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I am Associate Professor at Audencia Nantes School of Management, France. I am head of the corporate social responsibility research axis and joint-head of the "Microfinance and financial vulnerability" Chair.

I research in the areas of sustainability and corporate responsibility. My work builds from organizational, institutional, network and strategic analyses to understand how businesses transform behaviorally, culturally and organizationally in their movement towards sustainability. Prior to academia, I worked as Sustainability Analyst for Responsible Investment at the Dutch Sustainability Research institute/Triodos in The Netherlands.


Areas of research include

                     Sustainable Development

                     Corporate Social Responsibility

                     Responsible Investment and sustainable finance

                     Change processes in organisations and organisational fields;


Academic Experience

Since 2013:      Associate professor, Audencia Nantes School of Management, Nantes, France

2005- 2013:      Assistant Professor, Vlerick Business School, Gent, Belgium

2004-2005:       Senior Researcher, Vlerick Business School, Gent, Belgium

2003:               Visiting scholar at Scancor (Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research)Stanford University, California, US

1999-2003        Research Assistant, Erasmus Centre for Sustainable Development and Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam) The Netherlands



1999-2003:       Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

PhD in Environmental Sciences

Ethical investment: Processes and mechanisms of institutionalisation in the Netherlands 1990-2002, Dissertation

                          --Best European PhD dissertation in Finance and Sustainability, FIR European Research Award, 2005--

1997-1998:       European Association for Environmental Management Education, Athens, Greece and Rotterdam, Netherlands

European Master in Environmental Management, Environmental and financial business performance in Europe, Master thesis

 1995-1996       University of Aix en Provence (I.A.E.), France

Post-graduate, Management Sciences (Strategy, Human Resources), Implementation of environmental strategy, DEA thesis

 1993-1995       University Aix-Marseille II, France,

Master in Management Sciences


 Other Employment

 1998-2003       Triodos Bank/ Dutch Sustainability Research institute (now Jantzi-Sustainalytics), Zeist, The Netherlands

