Daniel Arenas

Daniel Arenas
Universitat Ramon Llull-ESADE · Department of Society, Politics and Sustainability; Institute for Social Innovation

PhD, University of Chicago

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January 2012 - September 2016
Universitat Ramon Llull
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  • Head of Department
January 2007 - July 2016
Universitat Ramon Llull
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  • Head of Department

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Publications (65)
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While much research has studied corporate management of stakeholders, this research focuses on the capacity of stakeholders to influence firms. Using a grounded theory research design, we draw on a comparative analysis of the relations between two neighboring communities in the Peruvian highlands and the mining project that affects them. Our analys...
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This article studies multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) as spaces for both deliberation and contestation between constituencies with competing discourses and disputed values, beliefs, and preferences. We review different theoretical perspectives on MSIs, which see them mainly as spaces to find solutions to market problems (economic approach), as...
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Sustainable entrepreneurs (SEs) operate under different institutional pressures, but they also aim to provoke changes in their institutional environment in order to advance the goals of sustainability. These changes are not always large‐scale, successful transformations. This article adopts the concept of institutional work to explore how SEs engag...
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While scholars have analyzed the emergence and characteristics of social enterprises, and their internal tensions between conflicting logics, we have little understanding of the dynamics at the inter-organizational level between social enterprises. Based on an in-depth, qualitative study with work integration social enterprises in the secondhand cl...
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This study explores the role of authenticity in social enterprises. It argues that the quest for authenticity, which is composed of different constructs and entails several internal actions, helps a social enterprise navigate the typical risks inherent to its organizational form: mission drift and mission lock-in. Drawing on an inductive case study...
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Environmental issues involve a wide range of actors often brought together in processes of collaborative environmental governance. Nonetheless, such actors frequently disagree on the definition of these issues. Even sharing an environmental concern does not preclude disagreements. This paper takes the concept of ecological embeddedness—so far analy...
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This paper investigates the process of hybridization of three modes of production (hierarchy, market, and commons-based) in the formation and growth of communal digital infrastructures (DIs). We characterize the space where these three modes of production take form through three parameters: the degree of uncertainty of the project space, the degree...
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Sustainable water management is a growing concern worldwide. Nonetheless, despite the existence of water-related reviews in the business literature, the contribution of organization and management studies to sustainability challenges remains unclear. As systemic approaches are necessary to tackle sustainability challenges, we use Elinor Ostrom’s so...
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One of the main challenges family firms face is achieving fairness between family and non-family employees in the workplace. Family and non-family employees have the potential to offer unique and distinct contributions to the firm which makes the achievement of fairness between them messy and complicated. Hence, two interesting questions are worth...
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New products and services that tackle grand societal challenges often require changes in societal norms, values, and expectations. This research investigates the question of how innovating actors shape these informal institutions throughout the innovation process by drawing on the literature on social innovation and institutional theory. In a compa...
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This article aims to advance the discussion of how multinational companies manage the tension between global integration and local responsiveness in their corporate social responsibility (CSR). In particular, it studies the relationships between headquarters and subsidiaries in a transnational CSR strategy and the types of coordination mechanisms u...
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Previous research suggests that creative collaborations with non-traditional chain members such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) could pave the way for making supply chains sustainable. In extant research, NGOs help focal firms achieve their goals in a more sustainable manner. However, NGOs, regulators and other non-profits have objectives...
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Despite the centrality of the topic for the debate on sustainability, future generations have largely been ignored by business ethics. This neglect is in part due to the enormous philosophical challenges posed by the concepts of future generations and intergenerational duties. This article reviews some of these difficulties and defends that much cl...
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The primacy of shareholder demands in the traditional theory of the firm has typically excluded marginalised stakeholder voices. However, shareholders involved in social shareholder engagement (SSE) purport to bring these voices into corporate decision-making. In response to ethical concerns about the legitimacy of SSE, we use the lens of discourse...
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Using a grounded theory research design, we draw on an in-depth analysis of the relations between two rural communities in the Peruvian highlands and the same mining companies to understand the stakeholder influence strategies of the communities. We examined the tactics these communities used with the companies as well as their antecedents and outc...
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Increasing attention has been drawn in recent years to social shareholder engagement (SSE), the phenomenon of shareholders engaging with companies on social, environmental and ethical issues. Different approaches have been used to address the different mechanisms of SSE, each strongly influenced by different theoretical underpinnings. These approac...
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Investors concerned about the social and environmental impact of the companies they invest in are increasingly choosing to use voice over exit as a strategy. This article addresses the question of how and why the voice and exit options (Hirschman 1970) are used in social shareholder engagement (SSE) by religious organisations. Using an inductive ca...
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This research studies how firms and NGOs achieve fit for implementing practices that create value in socially sustainable supply chain. We elaborate a conceptual framework that identifies the factors that allow firms and NGOs to achieve fit. Previous research suggests that the study of truly sustainable chains should include the collaboration with...
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This case study illustrates the dilemmas facing multinational companies in meeting social challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa (especially health-related ones). It also discusses the purpose, responsibilities and limitations of business involvement in social development. From a business standpoint, social challenges in developing countries differ great...
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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to deepen the discussion about Religious Organisations’ (ROs) potential to practise their faith by means of their investments, rather than keeping both issues separate. Design/methodology/approach - The authors adopted a qualitative exploratory approach using seven cases of social shareholder engagement (SSE)...
