Laure is Professor of Strategy and Organization at Cass Business School. She has a specific interest for the performative power of theories - that is their ability to shape the world and business practices. Laure also studies decision-making practices, both at the organizational and the individual levels with a specific interest for the management of risk and uncertainty, the interplay between intuition and analysis, and calculative practices in organisations (i.e., how various types of models such as economic models, business models are used in organisations and help managers make decisions).
Laure's research has been published in reviews such as the Journal of Management, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Human Relations, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, the Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making, Theory and Decision, and La Revue Economique.
Previously, Laure worked at Warwick Business School, ESCP Europe, Nottingham University Business School, and the Centre for Decision Research at Leeds University Business School. She is a Fulbright Fellow and a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Cachan). She holds a Ph.D. from the Toulouse School of Economics (France), a Master of Research in Environmental Economics from the University Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne, a Master in Management from the University Paris XII, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Toulouse II-Le Mirail.
- Fulbright Fellow, Risk Management and Decision Process Center, Wharton School, Jul – Sep 2007
Memberships of Professional Organisations
- Member of the ESRC Peer Review College, ESRC, Jan 2010 – Dec 2014
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP), Toulouse (2007) PhD award
- Decision Theory
- Organization Theory
- Organizational Behaviour
- Strategic Management
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Risk Management
Over the last three years, I have conducted research on three topics: i) the performativity power of theories; ii) decision-making and cognition and; iii) the role of models and calculative practice (in particular in the reinsurance industry).
In these three areas of research, I have published several papers in internationally and nationaly excellent journals (e.g., Journal of Management, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty; Human Relations)
- The performative power of theories
- In my research, I investigate the performative power of theories by studying the mechanisms by which various types of expert bodies of knowledge (e.g., economics, decision theory, management theories...) shape world and business practices and contribute to the "economisation" of contemporary societies. My interest for the performative power of theories also leads me to conduct research on the relationships between academics and practitioners, the usefulness of management theories for managers, and engaged scholarship (see also critical performativity).
- Decision-making under uncertainty
- I have a long lasting interest for decision-making processes and practices, both at the organizational and the individual levels. At the individual level, I focus on situations where decision-makers face ambiguous information, or receive conflicting recommendations from their advisers. I also study how decision makers balance between analytical and intuitive modes of information processing. At the organizational level, my research is informed by insights from the process perspective in strategy, the strategy-as-practice stream of research, as well as the cognitive perspective in management (including distributed cognition). I am especially interested in the roles of decision-making tools and models (broadly defined) in strategy making.
- Calculative practices and the role of models in organisations
- I have a specific interest for calculative practices (e.g., CAT models, underwriters’ pricing routines) and the roles of models in organisations, such as insurance companies (e.g., economic capital models, Solvency II).