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Diane-Laure ArjaliĂšs

Assistant Professor, Managerial Accounting and Control, General Management & Sustainability

J.J. Wettlaufer Faculty Fellowship

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  • Responsible Investment
  • Non-Financial Performance Measurement Systems

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I have been an Assistant Professor at the Ivey Business School since 2015. I belong to the ‘Managerial Accounting and Control’, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘General Management’ groups – a cross-disciplinary appointment that reflects my research and teaching. I aim to push the boundaries of knowledge and practice by investigating how the fashioning of new devices and/or collective actions can help transform markets towards sustainability. Over the past years, I have studied the emergence of responsible investing, conservation finance, impact assessment, integrated reporting, and alternative currencies.

I am currently working on the rise of financial technologies and their impacts on society and the development of Indigenous forms of business and accounting that accommodate the spiritual and cultural beliefs of Aboriginal communities. An ethnographer, I enjoy doing field research and sharing my experience with students and practitioners. My last book, co-authored with a renowned team of social scientists of finance, is available at the Oxford University Press, Chains of Finance: How Investment Management is Shaped.

My work in this area has won me several academic, teaching and professional prizes. The French Ministry for Finance and Economy has recently appointed me to the Scientific Committee of the French SRI label. I am also a board member of the French Social Investment Forum, an advisory member of the Principles for Responsible Investing and a Jury member of the FIR-PRI Finance and Sustainability Awards. Since 2017, I have also been an honorary research fellow at Cambridge, Centre for Alternative Finance.


  • HBA2: Corporations&Society – Sustainable Finance
  • HBA2: Assessing the Broader Impact of Business
  • MBA: Sustainable Finance – Building the Business of the 21st Century


  • PhD, ESSEC Business School & University Paris Ouest Nanterre la Defense
  • MBA & MSc in Management, ESSEC Business School
  • MPhil in Organizational Theory, University Paris Ouest Nanterre la Defense

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Arjalies, D-L.; Friedland, R., (Forthcoming), "Putting Things in Place – Institutional Objects and Institutional Logics", Research in the Sociology of Organizations.
  • Arjalies, D-L.; Durand, R., 2019, "Product Categories as Judgment Devices: The Moral Awakening of the Investment Industry", Organization Science, September 30(5): 885 - 911.
  • Gibassier, D.; Rodrigue, M.; Arjalies, D-L., 2018, "'Integrated Reporting Is Like God: No One Has Met Him, but Everybody Talks About Him.' The Power of Myths in the Adoption of Management Innovations", Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, July 31(5): 1349 - 1380.
  • Arjalies, D-L.; Bansal, P., 2018, "Beyond numbers: How investment managers accommodate societal issues in financial decisions", Organization Studies, June 39(5-6): 695 - 725.
  • Friedland, R.; Arjalies, D-L., 2017, "The Passion of Luc Boltanski: The Destiny of Love, Violence and Institution", Research in the Sociology of Organizations, June 52: 301 - 347.
  • Arjalies, D-L., 2014, "Challengers from within Economic Institutions: A Second-Class Social movement? A Response to DĂ©jean, Giamporcaro, Gond, Leca and Penalva-Icher’s Comment on French SRI", Journal of Business Ethics, August 123(2): 257 - 262.
  • Arjalies, D-L.; Mundy, J., 2013, "The Use of Management Control Systems to Formulate and Implement CSR Strategy: A Levers of Control Perspective", Management Accounting Research, December 24(4): 284 - 300.
  • Arjalies, D-L.; Hobeika, S.; Ponssard, J. P.; Poret, S., 2013, "Le rĂŽle de la labellisation dans la construction d’un marchĂ©: Le cas de l’ISR en France, [The role of labellisation in the design of a market: The case of SRI in France", Revue Francaise de Gestion, November 39(236): 93 - 107.
  • Arjalies, D-L., 2013, "Institutional change in the making – the case of socially responsible investment", Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, March 9(1): 113 - 122.
  • Arjalies, D-L., 2012, "Qu’est-ce que l’Investissement Socialement Responsable? [What is Socially Responsible Investment?", La Revue du Financier, January 34(193): 7 - 19.
  • Arjalies, D-L.; Goubet, C.; Ponssard, J. P., 2011, "Approches stratĂ©giques des Ă©missions CO2: Les cas de l’industrie cimentiĂšre et de l’industrie chimique [Strategic Approaches of CO2 Emissions: The Cases of the Cement and Chemical Industries", Revue Francaise de Gestion, June 37(215): 123 - 146.
  • Arjalies, D-L., 2010, "A Social Movement Perspective on Finance: How Socially Responsible Investment Mattered", Journal of Business Ethics, March 92(1): 57 - 78.

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Honours & Awards

  • 2017. Best International Paper in Social Issues in Management, Academy of Management, nominated for the Carolyn Dexter Award (all academy award), for “Product Categories as Judgment Devices: The Moral Awakening of the Investment Industry”
  • 2016-now: Appointed by the French Ministry for Finance and Economy to the Scientific Committee of the “Socially Responsible Investment” (SRI) Label.
  • 2016-now: Board Member “Independent Expert” of the French Social Investment Forum.
  • 2012-now: Member and President of the jury of the academic prize of the FIR-PRI - Principles of Responsible Investment (UNEP Finance Initiative).
  • 2014: nominated for the Syntec management consulting best article award in the category “Management / Human Resources / Organization” for ‘Arjaliès, D-L., & Mundy J. (2013), The Use of Management Control Systems to Formulate and Implement CSR Strategy: A Levers of Control Perspective, Management Accounting Research, 24(4): 284-300’.
  • 2012: nominated for the Syntec management consulting best article award in the category “Management / Human Resources / Organization” for ‘Arjaliès, D-L., Goubet C. & Ponssard, J-P. (2011). Approches stratégiques des émissions CO2: Les cas de l’industrie cimentière et de l’industrie chimique, Revue Française de Gestion, 2011, 6(215): 123-146’. Translated in English in June 2013
  • Best Thesis Award European FIR-PRI (French Socially Responsible Investment Forum & Principles for Responsible Investment) 2011 (€5,000).
  • Highly Commendable dissertation in the EFMD Emerald 2011 Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Interdisciplinary Accounting Research (category sponsored by the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal).
  • Second prize in the 2011 European EDAMBA (European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration) Thesis Competition (€1,500). Others
  • 2018. Best Paper Award, Established Scholar Category, CSEAR North America, for “Can Accounting Save Nature(s)? The Case of Endangered Species” (with D. Gibassier)


  • 2006-2009 - RI Analyst, Macif Gestion (Asset Management Company), France.
  • 2004-2005 - Social Economy Operations Manager, Macif (Private Mutual Insurance), France.
  • 2003 - Deputy Project Manager, Companieros (Ethical Educational Programs), France.