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STRAUSS Karoline

Department : Management
Campus de Cergy



Karoline Strauss teaches Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management across different programs at ESSEC. Previously she was an Associate Professor at Warwick Business School, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield.

Karoline's research interests broadly focus on individuals' relationship with the future. Her research on future work selves explores how individuals create the future in their mind and will, and how this helps them in managing their career. In her research on proactive behavior she investigates individuals' attempts to influence their own future, and the future of their organization, such as by contributing to innovation or sustainability. She currently leads a project on the well-being consequences of proactive behavior, funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche. Karoline's work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Management, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and Human Resource Management.

Karoline is representative-at-large at the Academy of Management's Managerial and Organizational Cognition division and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, the British Journal of Management, and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. She is an academic member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

You can find her full CV here.


  • 2010 : Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom )
  • 2006 : Magistra rerum naturalium (MSc) in Psychology (University of Vienna, Austria )


  • 2013 : Postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)


    Full-time academic appointments

    • 2018 - Present : Professor (ESSEC Business School, France)
    • 2015 - 2018 : Associate Professor (ESSEC Business School, France)
    • 2013 - 2015 : Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour (Warwick Business School, United Kingdom)
    • 2010 - 2013 : Lecturer (equiv. of Assistant Professor) in Work Psychology (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)

    Other Academic Appointments

      • 2018 - Present : Academic Director, Global BBA Dissertations (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2020 - Present : Chaired Professor ESSEC Sport (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2009 - 2010 : Research Associate, Institute of Work Psychology (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)


  • 2019 : Outstanding Service Award  from the Academy of Management for her service as Representative at Large of the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division, August 2019.


  • 2018 : Paris Seine Excellence Initiative grant, ANR Investissements d’Avenir (ANR-16-IDEX-008): Managing careers in times of change: The dynamic and adaptive nature of future work selves (€116.000) (Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (ANR), France)
  • 2017 : ANR-DfG Programme franco-allemand en Sciences humaines et sociales (FRAL) 2016: What hurts today may pay off tomorrow: An integrative perspective on the well-being consequences of proactive behavior at work (French Principal Investigator; French funding: €128.999) (Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (ANR), France)
  • 2016 : EAWOP Small Group Meeting: A cross-cultural perspective on proactive work behaviours (w. D. Fay, T. Urbach, S. Parker, & D. Den Hartog, €3500)
  • 2014 : Research in Human Fatigue in the Workplace (w. S. Payne, WMG; University of Warwick Staff Research Network) (UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, United Kingdom)
  • 2012 : ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Bursary for Training
  • 2009 : Enhancing the positive mental health of employees: The Active Workforce Initiative (acting Principal Investigator after departure of the original grant holder, Professor Sharon Parker, in January 2010; £83.368) (British Occupational Health Research Foundation, United Kingdom)

Journal articles

Book chapters

Conference Proceedings

Presentations at an Academic or Professional conference

Research activities

    Editorial Board Membership

  • 2017 - Present : British Journal of Management
  • 2016 - Present : Journal of Applied Psychology
  • 2017 - Present : Journal of Management
  • 2017 - Present : Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
  • Reviewer for a journal

  • Reviewer for Current Directions in Psychological Science; Human Relations; Human Resource Management; Journal of Management Studies; Journal of Organizational Behavior; Leadership Quarterly; Organization Science
  • Function in an academic association

  • 2017 - 2019 : Representative-at-large, Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division, Academy of Management
  • Role as an expert or appraisor in a research organization

  • 1982 - Present : Ad-hoc reviewer for Research Grants Council of Hong Kong
  • 1982 - Present : Ad-hoc reviewer for the Research Foundation Flanders – FWO (Belgium),
  • Member of an academic association

  • 2013 - Present : Academic Member of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • 2008 - Present : Member of the Academy of Management
  • 2019 - Present : Member of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology
  • Participation in scientific commissions or reviewer for a conference

  • 1982 - Present : Ad-hoc reviewer for the Economic and Social Research Council and the British Academy (UK)
  • 2012 - 2013 : Chair of the Scientific Committee of the 2012 IWP International Conference on Work, Well-being and Performance


  • 2019 : KHAJEHNEJAD Sabra (ESSEC Business School), Thesis co-director, First placement: Assistant Professor - KU Leuven
  • 2017 : Kelly Ciara (University of Sheffield), Thesis director, First placement: Lecturer (equiv. to Ass. Prof.) at Loughborough University, UK
  • 2017 : Bagash Asma (University of Warwick), Thesis director, First placement: now in industry
  • 2016 : Rofcanin Yasin (University of Warwick), Thesis director, First placement: Reader (equivalent to Associate Professor) at University of Bath Business School, UK
  • Carvalho Sheldon (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director
  • El Mansouri Mouna (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director
  • George Mailys (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director