Ph.D., Professor SSE Riga, Research Associate BICEPS | BICEPS
Dr. Arnis Sauka is Professor and the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Business at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Siegen (Germany) and has been a Visiting Scholar at Jönköping International Business School (Sweden) and University College London (U.K.).
His academic research findings, which deal with the shadow economy, productive and unproductive entrepreneurship, strategic management and internationalisation have been published in peer reviewed journals, including Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, International Small Business Journal and Journal of Comparative Economics as well as a number of edited books and book chapters. Arnis has also been extensively involved in applied research, including contracted reports for the OECD, European Commission as well as for various industry associations and NGOs. Arnis Sauka is co-author of the annual Shadow Economy Index for the Baltic Countries (with Prof. Tālis J. Putniņš, since 2009), author of the annual FICIL Sentiment Index (in cooperation with Foreign Investors Council in Latvia, since 2015), author of the annual study on the Shadow Economy in the Construction Industry in Latvia (in cooperation with the Partnership of Latvian Construction Entrepreneurs, since 2015), amongst others.
He has participated in and/ or acting as a project manager in several big-scale international projects and has also been involved in management and consultancy activities, including working as Vice-Rector for Studies and Research at Ventspils University College (2011-2013). Arnis is a board member of the Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia (since 2019), NGO BASE (Business Against the Shadow Economy) (since 2015). From 2011-2014 he was Advisor to the Minister of Health on Financial and Economic Issues. He has organized various events, including academic and applied conferences, workshops, seminars, as well as is a frequent speaker in the national media commenting economic and business-related issues.
(Last updated March 2020)