Akwasi Opoku-Dakwa , ABD
Assistant Professor of Management
Palumbo Donahue School of Business
Contact Information
816 Libermann Hall
Pittsburgh, PA, 15282
Phone: 412.396.6252 Fax: 412.396.4764

Akwasi Opoku-Dakwa has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Brown University and an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.  Through his experience of managing others, developing his own leadership, and involvement as a leadership trainer at work, he developed an interest in the people side of organizations; specifically, in how the psychology and social context of work influence employee engagement. This interest led him to pursue his PhD in the organization management program at Rutgers in September of 2010.

Akwasi's research focuses on factors that shape the meaning that employees make of their work, and the effects of these meanings on workplace motivation, attitudes and behaviors (including ethical behavior).  Akwasi has taught principles of management, human resources, organizational behavior and business ethics at the undergraduate and MBA levels. He is a member of the Social Issues in Management (SIM) division of the Academy of Management, and a member of the Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology.


Ph.D. Candidate, Organizational Management, Rutgers

M.B.A., International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland, 2004

B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Brown University, 1997


Paper Presentations

Opoku-Dakwa, A. (2014). Socially responsible behaviors at work: A theoretical exploration. Academy of Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Opoku-Dakwa, A. (2014). A relational work design perspective on employee engagement in corporate volunteering. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Honolulu, Hawaii.  

Opoku-Dakwa, A. (2013). Employee engagement in corporate volunteering: A relational perspective. Ivey Business School (Ivey) and the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS).

Opoku-Dakwa, A. & Chen, C. C. (2012). The effects of corporate social responsibility programs on employees. Academy of Management, Boston, Massachusetts.  


Opoku-Dakwa, A. (2016). Corporate Social Responsibility and Meaningful Work. In Abigail McWilliams, Deborah Rupp, Donald Siegel, Gunter Stahl, and David Waldman (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility: Psychology and Organizational Perspectives.