Dr Laura NOVAL

Associate Professor

Pôle: Management and Organisation


Expertise liée aux objectifs de développement durable des Nations unies :

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  • Organisational Behavior
  • Business Ethics
  • Personal Development
  • Decision Making
  • Cross-cultural management


Research interests

  • Behavioural Business Ethics
  • Motivated Reasoning
  • Mindfulness and Meta-Awareness
  • Identity and Ego-Threat



  • Ph.D. in Social Sciences at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) – Austria, (2011-2015)
  • MBA (Master in Business Administration) at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), Berlin, Germany (2009)
  • B.S. in Bachelor in Tourism and Hotel Administration at the Université de Perpignan/ Vatel Nîmes, Nîmes & Perpignan, France (2007)


Work Experience


  • Associate Professor, Management and Organisation, Rennes School of Business, France (2021-Present)
  • Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College of London, UK (2017-2021)
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), Austria, (2015-2017)
  • Prae-doc Research Associate, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), Austria, (2011-2015)

Non Academic

  • Marketing Coordinator at Arcotel Hotels, Berlin, Germany (2010/2011)
  • Marketing and PR Coordinator, Berlin, Germany (2010)
  • Project Coordinator at American Express, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2008)
  • Groups Coordinator at Boscolo Hotels, Nice, France (2007 – paid internship)
  • Operations coordinator at Westin Copley Place (2004-2005) and Daufuskie Island resort & Breathe Spa (2004), Boston & South Carolina, USA


  • Athena Swan Diversity Committee at Imperial College Business School (2018-2021)
  • Student Supervising and/or Grading:
    Bachelor (21) Master Thesis (10) at WU Vienna and Imperial College Business SchoolPhD Student Early and Late Assessment at Imperial College Business School. 
  • Active reviewer for: Journal of Business Ethics; Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (OBHDP)


Professional Honors, Prizes and Fellowships

  • 2020 “Top 40 under 40” Business School Professors in the world (Poets & Quants)
  • 2019 Best Undergraduate Teaching Award (Imperial College of London)
  • 2018 Runner-up for the SIM Best Dissertation Award (Academy of Management)
  • 2016 Best Dissertation Award (Society for Business Ethics)
  • 2016 Runner-up for the SIM Best Dissertation Award (Academy of Management)
  • 2016 High Potential Contact Weeks Award (WU Vienna/ Católica Lisbon)
  • 2015 Finalist for Best Student Paper Award SIM (Academy of Management)
  • 2013 Founder’s Award for Emerging Scholars (Society for Business Ethics),
  • 2013 Innovative Teaching Award (WU Vienna)


Intellectual contributions

Refereed Articles – Basic or Discovery Scholarship

  • Molinsky, A. & Noval, L.J. (2023). How managers can help employees navigate tough decisions without burning out. Organizational Dynamics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.orgdyn.2023.100999
  • Veetikazhi, R.T. J. Kamalanabhan, T.J. , Noval, L.J., Jaiswal, A., and Mueller, A. (2022). Business goal difficulty and socially irresponsible executive behavior: The mediating role of focalism. Group & Organization Management. https://doi.org/10.1177/10596011221105720
  • Hafenbrack, A.C., Cameron, L. D., Spreitzer, G. M., Zhang, C., Noval, L. J., & Shaffakat, S. (2020). Helping people by being in the present: Mindfulness increases prosocial behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 159, 21-38.
  • Noval, L. J & Hernandez, M. (2019). The unwitting accomplice: How organizations enable
    motivated reasoning and self-serving behavior. Journal of Business Ethics, 157, 699–71
  • Noval, L. J., Molinsky, A & Stahl, G.K. (2018). Motivated dissimilarity construal and self-serving behavior: How we distance ourselves from those we harm. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 148, 145-158.
  • Noval, L.J. (2016). On the misguided pursuit of happiness and ethical decision making: the roles of focalism and the impact bias in unethical and selfish behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 133, 1-16
  • Noval L.J. & Stahl G.K. (2015, online first). Accounting for proscriptive and prescriptive morality in the workplace: the double-edged sword effect of mood on managerial ethical decision making. Journal of Business Ethics, 142, 589-602.
  • Hernandez M., Noval L.J. & Wade-Benzoni K.L. (2015). How leaders can create
    intergenerational systems to promote organizational sustainability. Organizational Dynamics, 44, 104-111.

Book Chapters

  • Stahl G.K., Miska C., Noval L.J. & Patock V.J. (2020). The quest for corporate social
    responsibility: how global leaders make a difference in achieving triple-bottom-line outcomes. In: L. Zander (Ed.), Research Handbook of Global Leadership: Making a difference. Surrey, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Stahl G.K., Miska C., Noval L.J. & Patock V.J. (2016). The challenge of responsible global leadership. In: S. B. Reiche, M. E. Mendenhall, G.R. Oddou & G.K. Stahl (Eds.), Readings and Cases in International HRM (6th Edition). New York, NY: Routledge.


Refereed Proceding

  • Voegtlin, C., Crane, A. & Noval, L.J. Business statesmen or the CEO as an active citizen: What happens when CEOs voice their political opinion? Annual Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Hernandez, M., Bruno, E., Noval, L.J. & Wade-Benzoni, K.A. (2018) Moral emotions in intergenerational behavior. Annual Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting, Chicago, USA.
  • Hafenbrack, A.C., Cameron, L., Spreitzer, G., Noval, L. J., Zhang, C., & Shaffakat, S. (2018). Helping people by being in the present: Mindfulness increases prosocial behavior. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, IL.
  • Noval, L.J., Wakeman, W. S. & Moore, C. (2017). Ego involvement increases cheating behavior. Part of symposium “Cheating in the Workplace: New Directions in Theory and Research” at the Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • Noval, L. J., Stahl, G. K. & Molinsky, A. (2016) Motivated dissimilarity construal and self-serving behavior. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting, Anaheim, CA, USA.
  • Hafenbrack, A.C. & Noval, L.J. (2016). Can being in the present make you give more to the future? State mindfulness and intergenerational decision making. Part of symposium “Mindfulness at work: Extensions and explorations.” Annual meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), Anaheim, CA, USA.
  • Noval, L.J. & Hernandez, M. (2016) Motivated reasoning and self-serving behavior: the moderating role of social dominance orientation. 19th IESE International Business Ethics Symposium, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Noval, L.J. (2015). The role of affective forecasting errors in ethical decision making. Paper Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
  •  Noval, L.J. (2015). On the misguided pursuit of happiness and ethical behavior at the workplace. EGOS, Athens, Greece.
  • Noval, L.J., Stahl, G.K. & Zhong, C.B. (2014) The role of incidental and self-oriented emotions influence on harmful and prosocial behavior. EMONET (Emotions in Organizations Network), Philadelphia, USA.
  • Noval, L.J., Stahl, G.K. & Zhong, C.B. (2014) The positive role of negative emotions in ethical decision making. Annual Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Noval, L.J. & Stahl, G.K. (2013) The paradoxical role of mood on proscriptive and prescriptive morality. Society for Business Ethics (SBE), Orlando, USA.