Daniel Arenas Vives
Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences in ESADE
URL Associate Professor

Director, Department of Social Sciences
Co-ordinator GRRSE,


  • Doctor of Philosophy. University of Chicago
  • Master of Arts. University of Chicago
  • Licenciatura en Filosofía y Ciencias de la Educación. Universitat de Barcelona

Areas of interest

  • Business ethics
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Sustainability
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration


Daniel Arenas is Associate Professor of the Department of Social Sciences at ESADE Business School, where he is also the Head of Research of the Institute for Social Innovation. He holds a PhD and a MA from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, a Degree in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona and a Diploma from the Program of Executive Development at ESADE. He teaches courses on Sociology, Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. His research interests focus in the area of business ethics and corporate social responsibility, and has published also in the fields of political theory and aesthetics. He is professor at ESADE since 2002.

Selected publications

Rodríguez Rodríguez , J. A., Giménez Thomsen, C. & Arenas Vives, D. (2016). Cooperative initiatives with NGOs in socially sustainable supply chains: How is inter-organizational fit achieved?. Journal of Cleaner Production, (137), pp. 516-526. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.07.115.

Arenas Vives, D. & Ayuso , S. (2016). Unpacking transnational corporate responsibility: Coordination mechanisms and orientations. Business Ethics: A European Review, 25 (3), pp. 217-237. DOI: 10.1111/beer.12113.

Rodrigo Ramírez, P., Duran, I. J. & Arenas Vives, D. (2016). Does it really pay to be good, everywhere? A first step to understand the corporate social and financial performance link in Latin American controversial industries. Business Ethics: A European Review, 25 (3), pp. 286-309. DOI: 10.1111/beer.12119.

Rodriguez Rodriguez , J., Giménez Thomsen, C., Arenas Vives, D. & Pagell, M. (2016). NGOs' initiatives to enhance social sustainability in the supply chain: Poverty alleviation through supplier development programs. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 52 (3), pp. 83-108. DOI: 10.1111/jscm.12104.

Arenas Vives, D. & Rodrigo Ramírez, P. (2016). On firms and the next generations: Difficulties and possibilities for business ethics inquiry. Journal of Business Ethics, 133 (1), pp. 165-178. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2348-8.

Murphy, B., Arenas Vives, D. & Batista-Foguet, J. (2015). Value creation in cross-sector collaborations: The roles of experience and alignment. Journal of Business Ethics, 130 (1), pp. 145-162. DOI: 10.1007/s19551-014-2204-x.

Goodman, J. & Arenas Vives, D. (2015). Engaging ethically: A discourse ethics perspective on social shareholder engagement. Business Ethics Quarterly, 2 (25), pp. 163-189. DOI: 10.1017/beq.2015.8.

Goodman, J., Louche , C., van Cranenburgh, K. & Arenas Vives, D. (2014). Social shareholder engagement: The dynamics of voice and exit. Journal of Business Ethics, 125 (2), pp. 193-210. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-013-1890-0.

van Cranenburgh, K. & Arenas Vives, D. (2014). Strategic and moral dilemmas of corporate philanthropy in developing countries: Heineken in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Business Ethics, 122 (3), pp. 523-536. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-013-1776-1.

van Cranenburgh, K., Arenas Vives, D., Goodman, J. & Louche , C. (2014). Religious organisations as investors: a Christian perspective on shareholder engagment. Society and Business Review, 9 (2), pp. 195-213. DOI: 10.1108/SBR-11-2013-0078.

Baur, D. & Arenas Vives, D. (2014). The value of unregulated business-NGO interaction: A deliberative perspective. Business & Society, 53 (2), pp. 157-186. DOI: 10.1177/0007650312452868.

Arenas Vives, D., Sánchez , P. & Murphy, B. (2013). Different paths of collaboration between businesses and civil society and the role of third parties. Journal of Business Ethics, 115 (4), pp. 723-739. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-013-1829-5.

Arenas Vives, D. & Rodrigo Ramírez, P. (2013). The challenge of future generations for business ethics. Journal of Management for Global Sustainability, 1 (1), pp. 47-69.

Arenas Vives, D. & van Cranenburgh, K. (2012). From preaching to investing: Attitudes of religious organisations towards responsible investment. Journal of Business Ethics, 110 (3), pp. 301-320.

Arenas Vives, D., Fosse, J. & Murphy, B. (2011). Acciona: A process of transformation towards sustainability. Journal of Management Development, 30 (10), pp. 1027-1048.

Murphy, B. & Arenas Vives, D. (2010). Through indigenous lenses: Cross-sector collaborations with fringe stakeholders. Journal of Business Ethics, 94 (Supplement 1), pp. 103-121.

Mària Serrano, J. & Arenas Vives, D. (2009). Societal ethos and economic development organizations in Nicaragua. Journal of Business Ethics, 88 (Suplement 2), pp. 231-244.

Arenas Vives, D., Lozano, J. & Albareda Vivó, L. (2009). The role of NGOs in CSR: Mutual perceptions among stakeholders. Journal of Business Ethics, 88 (1), pp. 175-197.

Vilanova Pichot, M., Lozano, J. & Arenas Vives, D. (2009). Exploring the nature of the relationship between CSR and competitiveness. Journal of Business Ethics, 87 (Supplement 1), pp. 57-69.

Rodrigo Ramírez, P. & Arenas Vives, D. (2008). Do employees care about CSR? A typology of employees according to their attitudes. Journal of Business Ethics, 83 (2), pp. 265-283.

Arenas Vives, D. (2006). Problematizing and enlarging the notion of humanistic education. In Czarniawska, B. & Gagliardi, P. (Eds.), Management education and the humanities (pp. 113-134). Camberley; Cheltenham; Northampton: Edward Elgar.