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Thierry Boudès is a professor of strategy and project management at ESCP Europe. He graduated from ESSEC Business School with an M.Sc. in Management and earned his Doctorate from the Ecole Polytechnique. Professor Boudès began his career in information systems consulting, then for five years worked in the field of executive education for the EDF/GDF Institute of Management. After this he joined DIFER Conseil, a company specializing in business training and change management where he worked for five years as a consultant. He has been a professor at ESCP-EAP since 2000. He attaches special importance to serious play in his teaching practices. Regarding international experience, he has been visiting scholar in 2002 at the Universtity of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business) and visiting professor at HEC Montréal in 2007-2008. His research is concentrated on the narrative processes in organizations, and the narrative dimensions of strategy and project management. Managers are not only counting, they are recounting.
Narrative structures for résumés (with F. Bastid, L. Cadin, and J. Pralong)
One could expect that résumés would present narrative features since their primary objective is to describe a career, show its rationale and convince a recruiter. No need to read all the manuals on curriculum vitae elaboration to realize that they are more list oriented than narrative oriented. More often than not résumés look like lists of bullet points rather than like short novels. What if a résumé would exhibit some narrative features? Would it lead to more interviews? Our current research aims at answering this question, first by building a theoretical model of what it means for a résumé to have some narrativity and second by testing this hypothesis in real life setting, i.e. answering to job offers.
The dialectics of lists and stories in management
Moving from lists to stories and stories to lists is a daily activity for managers. For example, implementing a strategic plan involves translating a list of general objectives into contextual real life settings. A story can thus be summarized into a list, but on the other side any list is the result of one or more stories. The objective of this research is first to shed some light on common management activities (such as project or crisis management) under the lists / stories framework and second to explore the patterns of communication associated with the dialectics of lists and stories.