Karoline STRAUSS

department: Management
Campus de Cergy
+33 (0) 1 34 43 33 27
Management and Organizational Processes

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.


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


  • 2010: Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology (University of Sheffield United Kingdom)
  • 2006: Magistra rerum naturalium (MSc) in Psychology (Université de Vienne Austria)
Other Academic Appointments
    • 2020 – 2024 : Chaired Professor ESSEC Sport (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2018 – 2024 : Academic Director, Global BBA Dissertations (ESSEC Business School France)
Full-time academic appointments
    • 2018 – Now : 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 appointments
    • 2009 – 2010 : Research Associate, Institute of Work Psychology (University of Sheffield United Kingdom)


  • 2023 : Journal of Management Outstanding Reviewer Award 2023 (Sage Publications, United States of America)
  • 2022 : Mediation and Dissemination of Scientific Culture Prize for 2022 (CY Cergy Paris Université, France)
  • 2021 : 2021 Academy of Management (AOM) Best Paper Award (MOC division) (Academy of Management, United States of America)
  • 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

Presentations at an Academic or Professional conference


Thesis co-director

  • 2014 – 2019 : Essays on performance manipulation (ESSEC Business School France)
Other activities
Research activities
  • Member of an academic association
    • 2019 – Now: Member of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology
    • 2013 – Now: Academic Member of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
    • 2008 – Now: Member of the Academy of Management
  • Function in an academic association
    • 2017 – 2019: Representative-at-large, Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division (Academy of Management )
  • Editorial Board Membership
    • 2017 – Now: Editorial board membership – British Journal of Management
    • 2017 – Now: Editorial board membership – Journal of Management
    • 2017 – 2020: Editorial board membership – Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
    • 2016 – Now: Editorial board membership – Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Participation in scientific commissions or reviewer for a conference
    • 2012 – 2013: Chair of the Scientific Committee of the 2012 IWP International Conference on Work, Well-being and Performance
    • 1982 – Now: Ad-hoc reviewer for the Economic and Social Research Council and the British Academy (UK)
  • Role as an expert or appraisor in a research organization
    • 1982 – Now: Ad-hoc reviewer for the Research Foundation Flanders – FWO (Belgium),
    • 1982 – Now: Ad-hoc reviewer for Research Grants Council of Hong Kong
  • 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
  • 2017 : Bagash Asma (University of Warwick), Thesis director, Leadership as dynamic process: An event- cycle perspective
  • 2020 : Carvalho Sheldon (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director, Embedding leadership development within work: Three essays on challenging job experiences
  • – : El Mansouri Mouna (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director, The impact of resistance to efforts to bring about change on change agents
  • 2021 : George Mailys (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director, The self left at home: How hypothetical home selves influence expatriates
  • 2017 : Kelly Ciara (University of Sheffield), Thesis director, How serious leisure fuels proactive behaviour in the workplace
  • 2014 : KHAJEHNEJAD Sabra (ESSEC Business School), Thesis co-director, Essays on performance manipulation
  • 2016 : Rofcanin Yasin (University of Warwick), Thesis director, Ideosyncratic deals