What is Thematiks?

Welcome to Thematiks. The origin of this project is a years-long search for an easy way to stay current with the best academic business research. Rather than spend hours looking through business school websites, I wanted one site where I could read translations of great research with real-world business relevance. Unable to find such a resource, I decided to create it.

My Goal

Put simply, the goal of Thematiks is to bring you new and innovative academic business research (almost all peer-reviewed) relevant to senior business leaders in a format that is easy to understand.

My Methodology

My original sources are primarily the research libraries of the world’s premier business schools and high impact-factor research journals and publications. Though most research comes from scholars in the U.S. and Europe, you will also find research from Australia, China, the Middle East, Singapore, etc. In short, Thematiks casts a wide net. Quality and relevance — not school brand — are the primary drivers of selection.

After selecting a relevant research paper, I summarize and contextualize it, complementing it, where appropriate, with my own thoughts and provide some external references, i.e., it is “translated” for a business audience from the original academic format which is typically not practitioner-friendly.

To ensure quality, I always share my translation with the paper’s authors to ensure the accuracy of my analysis and translation. For selected posts, I record brief conversations with authors to provide you with direct insights on their research and findings. These recordings are found at the bottom of each post and on Spotify.


If you are a scholar or researcher and want me to feature your work on Thematiks, please feel free to reach out. I am happy to review your research and, if requested, to provide feedback from a practitioner’s perspective.

About me

I am the creator, editor, and author of Thematiks. I am also a Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Business and Public Policy at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Additionally, I serve on the Advisory Board for the Georgetown SCS Masters Degree Program in Supply Chain Management.

Prior to Thematiks, I was the Executive Director of World 50 Labs, the member innovation team at World 50, Inc. Previous to World 50, I was a Principal in EY’s Consulting Practice and, before that, the Managing Director of Accenture’s Supply Chain and Procurement BPO business.

I am married to a physician/scientist who leads a research lab at the National Institutes of Health.


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You can reach me at c.alvarenga@thematiks.com.