Sophie Bacq

Globally recognised thought leader on social entrepreneurship and change.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2024.


Winner of the Academy of Management Perspectives Best Article Award, 2020, for her paper on civic wealth creation and stakeholder engagement.


Joint recipient of the Journal of Management Studies Best Paper Award, 2022, with Ruth V. Aguilera.


Sophie investigates and theorises about entrepreneurial action aiming to solve intractable social and environmental problems, at the individual, organisational, and civic levels of analysis. Her recent work has focused on how to strengthen communities through collective action and entrepreneurship, and she is the co-author of a forthcoming book on creating civic wealth, which explains how diverse coalitions of citizens are joining forces to create civic wealth and enable communities to thrive and grow.


Professor of social entrepreneurship at IMD, Sophie was previously the Larry and Barbara Sharpf Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Indiana University Kelley School of Business, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business in Boston, and a visiting scholar at New York University Stern School of Business. She received her doctorate from the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.


Sophie’s research has been published in top-tier management and entrepreneurship journals, including Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Discoveries, Academy of Management Perspectives, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning & Education, California Management Review, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, and Journal of Management Studies. She is the author of several book chapters and co-editor of a number of books on social entrepreneurship.


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