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Frederic GODART

Associate Professor

Management & Human Resources

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Frédéric Godart is an Associate Professor (with tenure) of Management & Human Resources at HEC Paris, and the Academic Director of the HEC Luxury Certificate (sponsored by Kering). Prior to this role he was an Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. He received his PhD in Sociology from Columbia University in the City of New York. He also holds an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) in the United Kingdom, an MSc in Management from Sciences Po Paris, and was a student ("normalien") at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris-Saclay. In 2011, he received his Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR), the French national accreditation to supervise PhD-level research, from Paris-Dauphine University.

Before completing his PhD, Frédéric worked for three year with McKinsey & Company in Belgium. There, he developed his practical business knowledge in several functional areas, in particular competitive intelligence and social network analysis. He was also involved in multiple strategic studies for a wide range of clients across industrial sectors.

His research focuses on the dynamics of creative industries, and he mostly covers fashion and luxury (e.g., design, modeling, watchmaking, footwear). He explores the impact of formal and informal social networks on creativity, as well as the role played by stylistic choices and brand dynamics in the formation of firms and customers’ identities. As a recognition of his research, he has received several prestigious awards such as the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division’s 2012 Best Paper Award and the Academy of Management Conflict Management Division’s 2017 Best Paper Award – New Directions.

Frédéric teaches Leading Organizations in the HEC Master in Management (MiM), and Leadership and Strategic Talent Management in the HEC EMBA. Prior to this, he taught Power & Politics (P&P), Organisational Behaviour II: Leading Organisations (OB2), and Value Creation in Luxury & Fashion (VCL&F) in the INSEAD MBA program. He also taught Organizational Sociology and Advanced Topics in OB/OT in the INSEAD PhD program.

He has published his research in a wide range of leading academic peer reviewed journals such as Organization Science, the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, the Annual Review of Sociology, and Social Forces, and in several edited books. Frédéric wrote a book on the structure and culture of the fashion industry, Sociologie de la mode (A Sociology of Fashion), which has been translated into Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish (Argentina). An extended English translation (at Palgrave-MacMillan) is available with the title Unveiling Fashion. He also wrote a book on the intellectual history of fashion, Penser la Mode (Thinking about Fashion). His work and expertise has been extensively featured in several international media such as El Pais, The Financial Times or Women’s Wear Daily, and in French national media such as Le Monde, Les Echos, or Le Figaro.

Scientific articles

Luxury’s Talent Factories

Harvard Business Review, June 2015, vol. 93, n° 6, pp 98-104, (in coll. with A. SHIPILOV)

Making the Most of the Revolving Door: The Impact of Outward Personnel Mobility Networks on Organizational Creativity

Organization Science, 2014, vol. 25, n° 2, pp 377-400, (in coll. with A. V. SHIPILOV, K. CLAES)

Book Review: Damon J. Phillips Shaping Jazz: Cities, Labels, and the Global Emergence of an Art Form

Organization Studies, October 2014, vol. 35, n° 10, pp 1541-1544,

Sociology of Fashion: Order and Change

Annual Review of Sociology, July 2013, vol. 39, n° 1, pp 171-192, (in coll. with P. ASPERS)

Empires, Federated Arrangements, and Kingdoms: Using Political Models of Governance to Understand Firms’ Creative Performance

Organization Studies, January 2013, vol. 34, n° 1, pp 79-104, (in coll. with K. BARKEY)

Economic sociology at the crossroadsAspersPatrik. Markets. Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2011, 202 pp. WherryFrederick F.The Culture of Markets. Cambridge and Malden, MA:

Acta Sociologica, 2012, vol. 55, n° 4, pp 377-381,

Book Review: Book Review Patrik Aspers Orderly Fashion. A Sociology of Markets Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010, 237 pp

Acta Sociologica, 2011, vol. 54, n° 2, pp 205-206,

Switchings under uncertainty: The coming and becoming of meanings

Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, Media and the Arts, December 2010, vol. 38, n° 6, pp 567-586, (in coll. with H. C. WHITE)

Network-Domains in Combat and Fashion Organizations

Organization, March 2009, vol. 17, n° 2, pp 283-304, (in coll. with V. P. CORONA)

How Do Cultural Producers Make Creative Decisions? Lessons from the Catwalk

Social Forces, December 2009, vol. 88, n° 2, pp 671-692, (in coll. with A. MEARS)


Chapters edited in books

Scientific articles

Why is style not in fashion? Using the concept of ‘style’ to understand the creative industries

Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 2018, vol. 55, pp 103-128,

Semantic Networks and the Market Interface: Lessons from Luxury Watchmaking

Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 2017, vol. 53, pp 113-141, (in coll. with K. CLAES)

Which boundaries? How mobility networks across countries and status groups affect the creative performance of organizations

Strategic Management Journal, June 2017, vol. 38, n° 6, pp 1232-1252, (in coll. with A. SHIPILOV, J. CLEMENT)

Task complexity and shared value orientation: exploring the moderators of a social dilemma in team social networks

Industrial and Corporate Change, October 2016, vol. 25, n° 5, pp 739-756, (in coll. with F. CAVARRETTA, M. THIEMANN)


Sociologia da moda

Senac São Paulo

Sociologie de la mode

La Découverte

Chapters edited in books


Encyclopedia Of Social Networks, G. A. Barnett, SAGE Publishing, London, 295-297

Structural Equivalence

Encyclopedia Of Social Networks, G. A. Barnett, SAGE Publishing, London, 825-826

Märkte als soziale Formationen

Märkte Als Soziale Strukturen, J. Beckert, R. Diaz-Bone, and H. Ganßmann, Campus-Verlag, 197-215


  • Accreditation to Supervise Research, Management, Université Paris Dauphine - France
  • PhD, Sociology, Columbia University - USA
  • Master of Philosophy (M.Phil), Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge - United Kingdom
  • Masters Degree, Strategy and Business Management, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) - France

Academic appointments

Academic responsabilities at HEC

  • 2018- Associate Professor, Management and Human Resources HEC Paris
  • 2018- Member of GREGHEC, the joint research laboratory CNRS-HEC Paris HEC Paris
  • 2018- Academic Director, Kering Chair HEC Paris

External Academic Responsabilities

  • 2016-2021 5-year position as “Professore di chiara fama” (Eminent professor), Fashion culture and management program UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA
  • 2011-2018 Assistant Professor, Organisational Behaviour INSEAD
  • 2014- Visiting Scholar, Department of Management and Organization Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
  • 2009-2011 Post-doctoral fellow, Organisational Behaviour INSEAD

Scientific Activities

Conference organisation

  • Convener of the annual Creative Industries Conference (co-organized by: University of Edinburgh, Imperial College, Cass, Yale SOM, NYU, Columbia GSB, INSEAD, ESSEC, IESE) (2016, 2017…)
  • Co-Organizer of the biennial INSEAD Network Evolution Conference (2012, 2014, 2016…)