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dr. A.E. (Arno) Kourula

  • Faculty of Economics and Business
    Section International Strategy & Marketing
  • Visiting address
    REC M
    Plantage Muidergracht 12  Room number: M2.29
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15953
    1001 NL  Amsterdam
    T: 0205254390


Associate Professor of Strategy (tenured)

Research programme

Strategy and Marketing 

Research interests

Cross-sector interaction
Corporate responsibility
Corporate sustainability
Nongovernmental organizations
Stakeholder engagement 
Base of the pyramid
Sustainable cities
Business ethics
Roles in interorganizational networks
Political role of corporations

Dissertation title

Company Engagement with Nongovernmental Organizations from a Corporate Responsibility Perspective (2009; Aalto University School of Business; Helsinki, Finland).

Prizes and honours

MBA lecturer of the year for 2017

Van der Schroeff award (lecturer of the year) for 2016.

Best Reviewer (2011) of Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management.

Scholarships from Foundation for Economic Education, Helsinki School of Economics Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

Editorial roles

Co-editor of Special Issues: Journal of Business Ethics
Associate Editor: Business & Society
Editorial Board Member: Journal of World Business and Journal of International Business Policy 

International ties

Copenhagen Business School (Denmark): Fellow (2014-2015)

Aalto University School of Business (Finland): Docent (2013-)

Stanford University (USA): Visiting Scholar (2012-2013)

Stanford University (USA): Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2010-2012)

Helsinki School of Economics / Aalto University School of Business (Finland): D.Sc. Econ in 2009

Stanford University (USA): Visiting Scholar (2008)

Invited presentations in various universities in China, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Poland and U.S.A.

Arno Kourula

Teaching activities

Amsterdam Business School

Ethics, Responsibility, and Sustainability (MBA)

Business in Society (Executive)

Business Strategy and Sustainability (Master)

Business in Society (Research master)

Master's Thesis Supervision (supervised 50+ master's theses)

Previously at Aalto University

Environment, Sustainable Development, and Responsibility (Executive MBA)

Introduction to Business Law and Business Ethics (Bachelor)

International Corporate Responsibility (Master)

Workshop of Corporate Responsibility (MBA)

Master's and Bachelor's Thesis Supervision



  • Halme, M., Kourula, A., Lindeman, S., Kallio, G., Lima-Toivanen, M., & Korsunova, A. (2016). Sustainability Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid Through Multi-Sited Rapid Ethnography. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 23(2), 113–128. DOI: 10.1002/csr.1385  [details] 
  • Kourula, A., & Delalieux, G. (2016). The micro-level foundations and dynamics of political corporate social responsibility: hegemony and passive revolution through civil society. Journal of Business Ethics, 135(4), 769-785. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2499-7  [details] 


  • Joutsevirta, M., & Kourula, A. (2015). The role of nongovernmental organizations in corporate social responsibility. In E. R. G. Pedersen (Ed.), Corporate social responsibility (pp. 267-288). Los Angeles, Calif.: Sage. [details] 
  • Midttun, A., Gjølberg, M., Kourula, A., Sweet, S., & Vallentin, S. (2015). Public Policies for Corporate Social Responsibility in Four Nordic Countries: Harmony of Goals and Conflict of Means. Business & Society, 54(4), 464-500. DOI: 10.1177/0007650312450848  [details] 



  • Mäkinen, J., & Kourula, A. (2013). Yritysvastuun yhteiskuntafilosofiaa. In I. Niiniluoto, R. Vilkko, & J. Kuorikoski (Eds.), Talous ja filosofia (pp. 155-167). Helsinki: Gaudeamus. [details] 


  • Laasonen, S., Fougère, M., & Kourula, A. (2012). Dominant articulations in academic business and society discourse on NGO-business relations: a critical assessment. Journal of Business Ethics, 109(4), 521-545. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-011-1143-z  [details] 
  • Mäkinen, J., & Kourula, A. (2012). Pluralism in political corporate social responsibility. Business Ethics Quarterly, 22(4), 649-678. DOI: 10.5840/beq201222443  [details] 
  • Peterman, A., Kourula, A., & Levitt, R. (2012). A roadmap for navigating voluntary and mandated programs for building energy efficiency. Energy Policy, 43, 415-426. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.01.026  [details] 


  • Delalieux, G., & Kourula, A. E. (2011). Nongovernmental organizations influence and capacity in management literature: The implicit influence of Tocqueville and explicit reference to Habermas. In R. Hull, J. Gibbon, O. Branzei, & H. Haugh (Eds.), The Third Sector (pp. 57-73). (Dialogues in critical mangement studies; No. Vol. 1). Bingley, UK: Emerald.


