Thought Leadership

Creating Social Value

Creating Social Value: A Guide for Leaders and Change Makers focuses on the motivations of entrepreneurial leaders as they look to activate change within their companies, industries, and value chains, sometimes even through partnerships with their competitors. Such change requires fundamentally new styles of leadership, and we profile the ways these trailblazing innovators generate profits and social value simultaneously.

Also, see other book contributions.


Project ROI

The Project ROI research, led by Babson College and IO Sustainability, with support from lead sponsors Verizon and Campbell Soup Company, places a rigorous business lens on the value of work in CSR and beyond, and defines a clear roadmap of essential practices for companies that want to improve the impact and value of their CSR and sustainability performance.

Social Innovation Cases

Studying real-life examples of social innovation help students see how the principles they’re learning in the classroom are put into practice. The Lewis Institute funds the development of Social Innovation Teaching Cases exploring the challenges of developing and running a social impact business. This section includes summaries of available cases.


A few sample articles:

Oct 2018: What is Social Impact?
by Cheryl Kiser

May 2018: How Blockchain Can Improve Food Supply Chains
by Rachel Greenberger

Feb 2018: Creating an Ensemble Educational Experience
by Cheryl Kiser

Feb 2017: Values, Value, or Politics?
by Cheryl Kiser

Nov 2016: Redefining the Purpose of Business from the Inside Out
by Cheryl Kiser