Professor Kenneth Amaeshi

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Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director of the Sustainable Business Initiative

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Profile

Roles and responsibilities

  1. Director, Sustainable Business Initiative 
  2. Associate Editor, Business Ethics European Review
  3. Editorial Board Member, Journal of Business Ethics
  4. Board Member, UK Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC)
  5. Committee Member of the prestigious Gifford Lectures

Background

PhD (Warwick), MBA (Nottingham), MSc (Hull), PGCE (Cranfield), BPhil (Rome)

Kenneth joined the University of Edinburgh in 2010. Following a career in management consultancy, he 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, a Scholar of the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, University of Nottingham, and a Visiting Scholar at Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Kenneth has an expert level knowledge of developing and emerging economies. He has an extensive network in Africa and is a Visiting Professor of Strategy and Governance at the Lagos Business School, Nigeria.

Besides teaching and researching, Kenneth works with businesses, NGOs and governments. He leads executive capacity building engagements and consultancy projects in the broad areas of sustainability strategy, leadership, international management, ethics and governance.

Kenneth leads executive capacity building programmes for banking and pension industries in Africa (especially in Nigeria). In addition, he works closely with the Global Alliance for Banking on Value (GABV) - "an independent network of banks and banking cooperatives with a shared mission to use finance to support positive economic, social and environmental impact".

Research interests

Kenneth's research interests can be broadly summarised as highlighted below:

1. Entrepreneurship and Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Development: Some businesses effectively contribute to sustainable development and profit from it, while others struggle. How do they do this in a way that enhances shared prosperity for business and society?

Kenneth's current research in this area focuses on how the private sector (both small and big firms) can contribute to and profit from the Sustainable Development Goals - especially in developing and emerging economies. He recently led an international research project on Africapitalism, which explores the role of the private sector in Africa's development. The research was funded by the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

2. Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility, Ethics and Governance: Many organisations are now under pressure to be responsible, ethical, and sustainable. How do they effectively and profitably cope with this pressure? 

Kenneth explores the dynamics of this pressure on organisations and how it informs and shapes their everyday practices (e.g. strategy, corporate governance, leadership, innovation, marketing, organizational development, HRM, corporate communication, supply-chain management, and investment decisions). His works in this area have been used by prestigious organisations including the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.

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

Reciprocity as a Way forward for Diversity Management and Corporate Social Responsibility Research

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

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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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

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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The new challenges of CSR in Emerging Markets

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

Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

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

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

CSR in Nigeria

Amaeshi, K. and Ogbechie, C. (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

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

Amaeshi, K. (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

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

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

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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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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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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The Dynamics of Networked Innovation

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

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

Institutional Embeddedness of Corporate Social Accounts: Evidence from Liberal and Coordinated Market Economies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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