Dr Kenneth Amaeshi

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Head of the Strategy Group and Reader in Strategy & International Business

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Profile

Background

PhD (Warwick), MBA (Nottingham), MSc (Hull), MA (Nigeria), BPhil (Rome)

Kenneth is the Head of the Strategy Group, a Reader in Strategy & International Business, and the Director of the Sustainable Business Initiative (http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/sbi). Following a career in management consultancy, he has held positions at the Cranfield School of Management and the University of Warwick (Warwick Business School and Warwick Manufacturing Group, respectively). He was a Chevening Scholar (2002/3), a Scholar of the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School (2003/4) and a Visiting Scholar at Said Business School, University of Oxford (2007/8).

Besides teaching and researching, Kenneth works with businesses, NGOs and governments. He is a Committee Member of the prestigious Gifford Lectures chaired by the Principal (http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/humanities-soc-sci/news-events/lectures/gifford-lectures). In addition, he currently leads a University platform on Corporate Responsibility and Governance for continuous interactions with industry players, policy makers, and the general public (http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/crgnetwork)

Research interest terms

  • Corporate governance, responsibility & sustainability
  • Strategy implementation & process
  • The political economy of business and mangement in Africa
  • Multinational enterprises (MNEs) as agents of sustainable development

Research interests

Kenneth adopts an organisation theory approach to strategy and international management. He is particularly interested in globalisation, non-market strategies, and the implications of societal issues for organizational practices and professions in different institutional contexts. He mainly draws from Economic Sociology, Political Economy, and Comparative Management. His current research focuses on business elites, institutional strategies, governance, and business responsibility/sustainability in challenging and non-enabling institutional contexts.

1. Business Elites, Institutional Strategies, and Governance in Emerging Markets

Most emerging and developing economies are characterised by ineffective governments, inefficient markets, and weak civil society. This condition often impedes performance and induces exploitation. Kenneth is interested in how firms (particularly MNCs), business elites, and other non-State actors strategically address governance voids through institutional entrepreneurship; especially in relation to fostering anti-corruption, poverty alleviation, sustainable infrastructure and economic development. His work in this area has informed policy and practice; and he is currently leading a £310,000 international research project on Africapitalism, which explores the role of the private sector in Africa's development. For more details, see: http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/blogs/research-news/2014/03/27/africapitalism-project/

2. Business Responsibility/ Sustainability Discourses, Organizational Practices, and Professions

Business responsibility and sustainability has become a global phenomenon. Kenneth explores the global discursive construction of this concept and how it informs and shapes organizational practices and professions. Such practices and professions, respectively, include: strategy, corporate governance, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, organizational development, human resources management, corporate communication, supply-chain management, investment decisions, management consultancy, accounting, and government relations. He is particularly interested in how sustainability discourses diffuse and shape organizational practices and professions across institutional contexts, national boundaries, and time. His work in this area has been used by prestigious organizations including the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.

Others

In addition to a book, Kenneth has over 50 journal articles, book chapters, and refereed conference papers. His research has been published in such journals as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Research, International Business Review, and Journal of Business Ethics, amongst others. He is currently the Associate Editor, Business Ethics: European Review, and an Editorial Board Member, Journal of Business Ethics (FT45 Journal). His teaching cuts across mainstream strategy and international management modules.

Group membership

PhD Supervision

Kenneth is supervising 2 PhD students


Publications

Neither principles nor rules: Making corporate governance work in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nakpodia, Adegbite, Amaeshi and Owolabi. (2016) Journal of Business Ethics.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Sub-Saharan Africa

Amaeshi, Okupe and Ismail. (2016) 1. 12-23.
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Corporate social responsibility in SMEs: A shift from philanthropy to institutional works?

Amaeshi, Adegbite, Ogbechie, Idemudia, Kan, Issa and Anakwue. (2015) Journal of Business Ethics.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Africapitalism: A management idea for business in Africa?

Amaeshi and Idemudia. (2015) Africa Journal of Mangement 1 (2). 210-223.
Contribution to journal: Article
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A developing country view of CSR in Micro and Small Enterprises: Problems, Prospects, and Paradoxes

Amaeshi, Adegbite, Ogbechie and Anakwue. (2014).
Contribution to conference: Paper

Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Relations in Africa:: Evidence from the Nigerian Banking Sector

Amaeshi, Adeleye and Amao. (2014).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Corporate social responsibility in challenging and non-enabling institutional contexts: Do institutional voids matter?

