THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS

TOP RESEARCH Sustainability in Fifty Shades of Green
Sustainability

Sustainability in Fifty Shades of Green

by Jan Lepoutre

Karoline Strauss and Jan Lepoutre, Professors of Management at ESSEC Business School, together with Geoffrey Wood, Essex Business School, University of Essex, argue that sustainability requires unique change in organizations and explain how employees across different levels of the organization can support it.

TOP RESEARCH Does being proactive increase stress? Depends on what motivates you…
Leadership

Does being proactive increase stress? Depends on what motivates you…

by Karoline Strauss

Karoline Strauss, Professor of Management at ESSEC Business School and expert on proactivity shares research undertaken with Sharon Parker and Deirdre O'Shea to determine if and when showing initiative might drain employees’ resources and lead to stress.

TOP RESEARCH Does going to business school turn you into a more selfish person?
Society

Does going to business school turn you into a more selfish person?

by Karoline Strauss

Does studying economics make people more selfish? And if so, what role do business schools have to play in shaping the values of our future leaders? Karoline Strauss, Professor of Management at ESSEC Business School, shares her research on how and when business education can produce greater levels of selfishness – or not.

TOP RESEARCH How to build a proactive workforce: Training problem solvers or strategic change agents?
Leadership

How to build a proactive workforce: Training problem solvers or strategic change agents?

by Karoline Strauss

Organizations are increasingly looking for their employees to be proactive – to show initiative in their work and contribute to positive change. But how can organizations increase proactivity in their workforce? Can employees be trained to be more proactive? ESSEC Prof. Karoline Strauss aims to answer this question in her research. “The short answer is: yes”, she says. “The long answer is that which training approach will be effective – and for which employees – depends on the kind of proactivity an organization is looking for in their workforce. Do you want your employees to be proactive problem solvers, fixing issues they come across in their day-to-day job, or do you want them to be proactive in shaping the long-term future of the organization? Our findings show that a different training approach is needed for these two different types of proactivity”.