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Lara Liboni

Associate Professor, Strategy & Sustainability

Lara Liboni

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Lara is an Associate Professor at Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada. She holds a joint appointment at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil with a fellowship research position at the Bertalanffy Center in Austria. Her expertise is in strategy and sustainability, and her investigation sheds light on how collaborative systemic change can shape strategy toward innovation and sustainability. She has been publishing cutting-edge research in several highly cited journals and conferences.

Lara has been working to integrate systems thinking and sustainability in management education to develop responsible leaders. She is the author of the book “Systems Thinking and Systems Theory for Management” which addresses this research topic in depth. She has supervised several Ph.D. theses and has designed and coordinated numerous academic and executive programs. 

In Brazil, Lara founded the Center for Innovation, Systems and Sustainability (CISS) and has worked to improve management research in Latin America. She is the executive editor of the Latin American Journal of Management for Sustainable Development and is the founder of the Latin American Society for Systems and Sustainability.

Meanwhile, she was a consultant to several firms and organizations, such as PWC, UNICA(Brazilian Sugarcane Industry and Bioenergy Association) and UNCTAD-UN (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development). She has also worked with non-profit organizations, such as Carolinian Canada, PICE Entrepreneurship and Lar de Euripedes Foundation.

With a consolidated academic career and a consultancy background, Lara has sat on different private board councils, developing important bonds between research and practice in strategic sectors, such as IT and agri-food. She has coordinated several cross-sector projects to promote systemic change and innovative strategies toward sustainability. 


  • Strategy
  • Sustainability
  • Systems Thinking
  • Communication

Programs Taught

  • HBA
  • MSc
  • Executive Education


  • Ph.D. Business Administration (Organization and Strategy) – University of Sao Paulo

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Liboni, L.; Donaires, O.; Cezarino, L. O., (Forthcoming), "Systems approach to Dynamic Capabilities", Systems Research and Behavioral Science
  • Cezarino, L. O.; Liboni, L. B.; Hunter, T.; Pacheco, L. M.; Martins, F. P., 2022, "Corporate social responsibility in emerging markets: Opportunities and challenges for sustainability integration", Journal of Cleaner Production, August 362: 132224 - 132224.
  • Liboni, L.; Oliveira, B. G.; Cezarino, L. O., 2022, "Time Perspective Shaping Sustainability: Lessons from Indigenous Amazon Communities", Academy of Management Proceedings, August 2022(1)
  • Pimenta, M. L.; Cezarino, L. O.; Piato, E. L.; da Silva, C. H. P.; Oliveira, B. G.; Liboni, L. B., 2022, "Supply chain resilience in a Covid-19 scenario: Mapping capabilities in a systemic framework", Sustainable Production and Consumption, January 29: 649 - 656.
  • Goulart, A. R.; Liboni, L. B.; Cezarino, L. O., 2021, "Qualification as a societal challenge and the role of higher education from a system approach", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, October 11(5): 1002 - 1019.
  • Cezarino, L. O.; Liboni, L. B.; Oliveira Stefanelli, N.; Oliveira, B. G.; Stocco, L. C., 2021, "Diving into emerging economies bottleneck: Industry 4.0 and implications for circular economy", Management Decision, August 59(8): 1841 - 1862.
  • Kennedy, S.; Grewatsch, S.; Liboni, L.; Cezarino, L. O., 2021, "A Systems Approach to Business Sustainability Education", Academy of Management Proceedings, August 2021(1): 15644 - 15644.
  • Eustachio, J. H. P. P.; Caldana, A. C. F.; Liboni, L. B.; Martinelli, D. P., 2019, "Systemic indicator of sustainable development: Proposal and application of a framework", Journal of Cleaner Production, December 241: 118383 - 118383.
  • Cezarino, L. O.; Alves, M. F. R.; Caldana, A. C. F.; Liboni, L. B., 2019, "Dynamic Capabilities for Sustainability: Revealing the Systemic Key Factors", Systemic Practice and Action Research, February 32(1): 93 - 112.
  • Liboni, L. B.; Cezarino, L. O.; Jabbour, C. J. C.; Oliveira, B. G.; Stefanelli, N. O., 2019, "Smart industry and the pathways to HRM 4.0: implications for SCM", Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, January 24(1): 124 - 146.
  • Pacheco, L. M.; Alves, M. F. R.; Liboni, L. B., 2018, "Green absorptive capacity: A mediation-moderation model of knowledge for innovation", Business Strategy and the Environment, December 27(8): 1502 - 1513.
  • Elias, M.; Liboni, L. B.; Cezarino, L. O.; Pinheiro Martins, F.; Pimenta, M. L.; Hilletofth, P.; Hilmola, O-P., , "Shedding Light on the Brazilian Amazon Biotrade: A Study on Sustainable Development in Native Communities", Sustainability, January 14(19): 12826 - 12826.
  • Martins, F. P.; Cezarino, L. O.; Liboni, L. B.; Botelho Junior, A. B.; Hunter, T., , "Interdisciplinarity-Based Sustainability Framework for Management Education", Sustainability, January 14(19): 12289 - 12289.
  • Liboni, L. B.; Cezarino, L. O.; Alves, M. F. R.; Chiappetta Jabbour, C. J.; Venkatesh, V. G., , "Translating the environmental orientation of firms into sustainable outcomes: the role of sustainable dynamic capability", Review of Managerial Science

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