Dr Paul Caussat

Personal profile

I joined Royal Holloway, University of London in 2019 as a Lecturer in International Business and Comparative Management. I also teach as Visiting Lecturer at ESCP Europe (both Paris and London campuses). I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Previously, I was a Lecturer in International Business at the University of Greenwich (London). I received my Ph.D. from ESCP Europe (Paris Campus) and University Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne. I have an MA in International Affairs from Sciences Po. Paris as well as an MSc in Economics from University Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne.

I am a member of Asia Centre, a Paris-based independent institute researching current political, economic and social issues in the Asia Pacific region.

Research interests

My research is concerned with the evolution of capitalism and related managerial practices in India, the UK and France, with a focus on multinationals (especially: global professional service firms such as banks, consulting firms). A central preoccupation in my research is how power and hierarchies are shaped by and within multinational firms. This takes three related directions:

  • The organization of multinationals across geographies in response to differences in institutional environments. I am particularly interested in: (a) investigating the critical dimensions of work in these organisations; (b) unravelling the dynamics of power inside these organizations and (c) understanding the postcolonial nature of these organizations.
  • Identity and race within multinationals and the construction of a so-called “global” / “transnational” space (with a particular focus on professional services firms in large financial centres e.g. London, Singapore).
  • The analysis of the evolution of socio-political and business networks during economic liberalization through the study of multinationals in India: how these organizations interact with local institutions and overcome the Liability of Foreignness, how and which type of local networks they seek to integrate and the recruitment strategies to integrate these networks.

 Finally, I also have a growing interest in the internationalization of Indian MNEs, their organisation (in the context of the UK) and the making of international / “transnational” managers.

 

Ph.D. supervision

I welcome dissertation proposals from Ph.D. students using qualitative methods and/or social network analysis on the following topics:

  • Employment relations, identity and race conflicts inside multinationals
  • Multinationals into and from emerging economies (India in particular)
  • Business networks evolution in emerging economies

Teaching

  • Modern business in international comparative perspective
  • Multinational Enterprises
  • Emerging markets
  • European business (Kaplan, Singapore)

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