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Christopher Marquis


Chris Marquis is the Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University. His 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. He received a PhD in Sociology and Business Administration from the University of Michigan.


  • Civil society;
  • sustainability;
  • institutional change;
  • emerging markets
“[T]he challenge is to specify and explicate the social mechanisms determining the relationship between the informal social organization of close-knit groups and the formal rules of institutional structures.”— Victor Nee