department: Management
Campus de Cergy
Organizational Behavior

David M. Sluss, Ph.D. scholarly works and educational pursuits focus on how high potential professionals become agile, adaptive, & analytical leaders through creating personalized and productive work relationships. He builds on his academic research on relational identity and identification (Sluss & Ashforth, 2007, Academy of Management Review). He focuses on ‘new leader’ development, leader transitions, and how leaders build resilience in the face of adversity. He takes a diagnostic and behavioral approach to facilitating leadership development. 

His research on relational identity and identification has explored processes across different contexts: telemarketing newcomers, technical professionals, contingent workers, and nomadic professionals. He has published research in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Organization Science. He is currently serving on the editorial boards for Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Business & Psychology, and Organizational Psychology Review (where he was previously a founding Associate Editor). He has also served as Special Issue Associate Editor for Academy of Management Review. 

He works with organizations throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Fluent in Spanish, he has worked in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. A partial list includes: Abbott Laboratories (U.S. and Puerto Rico), Argos (Colombia), Baxter Pharmaceuticals (Belgium), Cisco Systems, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Google, IBM (U.S. & Ireland), McKesson, Rohlig (Germany), SCTE, Simpson Industries (Mexico), OSCE, A1 (Austria), and Verbund (Austria).

Prior to his doctoral studies, he was Vice President and Partner at PathWise (a boutique management training consultancy). He designed and facilitated "real-life" application workshops on topics such as leadership, performance coaching, problem solving/decision making, and project management for clients within the technology and pharmaceutical sectors.


  • 2006: Doctor of Philosophy, Business Administration (Arizona State University United States of America)
  • 1997: Master of Organizational Behavior (Brigham Young University United States of America)
  • 1995: Bachelor of Science, Psychology (Virginia Tech United States of America)
Other Academic Appointments
    • 2022 – 2024 : Chaired Professor INNOVATIONS and SERVICES (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2022 – 2024 : Academic director Global MBA (ESSEC Business School France)
Full-time academic appointments
    • 2021 – Now : Professor of Management (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2013 – 2021 : Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior (Georgia Institute of Technology United States of America)
    • 2010 – 2013 : Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior (Georgia Institute of Technology United States of America)
    • 2006 – 2010 : Assistant Professor of Management (Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina United States of America)


  • 2016 : Finalist for 2015 Best Paper Award in Academy of Management Review


  • 2005 : State Farm Dissertation Grant

Journal articles

Research activities
  • Editorial Board Membership
    • 2023 – Now: Journal of Applied Psychology