Sustainability Analyst for ethical investment


Journal articles25 documents

  • Kajsa Ahlgren Ode, Céline Louche. A business model pattern arrives... and then? A translation perspective on business model innovation in established firms. Strategic Organization, SAGE Publications (UK and US), 2022, pp.147612702210941. ⟨10.1177/14761270221094189⟩. ⟨hal-03633349⟩
  • Céline Louche, Guillaume Delautre, Gabriela Balvedi Pimentel. Assessing companies' practices on decent work: an analysis of ESG rating methodologies. International Labour Review, Wiley, 2022, ⟨10.1111/ilr.12370⟩. ⟨hal-03690210⟩
  • Céline Louche, Suzanne Young, Martin Fougère. Cross-sector dialogue for sustainability: To partner or not to partner?. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Emerald, In press. ⟨hal-03231763⟩
  • Annelien Gansemans, Céline Louche, Marijke d'Haese. Planting Seeds for Social Dialogue: An Institutional Work Perspective. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Wiley, 2021, 59 (1), pp.84-113. ⟨10.1111/bjir.12523⟩. ⟨hal-03154843⟩
  • Annelien Gansemans, Céline Louche, Marijke d'Haese. Planting Seeds for Social Dialogue: An Institutional Work Perspective. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Wiley, In press, ⟨10.1111/bjir.12523⟩. ⟨hal-02476982⟩
  • Steffi Sandra Singhe, Céline Louche. The development of microfinance in Cameroon: Focus on regulation. Strategic Change, Wiley, 2020, 29 (3), pp.341-353. ⟨10.1002/jsc.2333⟩. ⟨hal-02562588⟩
  • Céline Louche, Timo Busch, Patricia Crifo, Alfred Marcus. Financial Markets and the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy: Challenging the Dominant Logics. Organization & Environment, 2019, 32 (1), pp.3-17. ⟨10.1177/1086026619831516⟩. ⟨hal-02016756⟩
  • Sukhbir Sandhu, Marc Orlitzky, Céline Louche. How nation-level background governance conditions shape the economic payoffs of corporate environmental performance. Management Decision, Emerald, In press. ⟨hal-01916944⟩
  • Céline Louche, Lotte Staelens, Marijke D’haese. When Workplace Unionism in Global Value Chains Does Not Function Well: Exploring the Impediments. Journal of Business Ethics, Springer Verlag, In press, ⟨10.1007/s10551-018-3980-5⟩. ⟨hal-01847136⟩
  • Marc Orlitzky, Céline Louche, Jean-Pascal Gond, Wendy Chapple. Unpacking the Drivers of Corporate Social Performance: A Multilevel, Multistakeholder, and Multimethod Analysis. Journal of Business Ethics, Springer Verlag, 2017, 144 (1), pp.21 - 40. ⟨10.1007/s10551-015-2822-y⟩. ⟨hal-01576890⟩
  • Lotte Staelens, Céline Louche. When the farm-gate becomes a revolving door: An institutional approach to high labour turnover. Human Relations, SAGE Publications, 2017, 70 (12), pp.1464 - 1485. ⟨10.1177/0018726717702209⟩. ⟨hal-01636921⟩
  • Nigel Roome, Céline Louche. Journeying Toward Business Models for Sustainability: A Conceptual Model Found Inside the Black Box of Organisational Transformation. Organization and Environment, SAGE Publications, 2016, 29 (1), pp.11-35. ⟨10.1177/1086026615595084⟩. ⟨hal-01183743⟩
  • Manuel Coeslier, Céline Louche, Jean-François Hétet. On the relevance of low-carbon stock indices to tackle climate change. Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, Taylor & Francis, 2016, ⟨10.1080/20430795.2016.1223471⟩. ⟨hal-01356163⟩
  • Christel Dumas, Céline Louche. Collective beliefs for responsible investment. Business and Society, SAGE Publications, 2016, 55 (3), pp.427-457. ⟨10.1177/0007650315575327⟩. ⟨hal-01183744⟩
  • Jérôme Monne, Céline Louche, Christophe Villa. Rational Herding toward the Poor: Evidence from Location Decisions of Microfinance Institutions within Pakistan. World Development, 2016, 84, pp.266-281. ⟨10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.02.004⟩. ⟨hal-01362202⟩
  • Jennifer Goodman, Céline Louche, Katinka C. van Cranenburgh, Daniel Arenas. Social Shareholder Engagement: The Dynamics of Voice and Exit. Journal of Business Ethics, Springer Verlag, 2014, 125 (2), pp.193-210. ⟨10.1007/s10551-013-1890-0⟩. ⟨hal-01098168⟩
  • Katinka C. van Cranenburgh, Daniel Arenas, Jennifer Goodman, Céline Louche. Religious organisations as investors: a Christian perspective on shareholder engagement. Society and Business Review, Emerald, 2014, 9 (2), pp.195-213. ⟨10.1108/SBR-11-2013-0078⟩. ⟨hal-01067933⟩
  • Céline Louche, Daniel Arenas, Katinka C. van Cranenburgh. From Preaching to Investing: Attitudes of Religious Organisations Towards Responsible Investment. Journal of Business Ethics, Springer Verlag, 2012, 110 (3), pp.301-320. ⟨10.1007/s10551-011-1155-8⟩. ⟨hal-01098144⟩
  • Nigel Roome, Céline Louche. Sabaf: moving to a learning environment. Journal of Management Development, Emerald, 2011, 30 (10), pp.1049-1066. ⟨10.1108/02621711111182538⟩. ⟨hal-01098142⟩
  • Roland Perez, Céline Louche, William Sun. Introduction : Finance, soutenabilité et responsabilité. Gazette du Palais, Lextenso, 2010, 44 (11), pp.1705-1720. ⟨hal-01098079⟩
  • Céline Louche, Tom Dodd. Re-Framing Corporate Social responsibility. Reflets et Perspectives de la vie économique, De Boeck Université, 2009, XLVIII (4), pp.59-68. ⟨10.3917/rpve.484.0059⟩. ⟨hal-01098172⟩
  • Xavier Bossuyt, Céline Louche, Allan Wiik. Standardisation in clinical laboratory medicine: an ethical reflection. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, BMJ Publishing Group, 2008, 67 (8), pp.1061-1063. ⟨10.1136/ard.2007.084228⟩. ⟨hal-01098182⟩
  • Céline Louche, Kyoko Sakuma. Socially Responsible Investment in Japan: Its Mechanism and Drivers. Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Philosophy Documentation Center, 2008, 82 (2), pp.425-448. ⟨10.1007/s10551-008-9895-9⟩. ⟨hal-01098061⟩
  • Céline Louche, Steven Lydenberg. Investissement socialement responsable : différences entre Europe et États-Unis. Revue d'économie financière, Association d'économie financière (AEF), 2006, 85 (4), pp.81-105. ⟨10.3406/ecofi.2006.4144⟩. ⟨hal-01098187⟩
  • Lutgart van den Berghe, Céline Louche. The Link Between Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility in Insurance. Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 30 (3), pp.425-442. ⟨10.1057/palgrave.gpp.2510034⟩. ⟨hal-01098076⟩

