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Thomas Roulet.

University Senior Lecturer in Organisation Theory
Deputy Director of the MBA Programme
Fellow in Sociology and Director of Studies in Management at 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 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 a variety of scientific outlets in management, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and Academy of Management Annals, and more broadly in social sciences and sociology (Human Relations, Work, Employment & Society). His work on covert research received the Best Paper Award in Organizational Research Methods in 2017. He also published in practitioner outlets such as Harvard Business Review and has been regularly featured in media outlets such as the Financial Times, The EconomistThe Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Telegraph, The GuardianLe Monde, France 24 and BBC Radio London.

From 2017 to 2019 he acted as 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.

Thomas' teaching has also been recognised by Poets & Quants (listed among the "40 under 40 Best Business School Professors" in 2020) and Business Because ("Business School Professors to Look for in 2020"). He received a university-wide teaching award at King's College London in 2018.

Thomas consults on a regular basis for a variety of clients in the non-profit and for-profit sectors around questions of diversity, uncertainty management, and wellbeing at work.

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

  • Listed among the "40 under 40 Business School Professors", Poets & Quants, 2020
  • Listed among the "Business School Professors to Look for", Business Because, 2020
  • Runner-up, Responsible Research Award, Organization & Management Theory Division, Academy of Management, 2020
  • Shortlisted, Bracken Bower Prize for the Best Business Book Proposal by an Author under 35, Financial Times & McKinsey, 2019
  • London50, Top 50 Professors in Management in the London area, 2019
  • 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
  • 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.

Rodner, V., Roulet, T.J., Kerrigan, F. and Vom Lehn, D. (2020) "Making space for art: a spatial perspective of disruptive and defensive institutional work in Venezuela's art world." Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2016.1030) (published online Aug 2019)

Harmon, D.J., Haack, P. and Roulet, T.J. (2019) "Microfoundations of institutions: a matter of structure versus agency or level of analysis?" Academy of Management Review, 44(2): 464-467 (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2018.0080)

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)

Daudigeos, T. and Roulet, T.J. (2018) "Open-access management research at a turning point: giving relevance to a stigmatized object." M@n@gement, 21(4), 1178-1185

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.J., Haack, P. and Roulet, T.J. (2019) "Microfoundations of institutions: a matter of structure versus agency or level of analysis?" Academy of Management Review, 44(2): 464-467 (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2018.0080)

Royer, I., Garreau, L. and Roulet, T. (2019) "La quantification des données qualitatives: intérêts et difficultés en sciences de gestion." Finance, Contrôle, Stratégie, NS6: 1-12 (DOI: 10.4000/fcs.3312)

Gill, M. and Roulet, T. (2019) "Stressed at work? Mentoring a colleague could help." Harvard Business Review, 1 March 2019

Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2019) "How companies can adapt during times of political uncertainty." Harvard Business Review, 22 February 2019

Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2019) "Will the 4-day workweek take hold in Europe?" Harvard Business Review, 5 August 2019

Roulet, T.J. (2019) "Sins for some, virtues for others: media coverage of investment banks' misconduct and adherence to professional norms during the financial crisis." Human Relations, 72(9): 1436-1463 (DOI: 10.1177/0018726718799404)

Bothello, J. and Roulet, T.J. (2019) "The imposter syndrome, or the mis-representation of self in academic life." Journal of Management Studies, 56(4): 854-861 (DOI: 10.1111/joms.12344)

Rodner, V., Roulet, T.J., Kerrigan, F. and Vom Lehn, D. (2020) "Making space for art: a spatial perspective of disruptive and defensive institutional work in Venezuela's art world." Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2016.1030) (published online Aug 2019)

Daudigeos, T., Roulet, T. and Valiorgue, B. (2020) "How scandals act as catalysts of fringe stakeholders' contentious actions against multinational corporations." Business and Society, 59(3): 387-418 (DOI: 10.1177/0007650318756982)

Roulet, T. and Bothello, J. (2020) "Why 'de-growth' shouldn't scare businesses." Harvard Business Review, 14 February 2020

Roulet, T. and Laker, B. (2020) "Now is the time to reconnect with your dormant social network." MIT Sloan Management Review, 22 April 2020

Cristofini, O. and Roulet, T. (2020) "Playing with trash: how gamification contributed to the bottom-up institutionalization of zero waste practices." Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (forthcoming)

Books, monographs, reports & case studies

Roulet, T.J. (2020) The power of being divisive: understanding negative social evaluations. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. (forthcoming)

Book chapters

Roulet, T.J., Paolella, L., Gabbionneta, C. and Muzio, D. (2019) "Micro-foundations of institutional change in the career structure of UK elite law firms." In: Haack, P., Sieweke, J. and Wessel, L. (eds.) Research in the sociology of organizations: vol.65(A): microfoundations of institutions. Bingley: Emerald Publishing, pp.251-268 (available online)

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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