Audrey L. Holm


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Email me: holm at hec.fr


I am an Assistant Professor in the Management & Human Resources Department at HEC Paris. I recently graduated with my PhD in Management & Organizations at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

I primarily adopt an ethnographic approach to reflect on how people experience and relate to their work, organizations and occupations.

My research focuses on shifting work dynamics at the individual, relational and occupational levels, with a particular interest in issues related to labor market inclusion and inequality. In my dissertation, I examine the work of counselors specialized in helping formerly incarcerated jobseekers.

I was a finalist in the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition and for the Academy of Management's Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award, and was the recipient of Questrom’s 2020 Award for Outstanding Research by a Doctoral Student.

I hold a Master of Business Administration from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. Prior to my doctoral studies, I worked as an operations manager, business development manager and consultant in the public transportation industry.

Publications

Anteby, Michel* and Audrey L. Holm* (2021). Translating Expertise across Work Contexts: U.S. Puppeteers Move from Stage to Screen. American Sociological Review. 86 (2): 310-340 https://doi.org/10.1177/0003122420987199

*Equal contribution of authors

Grodal, Stine, Michel Anteby and Audrey L. Holm (2021). Achieving Rigor in Qualitative Analysis: The Role of Active Categorization in Theory Building. Academy of Management Review. 46 (3): 591-612 https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2018.0482

Click here for Stine Grodal's interview about this paper in the AMR Origins Series Episode 3.

Research in progress

Holm, A. L. “Jurisdictional deflection in social justice occupations: How reentry counselors uphold professional ideals” (preparing for submission)

– Finalist for the Academy of Management OMT Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award

– Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (top 10% of annual conference submissions)

– Finalist for the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition


Holm, A. L. “Reentry, Employment and Persisting Inequality: Understanding the experiences of formerly incarcerated jobseekers with work reentry organizations” (data collection & analysis)

Holm, A.L. and Mobasseri, S. “Workforce intermediaries as a double-edged sword for labor market inequality” (Annals)

Holm, A. L. “Reaching out or Reaching in: Social Support when Handling Adversity in highly Meaningful Work” (theory building)

Research overview

My research lies at the intersection of three main topics: labor market dynamics and inequality, the changing nature of work and occupations, and relationships at work. I mostly take an ethnographic approach in my research and enjoy reflecting on qualitative methods more broadly.

Labor Market Challenges & Inequality

In my dissertation, I examine how workforce intermediaries - individuals who support jobseekers in their job search - help their unemployed clients. I analyze interviews, observations and archives associated with back-to-work programs for formerly incarcerated people. This work fits in a broader research agenda examining labor market dynamics, career transitions and inequality. Future research in this stream will continue to focus on the practices and processes that occur at the level of jobseekers, job-givers and intermediaries.

Shifting Occupational Dynamics

As employment structures become more flexible and new technologies continue to shape the workplace, individuals are adjusting their knowledge, expertise and practices to new models of work. I especially focus on how individuals experience the changes and challenges that occur in their occupations.

Relationships, Meaning and Change

I am particularly interested in how relationships at work affect individuals' willingness and ability to change their environment, as well as their responses to hardships and change. This theoretical interest is influenced by scholarship on relationships at work, counter-normative behaviors and the meaning of work.