A number of critical global trends, including the growing acute scarcity of natural resources, climate change and the massive demographic changes around the world, combined with increasing levels of income inequality and an unprecedented shift of middle-class consumption from the developed to the developing world, are radically shifting the world’s competitive landscape.

The winning Sustainable Organizations of the future will be the ones that acknowledge these tectonic shifts today, and are able to strategically and uniquely integrate such broader social and environmental issues into their business models, their corporate cultures and their strategies. They are the organizations that will be able to synergistically generate economic as well as social and environmental value, while remaining sustainable within their economic, their environmental and their social domains.

The emergence of Sustainable Organizations not only challenges but also redefines the role of the modern corporation in civil society and its contribution towards tackling the world’s biggest future challenges. It is therefore high time for bold, unique, innovative and sustainable business strategies and for rebuilding the trust between business and society.

Prof. Ioannis Ioannou

The Rise of the Responsible Organization

My Research

I am a strategy scholar whose research focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). More specifically, I seek to understand whether, how, and the extent to which the modern business organization contributes towards building a sustainable future. My academic work evolves around two main themes: a) understanding how investment analysts, and the public equity markets, perceive, evaluate and react to corporate engagement with, and integration of, environmental and social issues into strategy and b) understanding the multiple factors (e.g. institutional, regulatory, behavioural) that may affect, drive or hinder, the corporate decision to adopt environmentally and socially responsible strategies.

Upcoming Events

February 27, 2018

Prof. Ioannou will be speaking at LBS HR Strategy Forum

April 27, 2018

Prof. Ioannou will be speaking at ESMT's Sustainable Business RoundTable

May 24, 2018

Prof. Ioannou will be speaking at LBS's Private Equity Symposium