Pauline Fatien, Ph.D., Visiting Professor

Pauline Fatien, Ph.D. is a Visiting Associate Professor of Management at Menlo College, and is teaching two classes in the PSP Program: Human Resource Management and Business Ethics.

Dr. Fatien comes from University of Lyon Management School, Lyon, France; she holds a Master’s Degree of Science in Management as well as a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from HEC School of Management, which is ranked top business school in Europe by the Financial Times. She also wrote a Research Master’s thesis in Sociology of Power. Her main research area is business coaching, but she is also interested in such issues as power and paradoxes in organizations, health at work, and critical management education.

An Emphasis on People

Fatien is passionate about her mission as a professor. “I strive to engage with students to look behind the mirror—to question what we take for granted. I would like to make them sensitive to the hidden sides of organizations and their costs, both financial and human.” Emphasizing the human aspect and how different policies have different impact on the organization, Fatien focuses her management style on reflective, critical thinking. There is no best way, only continuing solutions that broaden viewpoints and ultimately help people evolve and hopefully develop in their work. By acquiring not only knowledge but skills and abilities in analyzing problem situations, collaborators can remain integrated in their work and personal lives, relating through their own experiences.

But it still remains a huge challenge! In her research, Fatien questions the ways companies try to reconcile demands for efficient production with concern for human beings. “It is not so obvious. With increasing demands in the marketplace, and the decline of collective references, workers have to rely more and more on themselves; they even are urged to work on their 'selves', that even become a new tool of production. Individual guilt in not achieving goals and the fear of failure rapidly arises in such environments. But hopefully, in some conditions, actors in organizations are creative enough to redesign 'the rules of the game'.”