prakash Kumar, Neeru Sood, ‘Economic Analysis of Energy Production from Waste and Agricultural Sources’, International Congress on Materials and Renewable Energy, July 1 – 3, 2013, Athens, Greece.
    35. Pushkala Muralidharan and Chirag Mehta, ‘Managing risk in investments – Prediction of Instrument Price’, International Conference on Technology and Business Management, March 18-20, 2013, Dubai, UAE.
    36. Pushkala Muralidharan and Subhadra Sahana Vemuri, ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in the Telecom Industry of United Arab Emirates’, International Conference on Technology and Business Management, March 18-20, 2013, Dubai, UAE.

  • PhD Scholars

    PhD Scholars
    Sl#  Name  Research Area Supervisor Co Supervisor  
    1  Prakash Inbasekaran Cultural acculturation Dr. Shazi Shah Jabeen
    2  Prakash H N Rao Trends in e-marketing Dr. Nitin S. Vihari Dr. Shazi Shah Jabeen
    3 Tamilarasi Rajappa Monetary policy operations and efficacy Dr. Sartaj R Rather
    4 Darshita Fulara Market integration and price transmissions Dr. Sartaj R Rather
    5 Sabeena T T P Campus Sustainibility Dr. Shazi Shah Jabeen Dr. Nitin S. Vihari
    6 Sujith Sundher Social well being Dr. Vinnarasan Aruldoss
    7 Paulman Karippai Sanction regime Dr. Shamshad Ahmad Khan
    8 Rosemol Pappachan Organizational behaviour Dr. Nitin S Vihari
    9 Aarthi S V Migration and development Dr. Mrutuyanjaya Sahu

    PhD  Completed
    Sl# Name  Thesis Title Supervisor Co Supervisor
    1 Raavee Pinank Kadam Impact of cultural intelligence on organizational citizenship behavior: An empirical study of employees in the multicultural workplace Dr. Srinivasa Rao  Dr. Shazi Shah Jabeen  
    2 Aqila Begum A Comparative Study of Growth and Financial Performance of Islamic and Conventional Banks in GCC Countries Dr. Zafar Alam
    3 Mubeena Iqbal Significance of Written English in Business Communication: An Analytical Study with Reference to Star Hotels of Dubai Dr. Shazi Shah Jabeen

  • Conferences/Seminars/Workshops

    Conducted a One-day Workshop on Improving Classroom Effectiveness, on 23 and 24 December 2013
    Conducted a One-day workshop on 'Effective Communication for Professional Success', for industry professionals on 17 September 2016.
    Conducted a One-day workshop on 'Research Methods and Data Analysis in Social Sciences' on 19 October 2019.

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