Conference papers4 documents

  • Odile Vallée, Céline Louche. Exploring the Symbolic Function of Paradoxes in CSR Strategic Communication: Oxfam - Coca Cola partnership case study . 32nd EGOS Colloquium "Organizing in the shadow of power" (Sub-theme 35: "Paradox theory and research: constituting tensions, power and discourse"), EGOS, Jul 2016, Naples, Italy. ⟨hal-01344944⟩
  • David Bourghelle, D. Guyatt, H. Jemel, Céline Louche. Changing conventional practices : integration of extra-financial information into stock valuation and investment decision processes.. International Association for Business and Society Conference (IASB), Jun 2009, Aspen/Snowmass, United States. ⟨hal-00404394⟩
  • David Bourghelle, D. Guyatt, H. Jemel, Céline Louche. The integration of ESG information in investment processes : toward a emerging collective belief ?. Colloque RIODD : la RSE : Une nouvelle régulation du capitalisme ? Approches pluridisciplinaires des pratiques et enjeux des démarches socialement et environnementalement responsables, Jun 2009, Lille, France. ⟨hal-00404524⟩
  • David Bourghelle, D. Guyatt, H. Jemel, Céline Louche. Changing conventional practices: Integration of extra-financial information into stock valuation and investment decision processes.. 20th EBEN Annual Conference, Sep 2007, LOUVAIN, Belgium. ⟨hal-00267296⟩

Books5 documents

  • Céline Louche, Tessa Hebb. Socially Responsible Investment in the 21st Century: Does It Make a Difference for Society?. Céline Louche; Tessa Hebb. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.328, 2014, Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability, 9781783504671. ⟨hal-01098266⟩
  • Céline Louche, Steven Lydenberg. Dilemnas in Responsible Investment. Greenleaf Publishing, pp.230, 2011, 978-1-906093-51-8. ⟨hal-01098304⟩
  • William Sun, Céline Louche, Roland Perez. Finance and Sustainability: Towards a New Paradigm? A Post-Crisis Agenda. William Sun; Céline Louche; Roland Pérez. Emerald Group Publishing, 2011, Book Series: Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability, 978-1-78052-092-6. ⟨hal-01098269⟩
  • Samuel O. Idowu, Céline Louche. Theory and Practice of Corporate Social Responsibility. Samuel O. Idowu; Céline Louche. Springer, pp.284, 2011, 978-3-642-16461-3. ⟨hal-01098319⟩
  • Céline Louche, Samuel O. Idowu, Walter Leal Filho. Innovative CSR: From Risk Management to Value Creation. Céline Louche; Samuel O. Idowu; Walter Leal Filho. Greenleaf Publishing, pp.442, 2010, 978-1-906093-35-8. ⟨hal-01098322⟩

