Sooksan Kantabutra completed his Ph.D. in strategy & leadership at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Prior to joining CMMU in 2002, Dr. Kantabutra worked with a global consulting firm where he advised multinational corporations on leadership and change for several years, after graduating with an MBA from Bentley University in Greater Boston, Massachusetts, the USA. Having been educated in three continents and worked in a multinational corporate setting, Dr. Kantabutra brings a global perspective and experience into his research, teaching and consulting at CMMU. Globally, Dr. Kantabutra has been identified as a top scholar in the corporate sustainability field (Sciencedirect, MDPI).
As a recipient of Mahidol University's Most Internationally Cited Researcher Award, Dr. Kantabutra's significant contributions to the fields of strategy and leadership, and corporate sustainability are a theory of organizational vision and a theory of corporate sustainability, both of which fill in the fundamental gaps in the literature. His research has been adopted by practitioners and extended by researchers throughout the world. Along with those of the world's most prominent international scholars of leadership, Dr. Kantabutra's research report, entitled What Do We Know About Vision?, has been reprinted in a textbook, Leading Organizations: Perspectives for A New Era, launched worldwide in 2010 by Sage Publications. He is named by Emerald Publishing Group in the UK for three consecutive years Highly Commended Paper Award Winners for his vision and sustainable leadership research reports at Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011, 2012 and 2013, by the World Human Resource Development Congress 2012 the Outstanding Leadership Award Winner for his leadership and contribution to the field, and in 2016 by the National Research Council of Thailand a Highly Commended Award winner for his vision research.
Sooksan Kantabutra has reviewed manuscripts for publication in high-quality international journals, including Group and Organization Management, Journal of Cleaner Production, Sustainability, Leadership, and Leadership and Organization Development Journal. He has served as an Editor for Sustainability and an Editorial Advisory Board member for Journal of Global Responsibility. He has also reviewed grants for the National Research Council of Thailand and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK's leading agency for research funding and training in economic and social sciences.
As a researcher, Dr. Kantabutra has worked with such national and international organizations as The Thai Chamber of Commerce, Office of The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), The Crown Property Bureau, Office of The Royal Development Projects Board, Asian Productivity Organization and The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Dr. Kantabutra was a Project Director of Thailand Research Fund to develop Sufficiency Economy Business Standard (SEBS) for use by Office of The Royal Development Projects Board.
In terms of teaching, Dr. Kantabutra has taught at Thailand's principal institutions such as the National Defence College of Thailand, the Capital Market Academy and the Thai Institute of Directors. He believes research excellence and top class education go hand in hand. His pioneering research on the royal philosophy of Sufficiency Economy in business organizations has informed policies and practices of numerous businesses in Thailand today.