Christopher Marquis

Christopher Marquis

  • Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise

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Interdisciplinary Theme

  • Emerging Markets and Development
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology

Faculty Expertise

  • Emerging Markets
  • Environmental, Energy and Resource Economics and Policy
  • Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategy
  • Sustainable Business
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Innovation
  • Non-Governmental Organizations


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management


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Chris Marquis is the Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at the Cornell University Johnson College of Business. Prior to joining Cornell, he worked for 10 years at Harvard Business School and has held visiting positions at Harvard Kennedy School, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Peking University, Fudan University, and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Marquis received a PhD in sociology and business administration from the University of Michigan. He is an Associate Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly.

Marquis’ current teaching and research examines how the interaction between corporations, governments and civil society lead 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 civil society and social entrepreneurship 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's research has won a number of national 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.

Marquis has published in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Harvard Business Review, Organization Science, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Strategic Management Journal, as well as a number of edited collections. He served as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management and of the International Association of Chinese Management Research (IACMR). Before his academic career, Marquis worked for six years in the financial services industry, most recently as vice president and technology manager for a business unit of J.P. Morgan Chase.

Recent Courses

  • NMI 5000 - Directed Reading and Research
  • NBA 6400 - Doing Business in China
  • NBA 5920 - Experience in International Management
  • NBAY 6660 - Negotiations
  • NRE 5380 - PhD Seminar: Macro Organization Theory
  • NBA 5100 - Social Entrepreneurship
  • NBAY 5100 - Social Entrepreneurship
  • NBA 6580 - Sustainable Global Enterprise Practicum

Academic Degrees

  • PhD University of Michigan, 2005
  • MA University of Michigan, 2002
  • MBA University of Pittsburgh, 1994
  • MA University of Pittsburgh, 1993
  • BA University of Notre Dame, 1992