  • Kourula, A. E. (2010). Corporate engagement with nongovernmental organizations in different institutional contexts: A case of a forest productys company. Journal of World Business, 45(4), 395-404. DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2009.08.010 
  • Kourula, A. E., & Laasonen, S. (2010). Nongovernmental organizations in business and society, management, and international business research: Review and implications from 1998 to 2007. Business & Society, 49(1), 35-67. DOI: 10.1177/0007650309345282 


  • Kourula, A. E. (2009). Company engagement with nongovernmental organizations from a corporate responsibility perspective. (Acta Universitatis Oeconomicae Helsingiensis; No. A-355). Helsinki: Helsinki School of Economics.


  • Kourula, A. E., & Halme, M. (2008). Types of corporate responsibility and engagement with nongovernmental organizations: An exploration of business and social outcomes. Corporate Governance, 8(4), 557-570. DOI: 10.1108/14720700810899275 
  • Makinen, J., & Kourula, A. E. (2008). The politics of corporate responsibility. niin & näin, 2008(4), 92-101.


  • Haltsonen, I., Kourula, A. E., & Salmi, A. (2007). Stakeholder pressure and socially responsible purchasing. Finanza, Marketing e Produzione: rivista di economia d'impresa dell'Università Bocconi, 2007(September), 47-56.


  • Makinen, J., & Kourula, A. E. (2014). Globalization, National Politics and Corporate Social Responsibility. In R. Tainio, S. Merilainen, J. Makinen, & M. Laihonen (Eds.), Limits of Globalization - National Borders Still Matter (1 ed., pp. 219-235). CBS Press.


  • Midttun, A., Gjølberg, M., Kourula, A., Sweet, S., & Vallentin, S. (2013). Public policies for corporate social responsibility in advanced welfare states. In A. Midttun (Ed.), CSR and beyond: a Nordic perspective (pp. 261-286). Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk. [details] 


  • Kourula, A. E. (2012). [Review of: A. Rasche, G. Kell. The United Nations Global Compact: Achievements, Trends and Challenges]. Business & Society, 52, 170-176. DOI: 10.1177/0007650312459922 


  • Joutsenvirta, M., & Kourula, A. E. (2011). Kansalaisaktivistit yritysten vastuun asialla (Civil society activists and corporate responsibility). In M. Joutsenvirta, M. Halme, M. Jalas, & J. Makinen (Eds.), Vastuullinen liiketoiminta kansainvalisessa maailmassa (Corporate responsibility in an international world) (pp. 210-230). Helsinki: Gaudeamus.


  • Kourula, A. E. (2010). Finland. In W. Visser, & N. Tolhurst (Eds.), The world guide to CSR: A coutry-by-country analysis of corporate sustainability and responsibility (pp. 151-157). Sheffield: Greenleaf.


  • Kourula, A. E. (2007). Finnish corporations engagement with nongovernmental organizations. In M. Kamppinen, & P. Nurmi (Eds.), Responsible business (pp. 80-91). Turku, Finland: Turku University.


  • Kourula, A., & Houtbeckers, E. (2016). 10: Finland. In W. Visser (Ed.), The world guide to sustainable entrepreneurship. - Vol. 3: Europe (pp. 85-91). Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing. [details] 


  • Aijala, P., Kourula, A. E., Siltanen, M., & Mustonen, E. (2006). The evaluation of Finnish NGOs development cooperation capacity. Helsinki: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Department for Develoment Policy.


  • Telford, J., Mikkola, E., Bianchi, P., & Kourula, A. E. (2005). The evaluation of Finnish humanitarian assistance 1996-2004. Helsinki: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Department for Development Policy.
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