Chris Laszlo | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University
Executive Education Instructors
Chris Laszlo

Chris Laszlo

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 work over the last decade has helped launch mainstream management approaches to sustainability for value and profit.

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. He is also a co-founder and Managing Partner of Sustainable Value Partners, a strategy consulting firm working with global industry leaders such as Bayer, Celanese, Cisco, and L'Oréal.

Laszlo spent nearly 10 years as an executive at Lafarge, a world leader in building materials, where 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 in the Braxton strategy consulting practice.

Laszlo received his doctorate with distinction in economics and management science from the University of Paris. He holds a MPhil in economics and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a BA with honors from Swarthmore College.

Selected Publications

  • Leah, J. S., Laszlo, C. (2022).
    Creating Positive Impact: The Power of Greater Purpose and Consciousness of Connectedness Engaged Management Review
  • Widing, R., Laszlo, C. (2021). In Danica Purg, Misho Minkov and Tjasa Cankar (Ed.),
    Revisiting Corporate Leadership, Purpose and Governance (vol. 1, 1 ed., pp. 34-41). Bled: International Academy of Management and IEDC Bled School of Management.
  • Laszlo, C. (2021).
    Prospective Theorizing: Researching for Social Impact Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion.
  • Laszlo, C., Waddock, S., Maheshwari, A., Nigri, G., Storberg-Walker, J. (2021).
    Quantum Worldviews: How science and spirituality are converging to transform consciousness for meaningful solutions to wicked problems Humanistic Management Journal.
  • Pavez, I. A., Kendall, L. D., Laszlo, C. (2020).
    Positive-impact companies: Toward a new paradigm of value creation Organizational Dynamics.
  • Laszlo, C., Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2020).
    Global Challenges as Opportunity to Transform Business for Good Sustainability, an Open Source journal of MDPI.
  • Laszlo, C. (2020).
    Quantum Management: The Practices and Science of Business-led Flourishing Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion (JMSR).
  • Laszlo, C., Widing, R. (2019). In John North (Ed.),
    The Changing Role of Business: A Comment on the Recent U.S. Business Roundtable Statement (vol. GRLI Web blog/communications October 2019, October 2019 ed., pp. 9). Brussels: Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative.
  • Tsao, F. C., Laszlo, C. (2019).
    Quantum Leadership: New Consciousness in Business, Stanford University Press Stanford University Press.
  • Laszlo, C. (2019).
    Strengthening Humanistic Management The Humanistic Management Journal.
  • Laszlo, C., Gullett, K., Gupta, M., , . (2018).
    MobilityWorks: Faster, Higher, Stronger Cleveland: Ivey Publishing.
  • Laszlo, C., , R. S., Waddock, S. (2017).
    Torn Between Two Paradigms AI Practitioner Journal, Vol 19, No. 2.
  • Laszlo, C., Gullett, K., Krueger, T. (2017).
    Amorim: The Future of Natural Cork Ivey Publishing.
  • Van Esch, c., Laszlo, C., Gullett, K., Cooper, B., Zhou, j. (2017).
    Calvert Investments: Environmental, Social, and Governance Sustainability Ivey Publishing.
  • Laszlo, C. (2016).
    The Quantum Leadership Project: Accelerating Globally Responsible Business Global Responsibility: The GRLI Partner Magazine, No. 15, 2016.
  • Laszlo, C. (2016).
    Consciousness development for responsible management education (pp. 1 page commentary).
  • Laszlo, C., Gullett, K., Dicht, C., Schulstad, M., Sugiyama, K. (2016).
    Food Donation Connection: Profitably Scaling Food Waste Reduction Ontario: Ivey Publishing.
  • Pavez, I., Bello, M., Laszlo, C., Gullett, K. (2015).
    TriCiclos: The challenging of scaling recycling in Latin America (pp. 13). Western Ontario: Richard Ivey School of Business.
  • Laszlo, C., Haile, Y., Buse, K., Saillant, R. (2015).
    Eco-communal management, transition engagement, and connectedness: a Moderated model for the performance of renewable energy projects in emerging economies ICRERA, IEEE.
  • Laszlo, C., , . (2015). In Susan Susan Albers Mohrman, James O'Toole, Edward E. Lawler III (Ed.),
    Sustainability for Strategic Advantage: The Shift to Flourishing Stanford University Press and Routledge.
  • Laszlo, C. (2015).
    Embedding sustainability in Latin American companies: the no trade-off model
  • Laszlo, C., Pose, I. B. (2014).
    Appreciative Inquiry and Sustainable Value Creation SAGE.
  • Laszlo, C., Saillant, R., Cooperrider, D. L., Brown, J. S. (2014).
    Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business Stanford University Press.
  • Widing, R., Cooperrider, D. L., Laszlo, C. (2013).
    Business as an Agent of World Benefit
  • Ludema, J., Laszlo, C., Lynch, K. (2012)
    Embedding Sustainability: How the Field of Organization Development and Change Can Help Companies Harness the Next Big Competitive Advantage Emerald Books.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Laszlo, C. (2012).
    Innovation's New Frontier Leadership Excellence Magazine.
  • Laszlo, C., Zhexebayeva, N. (2011).
    Embedded Sustainability: the Next Big Competitive Advantage Embedded Sustainability: the Next Big Competitive Advantage
  • Laszlo, C., Zhexembayeva, N. (2011).
    Embedded Sustainability: A Strategy for Market Leaders The European Financial Review.


  • CWRU Sustainability Champion Award, CWRU Sustainability Office. (2018).
  • Recipient of the Doctoral Teaching & Mentoring Award, (2016).
  • Elected Fellow, International Academy of Management. (2015).
  • Flourishing Enterprise chosen one of Top Sustainability Books by Sustainable Brands , (2015).
  • Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior for 2012, Trust Across America. (2012).
  • Invited Commencement Speaker, Duquesne University. (2011).