Dr Shibaab Rahman

Dr Shibaab Rahman


Doctor of Philosophy (Monash University)

Master of Public Policy and Management (Monash University) 

Bachelors of Commerce (Monash University) 

UNSW Canberra
School of Business

Shibaab is a lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra. His research interests lie at the intersection of public administration and organisation theory. He is interested in understanding the impact of social embeddedness on human behaviour and how it pertains to organisational stability, change, administrative decision making, policy implementation and general organisation of public management systems. He is also interested in exploring the micro-foundations or micro-level practices that underlie the aforementioned areas of concern, for example, the social embeddedness of individuals and their involvement in administrative work, the shaping of individual identity, and more recently, the role of emotions in shaping human behaviour. Much of Shibaab's work is guided by institutionalist approaches, in particular the institutional logic framework where he seeks to build and elaborate on theory.

Shibaab also has expertise in public sector leadership and leadership education in general. His philosophy on leadership is mainly guided by a practice-view that draws attention to the work leaders do on a daily basis. This approach lends itself to understanding leadership through the eyes of those who enact leadership – the everyday public manager – and empowering them to understand that their work is indeed what leadership-in-action looks like. Shibaab is a firm believer that leadership is separated from any positional authority and everybody can in fact exercise leadership. Shibaab marries organisation theory perspectives with contemporary leadership approaches to understand how leadership is manifest as everyday practice.

Building 27, Room 312, School of Business, UNSW Canberra
  • Book Chapters | 2023
    Rahman S; Alam Q; Teicher J; Wolfram Cox J, 2023, 'A historical analysis of the formation of the Bangladesh public administration as an institutionally complex system', in Alam Q; Khair R; Shahan A (ed.), State, Market and Society in an Emerging Economy Development and the Political Economy of Bangladesh, Routledge, https://primoa.library.unsw.edu.au/permalink/61UNSW_INST/1m02euc/alma9951461804001731
    Book Chapters | 2022
    Alam Q; Rahman S; Teicher J, 2022, 'Retracing Accountability in the Bangladeshi Public Administration', in The Emergence of Bangladesh
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Alam Q; Rahman S; Rasel S, 2020, 'Catalysing the entrepreneurial spirit in a developmental state', in The Economic Development of Bangladesh in the Asian Century Prospects and Perspectives, Routledge
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Rahman S; Burns P; Wolfram Cox J; Alam Q, 2024, 'Exercising bureaucratic discretion through selective bridging: A response to institutional complexity in Bangladesh', Public Administration and Development, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pad.2036
    Journal articles | 2022
    Rahman S; Teicher J; Cox JW; Alam Q, 2022, 'Slipstreaming for Public Sector Reform: How Enterprising Public Sector Leaders Navigate Institutional Inertia', JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION RESEARCH AND THEORY, 33, pp. 4 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muac006
  • Conference Papers | 2023
    Burns Prue ; Rahman S, 2023, '"Reintegrative" Firms and Their Defiance of the Institutional Context: An Inhabited Institutions Perspective on Firms that Hire Former Prisoners', Melbourne, presented at XX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Melbourne, 25 June 2023

My Teaching

ZBUS3102 Project Management