Chris Laszlo

Chris Laszlo, PhD

Faculty Director for Research and Outreach, Fowler Center
Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Benedictine University
Weatherhead School of Management

Chris Laszlo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management. He is a partner and co-founder of Sustainable Value Partners, a strategy consulting firm working with senior leaders in some of the world's largest companies to transform societal opportunities and risks into sources of competitive advantage. He has led hundreds of executive seminars and spoken widely on “Sustainability for business advantage” inside companies and at leading business schools including the Weatherhead School of Management, the Darden School of Business, the Kenan-Flager Business School, the European business school INSEAD, and Cornell University.

In addition to his academic experience and consulting work, Laszlo spent nearly 10 years as an executive at Lafarge, a world leader in building materials; he held positions as head of strategy, general manager of a manufacturing subsidiary, and vice president of business development. Prior to that, he spent five years with Deloitte Touche, where he consulted on strategy to global industry leaders. Laszlo is the author of five books, including Embedded Sustainability: the Next Big Competitive Advantage (2011), Sustainable Value: How the World’s Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good (2008), and of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is the general editor of The Business of Sustainability, the second volume of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability (2010).

Educated at Swarthmore College, Columbia University, and the University of Paris, Chris earned a PhD in Economics and Management Science.

Selected Publications

Laszlo, C., Zhexebayeva, N. (2011). Embedded Sustainability: the Next Big Competitive Advantage. Stanford University Press.

Laszlo, C., Zhexembayeva, N. Embedded Sustainability: A Strategy for Market Leaders. The European Financial Review.

Awards

Invited Commencement Speaker, Duquesne University. (2011).

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