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Aharon Cohen-Mohliver

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

PhD (Columbia)

Professor  Cohen-Mohliver is a strategy scholar specialising 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.

Professor Cohen-Mohliver's 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. Professor Cohen-Mohliver 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, Professor Cohen-Mohliver examines how social mobilisation to support diversity, environmental sustainability and labour safety can in fact push some firms to pollute, discriminate and abuse labour even more.

Before joining London Business School, Professor Cohen-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. Professor Cohen-Mohliver 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 Strategy Formulation, Strategic Analysis, Sociological Foundations of Strategy and Behavioral Strategy. He has taught MBAs, Masters in Management, Specialised Executive Programs and PhD students.


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

Mohliver A

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


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


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


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


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


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



  • Strategic Management (EMBA,2018)


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

Masters in Management

  • Strategy Analysis (MiM, 2016)



  • Core Strategy (MBA, 2012)

  • Core Strategy (MBA, 2013)


  • 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