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Para entender las colaboraciones intersectoriales para el desarrollo sostenible es preciso comprender, en primer lugar, el marco de gobernanza política en el que estas colaboraciones se pueden desarrollar, considerando que hay marcos que las favorecen más que otros. En particular, el modelo de Estado de Bienestar en su configuración “relacional” de...
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This research uses a survey (N = 362) to analyze types of benefits sought by partners in cross-sector collaborations (between businesses and NPOs) in Spain and to test and build upon theories that indicate prior collaboration experience and partner alignment will positively affect value creation through the collaboration. Using exploratory factor a...
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The purpose of this paper is to shed light on how multinational companies manage the tension between the local and global dimensions of CSR, arising from the competing concerns of integration and responsiveness. Building theory from a case study, we offer some general insights about the internal control mechanisms of such a complex CSR strategy, an...
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Investors concerned about the social and environmental impact of the companies they invest in are increasingly choosing to use voice over exit as a strategy. We explore this voice and exit approach inductively through analyzing seven engagement processes at three religious organizations representing both successful and unsuccessful engagements. In...
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This paper presents a theoretical process model that explains how SD (supplier development) programs for new suppliers are implemented in emerging economies. SD, as a process that starts with existing suppliers, doesn't adjust to the reality of emerging economies. Buying firms operating in these regions have to deal with small, dispersed suppliers...
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Seriously engaging with the needs, hardships, and aspirations of future generations is an emotional experience as much as an intellectual endeavor. In this essay we describe a guided visualization exercise used to overcome the emotional barriers that often prevent us from dealing effectively with intergenerational decisions. The meditation and drea...
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In this article, we suggest that one of the unexplored paths toward collaboration between firms and civil society organizations starts with confrontation or potential conflict, and that the transition toward collaboration can be further understood if one focuses on triadic relationships rather than dyadic ones. We analyze the presence of third part...
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This article reviews the problematic surrounding the concept of future generations, which is intertwined with questions concerning intergenerational justice, weak sustainability, non-existence, non-identity, and motivation. It also claims that business ethics should deal with intergenerational issues but cannot ignore the philosophical challenges i...
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Summary To create a sustainable world both environmentally and socially is today the great challenge for humanity. Global companies are an indispensible part in this challenge, in collaboration with civil society and governments. This is due to the growth of the power of companies and their increasing role in society: in 2007 there were 79.000 mult...
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Religious organisations are major investors with sometimes substantial investment volumes. An important question for them is how to make investments in, and to earn returns from, companies and activities that are consistent with their religious beliefs or that even support these beliefs. Religious organisations have pioneered responsible investment...
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Political theories in general and deliberative democracy in particular have become quite popular in business ethics over the past few years. However, the model of deliberative democracy as generally referred to in business ethics is only appropriate for conceptualizing interaction between business and society which occurs within a context which is...
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Purpose – This teaching case seeks to explain the main aspects of Acciona's sustainability strategy and the process of transformation of the company after the new CEO took office in 2004. It also aims to present some possible difficulties of maintaining such strategies in the new economic and political environment. The purpose of the case is to sho...
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This article argues that considering cross-sector collaborations through the lens of indigenous-corporate engagements yields a more comprehensive understanding of the range of cross-sector engagement types, emphasizes the importance of cross-cultural bridge building which has received little attention in the literature (Selsky and Parker, J Manag 3...
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This study analyses the main key factors for transforming traditional twentieth century businesses, with a business model focused on economic competitiveness, into innovative twenty-first century companies based on a sustainability strategy that creates value not only for shareholders but also for society and the planet as a whole. The study begin...
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This article analyzes efforts in Nicaragua to create ethical organizations and an ethical economy. Three societal ethea found in contemporary Nicaragua are examined: the ethos of revolution, the ethos of corruption, and the ethos of human development. The emerging ethos of human development provides the most hope for the nation’s social and economi...
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This paper explores the role of NGOs in corporate social responsibility (CSR) through an analysis of various stakeholders’ perceptions and of NGOs’ selfperceptions. In the course of qualitative research based in Spain, we found that the perceptions of the role of NGOs fall into four categories: recognition of NGOs as drivers of CSR; concerns about...
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This paper explores the nature of the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and competitiveness. We start with the commonly held view that firm competitiveness is defined by the market. That is, the question of what are the critical competitiveness factors is answered by looking at how companies and financial analysts describe...
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This paper examines employees’ reactions to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs at the attitudinal level. The results presented are drawn from an in-depth study of two Chilean construction firms that have well-established CSR programs. Grounded theory was applied to the data prior to the construction of the conceptual framework. The anal...
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This special issue of the Corporate Governance Journal is produced by the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) in close collaboration with ESADE Business School. The journal builds on content and insight from the EABIS 6th Annual Colloquium, which was hosted by ESADE in Barcelona on 20-21 September 2007 and chaired by Associate Professor...
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Based on the experience of a course taught by the authors, this paper seeks to show that an adequate use of IT in the teaching of a Business Ethics (BE) course depends on clarifying the assumptions about ethics and the place of the course within a programme. For this purpose it explains how IT can be used to strengthen a view of BE based on dialogu...

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This project consolidates papers related to understanding the complexity of the family business human capital. Particularly, papers discuss achieving justice and fairness in the distinctive family business workplace
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End users, co-innovation, user integration, user sustainability innovation, user sustainability entrepreneurship, sustainability innovations, sustainable products and services, sustainable lifestyles