Ona A. Onajomo Akemu
Ph.D., Rotterdam School of Management
Assistant Professor of Strategy
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Dr. Onajomo Akemu received a Ph.D. from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), an M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London, and an MBA from London Business School (LBS). He is fascinated with the role small business organizations play in creating economic value for their owners and employees and for the broader societies in which they are located. His current research interests are on decision making processes in small, innovative companies. As such, he currently focuses on firm emergence, strategy making and implementation in these firms using rich, idiographic qualitative methods.

Prior to graduate studies, Onajomo worked as an engineer and consultant with Shell International and Schlumberger respectively in The Netherlands and in Western Siberia, Russia. In those roles, he was involved in the development of high-value hydrocarbon producing assets and providing carbon storage solutions to clients across Europe. He has also advised start-up enterprises in The Netherlands. He has also advised start-up enterprises in The Netherlands. Onajomo speaks English, Dutch, Yoruba and West African creole.

In addition to conducting social science research, Onajomo enjoys cooking Italian and Cajun cuisine and watching his two daughters grow.

Recent academic publications

Akemu, O., Whiteman, G., & Kennedy, S. (2016). Social enterprise emergence from social movement activism: The Fairphone case. Journal of Management Studies, 53(5), 846-877. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joms.12208/epdf)

Book chapter

Akemu, O., Mes, A., and Comiteau, L. (in press) “Bottom Up: Changing the Community Engagement Model in Shell Nigeria.” Forthcoming in Managing Toward Sustainable Enterprises: An Executive Case Book. Edited by Gilbert Lenssen and N. Craig Smith

Working papers

Akemu, O, Abdelnour, S. “Integrating Social Network Analysis and Thick Description In Ethnography of Modern Organizations using Organizations’ Self-Documenting Practices.” Organizational Research Methods (Revise & resubmit)

Akemu, O. “Corporate Social Responsibility Practice in the MNE as Synchronous Acquiescence and Manipulation: Huawei in Kenya.

“The Role of Signal Amplifiers in Crowdfunding of Technology Ventures: Who Matters for Signalling Quality? With Riccardo Valboni (Rotterdam School of Management)

“Between a Rock and Hard Place: Struggles in Framing the Hybrid Identity Of A Social Enterprise” with Joep Cornelissen (Rotterdam School of Management), Jeroen Jonkman (University of Amsterdam) and Mirjam Werner (Rotterdam School of Management) and

Teaching cases

Akemu, O; Whiteman, G. (2015). “Organising for Sustained Social Impact: The Fairphone Case.” The Case Centre (http://www.thecasecentre.org/educators/products/view?id=129867)

Practitioner publication

Hoorn, M., Akemu, O., Greeven., Klein, M., “Chinese investment strengthens the Dutch innovation system for the Dutch (in Dutch) institute of science and technology, 2012 (http://www.awt.nl/upload/documents/tinymce/Artikel-Chinese-investeringen-versterken-het-Nederlandse-innovatiesysteem.pdf)

Recent conference presentations

“Social Enterprise from Social Movement: The Fairphone Case” at Academy of Management (AOM) Conference. (Anaheim, California, August 2016)

“Social Enterprise from Social Movement: The Fairphone Case” at Seventh International Symposium on Process Organization Studies. (Kos, Greece, June 2015)

“How do social movements lead to formation of a market niche” at European Group for Organisation Studies(EGOS) Conference. (Rotterdam, June 2014)

  • Strategy making and implementation
  • Entrepreneurial decision making
  • Mixed method research
  • Managerial effectiveness
  • Negotiation
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