Video: A new model of corporate mindfulness

Julie Bayle-Cordier is a professor of strategy and sustainability and a member of ICOR. She was recently interviewed, as part of the School’s 60-seconds Inside Research videos, about her latest research on corporate mindfulness, coauthored with Paul Rouvelin, Azadeh Savoli and João Vieira da Cunha*.

The researchers carried out a systematic literature review of research on corporate mindfulness in management journals published between 1999 and January 2020.

From this work they propose a model that links different streams of the literature on corporate mindfulness: the individual, group level, organizational and societal level approaches to mindfulness. In connecting these approaches, they show that the individual level benefits of mindfulness such as improved employee wellbeing, emotional regulation or decision making can in fact enhance group processes such as group social dynamics and leadership processes.

View the video :

*The full research paper on the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences can be viewed here:



IÉSEG to propose a new Master in Management for Sustainability from September 2022

Through its 2025 Vision, IÉSEG has given an essential place to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development (SD) in its strategy, its activities, its research and its programs. After having rethought the way CSR and SD are taught in all the programs, to provide a more transversal teaching approach emphasizing the business models and the transformation of organizations to implement them, IÉSEG now moves a step further to launch for the next academic year (September 2022) a new program specifically dedicated to CSR and SD: the Master in Management for Sustainability.

This Master’s program, that will be directed by ICOR Coordinator Frank de Bakker,  is designed for purpose-driven students who are concerned about sustainable development issues and who wish to become managers capable of implementing solutions that meet the challenges of tomorrow in the professional world.

Managing the full range of sustainability risks and challenges is top-of-mind for business leaders. This means making day-to-day decisions that, for example, ensure water quality, tackle climate change, advance green technology, engage with stakeholders, innovate for food and validate social compliance for fair labor practices.

Find out more about  this program via this article and the IESEG website.

ICOR member recognized with prestigious award

Each year during the Annual Meeting, the prestigious Academy of Management recognizes authors and reviewers of journal articles that were published in each of the Academy’s journals. These include prizes for the best article, reviewer (s) over the last year as well as a « decade award » that rewards the article that has been most cited over the last 10 years.

Congratulations to ICOR team member, Professor Farah Kodeih, whose 2011 co-authored article* on institutional complexity and organizational responses was recognised with the « Decade award » in the  Academy of Management Annals!. Farah subsequently joined IESEG in 2019, and this research was published when she was carrying out her Ph.D at ESSEC Business School .

She explains: “This research holds a special place in my career, as it resulted from an international collaboration with some of the leading scholars in Organization Theory when I visited the University of Alberta, and it was the first manuscript I got published. The impact of this study caught us all by surprise, and it showed how much interest there is in organizations that straddle different cultural spheres and navigate contradictory pressures. The current focus of my research on social organizations and their diverse efforts to support marginalized communities can be seen as a continuation of this early work.”

The Academy of Management (AOM) is a leading professional association for management and organization scholars. « Members are professors and Ph.D. students in business schools at universities, academics in related social science and other fields, and practitioners who value knowledge creation and application », it notes. Founded in 1936, its international community today ‘is nearly 20,000 strong and spans over 120 countries’.

*Greenwood R., Raynard M., Kodeih F., Micelotta E., Lounsbury M., (2011), Institutional complexity and organizational responses, Academy of Management Annals, 5(1), pp. 317-371


IÉSEG /ICOR: A national partner of the IBE Survey on ethics at work

The Institute of Business Ethics has recently published the results of its latest “ethics at work” survey: approximately 10,000 employees in 13 countries (including France) were recently surveyed on their attitudes to and perceptions of ethics in their organization.

IÉSEG, through ICOR, has been one of the national partners in this IBE project helping to provide insights for developments in France.

A full article outlining some of the key findings of the report,  results from France, and an analysis from ICOR’s Professor Simone de Colle can be found on the IÉSEG website:

Video : ICOR member discusses the impact of greenwashing on sustainability managers

Susana Esper is a professor of CSR and business ethics at IÉSEG and a member of ICOR. She was recently interviewed, as part of IÉSEG’s 60-seconds Inside videos, about her research which is looking how “greenwashing’ can impact and trigger reactions with sustainability managers.

Together with colleagues from ICOR and IÉSEG, they have been looking at how these managers, who are responsible for the concrete application of companies sustainability and CSR strategy, react to contradictory talk and actions either from top management or other segments of middle management. Their research provides an insight into the challenges they may face and how their roles can potentially be strengthened.


Focus on IÉSEG’s Responsible Leaders initiative

In 2018, IÉSEG launched the Responsible Leaders initiative, which aims to involve students in Lille and Paris-La Défense in the different activities and actions related to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development within the School.

Each year, this voluntary initiative groups between 10 and 20 students together, who work on projects related to the School’s CSR strategy, in close relation with Maria Castillo, the CSR Manager and a member of ICOR.

Find out more by reading this article on the IÉSEG website :

Staying in grace: Why some people are immune from scandal – until they’re not (Marco Clemente – The Conversation France)

Marco Clemente, professor of CSR and a member of ICOR, recently published this article on the Conversation France with his co-authors from the US and Canada.

The authors note that not all scandalous acts result in a scandal or produce the same consequences and ask “How can we explain the fact that some prominent figures seem able to resist the consequences of their own behavior, and to be seemingly immune from scandals?”

Read the full article on the Conversation France (Marco Clemente, IÉSEG School of Management; Jo-Ellen Pozner, Santa Clara University et Tim Hannigan, University of Alberta) :