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dr. A.E. (Arno) Kourula

Faculty of Economics and Business
Section International Strategy & Marketing
Photographer: Ineke Oostveen

Visiting address
  • Plantage Muidergracht 12
  • Room number: M2.16
Postal address
  • Postbus 15953
    1001 NL Amsterdam
  • Profile


    Associate Professor of Strategy (tenured)

    Research programme

    International Strategy and Marketing 

    Research interests

    Corporate responsibility
    Corporate sustainability
    Cross-sector interaction
    Stakeholder engagement 
    Nongovernmental organizations
    Base of the pyramid
    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

    International Association for Business & Society Best Published Paper in 2017 Award

    Finalist for best reviewer award in 2018 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 the 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 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 China, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Poland and U.S.A.

    Arno Kourula
  • Teaching

    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

    Course materials are available through the UvA Blackboard Server

  • Links
  • Publications


    • Kolk, A., Kourula, A. E., Pisani, N., & Westermann-Behaylo, M. K. (2019). The state of international business, corporate social responsibility and development: Key insights and an application to practice. In Business and development studies: Issues and perspectives


    • Chowdury, R., Kourula, A. E., & Siltaoja, M. E. (Accepted/In press). Power of Paradox: Grassroots Organizations’ Legitimacy Strategies Over Time. Business & Society, 1. [].
    • Kourula, A. E., Paukku, M. P., Peterman, A., & Koria, M. (Accepted/In press). Intermediary roles in regulatory programs: Toward a role‐based framework. Regulation & Governance, 1. [doi:10.1111/rego.12226].



    • 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. [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. [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. [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.
    • 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.


    • 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.
    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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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