Organization studies & ethics

We are faced with unprecedented grand challenges on societal and environmental levels that are threatening our world. These global, interconnected, system-wide problems are not future issues, but need to be tackled urgently through individual and collective efforts. This asks for solidarity, new ways of organizing, collaboration, new forms of work and responsible leaders who dare to engage and act for the common good.

The Department of Organization Studies and Ethics aims to contribute to those challenges, by tackling these issues on multiple levels and by taking into account the way in which these issues are interrelated and intertwined. Our department brings together a wide group of academics across multiple disciplines and topics, whose work strives to extend knowledge on Organization Studies and Ethics. We aim to understand present developments for building a desirable future that creates value for individuals, organizations and society. Our belief is that change takes place at all three levels and we strive to influence positive change. It can be extraordinary and innovative but also ordinary and traditional. We conduct engaged and impactful research at the individual (employee, leader, manager), organizational (start-up, large companies and SMEs) and inter-organizational (networks, supply chains, ecosystems, stakeholder) levels that enhance scholarship and practice. We take real-life issues as a starting point for empirical exploration and analysis, and we often, but not exclusively, practice theory-building based on qualitative material. We strive to transfer research-related knowledge and outcomes to pedagogy at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels as well as in executive education programmes.

The research we undertake and the courses we offer encompass the following expertise poles that are interrelated and have an interdisciplinary outlook: Sustainability and Ethics; Organization Studies; Human Resource Management; Organizational Behavior. As poles of expertise in teaching and research, they bring together various disciplines and schools of thought. Further, these poles share a well-established presence and a strong experience within Audencia as they have been developed within the School.

Through responsible and inclusive management education, strong cooperation with industry partners and interdisciplinary research that allows to grasp the complexities of the issues involved, we believe that our Department of Organization Studies and Ethics helps to create a sustainable, liveable and enjoyable world in which everyone has a place.


Grand challenges require concerted efforts by various actors that aspire for sustainable development and ethical conduct. While the challenge of our work is the future, our anchorage is the present. We strive to understand present developments to build a desirable future that creates value for individuals, organizations and society. To do that, we approach the topic of sustainability and ethics in our research and teaching from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds and theoretical and empirical angles. We focus on topics such as political CSR, stakeholder engagement, complex systems, business ethics, responsible leadership, diversity and inclusion, and pressing industry sector challenges.

  • Perspectives on CSR (political, strategic, stakeholders…): Emma Avetisyan, Andrew Crane, Gervaise Debucquet, Jennifer Goodman,  Céline Louche, Heidi Reed, Thomas Roulet, André Sobczak, Christian Vögtlin,
  • Grand challenges and complex systems (SDGs, Doughnut Economics…): Emma Avetisyan, Andrew Crane, Jennifer Goodman, Céline Louche, Elvira Periac, Heidi Reed,  Christian Vögtlin
  • Sustainability-oriented and responsible innovation: Gervaise Debucquet, Jennifer Goodman, Céline Louche, Christian Vögtlin
  • Responsible leadership: Andrew Crane, Marianna Fotaki, Sandrine Frémeaux, Thomas Roulet, Christian Vögtlin
  • Business ethics: Thibaut Bardon, Andrew Crane, Jean-Luc Castro, Marianna Fotaki, Sandrine Frémeaux, Heidi Reed, Thomas Roulet, Roberta Sferrazzo, Christian Vögtlin
  • Diversity, inclusion and equality: Guilherme Azevedo, Marianna Fotaki, Sandrine Frémeaux , Sophie Hennekam, Christine Naschberger, Camilla Quental, Jie Shen, Yuliya Shymko
  • Responsible management education:  Emma Avetisyan, Sandrine Frémeaux, Jennifer Goodman, Lucie Noury
  • Cross-sector collaboration (NGOs, public sector):  Andrew Crane, Jennifer Goodman,  André Sobczak, Elvira Periac
  • ESG ratings and CSR disclosure:  Emma Avetisyan, Céline Louche
  • Energy transition and socio-industrial design: Guilherme Azevedo, André Sobczak
  • Sustainable business models:  Andrew Crane, Céline Louche, André Sobczak
  • Sustainable finance:  Céline Louche
  • Food, sustainability and nature: Emma Avetisyan, Gervaise Debucquet
  • Corruption and anti-fraud: Marianna Fotaki, Bertrand Venard

Drawing on the social sciences and humanities, organization studies is inherently interdisciplinary in nature and focuses on organizational processes and practices as well as organization theory. Our department often adopts a critical management lens and employs a wide spectrum of reflective and empirical methodologies to study issues such as governance; public management, project management, knowledge management, intercultural management and managerial innovation. 

