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Seminar : Déborah Philippe, Lausanne

[11] [Oct 2019] [ 1:30 pm] [ ]
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Seminar : The emergence, institutionalization and evolution of a status order: a study of the French high end fashion field
Extant status research has investigated status mobility and vertical category shifts within stable status orders but provide little insight into the mechanisms that drive change in the category system underpinning a status order. In this study, we illuminate factors that affect the vertical stratification of an organizational field over time. Specifically, we shed light on the strategies deployed by different stakeholders at different stages in the history of a field and what is driving these strategies. Our empirical setting is the field of the French high-end fashion industry, from 1911 until today. This setting is particularly appropriate because high fashion is structured by a sophisticated stratified system of labels or categories and key intermediaries acting as both guides and critics that contributes to the construction of these categories. We show how changes in the category system can be linked to changing social and economic conditions in French and international fashion that challenged the legitimacy of the status order.

Déborah Philippe - Vice Rector "Careers and Society"
The youngest member of the new team, Déborah Philippe, 37, was a professor specialising in issues of corporate social responsibility and director of the Department of Strategy in the Faculty of Business and Economics when she was won over to Nouria Hernandez’s programme.
Her role as Vice Rector covers areas associated with equality of opportunity, interactions between the university and society, cultural policy and the development of the postgraduate campus.
Does she have one particular asset? "The fact that I have followed an atypical career path," she says. Indeed, Déborah Philippe studied literature and attended New Sorbonne University before moving into management and strategy.
"This role really aligns with my values. I am very interested in cultural policy. I am passionate about music and dance. And managing career development is a process I went through not very long ago. So it’s important to me to make sure that people have options once they have completed their studies, whether they go into academic positions or not."

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