Miss Soniya Rijal
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Miss Soniya Rijal

Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Texas Woman's University, United States - 4.0/4.0 GPA

Business School
School of Management and Governance

Ms. Soniya Rijal is a PhD candidate in School of Management and Governance at UNSW. She is pursuing her PhD in “Globalization and Social-Commercial Paradoxes: The Case of Nepalese Microfinance Institutions” under the supervision of Associate Professor Josh Keller and Associate Professor Hokyu Hwang. Before coming to UNSW, she completed Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Texas Woman’s University, USA. Her specific research interest includes organizational paradoxes, social entrepreneurship and Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) enterpreneurship. Broadly, she is interested in understanding how organizations can have a positive social impact, how organizations manage competing elements simultaneously that are often difficult to sustain, such as profit and social missions, long-term versus short-term goals, global versus local culture.  Currently, she is researching Nepalese microfinance institutions to understand how organizations manage social and commercial tensions and shape organization's practices. She also has more than 5 years of working experience in non-profit field in Nepal.

Research interests

Organizational paradoxes and tensions

Globalization and translation of social-business models

Social entrepreneurship 

Bottom of Pyramid Entrepreneuship 

Microfinance institutions 

Organization Theory (OT)

Conferences

Rijal, S., Keller, J., & Hwang, H. (2022). Globalization in Social-Commercial Tensions: The Case of Nepalese Microfinance. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2022, No. 1, p. 10771). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.

Rijal, S., Keller, J., and Hwang, H. (2021). Global embeddedness in the construction of social-commercial paradoxes: The case of microfinance in Nepal. 2021 European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS). [Status: Presented] [Online Platform Presentation]

Rijal, S., (2019). A Comparative Study of Non-Profit Management Practices in Nepal and USA. 10th Annual Federation Research Symposium. Denton, Texas. [Status: Presented] [Poster Presentation]

Rijal, S., (2019). A Comparative Study of Non-Profit Management Practices in Nepal and USA. 2019 Student Creative Art Symposium. Denton, Texas. [Status: Presented] [Platform Presentation]

Rijal, S., (2019). A Comparative Study of Non-Profit Management Practices in Nepal and USA. Learning By Doing Showcase. Denton, Texas. [Status: Presented] [Platform Presentation]

Rijal, S., (2019). Children in Urban Poor Settlements. A Conference on Urban Child Right. Kathmandu, Nepal. [Status: Presented] [Platform Presentation]

Publications

Rijal, S., & Wasti, S. P. (2018). Factors influencing career progression of working women in health services: A case from Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. International Journal of Healthcare Management,1-7.

Rijal, S., Shrestha, P & Nepal, B. (2016). “Children in Brick Kiln: Origin and Migration Status" Published by Child Development Society.

Sessional Tutor (Teaching and Grading) of Global Business Environment (MGMT5601)