Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Stefan Schaltegger is full professor of sustainability management. He founded the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) and introduced the world's first MBA programme in Sustainability Management in 2003. From 2006 to 2010, he was Vice President Research of Leuphana University Lüneburg. According to the Stanford World Scientist Ranking, Prof. Schaltegger is among the 2% most cited researchers worldwide. He is a member of the editorial boards (deputy editor, associate editor or member of the editorial board) of several high-ranked scientific journals, has more than 500 publications and has received various scientific awards.

Professor Schaltegger's research interests include topics of corporate sustainability management, in particular measurement, accounting and management control of corporate sustainability (incl. the sustainability balanced scorecard), sustainability transformation of companies, fundamental concepts and methods of sustainability management (operationalization of corporate sustainability, biodiversity management, etc.), sustainable business models and management of stakeholder relationships.

Academic Career

  • 2020 - 2023: among the top 2% in the World Scientist Ranking (
  • 2022 - 2023: Dean, School of Sustainability, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 2006 - 2010: Vice President for Research, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • Since 1999: Professor for Sustainability Management, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 1996 - 1998: Assistant Professor of Economics at the Center of Economics and Business Administration (WWZ), University of Basel, Switzerland and Deputy Head of the Department of Public Economics and Policy
  • 1994 - 1996: Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Economics of the WWZ, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1992 - 1993: Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Business Administration, University of Washington, Seattle, USA



  • Founder of the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) and the MBA Sustainability Management (

  • Member of international editorial boards of scientific journals (selection, either in the role of "deputy editor", "associate editor", or member of the "editorial board" or "advisory board"): Business Strategy and the Environment (since 1998; associate editor since 2022), Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management (since 1998), Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal (SAMPJ) (since 2009, deputy editor since 2011), Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (since 2011), Meditari Accountancy Research (since 2012), Journal of Corporate Citizenship (since 2013), Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (since 2014), Supply Chain Management. An International Journal (since 2016), Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change (associate editor since 2016), Organization & Environment (associate editor since 2019).

  • Honorary doctorate from Danubius University, Galati, Romania (2017); various research awards (including from the German Federal Association of Environmental Management in the category "Science"; from the International Federation of Accountants - IFAC).

  • Member of steering committees of the framework research program "Research for Sustainability" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (2004-2008), the BMBF research program "Sustainable Biotechnology" (2003-2007), the research program "Sustainable Infrastructure Development" of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2004-2011), and the High-Tech Forum for the implementation and further development of the High-Tech Strategy of the Federal Government (2015-2017).

  • Methodology partner of the Next Economy Award and member of the jury of the German Sustainability Award (since 2010), member of the steering committee of EMAN (Environmental and Sustainability Management Accounting Network; 2005-2020 Chairman); member of various corporate sustainability advisory boards

Awards/Prizes (Selection)

  • 2020 - 2023: Ranked in Stanford's top 2% of scientists worldwide
  • 2011: Outstanding reviewer: Award for Excellence 2011
  • 2007: Environmental Award in the category "Science" by Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreis für Umweltbewusstes Management (B.A.U.M.) e.V.
  • 2003: Research award ("article of merit") by the Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) together with Roger Burritt and Tobias Hahn
  • 1992: Best Paper Award of the Academy of Management (1992) together with Ann Ilinitch