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Elise Perrault, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management

Address: Beatty Center, Room 328
Office Hours: M-W-F: 11:00 am-12:00 noon; W-F: 1:00-2:00 pm; and R: 2:00-3:00 pm
Phone: 843.953.6662
E-mail: perraulte@cofc.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download


Dr. Elise Perrault is an Associate Professor of Management in the Department of Management & Marketing at the College of Charleston’s School of Business.  Her research interests center on stakeholder management, shareholder activism, and corporate governance.  She has published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Business & Society and the Journal of Management & Organization, among others.  Dr. Perrault obtained her Ph.D. in Business Strategy from Bentley University in 2012 and holds an MBA from McGill University.  She is fluent in both French and Spanish. Currently she teaches the Business degree's capstone course, "Business Policy" and the course in "Leadership & Social Responsibility".  Elise is the Director for the School of Business' "Think Differently Forum" which is comprised of a term of students and held each semester.

Prior to joining academia, Elise was a successful entrepreneur and consultant, specializing in business transition, planning, and strategy.


Education

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY, WALTHAM, MA  •  2012
Ph.D., Business Strategy and Social Issues in Management

McGILL UNIVERSITY, MONTREAL, QC  •  2007 
Master of Business Administration, Strategy

UNIVERSITE DU QUEBEC A MONTREAL, MONTREAL, QC  •  2002
B. A., Fashion Marketing

INSTITUTO DE BACHILLERATO, LA CORUNA, SPAIN  •  1997
C.O.U. Sciences – Studies abroad


Research Interests

  • Research and teaching interests in Strategy, Sustainability and Ethics/CSR
  • Presented at several conferences including two publications in the Best Paper Proceedings in the Academy of Management, 2011 and 2014
  • Four peer-reviewed publications and several in the pipeline

Courses Taught

  • Business Policy
  • Business, Leadership & Society
  • Strategic Management
  • Organizations and their Environment 

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Research Award, College of Charleston School of Business, 2016
  • Aspen Institute, Beyond Grey Pinstripes PhD Scoring Fellow, 2011-2012
  • Society for Business Ethics Founders’ Award recipient, 2011
  • Best PhD comprehensive examination performance, 2010
  • State Street Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Fellow, 2008
  • 2nd place, Robert-Cliche first novel literary prize, 2004

Publications

Perrault, E. and Quinn, M. (forthcoming).  "What firms have been doing?  Exploring what the KLD data report about firms' corporate social performance (CSP) in the period 2000-2010", Business & Society.

Perrault, E. (forthcoming). “A ‘names-and-faces’ approach to stakeholder identification and salience: A matter of status”, Journal of Business Ethics, (DOI) 10.1007/s10551-015-2929-1.

Evans, J.,Perrault, E., and Jones, T. (2017). “Managers’ moral obligation of fairness to (all) shareholders: Does information asymmetry benefit privileged investors at other shareholders’ expense?”, Journal of Business Ethics, 140(1), 81-96.

Perrault, E. and Clark, C. (2016). “Environmental shareholder activism: Considering status and reputation in firm responsiveness”, Organization & Environment, 29(2), 194-211.

Perrault, E. and McHugh, P. (2015). “Toward a life cycle theory of board evolution: Considering firm legitimacy”, Journal of Management & Organization, 21(5), 627-649.

Perrault, E. (2015). “Why does board gender diversity matter and how do we get there? The role of shareholder activism in deinstitutionalizing old boys’ networks”, Journal of Business Ethics, 128(1), 149-165

Perrault, E. (2014). “Zombies and originals: How cultural theory informs stakeholder management”, Business and Society Review, 119(4), 447-471.

Perrault, E. and Rieflin, A. J. (2014). “Like company, like self: A multilevel argument explaining firms’ level of engagement in Corporate Social Responsibility”, Journal of General Management, 39(3), 39-58.

Perrault, E., Berman, S. and Westermann-Behaylo, M. (2014). “Revisiting issue management: #TheImpactOfSocialMedia”, Best Paper Proceedings of the 2014 Academy of Management Meeting.

Clark, C. and Crawford, E.P. (2012). “Shareholder pressure and firms’ climate change policies: Corporate political influence tactics”. Business & Society, 51 (1), 148-175.


1 Please note that “Crawford, E.P.” is the same person as “Perrault, Elise”.

Refereed Conference Presentations

Perrault, E. and McHugh, P.J. (forthcoming).  Firms' legitimizing stakeholders and board gender diversity pre- and post- IPO:  An empirical study.  Academy of Management Meeting, August 2016, Anaheim, CA.

Evans, J., Perrault, E., and Jones, T. (2015). “Managers’ moral obligation of fairness to (all) shareholders: Does information asymmetry benefit privileged investors at other shareholders’ expense?”, Academy of Economics and Finance Conference, January 2015, Jacksonville, FL.

Perrault, E., Berman, S. and Westermann-Behaylo, M. (2014). “Revisiting issue management: #TheImpactOfSocialMedia”, Academy of Management Meeting, Philadelphia.

Sikavica, K., Perrault, E., and Rehbein, K. (2014). “Who do they think they are? The effect of activists’ identity on their targeting decisions”, Academy of Management Meeting, Philadelphia.

Pavelin, S., Perrault, E., and Oikonomou, I. (2014). “When does it pay to be good?: Estimating the dynamics of the financial returns on corporate social performance”, International Association for Business and Society (IABS) Meeting, Melbourne, Australia.

Perrault, E. and McHugh, P.J. (2014). “Who cares? Changes in the firm’s legitimizing stakeholders and board composition pre- and post-IPO”, Gender, Work and Organizations, London, England.

Sikavica, K., Perrault, E., and Rehbein, K. (2014). “Who do they think they are? The effect of activists’ identity on their targeting decisions”, International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) Academic Meeting, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Perrault, E. and Clark, Cynthia (2014). Managerial responsiveness to environmentally-concerned shareholder activists: Considering status and reputation. Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), Cornell, Ithaca, NY.

Perrault, E. and Rieflin, A. J. (2013). Like company, like self: A multilevel argument explaining firms’ level of engagement in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Southern Management Association, New Orleans, LA.

Perrault, E. and McHugh, P.J. (2013). Toward a metatheory of board evolution: Changing roles and composition across the firm’s life cycle. Academy of Management Conference, Lake Buena Vista, FL.

For a comprehensive list of Dr. Perrault's research and presentations, please see her CV.