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

Samara, G. & Arenas Vives, D. (2017). Practicing fairness in the family business workplace. Business Horizons, 60 (5), pp. 647-655. DOI: 10.1016/j.bushor.2017.05.008.

Purtik, H. & Arenas Vives, D. (2017). Embedding social innovation: Shaping societal norms and behaviors throughout the innovation process. Business & Society. DOI: 10.1177/0007650317726523 .

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.

Goodman, J. (2015). Social shareholder engagement: How shareholders bring social, environmental and ethical concerns to the heart of management (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Barcelona: ESADE. Instituto de Innovación Social.

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. & Arenas Vives, D. (2014). A discourse ethics approach to social shareholder engagement: developing a normative perspective. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, (1), pp. 1476-1481. DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2014.186.

Hai, S. & Arenas Vives, D. (2014, September). How NGOs redefine themselves: Transitioning from nonprofit to earned income. In XLIX Asamblea Anual CLADEA 2014. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Consejo Latinoamericano de Escuelas de Administración (CLADEA), Barcelona.

Goodman, J. & Arenas Vives, D. (2014, August). A discourse ethics approach to social shareholder engagement: Developing a normative perspective. In 2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Academy of Management (AOM), Philadelphia.

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.

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.

Fosse, J. & Arenas Vives, D. (2012, April). Business going green: Desso case of corporate transformation through radical eco-innovation. In EABIS 11th Annual Colloquium. Symposium conducted at the meeting of European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS), Lausanne.

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.

van Cranenburgh, K., Arenas Vives, D. & Albareda Vivó, L. (2010). Healthcare provision of a multinational company operating in emerging markets: Ethical motivations, benefits of healthcare investment and the impact on socially responsible investors. In Louche , C., Filho, W. & Idowu, S. (Eds.), Innovative CSR: From risk management to value creation (pp. 241-263). Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing.

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.

Lenssen , G., Arenas Vives, D., Lacy , P. & Pickard , S. (2008). Business in society and the emerging global governance paradigm - introduction. Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, 8 (4), pp. 348-360.