Eric Godelier

Professor of Management, Corporate History and Business Anthropology, Ecole Polytechnique, Humanities and Social Sciences department, Ecole Polytechnique , Management Research Center, Ecole


    Eric Godelier is professor at the École Polytechnique (a French school of Engineer specialised in science and engineering), in charge of developing and coordinating management and business history courses. He is also Chairman of the Humanities and Social Sciences department. He graduated from the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, having specialized in economics and management studies. He obtained a Ph.D degree in History at EHESS, with a dissertation studying the French steel corporation Usinor (1948-1986), and is a member of the editorial committee of Entreprises et Histoire. In the École Polytechnique’s research center on Social Sciences, LinX (Laboratoire interdisciplinaire en Sciences sociales de l'X), he researches the conception and diffusion processes of management tools and models from an historical and anthropological perspective. In 2006 he published two books : Usinor-Arcelor. Du local au Global, the history of the largest French steel corporation from 1948 to 2004, and La culture d’entreprise (Corporate Culture). Since early 2006, he has been coordinating a four-year international program on French management tools and models (18th-20th centuries). In 2011, at the end of this research program, the first on line book in French Business History was published with 42 contributions ( In 2013, he published an article on « Corporate culture from an Historical Perspective » in a book on History and management sciences, Paris, Vuibert, edited by L. Cailluet, Y. Lemarchand and M.-E. Chessel. In 2016, he was elected President of the French Business History Association

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Web Editor, Books of Interest (2015 to 2018)

Committee Service

Wilkins Prize Committee (2016 to 2019) (chair 2017 to 2018)
Kerr Prize Committee (2009 to 2011)

Interest Group Membership

Doctoral Colloquium Participation

Doctoral Colloquium 2011, St. Louis, Missouri