Dr Ioannis Ioannou is a strategy scholar whose academic research focuses on sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Specifically, he has explored sustainability via two main themes. The first is examining the role of investors and capital markets in promoting a sustainable society in general, and sustainable and socially responsible business practices in particular. The second theme is investigating the multilevel drivers of socially responsible behaviour by corporations.
He also consults internationally with companies on how environmental, social and corporate governance strategies can be strategically adopted, effectively embedded and successfully implemented.
He has taught on the MBA Core Strategy course at LBS and several other degree programmes, such as the Masters in Finance programme, as well as on various Executive Education programmes.
In a recent pioneering article co-authored with Professor Robert Eccles and Professor George Serafeim, he has established the existence of a new type of modern corporation, the sustainable enterprise, and they have empirically characterised its structural distinctiveness as well as its long-term outperformance of the traditional firm.
His research work has been published in top management journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science and the Journal of International Business Studies. He recently joined the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal. He is often quoted in media outlets such as Thomson Reuters, the Financial Times and The Guardian. In recognition of his impactful work, he has also been shortlisted for the Future Thinker Award of Thinkers50.
He graduated from Yale University in Economics and Mathematics, and holds a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.