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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

Here are a selection of Thomas Roulet's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Harmon, D., Haack, P. and Roulet, T.J.V. (2018) "Microfoundations of institutions: a matter of structure vs. agency or level of analysis?" Academy of Management Review (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2018.0080) (published online Aug 2018; forthcoming in print)

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 Da Vinci? 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)

Journal articles

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)

Roulet, T.J. and Touboul, S. (2015) "The intentions with which the road is paved: attitudes to liberalism as determinants of greenwashing." Journal of Business Ethics, 128(2): 305-320 (DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2097-8)

Roulet, T. (2015) "'What good is Wall Street?': institutional contradiction and the diffusion of the stigma over the finance industry." Journal of Business Ethics, 130(2): 389-402 (DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2237-1)

Roulet, T.J., Gill, M.J. and Stenger, S. (2016) "Cloak-and-dagger organization research: benefits, costs and ethics of covert participant observation." Academy of Management Proceedings, 2016(1): 12336-12336 (DOI: 10.5465/ambpp.2016.25)

Shymko, Y. and Roulet, T.J.V. (2016) "When corporate philanthropy makes the recipients look bad." Harvard Business Review, 24 August 2016

Shymko, Y. and Roulet, T. (2017) "When does Medici hurt Da Vinci? 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)

Roulet, T.J.V. and Stenger, S. (2017) "What a study of French auditors tells us about homophobia at work." Harvard Business Review, 29 March 2017

Roulet, T.J. (2017) "Good to be disliked? Exploring the relationship between disapproval of organizations and job satisfaction in the French context." Journal of General Management, 42(4): 68-79 (DOI: 10.1177/0306307017702998)

Clemente, M., Durand, R. and Roulet, T. (2017) "The recursive nature of institutional change." Journal of Management Inquiry, 26(1): 17-31 (DOI: 10.1177/1056492616656408)

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)

Roulet, T.J. and Clemente, M. (2018) "Let's open the media's black box: the media as a set of heterogeneous actors and not only as a homogenous ensemble." Academy of Management Review, 43(2): 327-329 (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2016.0537)

Gill, M.J., Gill, D.J. and Roulet, T.J. (2018) "Constructing trustworthy historical narratives: criteria, principles and techniques." British Journal of Management, 29(1): 191-205 (DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12262)

Gill, M.J., Roulet, T.J.V. and Kerridge S.P. (2018) "Mentoring for mental health: a mixed-method study of the benefits of formal mentoring programmes in the English police force." Journal of Vocational Behavior, 108: 201-213 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2018.08.005)

Stenger, S. and Roulet, T.J. (2018) "Pride against prejudice? The stakes of concealment and disclosure of a stigmatized identity for gay and lesbian auditors." Work, Employment and Society, 32(2): 257-273 (DOI: 10.1177/0950017016682459)

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)

Harmon, D., Haack, P. and Roulet, T.J.V. (2018) "Microfoundations of institutions: a matter of structure vs. agency or level of analysis?." Academy of Management Review (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2018.0080) (published online Aug 2018; forthcoming in print)

Bothello, J. and Roulet, T.J. (2018) "The imposter syndrome, or the mis-representation of self in academic life." Journal of Management Studies (DOI: 10.1111/joms.12344) (published online Apr 2018; forthcoming in print)

Daudigeos, T., Roulet, T. and Valiorgue, B. (2018) "How scandals act as catalysts of fringe stakeholders' contentious actions against multinational corporations." Business and Society (DOI: 10.1177/0007650318756982) (published online Feb 2018; forthcoming in print)

Roulet, T.J. (2018) "Sins for some, virtues for others: media coverage of investment banks' misconduct and adherence to professional norms during the financial crisis." Human Relations (DOI: 10.1177/0018726718799404) (published online Oct 2018; forthcoming in print)

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Contact details

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

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339630

t.roulet@jbs.cam.ac.uk

thomasroulet.com