Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • CBS Sustainability

Room: DH.Ø.2.38

Kai Hockerts is Professor in Social Entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). In his function as Academic Director of Responsible Management Education he is also leading the CBS curriculum change initiative which currently reviews all 19 bachelor study programs with the goal of anchoring responsible management education across the curriculum.

Kais primary research focus is on corporate sustainability strategies and social entrepreneurship. Kai holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of St. Gallen (CH). Before joining CBS Kai was Adjunct Professor at INSEAD (F). His research has been published in the Journal of Business Venturing, International Review of Entrepreneurship, Journal of Business Ethics, and Business Strategy and the Environment.

Primary research areas
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Innovation
  • Corporate Sustainability
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MBA: Sustainable Business Practices, Cleantech Venturing;
MSc: Social Entrepreneurship, Business Plan Writing for Social Enterprises, Social Innovation Camp

Selected publications

“Determinants of Social Entrepreneurial Intentions,” Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, forthcoming 2017. 

”How Hybrid Organizations Turn Antagonistic Assets into Complementarities,” California Management Review, 57(3): 83-106, 2015. 

“The Social Entrepreneurial Antecedents Scale (SEAS): A Validation Study”, Social Enterprise Journal, 12(3):260-280, 2015."

“A Cognitive Perspective on the Business Case for Corporate Sustainability,” Business Strategy and the Environment, 24(2): 102-122, 2015.

"Greening Goliaths versus emerging Davids — Theorizing about the role of incumbents and new entrants in sustainable entrepreneurship", Journal of Business Venturing, Vol 25, No 5, pp 481-492, 2010.   (together with Rolf Wüstenhagen)

“Social Entrepreneurship between Market and Mission,” International Review of Entrepreneurship, 8(2):177-198, 2010.

“Communicating Corporate Responsibility to Investors, The Changing Role of the Investor Relations Function,” Journal of Business Ethics, Vol 52: 85– 98, 2004.

"Beyond the Business Case for Corporate Sustainability", Business Strategy and The Environment, 11(2): 130-141, 2002 (with Thomas Dyllick).

Publications sorted by:
Kai Hockerts; Lisa Hehenberger; Stefan Schaltegger; Vanina Farber / Defining and Conceptualizing Impact Investing : Attractive Nuisance or Catalyst?.
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 179, No. 4, 9.2022, p. 937-950
Journal article > peer review
Tulin Dzhengiz; Kai Hockerts / Dogmatic, Instrumental and Paradoxical Frames : A Pragmatic Research Framework for Studying Organizational Sustainability.
In: International Journal of Management Reviews, 25.1.2022
Journal article > peer review
Anne-Karen Hueske; Kai Hockerts / What Does It Take to be a Changemaker? : A Comprehensive Review of Social Entrepreneurship Competences.
Paper presented at DRUID22 Conference, 2022
Paper > peer review
Anne-Karen Hueske; Kai Hockerts; Edeltraud Guenther / How Competing Logics Shape Professional Identities and Management Education
Paper presented at Herbsttagung 2021 der Wissenschaftlichen Kommission
Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement des Verbands der Hochschullehrer für
Betriebswirtschaft e.V, 2021
Paper > peer review
Anirudh Agrawal; Kai Hockerts / Impact Investing : Review and Research Agenda.
In: Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 33, No. 2, 3.2021, p. 153-181
Journal article > peer review
Kai Hockerts; Cory Searcy / Corporate Sustainability and Business Ethics : Towards a Normative Research Agenda.
In: Proceedings of the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Guclu Atinc. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2020, 1 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Liana Razmerita; Kathrin Kirchner; Kai Hockerts; Chee-Wee Tan / Modeling Collaborative Intentions and Behavior in Digital Environments : The Case of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
In: Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 19, No. 4, 12.2020, p. 469-502
Journal article > peer review
Anirudh Agrawal; Kai Hockerts / Impact Investing Strategy : Managing Conflicts between Impact Investor and Investee Social Enterprise.
In: Sustainability (Switzerland), Vol. 11, No. 15, 8.2019
Journal article > peer review
Merie Kannampuzha; Kai Hockerts / Organizational Social Entrepreneurship : Scale Development and Validation.
In: Social Enterprise Journal, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2019, p. 290-319
Journal article > peer review
Kai Hockerts; Frank Janssen; Katerina Nicolopoulou / Advancing Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Substantive Research
In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2018, 11 p., p. 322-332
Editorial > peer review
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