Thomas Roulet

Social scientist and management scholar, University of Cambridge.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2024.


Listed as a Poets & Quants 40 Under 40 Best Business School Professor, 2020.


Winner of the Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence 2023, University of Cambridge. 


Thomas studies how individuals and organisations can lead social change and adapt to a changing workplace. He focuses on negative social evaluations, such as stigma and disapproval, and their antecedents, such as misconducts and scandals. His more recent work focuses on wellbeing, mental health, and the future of work. Other topics of interest include organisational sociology and theory, institutional and stakeholder theories, and failure learning. Thomas’ upcoming book (2024-2025) is titled: Wellbeing Intelligence at Work. The Financial Times described his previous book, The Power of Being Divisive, as “a fascinating study of the social-media fuelled and fast-changing landscape of public opinion, and the possible ways in which that might be beneficial”.


Chaired professor in organisational sociology and leadership at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Thomas is also a fellow and director of studies in psychology and behavioural science, and co-director of the King’s Entrepreneurship Lab at King’s College. He previously held positions at the University of Oxford, King’s College London, the University of Bath, and Columbia University, New York. He received his PhD from the HEC Paris and Université Paris-Saclay. Prior to starting an academic career, Thomas worked in Debt Capital Markets on a trading floor in London, and for the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) in Paris.


The Power of Being Divisive: Understanding Negative Social Evaluations (Stanford Business Books, 2020). Multiple articles including ‘Helping an Employee in Distress’ (with K. Bhatti, HBR, September-October 2023); ‘Well-being Intelligence: A Skill Set for the New World of Work’ (with K. Bhatti, MIT Sloan MR, April 2023); ‘Your Career Needs a Little Luck. Here’s How to Cultivate It’ (with B. Laker, HBR, January 2022); ‘How Hyperflexibility Can Benefit – or Burn Out – Your Team’ (with Z. Jaser, MIT Sloan MR, January 2022); ‘Back To Work After A Holiday? How to Avoid the Post-Vacation Depression’ (Forbes, September 2023); ‘Why Should MBA Applicants (and Students) Care About Research in Business Schools’ (Forbes, April 2023).Thomas has featured regularly in major media outlets, including the Financial Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, Die Zeit, Le Monde, and BBC Radio London.


Media picks


Roulet’s framework provides an important starting point for understanding how organizations and their members might survive in a world where everyone’s a critic with easy access to a social platform.” 

Kimberly D. Elsbach, Administrative Science Quarterly

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