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Patrick O'Sullivan

Senior Professor, People, Organizations and Society, Grenoble École de Management (GEM)

Formerly a Senior Lecturer and MBA Programme Director at Cardiff University Business School, Patrick O'Sullivan was appointed as full Professor and Director of Studies at Grenoble Graduate School of Business within Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) in September 2006.

From September 2009 to September 2012 he has been Head of Department of People Organisations and Society in GEM heading up a diverse team of colleagues across a range of disciplines including Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Economics, Politics and Ethics.

He has extensive experience in teaching at all levels and in academic administration. His teaching specialities include Business Ethics, Critical Scientific Methodology, Political Economy of the European Union as well as Managerial Economics and in recent years he has developed a wide range of international teaching experience in these subjects having taught in UK (Cambridge University). Germany (Frankfurt University) Poland (Warsaw University), Finland (Aalto University), Nigeria (Lagos Business School), Georgia (Caucasus Business School) Thailand (Webster University) as well of course as France (GEM!).

His research interests include Critical Scientific Methodology, Business Ethics, Transport Policy issues and System Timetabling/Planning,a field in which he has some consultancy experience. His publications include classic academic articles, case-studies, a methodological monograph (book) a custom textbook for Cardiff University and most recently he has been principal editor and written or co-written four chapters of an advanced textbook in Business Ethics: O'SULLIVAN P, SMITH M, ESPOSITO M (2012) "Business Ethics: a critical approach integrating ethics across the Business World" Routledge, London; and O'SULLIVAN P. ALLINGTON N. & ESPOSITO M (2015) The Philosophy Politics and Economics of Finance in the 21st century, Routledge, London.

Patrick is a native speaker of English, fluent in French and Italian and with a basic working knowledge of German. In addition to his academic interests he has business interests in real estate; and he has both played rugby as well as having considerable refereeing experience of rugby.


  • –present
    Senior Professor, People, Organizations and Society, Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • 2009–present
    Visiting Professor, University of Warsaw


  • 1981 
    European University Institute, Firenze, Italia, PhD
  • 1974 
    University College Dublin, Ireland, BA, MA