• John E. Katsos

    Associate Professor of Management

    Business and Conflict Researcher



    John teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Business and Peace, Business Ethics, Negotiations, and Business Law.


    John researches business operations in conflict zones. He looks specifically at how businesses can mitigate political risk and enhance peace in conflict and post-conflict zones and how international businesses can limit their legal exposure as a result of foreign operations in conflict and post-conflict zones.


    John's publications have appeared in Journal of Business Ethics, Academy of Management: Perspectives, Business Ethics: A European Review, Business Horizons, and Corporate Ownership and Control. He is also the Associate Editor of Business, Peace, and Sustainable Development.


    John is sits on the Steering Committee of the United Nations Global Compact UAE Local Network. He is also the co-Chair of the United Nations PRME Business for Peace Working Group. In addition, he is the Associate Editor of Business, Peace, and Sustainable Development (Taylor and Francis).


    John has his JD and MBA from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and his BA in Religion from Haverford College in Haverford, PA. He is licensed to practice law in New York.


  • Major Publications

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    John E. Katsos and Yass AlKafaji. Journal of Business Ethics: 1-16 (2017).

    This paper was the first to present qualitative findings in a major peer-reviewed journal on businesses operating in an active war zone. We interviewed more than 40 participants who were business owners, managers, government officials, and international policymakers who were active in the Iraqi theater. We found that company activities were perceived of as peace enhancing if they did one of four things: capacity building, rule of law, social cohesion, and local engagement.

    John J. Forrer and John E. Katsos.The Academy of Management Perspectives 29, no. 4 (2015): 438-450.

    This paper was the first to define the ideal timing for private sector investment for post-conflict zones in order to maximize peace impact. We termed this period the "buffer condition" and based our conclusions on decades of research in political science, economics, and peace and conflict studies.

    John E. Katsos and Timothy L. Fort. Business Horizons 59, no. 5 (2016): 463-470.

    This paper found that ethical leadership may be an important missing link within the business and peace literature as an avenue for peace promotion, and that the leadership literature may be ignoring an important positive impact of ethical leadership. The Business for Peace Foundation, the foremost organization in the practitioner community, gives its annual award to business leaders who promote peace within their organizations and communities. We conducted semi-structured interviews with the 2015 Business for Peace honorees and found a direct and visible connection of ethical leadership to peace in unstable environments.


    American University of Sharjah

    Associate Professor, Business Law and Ethics 

    Jul 2013 – Present

    • Undergraduate Courses Taught: Business Law, Business Ethics, Business and Peace.
    • Graduate Modules Taught: Law for Accountants, Ethics in Leadership, Negotiations, Business Law, and Corruption.

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