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Dr Thomas Roulet

Thomas Roulet
Thomas Roulet joined King’s College as a Senior Lecturer in Management in August 2015. He is also an International Research Fellow at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, and a Faculty Affiliate at the Society and Organizations Research Center, HEC Paris. At King’s, he is the Deputy Director for the Msc in International Management. Before joining King’s, Thomas taught strategy and economic theory in various universities in Europe such as the University of Oxford, HEC Paris, Sciences Po (Sorbonne Paris Cité) and the University of Bath. In 2011 and 2012, he was also Chazen Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, NY.

His work is rooted in economic sociology, organization theory and ethics, and focuses on negative social evaluations (stigma and disapproval) and ethics in the context of professional service firms (investment banking, audit firms) and cultural industries. His work is published or forthcoming in the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Organizational Research Methods, Work Employment & Society  and Journal of Management Inquiry. He has also written for practitioner oriented outlet such as Harvard Business Review.  

He has been featured in a number of media outlets including the Washington Post, the Telegraph, the GuardianBBC Radio LondonAl JazeeraFolha de S Paolo, ForbesL’Humanité and Le Cercle/Les Echos. Thomas was also shortlisted by the Financial Times and McKinsey for the Bracken Bower Prize for his book project on organizational stigma in 2015, finalist for the Grigor McClelland Award (EGOS Best dissertation), and won the Roland Calori Award for the best young researcher in 2014. He currently holds a British Academy / Leverhulme grant to study stakeholder relationships and media perception of the UK Museum industry.

He reviews for a number of top journals in organization theory, strategy and ethics, and is on the Associate Board of Work Employment & Society, the journal of the British Sociological Association. In February 2017, he became co-editor in chief for M@n@gement, the open-access academic journal of the French Academy of Strategic Management (AIMS).

Thomas came to academia after a number of professional experiences in investment banking and lobbying organizations in Paris, London, and Washington DC. He graduated from a PhD in Strategy at HEC Paris, a Master of Philosophy in Economic Governance from Sciences Po (Sorbonne Paris Cité) and a Master in Management with a concentration in Finance from Audencia Nantes.

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Selected publications

Roulet T. & Clemente, M. (Accepted – under embargo until Dec 2017) Let’s Open Media’s Black Box: Media as a Set of Heterogeneous Actors and not only as a Homogeneous Ensemble. Academy of Management Review - Dialogue section.

Roulet T., Gill M., Stenger S. & Gill, J. (Forthcoming) Reconsidering the Value of Covert Research: The Role of Ambiguous Consent in Participant Observation. Organizational Research Methods

Stenger, S. & Roulet, T. (Forthcoming) The Stakes of Concealment and Disclosure of a Stigmatized Identity for Gay and Lesbian Auditors.  Work, Employment & Society

Shymko, Y. & Roulet. T. (Forthcoming). When does Medici hurt DaVinci? Mitigating the Signaling Effect of Extraneous Stakeholder Relationships in the Field of Cultural Production. Academy of Management Journal.

Clemente, M. Durand, R. & Roulet, T. (2017). The Recursive Nature of Institutional Change: An Annales School Perspective. Journal of Management Inquiry. 26: 17-31

Clemente, M., & Roulet, T. J. (2015). Public opinion as a source of deinstitutionalization: A “spiral of silence” approach. Academy of Management Review40(1), 96-114.

Roulet, T. J. (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.

Roulet, T. J., & Touboul, S. (2015). The intentions with which the road is paved: Attitudes to liberalism as determinants of greenwashing. Journal of Business Ethics128(2), 305-320.

Practitioner-oriented publications

Roulet, T. & Stenger, S. (29 March 2017). What a Study of French Auditors shows about Homophobia at Work. Harvard Business Review

Shymko, Y. & Roulet. T. (26 August 2016). When Corporate Money Makes the Recipient Look Bad. Harvard Business Review

Other publications

Roulet, T. (Forthcoming). Good to be Disliked? Exploring the Relationship Between Disapproval of Organizations and Job Satisfaction in the French context. Journal of General Management. (peer reviewed)

Roulet, T., Gill, M. & Stenger, S. (2016). ‘Cloak and Dagger Organizational Research: Benefits, Ethics and Challenges of Covert Participant Observation’. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. (peer reviewed)

Roulet, T. (2016). When Work Ceases to be Identity, Identity Becomes Work. Symbolic Interaction.

Publications in French

Roulet, T. (2015). Qu’il est bon d’être méchant!. Revue française de gestion, (3), 41-55.

Garrette, B., Kozan, A., & Roulet, T. (2014). Challenges at the bottom of the pyramid. Management International.

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