Tobias Hahn
Professor, Department of Social Sciences in ESADE
Contracted Doctoral Professor URL


  • PhD in Economics and Social Science. University of Lüneburg
  • Master of Environmental Science. University of Lüneburg

Areas of interest

  • Business Sustainability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Paradox
  • Stakeholder management
  • Strategy


Tobias holds a PhD in Economic and Social Sciences from and a Master Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Lüneburg, Germany. He also holds a position as a Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney Business School. Prior to joining ESADE he was professor in a business school in France and a project manager in a non-profit research institute in Germany. His main areas of expertise are in corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility. His main research areas are tensions and paradoxes in corporate sustainability and CSR, sustainability performance assessment, corporate sustainability strategies, and stakeholder behavior.

His work as been published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, Ecological Economics, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Business Ethics, Business & Society, Organization & Environment, and Business Strategy and the Environment. Tobias is a Senior Editor of the journal Organization & Environment. He also serves as an editorial board member for the journals Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Business & Society, and Business Strategy and the Environment. Currently, Tobias is also the president of the Group for Research on Organizations and the Natural Environment (GRONEN).

Selected publications

Pinkse, J., Hahn, T. & Figge, F. (Forthcoming). Super-sized tensions and slim responses? The discursive construction of strategic tensions around social issues. Academy of Management Discoveries. DOI: 10.5465/amd.2018.0150.

Gröschl, S., Gabaldón, P. & Hahn, T. (2019). The co-evolution of leaders' cognitive complexity and corporate sustainability: The case of the CEO of Puma. Journal of Business Ethics, 155 (3), pp. 741-762. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-017-3508-4.

Hahn, T. & Figge, F. (2018). Why architecture does not matter: On the fallacy of sustainability balanced scorecards. Journal of Business Ethics, 150 (4), pp. 919-935. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-016-3135-5.

Hahn, T., Figge, F., Pinkse, J. & Preuss, L. (2018). A paradox perspective on corporate sustainability: Descriptive, instrumental, and normative aspects. Journal of Business Ethics, 148 (2), pp. 235-248. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-017-3587-2.

Hahn, T. & Albert, N. (2017). Strong reciprocity in consumer boycotts. Journal of Business Ethics, 145 (3), pp. 509-524. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-015-2870-3.

Hahn, T., Figge, F., Aragón-Correa, J. A. & Sharma, S. (2016). Advancing research on corporate sustainability. Business & Society, 56 (2), pp. 155-185. DOI: 10.1177/0007650315576152.

Neugebauer, F., Figge, F. & Hahn, T. (2016). Planned or emergent strategy making? Exploring the formation of corporate sustainability strategies. Business Strategy and the Environment, 25 (5), pp. 323-336. DOI: 10.1002/bse.1875.

Hahn, T., Pinkse, J., Preuss, L. & Figge, F. (2016). Ambidexterity for corporate social performance. Organization Studies, 37 (2), pp. 213-235. DOI: 10.1177/0170840615604506.

Hahn, T. & Aragón-Correa, J. A. (2015). Toward cognitive plurality on corporate sustainability in organizations: The role of organizational factors. Organization & Environment, 28 (3), pp. 255-263. DOI: 10.1177/1086026615604446.

Hahn, T., Pinkse, J., Preuss, L. & Figge, F. (2015). Tensions in corporate sustainability: Towards an integrative framework. Journal of Business Ethics, 127 (2), pp. 297-316. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2047-5.

Hahn, T. (2015). Reciprocal stakeholder behavior: A motive-based approach to the implementation of normative stakeholder demands. Business & Society, 54 (1), pp. 9-51. DOI: 10.1177/0007650312439029.

Figge, F., Hahn, T. & Barkemeyer, R. (2014). The If, How and Where of assessing sustainable resource use. Ecological Economics, 105 (Sept), pp. 274-283. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.06.010.

Hahn, T., Preuss, L., Pinkse, J. & Figge, F. (2014). Cognitive frames in corporate sustainability: Managerial sensemaking with paradoxical and business case frames. Academy of Management Review, 39 (4), pp. 463-487. DOI: 10.5465/amr.2012.0341.

Hahn, T. & Pinkse, J. (2014). Private environmental governance through cross-sector partnerships: Tensions between competition and effectiveness. Organization & Environment, 27 (2), pp. 140-160. DOI: 10.1177/1086026614530996.

Figge, F. & Hahn, T. (2013). Value drivers of corporate eco-efficiency: Management accounting information for the efficient use of environmental resources. Management Accounting Research, 24 (4), pp. 387-400. DOI: 10.1016/j.mar.2013.06.009.

