Our goal is to rethink the role and responsibilities of business in creating a sustainable society. As part of this mission, we have launched the #thinklist: a quarterly list of the most influential faculty thinkers on issues of responsible business in social media.

We hope that the #thinklist will spark off conversation and inspiration around the role of social media in responsible business research. Aside from its practical utility in helping you to find out who to follow, the #thinklist also celebrates the activities of those who are truly shaping our field. These are the movers and shakers in the academic world who are breaking out of the ivory towers and leading key debates in social media.

These are the top 20 key thinkers for the current quarter (compiled March 2018):

Rank Name Twitter Institution Score
1 Jonathan Haidt @JonHaidt New York University 82
=2 Ioannis Ioannou @iioannoulbs London Business School 63
=2 Peter Strachan @ProfStrachan Robert Gordon University 63
=2 Marc Ventresca @marcventresca University of Oxford 63
5 Jeffrey Pfeffer @JeffreyPfeffer Stanford University 62
6 Thomas Beschorner @ThBeschorner University of St Gallen 61
=7 Josep M Lozano @JosepMLozano Ramon Llul University 60
=7 Andre Spicer @andre_spicer City University London 60
9 Thomas Roulet @thomroulet King's College London 58
=10 George Serafeim @GeorgeSerafeim Harvard University 57
=10 David Grayson @DavidGrayson_ Cranfield University 57
=12 Cathy Clark @cathyhc Duke University 56
=12 Andre Sobczak @andresobczak Audencia Business School 56
=12 Chris MacDonald @ethicsblogger Ryerson University 56
=15 Kai Hockerts @Kai_Hockerts Copenhagen Business School 55
=15 Alex Hope @DrSustainable Northumbria University 55
=17 Christopher Wright @ChristopherWr11 University of Sydney 54
=17 Laura D Tyson @LauraDTyson University of California, Berkeley 54
=19 Wayne Visser @WayneVisser University of Antwerp 53
=19 Rolf Wuestenhagen @wuestenhagen University of St Gallen 53

View this quarter's full list of faculty thinkers


The #thinklist is updated and managed by CBOS on a quarterly basis. To compile the #thinklist we have developed a list of academics who are researching in the broad area of responsible business and/or are active in responsible business research centres worldwide. We analysed this initial list using individual Klout scores as a measure of social influence between 1 and 100.

In order to identify our key thinkers, our #thinklist involved some key decision rules:

  • Thinkers had to be primarily employed in an academic position in a Business or Management School;

  • Thinkers had to be active on social media with a Klout score of above 40;

  • Thinkers needed to be regularly tweeting on topics of responsible business.

Due to the closure of Klout, we are currently working on a new iteration of the #thinklist which will be launched in September.

Think we are missing anyone? Drop us a line. We are especially keen to identify more scholars active in languages other than English that we might have missed. Each quarter we intend to improve the list and make it even more definitive.