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 – Corporate Boards
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Corruption
Curriculum Vitae
Link to this homepage
  • Corporate Governance, MSc. and Executive Education.
  • Strategic Management, MBA and Executive Education.
  • Executing Strategy, MSc.
  • Business Ethics, MSc.



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

Other teaching activities


Selected publications
  • Saemundsson, R., Candi, M. and Sigurjonsson (2022). The Influence of Performance Feedback and Top Management Team Orientation on Decisions about R&D in Technology-based Firms. Technovation, p. 1024020.
  • Faigen, B., Mygind, N., Sigurjonsson, T.O. and Arnardottir, A.A. (2021). Three dimensions of employees acquiring shares in their firms: personal characteristics, motives and type of ownership. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 42 (3), p.737-765.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sigurjonsson, T.O., Schwarzkopf, D.L., and Bryant, M. (Editors). (2018). The Return of Trust? Institutions and the Public after the Icelandic Financial Crisis. Emerald Group Publishing, 276 p.
Publications sorted by:
Throstur Olaf Sigurjonsson; Robert H. Haraldsson; Jordan Mitchell / Corporate Governance and Business Ethics in Iceland : Studies on Contemporary Governance and Ethical Dilemmas.
Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing 2023, 256 p.
Book > peer review
Hildur Magnúsdóttir; Olaf Sigurjonsson; Audur Arna Arnardottir; Patricia Gabaldon / Do Nomination Committees Encourage Corporate Board Diversity?
In: Research Handbook on Diversity and Corporate Governance. ed. /Sabina Tasheva; Morten Huse. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2023, p. 95-111 (Research Handbooks in Business and Management)
Book chapter > peer review
Gudrun Erla Jonsdottir; Jordan Mitchell; Olaf Sigurjonsson; Ahmad Rahnema Alavi / Responsible Ownership Fostering Green Tech Innovation
In: Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, Vol. 55, 2.2023
Journal article > peer review
Bent Sofus Tranøy; Olaf Sigurjonsson / Back From the Brink : Iceland's Successful Economic Recovery.
In: Successful Public Policy in the Nordic Countries: Cases, Lessons, Challenges. . ed. /Caroline de la Porte; Guðný Björk Eydal; Jaakko Kauko; Daniel Nohrstedt; Paul 't Hart; Bent Sofus Tranøy. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2022, p. 388-408
Book chapter > peer review
Bjorg Jonsdottir; Throstur Olaf Sigurjonsson; Lára Jóhannsdóttir; Stefan Wendt / Barriers to Using ESG Data for Investment Decisions
In: Sustainability, Vol. 14, No. 9, 1.5.2022
Journal article > peer review
Throstur 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, Vol. 64, No. 1, 1.2022, p. 39-49
Journal article > peer review
Lára Jóhannsdóttir; Svala Gudmundsdottir; Olaf Sigurjonsson / Corporate Governance and Wine : How Controversial Companies Deal with CSR and GRI Standards.
In: Good Governance and Resilience: Sharing Best Practices and Challendes in Times of Crisis across Europe. . ed. /Laura Mina-Raiu; Lara Johannsdottir; Ivana Načinović Braje; Aída Díaz-Tendero. Bucharest : Editura ASE 2022, p. 29-29
Book chapter > peer review
Gudrun Erla Jonsdottir; Runólfur Smári Steinþórsson; Olaf Sigurjonsson / Eigendastefna opinbers fyrirtækis og ábyrgt eignarhald
In: Tímarit um viðskipti og efnahagsmál (Research in Applied Business and Economics), Vol. 19, No. 2, 2022, p. 39-54
Journal article > peer review
Svala Gudmundsdottir; Lára Jóhannsdóttir; Olaf Sigurjonsson / How the 5C Framework Facilitates Corporate Change Initiatives : The Case of Iceland.
In: Good Governance and Resilience: Sharing Best Practices and Challendes in Times of Crisis across Europe. . ed. /Laura Mina-Raiu; Lara Johannsdottir; Ivana Načinović Braje; Aída Díaz-Tendero. Bucharest : Editura ASE 2022, p. 15-28
Book chapter > peer review
Murray Bryant; Olaf Sigurjonsson / Iceland’s Financial Crisis 2008 : Not a Normal Accident.
In: Journal of Governance and Regulation, Vol. 11, No. 4 (Special issue), 12.2022, p. 354-364
Journal article > peer review
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