Sarah Soule

Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business

"My teaching focuses on human centered design as both a methodology for developing innovative products and solutions, and a leadership tool that can help build better organizations.”

Sarah A. Soule is the Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior at Graduate School of Business. Her major areas of interest are organizational theory, social movements, and political sociology. She has written two recent books, the first with Cambridge University Press, entitled Contention and Corporate Social Responsibility, and the second with Norton, called A Primer on Social Movements. She is the series editor for the Cambridge University Press Contentious Politics series. She is a member of the founding team of the new journal, Sociological Science, an open access journal that is disrupting academic publishing. She has served on a number of boards of non-profit organizations, is currently a member Board of Advisors to the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the Stanford d.school) Fellowship program, and is currently serving on the faculty advisory board to the Stanford Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership. She has taught a number of courses with the Stanford d.school, and is the Faculty Director for the Executive Program on Social Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business. She has served as a judge for the Center for Social Innovation Fellowship program, and for the Tech Awards (Tech Museum of Innovation).

Courses, Events & Writings

INNOVATION INTENSIVE: Scale Up Your (Authentic) Food Business

The Scale Up Your (Authentic) Business intensive gives you the know-how and tools to make the leap into mainstream, sustainable scale, in a capital efficient manner, while staying true to who you are.

Sarah Soule: How Design Thinking Can Help Social Entrepreneurs (Stanford)

A Stanford scholar discusses a collaborative, human-centered approach to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. The Embrace Baby Warmer, which includes a phase-change material that maintains its temperature for six hours after heating, is an amazing innovation.

How Activism Can Fuel Corporate Social Responsibility (Stanford)

Over time, activism and incremental shifts in corporate practices have changed the private sector’s approach to activist challenges, and research confirms that social movements are indeed capable of influencing corporate behavior.

Sarah Soule: How Corporate Activism Alters Companies (Stanford)

Corporate protests such as picketers can hurt a company stock price. But what are the effects of shareholder activism on social issues? A new study shows that it too has consequences, even when it seems to do nothing in the short term.