Professor of Management, CGS, MINES ParisTech


Tel: +33 1 40 51 91 99

Other positions

Associate Researcher, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School.

Previous visiting scholar at Stanford University (2016; 2005), Harvard University (2008-9), ESSEC (2007-8), INSEAD (2006), Université Paris X (2006), HEC Montréal (2002-3). 


PhD in Organizational Analysis, Copenhagen Business School, 2005

Master Degree in Social Work (social policy, research option), McGill University, 2001

Bachelor Degree in Social Work (licenced), McGill University, 1997

Bachelor Degree, First Class Honours in Anthropology, Minor in social studies of medicine, McGill University, 1996

Research interests

Eva Boxenbaum conducts research on institutional innovation. In collaboration with academic colleagues and industrial partners, she examines how new organizational practices  emerge, spread and are implemented across industries and nations. Her work addresses how entrepreneurial individuals and organizations — themselves embedded in prevailing beliefs, norms and rules — break with established templates and generate innovations that spread and provoke sustained social change.  She currently works on the role of cognition, visual representation, and material artifacts in processes of institutional innovation. Empirically, she conducts comparative, qualitative research  in the fields of architecture, construction, and renewable energies.

Research areas

  • Material and visual dimensions of institutional innovation
  • Translation of innovations into different organizational contexts
  • Institutional entrepreneurship and leadership
  • New organizational forms

Academic service

Member of the Scientific Committee for Centre de Gestion Scientifique (CGS)

Member of the European Theory Development Workshop (ETDW)

Member or the editorial board of European Management Journal 

Elected member of the « Conseil de laboratoire I3 », representing CGS

Research Management

Principal investigator of collaborative research projects on the emergence of new legal categories (ANR IMpACT)

Principal investigator of collaborative research project on the visual and material dimensions of institutionalizing innovations (DRC)


Nomination to AcademiaNet – Expert Database of Outstanding Female Academics

Academic memberships

European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS), Academy of Management (AoM)

Teaching activities 

“International Management”, Master-level (M2) elective for Programme in Civil Engineering, MINES ParisTech

« Organization Theory », Master-level (M2) course for Programme in Modeling, Optimization, Decision and Organization (MODO), MINES ParisTech/ Université de Paris – Dauphine

« Writing for Publication », PhD course, CGS, MINES ParisTech

“Institutional Organizational Analysis – Change and Transformation”, PhD course, Doctoral programme of Organization and Management Studies, Copenhagen Business School

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Boxenbaum, E., Jones, C., Meyer, R., & Svejenova, S. (Forthcoming). Introduction to special issue ‘The Material and Visual Turn in Organization Theory: Objectifying and (Re)acting to Novel Ideas’. Organization Studies.

Meyer, R., Jancsary, D., Höllerer, M., & Boxenbaum, E. (conditional accept). The role of verbal and visual text in the process of institutionalization. Academy of Management Review.

Daudigeos, T., Boxenbaum, E., Colombero, S., & Pillet, J.-C. (conditional accept). ‘Multimodal construction of a rational myth: Industrialization of the French building sector 1945-1970.’ Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

Cartel, M., Colombero, S. & Boxenbaum, E. (Conditional accept). ‘Towards a multimodal model of theorization processes’. Research in The Sociology of Organizations.


Jancsary, D., Meyer, R., Höllerer, M. & Boxenbaum, E. (conditional accept). ‘How to draw an institution? Towards a structural analysis of visual and multimodal registers.’ Research in the Sociology of Organizations.


Boxenbaum, E. 2014. ‘Toward a situated stance in organizational institutionalism: Contributions from French pragmatist sociology theory’. Journal of Management Inquiry.

Jones, C., Boxenbaum, E., & Anthony, C. 2013. ‘The immateriality of material practices in institutional logics.’ Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 39A: 51-75.

Lounsbury, M., & Boxenbaum, E. 2013. ‘Institutional logics in action’. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 39A: 3-24.

Gond, J.-P., & Boxenbaum, E. 2013. ‘The glocalization of responsible investment: Contextualization work in France and Quebec’. Journal of Business Ethics, 115(4): 707-721.

Boxenbaum, E., & Rouleau, L. 2011. ‘New knowledge products as bricolage: Metaphors and scripts in organizational theory.’ Academy of Management Review, 36(2): 272-296.

Meyer, R. E., & Boxenbaum, E. 2010. ‘Exploring Europeanness in organizational research’. Organization Studies, 31(6): 737-755.

Battilana, J., Leca, B., & Boxenbaum, E. 2009. ‘How actors change institutions: Toward a theory of institutional entrepreneurship’. Academy of Management Annals, 3 (1): 65-107. (Fast Breaking Paper Award, Science Watch, August 2011, Thomson Reuters)

Olsen, M., & Boxenbaum, E. 2009. ‘Bottom-of-the-Pyramid: Organizational barriers to implementation.’ California Management Review, 51(4): 100-125.

Boxenbaum, E., & Daudigeos, T. 2008. ‘Institutional factors in market creation: Concrete theorization of a new construction technology’. Best Paper Proceedings of the 2008 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Boxenbaum, E. 2008. ‘Corporate response to institutional pressure: Business cases for corporate social responsibility’. Politik, 11(4): 38-47.

