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Visiting Fellow Profile

Emmanuelle Léon


Country of Origin: France
Visiting Period: March – June 2011
Faculty Sponsor: Brad Bell

Emmanuelle Léon is an Associate Professor of Human Resources Management at ESCP Europe where she teaches courses in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior.  She is currently one of the Scientific Directors in the Specialized Master in Management of People and Organizations which offers the possibility of a dual degree with the MILR program here at ILR.

Professor Léon graduated from ESSEC Business School with a M.Sc. in Management and holds a Specialist Master (M.S.) in Human Resources Management from CNAM, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dissertation on “Territoriality within Virtual Offices.”  Professor Léon went on to earn a Doctorate Summa Cum Laude from CNAM-ESSEC with a Doctorate on “Remote Management: From objective to subjective distance”.
She began her career as a management consultant with Accenture where she was part of different research projects (with IMD Lausanne) and participated in the writing of a collective book.  She then had different assignments in the insurance and automotive sectors.  She was then contacted by ESCP Europe to work as Project Manager on the development of customized training programs, a position she took while pursuing her Ph.D.

Her main interests in terms of research are new organizational forms (remote management, virtual teams, and virtual offices).  She is particularly interested in identifying the impacts of such organizations on individuals and on managerial relationships.  During her stay at ILR, Professor Léon will be working on two research projects with Professor Bell.  The first project, in partnership with CARHS, is on subjective distance within virtual teams.  This project focuses on how to define performance in virtual teams and hopes to identify individual characteristics that work best in the virtual team setting.  The second project looks a remote management in a large multi-national corporation and will focus on how people relate to their managers.  This project will help identify key factors in successful executives and their remote teams. Lastly, while at ILR, Professor Léon will also be working on publishing her Ph.D. dissertation on remote management.

- Emmanuelle Léon