Keynotes and Programme


Dr Thomas Roulet.jpgDr. Thomas Roulet is Senior Lecturer in Organisation Theory at the Judge Business School and a Fellow in Sociology and Management at Girton College, both at the University of Cambridge. His work focuses on negative social evaluations (stigma, scandals, disapproval), institutions and stakeholder relationships ans has been published in outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review and the Academy of Management Annals. Until January 2020 he was also the co-editor in chief of M@n@gement, the first journal founded as an open access outlet in the field of organization theory.


In his keynote speech, Dr. Roulet will focus on negative social evaluations from a societal perspectives: Why do they exist? When are they used in an instrumental manner? Why do they divide us? Based on a forthcoming book by Dr. Roulet edited by Standford University Press and entitled "The Power of Being Divisive", he will adress how negative social evaluations (stigma, illegitimacy, dirty work, bad reputation) tend to be used to exclude and marginalize their targets. He will also highlight mechanisms through which those negative social evaluations can yield instrumental outcomes: from Trump's highly divisive stance, to dirty work occupations building a positive self-image, and social movements (e.g. ACT UP, Extinction Rebellion) acting in the most extreme ways to get reactions from their audiences. In this modern "society of evaluations", in which platforms crowdsource the perspective of audience members, we feel constantly observed and judged. This new landscape provides opportunities for organizations and individuals to grab power and resources - and informed citizens need to consider the potential answers to the societal divide it might create.


Jean-Pascal-Gond.jpgProf. Jean-Pascal Gond is the head of ETHOS – The Centre for Responsible Enterprise – at Cass Business School, City University of London. His research builds on economic sociology and organizational psychology to investigate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) across organizations and markets, with a focus on CSR metrics and the new professionals of CSR. His work has been published in outlets such as the Academy of Management Review, Business and Society, Business Ethics Quarterly and the Journal of Management.

In his keynote speech, Jean-Pascal Gond will first rely on work on micro-CSR and on performativity to discuss the contemporary shifts of the CSR research field and its expansion across management and social sciences to map the multiple tensions and challenges faced by the field. He will then advocate for an approach to CSR based on collective action theory, and focused on the continuous reconciliation of multiple forms of ‘common good’, best able to address contemporary business challenges in the CSR domain.


The conference programme will be released in April 2020.