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Aharon Cohen-Mohliver

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


PhD (Columbia)

Professor Mohliver is a strategy scholar specialising in quantitative research of business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR). He helps organizations understand why misconduct emerges, and thus help them preempt behaviours that harm the organization or its broader stakeholder environment. In a related stream Aharon studies the implications of social polarization for firms wanting to engage in CSR.

Aharon’s research asks why some firms, but not others, engage in behaviour that is viewed unfavourably. 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. Aharon studies these social antecedents of misconduct in a variety of organisational 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, Aharon examines the implications of social polarization on the effectiveness of CSR. Specifically, this research explores the conditions under which one firm’s actions to support diversity, environmental sustainability and labour safety can in fact push its competitors to pollute, discriminate and abuse labour.

Aharon’s research is published in leading academic journals such as Organization Science and Administrative Science Quarterly, he serves on the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal and his dissertation was cited in major legislation affecting ownership structure in Business Groups in Israel. Before joining London Business School, Aharon 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). Aharon holds a PhD 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 Strategic Management, Strategic Analysis, Sociological Foundations of Strategy and Behavioral Strategy. He has taught EMBAs, MBAs, Masters in Management, Specialised Executive Programs and PhD students. Aharon is now teaching the Executive MBAs at London Business School.

2019

How misconduct spreads : auditors’ role in the diffusion of stock-option backdating

Mohliver A

Administrative Science Quarterly 2019 Vol 64:2 p 310-336

2018

Shine a light: how firm responses to announcing earnings restatements changed after Sarbanes-Oxley

Pozner J E; Mohliver A; Moore C

Journal of Business Ethics 2018 Online first

To stop misconduct, you’ve got to know where to look

Mohliver A; Johnston A

London Business School Review 2018

2017

Are recessions good for morality? : evidence that ethics improve when the economy falters

Bianchi E; Mohliver A

Academy of Management Proceedings 2017:1

CEOs who began their career during booms tend to be less ethical

Bianchi E C; Mohliver A

Harvard Business Review Digital Articles 2017

2016

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

2015

Paying attention to misconduct : how firm misconduct is interpreted differently in post-Sarbanes-Oxley era

Pozner J-E; Mohliver A; Moore C

Academy of Management Proceedings 2015:1

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


EMBA

  • Strategic Management (EMBA,2018)


PhD

  • Sociological Foundations of Strategy (PhD course 2016, 2018)


Masters in Management

  • Strategy Analysis (MiM, 2016)


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
  • Corporate Social Responsibility