Amaeshi, Adegbite and Rajwani. (2014) Journal of Business Ethics.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Reciprocity as a Way forward for Diversity Management and Corporate Social Responsibility Research

Amaeshi. (2014).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter (peer-reviewed)

CSR and the national institutional context: The case of South Korea

Kim, Amaeshi, Harris and Suh. (2013) Journal of Business Research 66 (12). 2581-2591.
Contribution to journal: Article

Exploring the Role of Trust in the Deal-Making Process for Early-Stage Technology Ventures

Scarbrough, Swan, Amaeshi and Briggs. (2013) Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 37 (5). 1203-1228.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Multiple Influences on Corporate Governance Practice in Nigeria: Agents, Strategies and Implications

Adegbite, Amaeshi and Nakajima. (2013) International Business Review 22 (3). 524-538.
Contribution to journal: Article
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The Politics of Shareholder Activism in Nigeria

Adegbite, Amaeshi and Amao. (2012) Journal of Business Ethics 105 (3). 389-402.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

Amaeshi and Nnodim, P. (2012).
Book/Report: Book

The new challenges of CSR in Emerging Markets

Amaeshi and Stoyanova, V. (2012).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

International Financial Insitutions and Discursive Institutional Change: Implications for Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Economies

Amaeshi. (2011) Journal of Organizational Change Management 11. 111-128.
Contribution to journal: Article

Different Markets for Different Folks: Exploring the Challenges of Mainstreaming Responsible Investment Practices

Amaeshi. (2010) Journal of Business Ethics 92 (1). 41-56.
Contribution to journal: Article

Stakeholder Management: A multi-level theorisation and implications for practice

Amaeshi, K. (2010).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Banking System Development, Small Businesses and Minority Lending in Nigeria

Ezeoha and Amaeshi. (2010) International Journal of Financial Services Management.
Contribution to journal: Article

CSR in Nigeria

Amaeshi, K. and Ogbechie, C. (2010).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Knowledge Governance for Open Innovation: Evidence from an EU R & D Collaboration

Scarbrough and Amaeshi. (2009). 220-246.
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Who cares wins: IFC and promotion of sustainable project finance deals - any implications for CSR discourse?

Amaeshi, K. (2009).
Contribution to conference: Other

The business firm as a political actor: exploring the political misuese of shareholder activism in Nigeria

Amaeshi, K. and Adegbite, E. (2009).
Contribution to conference: Other

Corporate Social Responsibility in Transnational Spaces: Exploring the influences of varieties of capitalism on expressions of corporate codes of conduct in Nigeria

Amaeshi, K. and Amao, O. (2009) Journal of Business Ethics 86 (2). 225-239.
Contribution to journal: Article

Untangling African indigenous management: Multiple influences on the success of SMEs in Kenya

Jackson, Amaeshi and Yavuz. (2008) Journal of World Business 43 (4). 400-416.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Corporate Social Responsibility in Supply Chains of Global Brands: A Boundaryless Responsibility? Clarifications, Exceptions and Implications

Amaeshi, Osuji and Nnodim. (2008) Journal of Business Ethics 81 (1). 223-234.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Multinational insitutions and the internationalization of 'good governance practices' to developing economics: A comparative study of the World Bank and Shell International in Nigeria

Amaeshi, K. (2008).
Contribution to conference: Other

The Dynamics of Networked Innovation

Amaeshi, K. and Scarbrough. (2008). 215-236.
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Visual analysis of social accounts: a strategy for discerning corporate stakeholder salience patterns

Amaeshi, K. (2008).
Contribution to conference: Other

Neither National Boundaries nor Transnational Social Spaces: Accounting for Variations in Valuation of ESG Risks in Varieties of Capitalism

Amaeshi, K. (2008).
Working paper: Working paper
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Institutional Embeddedness of Corporate Social Accounts: Evidence from Liberal and Coordinated Market Economies

Amaeshi, K. (2008).
Contribution to conference: Other

It's not personal: The role of trust in investor decision-making on early stage technology

Amaeshi, K., Briggs, A., Carlile, P. and Scarbrough, H. (2008).
Contribution to conference: Other

Are corporate stakeholder salience patterns institutionally embedded? Evidence from UK and Germany

Amaeshi, K. (2008).
Contribution to conference: Other

Civic Organisations as Insitutional Entrepreneurs: The Role of Minority Shareholder Movement in Corporate Governance Reforms in South Korea

Amaeshi, K. and Kang, N. (2008).
Contribution to conference: Other

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in transnational spaces: An institutional deconstruction

Amaeshi, K. (2008).
Contribution to conference: Other

Galvanising Shareholder Activism: A Prerequisite for Effective Corporate Governance and Accountability in Nigeria

Amaeshi, K. and Amao, O. (2008) Journal of Business Ethics 82 (1). 119-130.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Count me out: The challenges of environmental, social and governance risks in making investment decisions

Amaeshi, K. (2008).
Contribution to conference: Other
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Revisiting Rational Choice and Rationality Debate in the Social Sciences

Amaeshi, Adi, B. and Nnodim, P. (2007) International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 1. 27-38.
Contribution to journal: Article

Reconstructing the Corporate Social Responsibility Construct in Utlish

Amaeshi and Adi, A .B .C. (2007) Business Ethics: A European Review 16. 3-18.
Contribution to journal: Article

Corporate Social Responsibility in Nigeria: Western Mimicry or Indigenous Influences?

Amaeshi, Adi, A .B .C., Amao, O .O. and Ogbechie, C. (2006) Journal of Corporate Citizenship 24 (Winter). 83-99.
Contribution to journal: Article

Stakeholder Engagement: A Mechanism for Sustainable Aviation

Amaeshi and Crane, A. (2006) Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management 13. 245-260.
Contribution to journal: Article