Research Programs
Governance and economic organizations program : Knowledge, science, and expertise program : Law, norms, and regulations program


Research topics:

- Comparative history of capitalism
- Globalization and Americanization
- Diffusion and translation of practices and ideas
- Dynamics of regulation and transnational governance
- Corporate governance, ethics, and corporate social responsibility

Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic’s research addresses the complex interactions between Business and Society. In a sociological tradition inspired by Weberian institutionalism, economic activity cannot be divorced from the institutional structures in which it is embedded. These structures, furthermore, are not universal; they are situated and variable in time and space. Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic has used this epistemological approach to investigate what we can call, using the words of Karl Polanyi, the new “Great Transformation” – the consequential evolution through which economic dynamics and logics have come to impose themselves in more and more dimensions of our societies and lives.

Her research interests include:

1. The historical transformation of capitalism and national business system
2. The development and diffusion of corporate and financialized capitalism and its social and political consequences
3. The role of professions ans social networks in the transnational diffusion of rules and practices
4. Americanization and globalization
The dynamics of transnational regulation and governance
5. Corporate governance and corporate social responsibility
6. The ethical foundation of contemporary capitalism and the political issues associated with it.
7. Economic sociology, institutional theory.

Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic is the author of numerous articles and books, including Exporting the American Model (Oxford University Press 1998) and Transnational Communities: Shaping Global Economic Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2010), co-authored with S. Quack.
In 2000, she was the laureate of the Max Weber prize for the best book in organizational sociology from the American Sociological Association for her book Exporting the American Model.

Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic was also appointed Co-Dean of the School of Management and Innovation, recently founded at Sciences Po.

September 2016 -
Co-Dean of the School of Management and Innovation at Sciences Po.

September 1996 - July 2016
Professor in the Department of Management, ESSEC Business School

September 2010 - July 2016
Director of the Research Center on Capitalism, Governance and Globalization (C2G2), ESSEC Business School

September 2012 - November 2015
Associate Dean in charge of the PhD Program, ESSEC Business School

January 2008 - January 2011
Director of the Department of Management, ESSEC Business School

September 2003 - September 2007
Dean of Faculty, ESSEC Business School

Prizes and awards

Academic Prize for Research in Management, Management category. “Limited Liability and its Moral Hazard Implications: The Systemic Inscription of Instability in Contemporary Capitalism” (with Joel Bothello). Theory & Society, 42(6)
Doctor Honoris Causa in Social Sciences at Stockholm University
Finalist for the Best Article Prize at the EGOS conference (3 finalists). Djelic, Marie Laure and Reza Mousavi. “Understanding the Structural Architecture of Performative Ideologies—The Case of Atlas and Neoliberalism.”
Halloran Prize 2013 from the Academy of Management for the article which “best informs and enlightens current thinking on important issues in the field of business ethics based on historical research and/or theory.” For the article “Limited Liability and its Moral Hazard Implications: An Alternative Reading of the Financial Crisis” (co-author Joel Bothello).
Author Prize for “The Power of “Limited Liability” – Transnational Communities and Cross-Border Governance” (co-author Sigrid Quack), 33. Emerald Literati Network Prize 2012.
Elected to the Royal Academy of Sciences of Uppsala University, Sweden.
Prize for best book: Exporting the American Model. American Sociological Association, Washington, August.

Other responsibilities

Since 2013:
Vice-president, European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM), Brussels.
Since 2011:
Member of the International Supervisory Board, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland
Since 2008:
Guest researcher, SCORE (Stockholm Center for Organizational Research), Sweden.

Habilitation, University Paris Dauphine, 2015
PhD in Sociology, Harvard University, 1996
Master of Arts, Sociology, Harvard University, 1992
Master of Management, ESSEC Business School, 1987
B.A. in Philosophy, Sorbonne university, 1987

A Manifesto for Social Progress, 2018.

"Globalization and Business Regulation", July 2018.

"Old Wine in New Bottles? Parentalism, Power, and Its Legitimacy in Business–Society Relations", July 2018.

Social Science at the Crossroads: Dead-End or Light at the End of a Dark Lane?, 2018.

"Evolving Conceptualizations of Organizational Environmentalism: A Path Generation Account", April 2017.

"History of management – what is the future for research on the past?", August, 2016.

"Contextualizing Corporate Political Responsibilities: Neoliberal CSR in Historical Perspective", Journal of Business Ethics, 2015.

"Les politiques du chiffre Entre « managérialisation » du politique et politisation du management", Politiques et Management Public, 2014.

"Limited liability and its moral hazard implications: the systemic inscription of instability in contemporary capitalism", Theory and Society, October 2013.

"When Limited Liability was (Still) an Issue: Mobilization and Politics of Signification in 19th-Century England", Organization Studies, April 2013.

"Competition Regulation in Africa: Between Global and Local", Routledge, 2013.

Transnational Communities : Shaping Global Economic Governance, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

"Reordering the World: Transnational Regulatory Governance and its Challenges", Oxford University Press, 2012.

"Transnational Governance through Standard Setting: The Role of Transnational Communities", Oxford University Press, 2012.

"Scholars in the Audit Society: Understanding our Contemporary Iron Cage", Västra Aros, 2012.

"The Power of "Limited Liability": Transnational Communities and Cross-border Governance", Emerald, 2012.

"The International Competition Network", Polity Press, 2011.

"From the Rule of Law to the Law of Rules : The Dynamics of Transnational Governance and Their Local Impact", International Studies of Management & Organization, 2011.

"Strong in the Morning, Dead in the Evening : A Genealogical and Contextual Perspective on Organizational Selection", Emerald Publishing, 2010.

"Transnational Communities and Governance", Cambridge University Press, 2010.

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