Martin Giraudeau

Martin Giraudeau
19 Rue Amélie - 75007 PARIS - FR
Assistant professor

Research Programs

  • Governance, economic organizations program
  • Knowledge, science, expertise program


Martin Giraudeau is a sociologist and historian of accounting, organizations and capitalism. His work draws on methods from the sociology and history of science and technology, which he applies to the sciences and technologies of business, so as to explain their historical emergence as well as the evolutions of their roles in organizations and the economy since the early-modern period.

Martin has conducted extensive empirical research on the rise of entrepreneurship over the past two and a half centuries, with a specific focus on the evolving forms and uses of business plans. He is currently completing two books on the topic: one on the shift in business planning methods that can be observed in the so-called age of revolutions, centered on the case of the founding of the DuPont de Nemours corporation; the other on the rise of entrepreneurship as an industry, and of business plans as a standardized technology of the future, since the mid-20th century. He has, in parallel, expanded his empirical focus to the study of projects beyond entrepreneurship, as well as to the role of records and record-keeping in the management of business continuity.

teaching activities

Sciences Po, Department of Sociology (2018-…) 

  • History of capitalism (graduate)
  • The World of Entrepreneurship (graduate)
  • Innovation in Accounting (graduate)
  • Historical Sociology of Capitalism (undergraduate)
  • Sciences and Societies (undergraduate)
  • Experimenting with Covid-19 (undergraduate)

other activities

Former Positions

  • Assistant Professor at the Department of Accounting, London School of Economics & Political Science (2011-2018)
  • Faculty Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University (2015-2016)
  • Visiting Professor at the Science, Technology and Society Center, European University in Saint Petersburg (2013-2014)
  • LSE Fellow at the Department of Accounting, London School of Economics & Political Science (2009-2011)
  • Fulbright Fellow at the Program in Science, Technology and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Fall 2008)
  • Visiting Scholar at the Fundação Getulio Vargas Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo (Fall 2005)
  • Teaching Fellow at the University of Toulouse (2004-2009)

Editorial & Review Activities

  • Associate Editor at Valuation Studies (2014-...)
  • Reviewer for academic journals and presses in Sociology, History, Management, Accounting, Ethnography


PhD in Sociology (Distinction), University of Toulouse
Dissertation title: “La Fabrique de l’avenir. Une sociologie historique des business plans”
Committee: Franck Cochoy (advisor), Michel Grossetti, Bruno Latour, Philippe Steiner, Pierre-Paul Zalio

Magistère in Modern Humanities, École Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Cachan

Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (M.Phil.) in Sociology, University of Toulouse

Agrégation in Social and Economic Sciences

Maîtrise (M.A) in Sociology, University of Paris-Nanterre

Licence (B.A.) double major in Sociology and Economics, University of Paris-Nanterre

Last Publications

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