Biography

Chris Marquis is the Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Global Sustainable Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University. He is currently on leave from Cornell and is a Visiting Professor of Social Innovation and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining Cornell, he taught at Harvard Business School for 10 years. Marquis is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Peking University and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) and an Associate Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly. He has previously held visiting positions at Fudan University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Shanghai Jiaotong University. He received a PhD in Sociology and Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Marquis’ current teaching and research examines how the interaction between civil society, governments and corporations leads to socially and environmentally beneficial outcomes. Under this theme, he is currently pursuing several streams of research. The first examines how civil society processes can affect corporate accountability. The second explores how civil society has developed in China. Finally, the third examines institutional change processes in emerging markets more generally. These research projects build on Marquis’ earlier research on how business can have a positive impact on society and in particular how historical and geographical processes have shaped firms’ and entrepreneurs’ social and environmental strategies and activities.

Marquis’ research has won a number of international awards including the 2006 William H. Newman Award for best dissertation across the entire the Academy of Management, the 2006 Louis R. Pondy award for best dissertation in organizational theory from the Academy of Management, the 2003 James D. Thompson Award for best graduate student paper from the American Sociological Association and the 2005 State Farm Doctoral Dissertation Award. He was a finalist for the 2010 and 2013 Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award, a runner-up in the Academy of Management’s Best Published Paper in Organization and Management Theory in 2009 and a finalist in the 2004 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition. He recently received a Thousand Talents Award from the Chinese Government.

Marquis has published in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal as well as a number of edited collections. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management, and the International Association of Chinese Management Research (IACMR). Before his academic career, Marquis worked for 6 years in the financial services industry, most recently as Vice President and Technology Manager for a business unit of J.P. Morgan Chase.