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Christopher Marquis

Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University. Leading researcher, writer, and expert on resilient and sustainable capitalism in business. Author of “Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism.”

Christopher’s research and writing focus on how businesses are creating a more resilient and sustainable capitalism by centering on the elusive triple bottom line of environmental, social, and financial performance. He is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed academic articles and over 50 Harvard Business School cases on topics related to sustainable business and has earned awards for scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management and the American Sociological Association. His latest book, “Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism,” focuses on the potential for the B Corp certification and stakeholder governance models to reform capitalism.

Before joining Cornell as the Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise, Christopher taught at Harvard Business School for 10 years, where he developed an award-winning course on Social Entrepreneurship. 

His current teaching and research projects are focused on the areas of social innovation and change and doing business in China. They build on his prior research examining how business can have a positive impact on society, and specifically how historical and geographical processes have shaped firms’ and entrepreneurs’ social and environmental strategies and activities.

Christopher’s research and work is informed by his belief that socially and environmentally responsible companies are vital for the future of humanity. He is optimistic about a shift in the global economy to sustainably focus on a holistic solution to key structural problems, one that addresses all stakeholder needs with a broader purpose in mind. 

Christopher has held visiting professorships at a number of leading Chinese universities. He received a Ph.D. in sociology and business administration from the University of Michigan, and before his academic career was a Vice President at JP Morgan Chase. He lives in New York City.