Mike Thompson

 Mike Thompson
Adjunct Professor


BA, University of Hertfordshire, UK; DipMgt Brunel University, UK; MA University of Wales Trinity St David, UK; PhD University of Kent, UK.



  • Responsible Leadership
  • Corporate Governance and Sustainability
  • Corporate Social Innovation
  • Brand Trust

Mike has worked on the boards of entrepreneurial companies throughout his career in the UK and in China.  He was CEO of GoodBrand, the international innovation consultancy, until its acquisition by Anthesis in 2019. He is also co-founder of Impact Hub Kings Cross London and also GLO - Good Leaders Online, Shanghai and Brussels.

Mike was professor of management practice at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai and director of the European Centre for Leadership and Responsibility 2009-13. His research work in wise leadership has been published in various book chapters, the most recent being: How managers understand wisdom in decision-making (2017) and Economic Wisdom for Managerial Decision-Making (2017). His forthcoming book with Laszlo Zsolnai is Responsible Research for Better Business. Mike is co-editor of The Macau Ricci Institute Journal and is a reviewer for a number of management journals.

Mike has taught online entrepreneurship MOOC courses for UIBE Beijing and is visiting professor at the International Business School of Suzhou at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. He is also Adjunct Professor at Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, and a member of its international advisory board.

Mike is a keynote speaker on global leadership issues at business conferences in China, Africa and Europe and for companies such as CRRC, Bosch China, Inspur and Google.

Thompson, M. J., Zsolnai, L. (eds) (2020). Responsible Research for Better Business: Creating Useful and Credible Knowledge for Business and Society, Palgrave Macmillan.

Thompson, M. J., (2017). Economic Wisdom for Managerial Decision-making. In Rona, P and Zsolnai, L.. (eds.), Economics as a Moral Science, Taylor and Francis.

Thompson, M. J., (2017). How managers understand wisdom in decision-making: a phronetic research approach. In Küpers, W. and Gunnlaugson, O., (eds.), Wisdom Learning: Perspectives on ‘Wising-up’ Management Education. Abingdon: Gower.

Thompson, M.J., (2015). Redefining Business Success. Opdowiedzialny Biznes Kompendium CSR, Poland.

Thompson, M.J. (2015). La concepción de la sabiduría según los managers (Wise Practice Research: Managers’ Self-understanding of Wisdom), Económica Revista Cultura Económica,

Thompson, M.J. & Buytaert, P. (2014). Change Management is Changing. Today’s Manager, 4, 66-69.

Thompson, M. J., (2013). From Knowing and Doing to Being. In Mukherjee, S. (ed.), Proceedings of SusCon III, IIM Shillong, McGraw Hill Education, 42-48.

Thompson, M. J., (2013). Reframing Business Ethics in the Management Education Curriculum. In Rothlin, S. and Haghirian, P. (eds.), The Asian Dimension of Teaching International Business Ethics, Springer, New York, pp.133-145

Thompson, M. J. (2012). Dilemmas inside and outside the Securities Markets (证券市场内外之惑). In Jiang Heng and Wang Zhile (eds.), Compliance - The New Development Trend of Global Companies (合规—全球公司发展新趋势). China Economic Publishing House, Beijing, 145-147.

Thompson, M. J. (2012) Operationalising the Common Good in Business” in Thompson, M.J. (ed.). Business, Spirituality and the Common Good, Russell Media, Boise, Idaho, 87-118.

Thompson, M. J. (2011). Ethical Branding.  In Bouckaert, L. & Zsolnai, L. (eds.). The Handbook of Spirituality and Business, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 387-395.

Thompson, M. J. (2011). Chinese hedonic values and the Chinese classical virtues: managing the tension. Journal of Management Development, 2011, 30(7), 709-723.

Thompson, M. J. (2011). Spirituality as Faith in Relation to Management. In Laszlo Zsolnai (ed.), Spirituality and Ethics in Management 2nd edition, Springer, 163-170.

Thompson, M. J. (2011). On Self-Interest. In Opdebeeck H. and Zsolnai L. (eds.), Spiritual Humanism and Economic Wisdom, Antwerp: Garant, 79-88.

Thompson, M. J., (2011). A philosophy and spirituality of wisdom based leadership. In Thompson, M. J. and Eynikel J. (eds), Leading with Wisdom, Antwerp: Garant, 25-44.

Thompson, M. J., (2011). Managing Sustainability for Economic Return in the Multinational Enterprise. In Mobley, W. H., Li, M., & Wang, Y. (eds.) Advances in Global Leadership, Vol. 6, Emerald, 2011,117-135.

Thompson, M.J. (2010). Signals of Virtue in Chinese Consumerism and Business. Journal of International Business Ethics, 3(2), 71-79.

  • Corporate Governance & Sustainability
  • Responsible Leadership
  • Corporate Social Innovation