Center of Excellence in Higher Education
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NSU Center for Business Research

About US


There is a strong need at NSU business research community for a platform focusing on building, storing, investigating, analyzing, and learning through research activities on business and economic phenomena in Bangladesh and the world.  Based on these overarching needs, a new Center for Business Research is established. 


In order to facilitate business research activities, the Center is expected to identify database needs and to continuously develop high quality data that can be used for advanced studies by the researchers.  The platform is also expected to be a soundboard for ideas on issues of interest to the faculty and businesses in general, and for debating on issues of general interest.  The Center will also aim to train faculty members and professionals, identify and build research skills, and help develop research and investigation skills among young researchers. 


The Center can provide opportunities to our graduates to familiarize themselves with advanced research skills through on and off campus courses. Additionally, the Center hopes to work toward creating collaborations with external researchers to further NSU research goals and to explore new research opportunities.


Vision & Mission


Our Vision:

The NSU Center for Business Research will create an outstanding climate of investigation and knowledge development at NSU focusing on local, regional, and global businesses and economies enabling stellar research advances.

Our Mission:

   To enable our business research community achieve success, the NSU Center for Business Research has the following missions:

    To partner with the business research community to develop a culture of research excellence

    To build and continuously update reliable economic and business databases on Bangladesh

    To promote shared responsibility, ethical research, and research integrity

    To enhance business researchers’ ability to obtain and manage grants

    To invest in promising research projects.

    To create a transparent research administration, infrastructure, and streamlined process for facilitating research

    To advocate for the needs of the NSU business and economics research community

    To broaden awareness amongst stakeholders on the value of business and economic research at NSU

    To develop strong relationships with funding bodies

    To enhance international research competencies in NSU business academics

    To support interdisciplinary research at NSU


Upcoming Events


Major Programs


We expect to undertake a number of programs, some of them are listed below: 


Database Development

  • Build, house, maintain, and be a source for highly reliable databases for the consumption of research society and information-seekers.
  • Continuously seek what type of database may be in demand in the future by the research community.
  • Improve access to key information.

Capability Development

  • House, subscribe, and maintain high quality research and analytical software for the researchers.
  • Promote a culture of continuous process improvement.
  • Cultivate an environment that stimulates, challenges, and grows staff knowledge, skills and competencies through continuous learning.
  • Encourage staff engagement and participation at all levels of process improvement and achievement of NSU-CBR goals.
  • Develop NSU-CBR leaders and career paths for facilitating upward mobility within the organization.
  • Arrange, and conduct training programs designed for government, non-government, and corporate organizations to enhance the job skills of people at various levels of management.  
  • The Center will aspire to improve application of technology at workplaces of all types to make employees at all levels more tech-savvy.
  • Help researchers in grant proposal writing.

Assist non-PhD faculty members in writing PhD proposals and provide them with guidelines to seek admission in PhD programs. 


Collaboration and Funding

  • Develop strategies and plans for open and clear communication.
  • Lower barriers to collaboration.
  • Develop effective relationships with process partners and the campus research community.

Research Environment Development

  • Provide exceptional research administrative services while effectively managing risks and opportunities.
  • Improve researcher productivity and satisfaction by reducing the administrative burden.
  • Streamline business processes.
  • Embrace a culture of transparency and accountability.
  • Identify and adapt best practices.


Broader Programs

  • Provide valuable input to institutional and national policy bodies that may impact business and economic research.
  • Present NSU CBR as a powerful facility to attract and to retain academics.
  • Initiate programs to integrate business research and business education at graduate and undergraduate level.
  • Engage with media disseminate research findings to broader public.
  • Be a part of the networks of Research Centers around the world.
  • Seek funding for research activities and collaborate with other Research Centers and academics on research.

Seminars and workshops

  • Host associates, post-docs, and visiting professors to support/enhance on-going research at NSU and also to chart new avenues through collaboration with researchers from other institutions.
  • Design, arrange, and conduct workshops/seminars/conferences on topics of interest.
  • Offer training courses, certificate courses to the general population to enhance professional and research skills.
  • Organize, host, facilitate, and participate in national and international conference on business and economic issues.


Research Projects

  • Offer contract research and consulting services to the government, NGOs, businesses and associations.
  • Conduct surveys, design questionnaires, and pilot test research designs.
  • Monitor progress of funded and unfunded research in SBE connected to NSU- CBR
Previous Events


Research seminar on 5th October, 2020


Managing Receivables for Manufacturing and Trading Firms in Bangladesh

Sharif N. Ahkam (Contact Author, Professor: Accounting and Finance)

Nazmun Nahar (Senior Lecturer: Accounting and Finance)

Shabnin Rahman Shorna(Lecturer: Management)


Abstract. If the profitability of a firm is affected by inefficient working capital practices, it is logical to assume that an adjustment to working capital practices will improve profitability.  When the policy and practices are reasonably efficient, tweaking practices is not expected to be very beneficial.  We should be able to observe benefits from adjustment in working capital practices for those companies which are clearly outside the norm in the industry.  We examine the data on working capital from Bangladesh for the years 2000-2017 to see if companies with inefficient working capital levels benefit from adjustments toward the norm.  

