Akwasi Opoku-Dakwa , Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
Palumbo Donahue School of Business
Contact Information
905 Rockwell 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., Organizational Management, Rutgers

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

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


Published Papers

Opoku-Dakwa, A., Chen, C. C., & Rupp, D. E. (2018). CSR initiative characteristics and employee engagement: An impact‐based perspective. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39, 580-593.

Opoku-Dakwa, A. (2017). The Effect of Moral Intensity on Work Engagement. In Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society (pp. 204-212).

Accepted Papers

Opoku-Dakwa, A., Rupp, D.E. Corporate Social Responsibility and Meaningful Work. Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility: Psychological and Organizational Perspectives. Accepted February 14, 2018.