  • Organizational theory: Thibaut Bardon, Andrew Crane, Gervaise Debucquet, Céline Louche, Mickaël Naulleau, Laurent Noël,  Elvira Periac,  Heidi Reed,  Thomas Roulet, Roberta Sferrazzo
  • Cross-cultural management: Guilherme Azevedo, Sophie Hennekam
  • Organizational dysfunctionalities: Mickaël Naulleau 
  • Governance: Andrew Crane, Christian Vögtlin
  • Management: Thibaut Bardon Sandrine Frémeaux, Mickaël Naulleau, Laurent Noël, Elvira Periac, Roberta Sferrazzo
  • Public Management: Elvira Periac
  • Managerial innovation: Thibaut Bardon
  • Alternative forms of organizing: Céline Louche
  • Hybridity/hybrid organizations: Thibaut Bardon, Céline Louche

Organizational Behavior is important as humans are the core of many organizations and their behavior influences almost all aspects of it. Drawing from a range of disciplines such as psychology and sociology, our teaching and research crosses the boundaries between individual, team/group and organizational societal levels in order to shed light on the complex issues involved in human behavior. We focus on topics such as communication, negotiation, conflict, well-being, work-life balance, meaningful work, personal development, teamwork and leadership.

  • Work-life balance: Sandrine Frémeaux, Sophie Hennekam, Laurent Noël, Jiexin Wang
  • Identity: Thibaut Bardon, Sophie Hennekam, Mickaël Naulleau, Laurent Noël, Thomas Roulet, Jie Shen, Jiexin Wang
  • Meaningful work: Sandrine Frémeaux, Mickaël Naulleau, Laurent Noël
  • New forms of work: Thibaut Bardon, Laurent Noël,  Elvira Periac, Roberta Sferrazzo
  • Efficient team (multicultural): Jiexin Wang
  • Leadership (multicultural): Christian Vögtlin
  • Soft skills and personal development: Céline Legrand, Olga Kapitskaia
  • Well-being and stress management: Sandrine Frémeaux, Olga Kapitskaia,  Céline Legrand, Mickaël Naulleau
  • Communication (multicultural): Nicolas Arnaud, Sophie Hennekam
  • Negotiation (multicultural): Olga Kapitskaia, Mickaël Naulleau
  • Learning: Sandrine Frémeaux, Céline Legrand
  • Conflict management: Heidi Reed
  • Change Management: Jean-Luc Castro

Human Resource Management is about the management of employees as the main asset for an organization. We aim to extend knowledge on talent management, strategic human resource management in which the emphasis is on future-oriented processes of developing and implementing HR programs, various aspects of careers, such as sustainable careers and law. We draw on a range of disciplines including law and economics and use variety of research methods to make an impact in our specialized fields in HRM.

  • Careers: Sandrine Frémeaux, Sophie Hennekam, Céline Legrand, Christine Naschberger, Laurent Noël 
  • Law: Anne Audran-Ly, Sandrine Frémeaux
  • Talent Management: Mickaël Naulleau, Jie Shen
  • Strategic HRM: Mickaël Naulleau, Jie Shen


Discover some of the programs offered by the department Organization Studies and Ethics:​

  • Major Managing for Sustainable Impact (English)​
  • Full Time MBA (English)​
  • MSc in International Management (English)​
  • Master in Management Engineering (Grande Ecole)​
  • Master in Management (Grande Ecole, English and French)​
  • Major Management Conseil en Ressource Humaines (French)​
  • Master in European and International Business Management (English)​
  • European and International Business Management (French)​
  • MSc and MBA in Food and Agriculture Management​
  • Mastère Spécialisé Acteur Pour la Transition Énergétique (French)
  • Mastère Spécialisé Management et Compétences Internationales (French)

Research seminars

20/01Emma AvetisyanThe Intended and Unintended Consequences of the Non Financial Reporting EU Directive on Firms’ Sustainability Activities
03/03Jos AkkermansCareer shocks and sustainable careers
TBDAlison PullenFeminist ethics in the doing of leadership diversity research
26/05Patrizia ZanoniPost-diversity, precarious work for all: Un-bordering categories  of socio-demographic difference in the Amazon warehouse

Emma Avetisyan

Head of department

Yuliya Shymko

Head of research affairs