Comyns, B., Figge, F., Hahn, T. & Barkemeyer, R. (2013). Sustainability reporting: The role of "Search", "Experience" and "Credence" information. Accounting Forum, 37 (3), pp. 231-243. DOI: 10.1016/j.accfor.2013.04.006.

Liesen, A., Figge, F. & Hahn, T. (2013). Net present sustainable value: A new approach to sustainable investment appraisal. Strategic Change, 22 (3-4), pp. 175-189. DOI: 10.1002/jsc.1931.

Figge, F. & Hahn, T. (2012). Is green and profitable sustainable? Assessing the trade-off between economic and environmental aspects. International Journal of Production Economics, 140 (1), pp. 92-102. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.02.001.

Hahn, T., Figge, F. & Liesen, A. (2012). Assessing trade-offs in investments for the environment - The case of a VOC-reduction investment at AUTO Group. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 19 (2), pp. 114-128. DOI: 10.1002/csr.292.

Hahn, T. & Figge, F. (2011). Beyond the bounded instrumentality in current corporate sustainability research: Toward an inclusive notion of profitability. Journal of Business Ethics, 104 (3), pp. 325-345. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-011-0911-0.

Hahn, T., Figge, F., Liesen, A. & Barkemeyer, R. (2010). Opportunity cost based analysis of corporate eco-efficiency: A methodology and its application to the CO2-efficiency of German companies. Journal of Environmental Management, 91 (10), pp. 1997-2007. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.05.004.

Hahn, T., Kolk, A. & Winn, M. (2010). A new future for business? Rethinking management theory and business strategy. Business & Society, 49 (3), pp. 385-401. DOI: 10.1177/0007650310371357.

Hahn, T., Figge, F., Pinkse, J. & Preuss, L. (2010). Trade-offs in corporate sustainability: You can't have your cake and eat it. Business Strategy and the Environment, 19 (4), pp. 217-229. DOI: 10.1002/bse.674.

Figge, F. & Hahn, T. (2009). Not measuring sustainable value at all: A response to Kuosmanen and Kuosmanen. Ecological Economics, 69 (2), pp. 244-249. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2009.08.003.

Barkemeyer, R., Figge, F., Holt, D. & Hahn, T. (2009). What the papers say: Trends in sustainability. A comparative analysis of 115 leading national newspapers worldwide. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 33 (Spring), pp. 68-86. DOI: 10.9774/GLEAF.4700.2009.sp.00009.

Figge, F. & Hahn, T. (2008). Sustainable investment analysis with the sustainable value approach: A plea and a methodology to overcome the instrumental bias in socially responsible investment research. Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal, 5 (3), pp. 255-272. DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2008.019128.

Hahn, T., Figge, F. & Barkemeyer, R. (2007). Sustainable Value creation among companies in the manufacturing sector. International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 7 (5/6), pp. 496-512. DOI: 10.1504/IJETM.2007.015627.

Hahn, T. & Scheermesser, M. (2006). Approaches to corporate sustainability among German companies. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 13 (3), pp. 150-165. DOI: 10.1002/csr.100.

Figge, F. & Hahn, T. (2005). The cost of sustainability capital and the creation of sustainable value by companies. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 9 (4), pp. 47-58. DOI: 10.1162/108819805775247936.

Figge, F. & Hahn, T. (2004). Value-oriented impact assessment: The economics of a new approach to impact assessment. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management , 47 (6), pp. 921-941. DOI: 10.1080/0964056042000284901.

Figge, F. & Hahn, T. (2004). Sustainable value added-measuring corporate contributions to sustainability beyond eco-efficiency. Ecological Economics, 48 (2), pp. 173-187. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2003.08.005.

Figge, F. & Hahn, T. (2004). Sustainable value added - Ein neues maß des nachhaltigkeitsbeitrags von unternehmen am beispiel der Henkel KGaA. Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, 73 (1), pp. 126-141. DOI: 10.3790/vjh.73.1.126.

Burritt, R. L., Hahn, T. & Schaltegger , S. (2002). Towards a comprehensive framework for environmental management accounting - Links between business actors and environmental management accounting tools. Australian Accounting Review, 12 (27), pp. 39-50. DOI: 10.1111/j.1835-2561.2002.tb00202.x.

Figge, F., Hahn, T., Schaltegger , S. & Wagner, M. (2002). The sustainability balanced scorecard - Linking sustainability management to business strategy. Business Strategy and the Environment, 11 (5), pp. 269-284. DOI: 10.1002/bse.339.