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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 examines how society's expectations of corporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance affect employees' experience of work and, conversely, how employees contribute to corporate ESG performance.  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, 2018
  • M.B.A., International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland, 2004
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Brown University, 1997


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Published Papers

  • Opoku-Dakwa, A. (2021). Moral intensity, perceived impacts, and task motivation: Evidence from volunteers. Business & Society, Online Fir.
  • Weber, J., & Opoku-Dakwa, A. (2021). Ethical work climate 2.0: A normative reformulation of Victor and Cullen's 1988 framework. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • 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., & Rupp, D. E. (2018). 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. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198802280.013.4
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Opoku-Dakwa, A. (2017). The Effect of Moral Intensity on Work Engagement. International Association of Business & Society (IABS).
  • Opoku-Dakwa, A. (2017). The Effect of Moral Intensity on Work Engagement. International Association of Business & Society (IABS), Amsterdam, Netherlands.