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Aristide Bertrand


Phd Candidate to department People, Organizations and Society
Master in Management (MiM), ESSEC - Grande Ecole

Areas of expertise

  • Working conditions
  • Personal and Managerial Development
  • Ethics
  • Power and resistance within organizations
  • Human Resources

As a PhD candidate in Management and Organisation Studies (MOS), my research interests lie in issues of identities, ethics and happiness in managerial organisations and alternative organisations (e.g., consultancies, cooperatives). Specifically, I am puzzled by notions of authenticity as nurtured or hindered in current structural/cultural contexts (e.g., post-bureaucratic organisations, neo-normative management). In this attempt, I am keen on mobilising theories from the humanities (e.g., social theory, literary theory, rhetorical theory, philosophy of values/virtues), dialoguing with critical scholarships (e.g., critical management studies on identity work, labour process studies, and especially critical realism), as well as engaging with thick empirical materials (ethnographic, but also novelistic). I have thus presented my work at conferences such as IACR and AIMS.


As an aspiring expert and as a beginning teacher, I am enthusiastic about learning, sharing and applying management knowledge with students, managers and other stakeholders, with regard to 3 areas of interest: 1) relationships between ethics and management with an emphasis on sustainability; 2) human resource management in general and factors of psychosocial risks in particular; 3) practices of self-management and self-organisation germane to efficiency and wellness.


Pursuantly, my intended contributions intersect with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues, in congruence with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 3.4 (well-being & mental health); 4.7 (education for sustainable lifestyles); 8.8 (labour rights, safe & secure working environments). 


At Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), I am fortunate to be supervised by Prof Ismael Al-Amoudi and to be fully funded by an assistantship position within the research team ‘Alternative Forms of Markets and Organisations’ (AFMO) headed by Prof Stéphane Jaumier. Further, I strive to dedicate time to broader academic communities, for instance as secretary of the Centre for Social Ontology (CSO).

    • Comportement au travail et risques psycho-sociaux - Licence - from 2021 to 2023
    • Managerial Creativity - Master - from 2022 to 2022
    • Personal and Professional Development - PhD - Since 2021
    • Business Ethics - Master - Since 2022