The data, however, produced a number of surprises.   We expected that firms with very strict management of receivables would be able to improve profitability by relaxing credit and increase sales.  The data points out to opposite result.  Firms carrying very high receivables to sales were expected to benefit from a reduction in receivables.  That did not happen either.  This seems to be happening in the emerging economies everywhere.  It is argued in the paper that once a firm finds itself outside the norm, it will find it difficult to get back to the practices and policies of average companies.  Specific actions and reactions will depend on the situation and any suggestion that management should try to fine-tune working capital management is unlikely to produce much value unless the underlying circumstances are taken into account.  


The Google meet link to join this seminar



NSU CBR Research Seminar on FinTech in Bangladesh - 12th November from 2.00 - 3.30 PM

I would like to invite you all to a virtual seminar on 12th November, from 2.00pm to 3.30 pm. Mr. Ifty Islam, Chairman, Asian Tiger Capital & Global Head of Business Development, Kingdom International will be the speaker for the session. The title of his presentation is "FinTech in Bangladesh" (as attached).


Fintech has already started driving the financial market in Bangladesh. Nagad, Shopup and bkash are some of the examples. SBE, as a leader in business education, is considering introducing FinTech in our teaching programs. I am sure we all can learn about FinTech in Bangladesh from this expart's presentation.


Thanks to our respected Dean, Professor Abdul Hannan Chowdhury for organising the presenter. Professor Chowdhury will also be present in this virtual presentation.


The Google meet link to join:


I hope to see you all on this virtual event.

Thank you,


Dr. Mohammad I Azim CA, CPA, CMA

Professor, Accounting and Finance

Director, NSU Center for Business Research

North South University

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While the Center will be an independent entity hosted by the SBE, the Director of the NSU CBR will report to the Vice Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor will keep the Board of Trustees apprised of the activities of the NSU CBR.


NSU CBR will interact with all the academic disciplines of the University even though the interest of the Center is mostly concentrated on business and economic issues.  A continuous interactive relationship should develop between the NSU CBR and all schools, Institutes and Centers of the university. Program contents and research reports will be saved at the Center Office and recorded on the university archive and reported and advertised on Center website. The University’s technology system will provide the necessary support to facilitate the interaction between the NSU CBR and all schools.  The IT department will also assist in managing a structure to disseminate the information on achievement in the research arena of NSU, highlight major activities, and provide necessary research support in terms of software, data collection, data storage, data base building and archiving.  The treasurer’s office, in conjunction with the Director, Finance and Accounts, will ensure that proper policy is followed in disbursement of funds and oversee the budgets of NSU CBR.  A separate account of NSU CBR within the NSU accounting system will be maintained.  

The following functional organogram is descriptive of the NSU CBR (proposed).  


Figure: Organogram of NSU CBR




The NSU CBR shall undertake various programs. These programs shall often be concentrated on various disciplines within business and economic research. To offer smooth operations of these programs for different research concentrations, NSU CBR will have several focused areas for research (identified as Cell in the above diagram) with designated Head of Research Cells. Few notable areas would be index development for the economy or a specific sector, Entrepreneurship development, Big Data analytics, skill development and organization competency, CSR and societal development, climate change and sustainability, consumer behavior, financial market analysis, SME development, corporate governance and ethics, and migration, poverty, and economic development. New cells may be added depending on the interest of the faculty members, students, and the general public. The Heads of Research Cells shall work with NSU CBR staff to oversee progress of various programs. The Director shall call regular meetings to discuss progress of various programs.


Program Video

Managing Receivables for Manufacturing and Trading Firms in Bangladesh

Date: 5th October, 2020 11 am - 12.30 pm


Sharif N. Ahkam (Contact Author, Professor: Accounting and Finance)

Nazmun Nahar (Senior Lecturer: Accounting and Finance)

Shabnin Rahman Shorna(Lecturer: Management)

Program recording link:



FinTech in Bangladesh

Date: 12th November 2.00pm to 3.30 pm

Presenter: Mr. Ifty Islam, Chairman, Asian Tiger Capital & Global Head of Business Development, Kingdom International.

Program recording link: 


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Contact Us

Please contact:

Professor Dr. Mohammad Istiaq Azim CA, CPA, CMA

Director, NSU Center for Business Research (NSU-CBR)
Room Number NAC 737

North South University
Bashundhara R/A
Dhaka 1229, Bangladesh


Phone: +88 02 55668200, ext. 6310

Mobile: +88 01767688164
Fax: +88 02 55668202