Book sections15 documents

  • Céline Louche. CSR and Shareholders. Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen. Corporate Social Responsibility, SAGE Publications Ltd, 2015, 9780857022455. ⟨hal-01128409⟩
  • Céline Louche, Luc van Liedekerke, Herwig Peeters. Responsible investment in Belgium. Hebb T.; Hawley J.P.; Hoepner A.G.F; Neher Q.L.; Wood D. The Routledge companion to Responsible investment, Routledge, 2015. ⟨hal-01184522⟩
  • Céline Louche. Belgium: Unions questioning the added value of CSR. Lutz Preuss; Michael Gold; Chris Rees. Corporate Social Responsibility and Trade Unions. Perspectives across Europe, Routledge, 2014, 978-0415856812. ⟨hal-01098756⟩
  • Céline Louche. Regulation for social investment: where do we stand?. Ivan Tchotourian. Company law and CSR: Convergence or divergence? A comparative Approach about the New Challenge of Law, Bruylant, 2013. ⟨hal-01098758⟩
  • Céline Louche. Performance management at the corporate level: beyond financial performance. Regine Slagmulder; Kurt Verweire; Koen Dewettinck. Managing for Performance Excellence, Lannoo, 2012, 978-9020979268. ⟨hal-01098759⟩
  • David Bourghelle, H. Jemel, Céline Louche. Changing conventional practices : integration of extra-financial information into stock valuation and investment decision processes. Louche C., Perez R. and Sun W. Finance and Sustainability : towards a new paradigm ? A post-crisis agenda, Emerald Book, pp.85-117, 2011. ⟨hal-00805920⟩
  • David Bourghelle, H. Jemel, Céline Louche. Changing the Dominant Convention: The Role of Emerging Initiatives in Mainstreaming ESG. William Sun, Céline Louche, Roland Pérez. Finance and sustainability : towards a new paradigm ? A post-crisis agenda, Emerald, pp.85-117, 2011, ⟨10.1108/S2043-9059(2011)0000002011⟩. ⟨hal-00677706⟩
  • Céline Louche. Strategic process of change: a multiple network game: The Rohner Textil case. MacGregor, Steven P; Carleton, Tamara. Sustaining Innovation, Springer, 2011, 978-1-4614-2076-7. ⟨hal-01098760⟩
  • Céline Louche, Steven Lydenberg. Socially Responsible Investing. John R. Boatright. Finance Ethics: Critical Issues in Theory and Practice, John Wiley & Sons, pp.393-418, 2010, 9780470499160. ⟨hal-01098765⟩
  • Céline Louche. Corporate Social Responsibility: The investor’s perspective. Samuel O Idowu; Walter Leal Filho. Professionals' Perspectives of Corporate Social Responsibility, Springer, 2009, 978-3-642-02630-0. ⟨hal-01098767⟩
  • Céline Louche. Socially Responsible Investment: Global Convergence or Local Divergence?. Henri-Claude de Bettignies; François Lépineux. Finance for a Better World: The Shift Toward Sustainability, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.51-70, 2009, 9780230551305. ⟨hal-01098768⟩
  • Céline Louche, L. van Liedekerke, Patricia Everaert, Delphine Leroy, A. Rossy, et al.. Understanding the CSR landscape in Belgium. Samuel O. Idowu; Walter Leal Filho. Global Practices of Corporate Social Responsibility, Springer, pp.125-148, 2009, 978-3-540-68815-0. ⟨hal-01098770⟩
  • Céline Louche, X. Baeten. Stakeholder Management: A trajectory framework. Jan Jonker; Marco de Witte. Management Models for Corporate Social Responsibility, Springer, pp.171-179, 2006, 978-3-540-33247-3. ⟨hal-01098778⟩
  • Céline Louche, Lutgart van den Berghe. From financial corporate governance towards responsible corporate governance. Above the Clouds: A Guide to Trends Changing the Way We Work: A Project, Greenleaf Publishing, pp.58-61, 2006, 978-1874719946. ⟨hal-01098781⟩
  • Céline Louche. The corporate environmental performance-financial performance link: Implications for ethical investment in Sustainable Banking. Marcel Jeucken; Leon Klinkers; Jan Jaap Bouma. Sustainable Banking: The Greening of Finance, Greenleaf Publishing, 2001, 978-1874719380. ⟨hal-01098782⟩