Department of Accounting

  • Center for Corporate Governance
Associate professor

Room: SOL/C5.04
E-mail: os.ccg@cbs.dk

Olaf Sigurjonsson completed his PhD from Copenhagen Business School, Department of International Economics and Management, in 2011. The title of his dissertation is ''Governance Failure and Iceland's Financial Collapse''. In parallel with and following his Ph.D. work, Olaf has conducted research in the fields of corporate governance and strategic management. Olaf has over 20 years' work experience in industry, both in Iceland and abroad. Olaf is affiliated both at Reykjavik University and at Copenhagen Business School, where is holds a part time position as an Associate Professor. Olaf has taught courses on Strategic Management, Change Management and Restructuring, Corporate Governance and Personal & Career Development.

Primary research areas
  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic Management
Curriculum Vitae
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Corporate Governance; Strategic Management, Corporate Restructuring


Supervision and committee member of PhD, MS and BS students' thesis.

Other teaching activities


Selected publications
  • Faigen, B., Mygind, N., Sigurjonsson, T.O. and Arnardottir, A.A. (2018). Three Dimensions of Employees Acquiring Shares in Their Firms: Personal Characteristics, Motives and Type of Ownership. Economic and Industrial Democracy (forthcoming).
  • Sigurjonsson, T.O., Schwarzkopf, D.L., and Bryant, M. (Eds.) (2018). The Return of Trust? Institutions and the Public after the Icelandic Financial Crisis. Emerald Group Publishing 2018, 276 p.
  • Sjöstrand, S.E., Berglund, T., Grönberg, L., Kallifatides, M., Poulfelt, F., Pöyry, S. and Sigurjonsson, T.O. (2016). Nordic Corporate Governance. An Extensive In-Depth Study of Corporate Governance and Board Practices in 36 Large Companies. Stockholm School of Economics Institute for Research.
  • Sigurjonsson, T.O., Arnardottir, A.A., Vaiman, V. and Rikhardsson, P. (2015). Managers’ Views on Ethics Education in Business Schools: An Empirical Study. Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 130(1), p. 1-13.
  • Sigurjonsson, T.O., Arnardottir, A.A. and Vaiman, V. (2014). The Role of Business Schools in Ethics Education in Iceland: The Managers’ Perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 122(1), p. 25-38.
  • Vaiman, V., Sigurjonsson, T.O., and Davídsson, P. (2011). Weak Business Culture as Antecedents of Economic Crisis: The Case of Iceland. Journal of Business Ethics, 98(2), 67-83.
Publications sorted by:
David Schwartzkopf; Olaf Sigurjonsson / AI's Manifold Role in Ethics Education
In: Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI). ed. /Agata Stachowicz-Stanusch; Wolfgang Amann; Radha R. Sharma; Fauzia Jabeen. Charlotte, NC : Information Age Publishing 2021, p. 29-42 (Research in Management Education and Development)
Book chapter > peer review
Gudrun Erla Jonsdottir; Olaf Sigurjonsson; Ahmad Rahnema Alavi; Jordan Mitchell / Applying Responsible Ownership to Advance SDGs and the ESG Framework, Resulting in the Issuance of Green Bonds
In: Sustainability, Vol. 13, No. 13, 7.2021
Journal article > peer review
Olaf Sigurjonsson; Audur Arna Arnardottir; Hao Jiao; Yunxia Zhu; David L. Schwarzkopf / Business Ethics in China and Iceland : Contrasts and Convergence.
In: Thunderbird International Business Review, 9.10.2021
Journal article > peer review
Pall Rikhardsson; Stefan Wendt; Audur Arna Arnardottir; Olaf Sigurjonsson / Is More Really Better? : Performance Measure Variety and Environmental Uncertainty.
In: International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 70, No. 6, 2021, p. 1446-1469
Journal article > peer review
Rögnvaldur Sæmundsson; Marina Candi; Olaf Sigurjonsson / The Influence of Performance Feedback and Top Management Team Orientation on Decisions about R&D in Technology-based Firms
In: Technovation, 24.11.2021
Journal article > peer review
Benjamin Faigen; Niels Mygind; Olaf Sigurjonsson; Audur Arna Arnardottir / Three Dimensions of Employees Acquiring Shares in Their Firms : Personal Characteristics, Motives and Type of Ownership.
In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, Vol. 42, No. 3, 8.2021, p. 737-765
Journal article > peer review
Hildur Magnúsdóttir; Audur Arna Arnardottir; Olaf Sigurjonsson / Á tilnefningarnefnd að vera undirnefnd stjórnar eða hluthafa? : Skoðanir ólíkra hagaðila..
In: Tímarit um viðskipti og efnahagsmál [Icelandic Journal of Business and Economics], Vol. 18, No. 1, 2021, p. 67-87
Journal article > peer review
Olaf Sigurjonsson; Audur Arna Arnardottir; Hao Jiao; Yunxia Zhu; David Schwartzkopf / Cultures and Economies Apart : Similar Business Ethics Education Needed.
Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020, 2020
Paper > peer review
Gudrun Erla Jonsdottir; Throstur Olaf Sigurjonsson; Thomas Poulsen / Ownership Strategy : A Governance Mechanism for Collective Action and Responsible Ownership.
In: Corporate Ownership and Control, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2020, p. 34-45
Journal article > peer review
Olaf Sigurjonsson; Thomas Poulsen; Gudrun Jonsdottir / Responsible Ownership through Ownership Strategy
In: EURAM 2020 Online Conference: The Business of Now: The Future Starts Here . Brussels : European Academy of Management 2020 (Euram Conference Proceedings)
Article in proceedings > peer review
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