Jesper Sørensen

  • Stanford University

Jesper Sørensen is the Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Graduate School of Business, and (by courtesy) in the Department of Sociology, at Stanford University.   He is faculty director of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Stanford Seed), which partners with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives. As executive director of Stanford Seed from 2015-2017, he oversaw a strategic and organizational turnaround of the organization, including the opening of centers in Kenya and India. As faculty director of Stanford Seed, he oversees the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development, a research center gathering faculty and students from across the university working to improve the lives of the world’s poor. At the GSB, he has taught the core strategic leadership course, critical analytical thinking, organizational theory, and research design. He also directs and teaches in a number of executive education programs. Sørensen served in editorial roles at Organization Science and Management Scienceand is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sociological Science, an open access, peer reviewed journal in sociology.  Prior to Stanford, he taught at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University in 1996.