Dr Chris Laszlo

Professor, Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management

Meet the Speaker

Chris Laszlo, PhD is Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, where he researches and teaches flourishing enterprise. He is author of Quantum Leadership (2019), Flourishing Enterprise (2014), Embedded Sustainability (2011), and Sustainable Value (2008), all from Stanford University Press. His research has been published in a wide range of journals such as Organizational Dynamics, Sustainability, The European Financial Review, The Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, and The Engaged Management ReView. In 2012, he was elected a “Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America™.

He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management and past Chair of the Management, Spirituality, and Religion (MSR) Division at AOM. Growing up in the Swiss Alps, Chris became a life-long nature enthusiast and runs on forest trails whenever he can. To know more about the speaker https://weatherhead.case.edu/executive-education/instructors/chris-laszlo


Over the past quarter of a century, businesses have shifted from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to Shared Value and more recently to Flourishing strategies. Commitments of “getting to zero” or becoming a regenerative company are raising investor, customer, and employee expectations at a time when businesses are struggling just to reduce negative impacts. Executives are increasingly caught between wanting to build a better world and the reality of managing value-add activities that continue to harm people and the planet.

What is next for corporate sustainability? The speaker will reflect on changes since the publication of his 2003 book, The Sustainable Company, and two major challenges facing businesses over the next 10 to 15 years. The first challenge is to better distinguish between doing less harm, incremental positive impact, and systemwide transformation. The second is to catalyze transformation through direct-intuitive practices that give a person an experience of wholeness and connectedness. Only by reconnecting business leaders to their authentic selves, others, nature, and the transcendent can businesses meet rising societal expectations for solutions to wicked problems such as climate change and social equity.

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