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Aharon Cohen-Mohliver

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


MA Finance (Hebrew University), PhD (Columbia)

Prof. Mohliver is a strategy scholar specializing in quantitative research of business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR). He seeks to help stakeholders better understand what are the causes for misconduct, how to identify them and how to address them before misconduct emerges.

Prof. Mohlivers research asks why some firms, but not others, engage in behaviour that is viewed unfavourably by external stakeholders. These reasons include the information network in which the firm is embedded, competitive pressures, regulation, the firm’s own history and internal processes of hiring and promotion. Prof. Mohliver studies these social antecedents of misconduct in a variety of organizational settings ranging from executive stock option backdating and financial restatements, to student plagiarism and violence in professional sports. His research examines questions about the diffusion of wrongful practices, the effects of recessions and booms on morality and the effects of institutional changes on firm corrective action.

In a related research stream Prof. Mohliver examines how social mobilization to support diversity, environmental sustainability and labor safety can in fact push some firms to pollute, discriminate and abuse labor even more.

Before joining London Business School, Prof. Mohliver was the domestic policy advisor to MP Benjamin Netanyahu (2005-2007), and advised the Israeli Securities Authority and the Committee on Competitiveness in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office (2010-2012). His dissertation was cited in major legislation affecting ownership structure in Business Groups in Israel. Prof. Mohliver holds a Ph.D. in Management from Columbia Business School, and Masters degrees from Columbia University (MA) and the Hebrew University (MA, Finance and Strategy).

Aharon is currently Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School and has taught courses covering Strategy Formulation, Strategic Analysis, Sociological Foundations of Strategy and Behavioral Strategy. He has taught MBAs, Masters in Management, Specialized Executive Programs and Phd students.

2016

Are recessions good for morality? : evidence that ethical behavior improves when the economy falters

Bianchi E; Mohliver A

Academy of Management Proceedings 2016 Vol 2016:1

Do good times breed cheats? : prosperous times have immediate and lasting implications for CEO misconduct

Bianchi E C; Mohliver A

Organization Science 2016 Vol 27:6 p 1488-1503

2012

IPO pricing and ownership structure around the world: the business group effect

Mohliver A; Gur-Gershgorn G; Chatopadhyay S

in Levis, M & Vismara, S (eds) Handbook of research on IPOs, Edgar Publishing 2012 p 327-344

Current


Masters in Management

  • Strategic Analysis (MiM, 2015)


Previous


MBA

  • Core Strategy (MBA, 2012)

  • Core Strategy (MBA, 2013)


PhD

  • Behavioral Strategy (PhD, 2013)

Awards and Honours


  • Israel Securities Authority research grant for the study of Israeli Business Groups, 2011. (8,000 USD)

  • Donald C. Hambrick award for Excellence in the Ph.D. Program, Columbia Business School, 2009.

  • Corson Scholarship, Hebrew University, 2007-2008. (16,000 USD)

  • The Levi Eshkol Institute for Social, Economic and Political Research in Israel, Hebrew University, Research grant for project titled: "Family ownership and performance of Israeli largest firms" 2004- 2006. (3,000 USD)

  • Dean List of Excelence, Hebrew University Economics Department, 2004.

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Corporate governance and economic sociology