Boxenbaum, E. 2007. ‘Institutional entrepreneurship’. Special issue on ‘The Corporate World’, FO/futureorientation, 6, 42-45.

Boxenbaum, E. 2006. ‘Lost in translation? The making of Danish diversity management’. American Behavioral Scientist, 49(7), 939-948.

Boxenbaum, E. 2005. ‘Corporate social responsibility as institutional hybrids.’ Journal of Business Strategies, 23(1), 45-63.

Boxenbaum, E. & Battilana, J. 2005. ‘Importation as innovation: Transposing managerial practices across fields.’ Strategic Organization, 3(4), 355-383.

Boxenbaum, E., 2005. ‘Microdynamic mechanisms of translation: A double case study’. Best Paper Proceedings of the 2005 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.


Boxenbaum, E., Laurent, B., & Lacoste, A. (eds.) (2013). Energies nouvelles pour la ville du futur. Paris : Presses des Mines

Lounsbury, M., & Boxenbaum, E. (eds.)  2013. Institutional Logics in Action. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 39A & 39B. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Book chapters

Boxenbaum, E. & Jonsson, S. 2017. ‘Isomorphism, diffusion and decoupling: concept evolution and theoretical challenges.’ In R. Greenwood, C. Oliver, T. Lawrence and R. E. Meyer (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism (2nd Ed.), pp. 79-104. SAGE.

Cartel, M., Boxenbaum, E., Aggeri, F. & Caneill, J.-Y. In press. ‘Policy making as collective bricolage: the role of the electricity sector in the European carbon market’. In C. Garsten & A. Sörbom (Eds.), Power, Policy and Profit: Corporate Engagement in Politics and Governance. Edward Elgar, Forthcoming 2017.

Boxenbaum, E., Leca, B., & Huault, I. 2016. ‘Le tournant “materiel” dans la theorie neoinstitutionnaliste.’ In F.-X. de Vaujany, A. Hussenot et J.-F. Chanlat (Eds.), Théories des organisations: Nouveaux tournants (pp. 227-238). Paris : Economica.

Boxenbaum, E., & Gond, J.-P. 2013. ‘Micro-strategies of contextualization: Glocalizing responsible investment in France and Quebec.’ In G. S. Drori, M. A. Höllerer, & P. Walgenbach (Eds.), Organizations and managerial ideas: Global themes and local variations (pp. 311-324). Routledge.

Boxenbaum, E., Gjuvsland, M., & Leon, C. E. 2011. ‘Diversity management in Denmark: Evolutions from 2002 to 2009’. In S. Gröschl (Ed.), Diversity in the Workplace: Multi-disciplinary and International Perspectives (pp. 101-118). UK: Gower Publishing.

Boxenbaum, E. 2010. ‘Sosiale konstruksjoner som en reguleringsmekanisme: Rekonstruering av CSR i Danmark’ [‘Social construction as a mode of regulation: reconstructing CSR in Denmark.’]. In A. Kakabadse & M. Morsing (Eds.), translated to Norwegian by P. Røen,  Bedrifters samfunnsansvar: Hvordan forene ønsker og praksis? [Corporations social responsibility: How to reconcile desires and practice?] (pp. 165-176). Trondheim, Norway: Tapir Academisk Forlag.

Boxenbaum, E. & Strandgaard Pedersen, J. 2009. ‘Scandinavian institutionalism – a case of institutional work.’ in T.B. Lawrence, R. Suddaby, & B. Leca (Eds.), Institutional Work (pp. 178-204). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Boxenbaum, E., & Jonsson, S. 2008. ‘Isomorphism, diffusion and decoupling’. In R. Greenwood, R.Suddaby, C. Oliver, & K. Sahlin-Anderson (Eds.), Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism (pp. 78-98). SAGE.

Boxenbaum, E. 2008. ‘The process of legitimation’, in S. Scheuer and J. Damm Scheuer (Eds.), The Anatomy of Change (pp. 239-264). Copenhagen: CBS Press.

Boxenbaum, E., & Pals Svendsen, L. 2008. ‘Erfaringer fra et tværdisciplinært undervisningsprojekt i erhvervsøkonomi og sprogvidenskab [Experiences from an cross-disciplinary teaching project in business economics and languages]’ in J. Stolt & C. Vintergaard (Eds.), Tværfaglighed og Entrepreneurship [Interdisciplinarity and Entrepreneurship], (pp.118-124). Holbæk, Denmark: Idea København and Øresund Entrepreneurship Academy.

Boxenbaum, E. 2006. ‘Social construction as a mode of regulation: reconstructing CSR in Denmark.’ Chapter in A. Kakabadse & M. Morsing (Eds.), Corporate Responsibility: Reconciling managerial strategies towards the 21st century (pp. 140-152). NY: Palgrave.

Boxenbaum, E. 2004. ‘Strukturelle koblinger i mødet mellem virksomhedens sociale ansvar og markedsøkonomien’ [Structural couplings in the encounter between corporate social responsibility and the market economy]. In C. Frankel (Ed.), Virksomhedens Politisering [The Politicized Firm] (pp. 81-102). Frederiksberg, DK: CBS Press.