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Dr. A.E. (Arno) Kourula

Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
Sectie Strategy & International Business
Fotograaf: Ineke Oostveen

  • Plantage Muidergracht 12
  • Kamernummer: M2.16
  • Postbus 15953
    1001 NL Amsterdam
  • Profile


    Associate Professor of Strategy (tenured) (with a focus on corporate sustainability)

    Research programme

    International Management & Strategy 

    Research interests

    Corporate Sustainability
    International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    Cross-sector interaction
    CSR regulation
    Political roles of corporations
    Interorganizational roles and sustainability alliances
    Stakeholder strategies and engagement 
    Business and nongovernmental organizations

    Dissertation title

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

    Prizes and honours

    International Association for Business & Society Best Published Paper in 2017 Award
    Finalist for best reviewer award in 2018 and 2019 for Business & Society
    MBA lecturer of the year for 2017 and 2018
    Van der Schroeff award (lecturer of the year) for 2016
    Best Reviewer (2011) of Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management.
    Individual scholarships awarded from University of Amsterdam's A Sustainable Future platform, the Foundation for Economic Education, Helsinki School of Economics Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

    Editorial roles

    Co-editor for Special Issues: Journal of Business Ethics
    Associate Editor: Business & Society
    Editorial Board Memberships: 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 Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Poland and U.S.A.

  • Teaching

    Teaching activities

    Amsterdam Business School

    Ethics, Responsibility, and Sustainability (MBA)
    Ethics and Sustainability in Healthcare (MBA)
    Business in Society (Executive)
    Sustainability, Circularity and Business (Master, Sustainability Honors program)
    Master's thesis supervision (supervised 50+ master's theses)

    Previously at Amsterdam Business School

    Business Strategy and the Environment (Master)
    Business Ethics (Master)
    Integrity Workshop (MBA)

    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

  • Links
  • Publicaties



    • Arora, B., Kourula, A., & Phillips, R. (2020). Emerging paradigms of Corporate Social Responsibility, regulation, and governance: Introduction to the thematic symposium. Journal of Business Ethics, 162(2), 265-268. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-019-04236-2 [details]
    • Kolk, A., Kourula, A., Pisani, N., & Westermann-Behaylo, M. (2020). The state of international business, corporate social responsibility and development: Key insights and an application to practice. In P. Lund-Thomsen, M. W. Hansen, & A. Lindgreen (Eds.), Business and development studies: Issues and perspectives (pp. 257-285). (Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizatoins and Technology). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315163338-11 [details]
    • Peterman, A., Kourula, A., & Levitt, R. (2020). Organizational roles in a sustainability alliance network. Business Strategy and the Environment, 29(8), 3314-3330. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2574 [details]




    • 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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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). 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. https://doi.org/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]



    • 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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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.


    • Mäkinen, J., & Kourula, A. (2014). Globalization, National Politics and Corporate Social Responsibility. In R. Tainio, S. Meriläinen, J. Mäkinen, & M. Laihonen (Eds.), Limits to Globalization: National Borders Still Matter (pp. 219-235). Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press. [details]


    • 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. https://doi.org/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]


    • Halme, M., Kallio, G., Korsunova, A., Kourula, A. E., Lima-Toivonen, M. B., Lindeman, S., & Peltonen, T. (2010). Final report: Practices at the Base of the Pyramid - Packaging, primary education, and mass communication practices in Brazil, India, Russia, and Tanzania. Helsinki: TEKES and Forest Cluster.


    • 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.


    • Pisani, N., Kourula, A. E. & Kolk, A. (2017). Award for best article published in the field in 2017 by the International Association for Business and Society.


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