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Thomas Roulet

Thomas Roulet

University Senior Lecturer in Organisation Theory
Fellow of Girton College

MSc (Audencia), MPhil (SciencesPo Paris), PhD (HEC Paris)

Research interests

Economic sociology; organisation theory; social evaluations; stigma, disapproval and scandals; institutional theory; stakeholder relationships; ethics.

Subject group: Organisational Theory & Information Systems

Professional experience

Prior to starting an academic career, Thomas worked in Debt Capital Markets on a trading floor in London, and for the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) in Paris.

Thomas is currently a research fellow at the Center for Professional Service Firms, University of Oxford and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Society & Organizations (SnO) at HEC Paris. His research focuses on negative social evaluations (stigma, disapproval) and their antecedents (misconducts, scandals). His work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and Academy of Management Annals. He also published in practitioner outlets such as Harvard Business Review and has been featured in media outlets such as the Washington Post, Le Monde and BBC Radio London.

He is currently the co-editor in chief of M@n@gement – the first open access journal in the field of management, supported by the French National Science Foundation and the French Academy of Strategic Management. He is also on the editorial board of Work Employment & Society, the journal of the British Sociological Association.

Previous appointments

Before joining the University of Cambridge, Thomas was a Senior Lecturer and MSc Director at King's College London. He has also taught at various levels from undergraduate to executives in a number of universities, including Oxford, SciencesPo, HEC Paris, Dauphine-PSL, and RMUTP in Bangkok.

In 2011-2012, he was a Chazen Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Awards & honours

  • University-wide Teaching Excellence Award, King’s College London, 2018
  • Best paper in Organizational Research Methods for 2017, Research Methods Division, Academy of Management, 2018
  • ABCD Reviewer Award, OMT Division, Academy of Management, 2018  
  • Ranked 9 on the thinklist of social influencers on Business & Society, Centre for Business, Organizations & Society – University of Bath, 2018
  • British Academy/Leverhulme Grant, 2017
  • Best paper nomination, Research Methods Division, Academy of Management, 2016
  • Shortlisted, Bracken Bower Prize for the Best Business Book Proposal by an Author under 35, Financial Times & McKinsey, 2015
  • Runner-up, Grigor McClelland Best Dissertation Award, EGOS, 2014
  • Roland Calori Award (Best young scholar in strategy), AIMS (French Association for Management), 2014

Selected publications

Dahlin, K., Chuang Y.-T. and Roulet T. (2018) "Opportunities, motivation and ability to learn from failure and errors: review, synthesis, and ways to move forward." Academy of Management Annals, 12(1): 252–277 (DOI: 10.5465/annals.2016.0049)

Roulet, T.J., Gill, M.J., Stenger S. and Gill, D.J. (2017) "Reconsidering the value of covert research: the role of ambiguous consent in participant observation." Organizational Research Methods, 20(3): 487-517 (DOI: 10.1177/1094428117698745) (Winner of the ORM Best Paper Award in 2017)

Shymko, Y. and Roulet, T. (2017) "When does Medici hurt DaVinci? Mitigating the signaling effect of extraneous stakeholder relationships in the field of cultural production." Academy of Management Journal, 60(4): 1307-1338 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.0464)

Clemente, M. and Roulet T.J. (2015) "Public opinion as a source of deinstitutionalization: a 'spiral of silence' approach." Academy of Management Review, 40(1): 96-114 (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2013.0279)

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Contact details

Thomas Roulet
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339630