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After graduating from HEC Grande Ecole in 1995, I took a DESS in Cognitive Ergonomics (Paris I Sorbonne), and subsequently worked for 2 years at the Paris Stock Exchange on improving the working environment. I then took a DEA in Organization Sociology (Paris IX Dauphine).

I am currently in the 4th and final year of my thesis.

3. Why did you choose to do your Ph. D at HEC?

With around 60 Ph. D students, HEC is a major European research center in management. I really appreciate its multidisciplinary approach and the fact that HEC is free from any specific ideology.

I also chose HEC for its international Professors, students and exchange programs. I have spent 16 months at LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science) as part of my Ph. D.

Moreover, a Ph. D from HEC will give me the qualifications to become a Professor-Researcher in France or abroad. I have already been given the opportunity to teach HEC MBA students in Working Environment as well as Accounting and Organization Theory to Grande Ecole students.

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1. What is your Ph. D thesis about?

I am studying current middle management working conditions, demonstrating how their deterioration affects employees. Many managers and executives give insufficient attention to such problems, even though their well-being is affected to the detriment of their work.

As company practices are increasingly standardized, managers have scant opportunity to improvise and create. Paradoxically, most management tools have been designed without managers’ input. Eventually, such tools put additional pressure on executives, rather than bringing efficiency gains.

One particular aspect of my research includes professional and clinical interviews with employees from La Poste (French postal services) and Colas, a road construction global company.

2. What was your background prior to working on this thesis?