ⓘ Law and management

                                     

ⓘ Law and management

The Law & Management approach is a term defined by Antoine Masson and Hugh Bouthinon-Dumas, researchers at ESSEC, to refer to any research works focusing on Law as a key factor for companies success.

The Law & Management approach, unlike the Economic Analysis of Law also known as "Law and Economics" which primarily aims at assessing and comparing the cost and efficiency of the rules in accordance with criterium developed by Economists, seeks to explain the differences of performance between companies facing the same legal environment, according to their ability to take advantage from Law.

From a methods perspective, the Law & Management approach focuses on the behaviors of economic actors towards Law. The Law & Management methods are therefore primarily behavioral and borrow numerous investigation and data processing techniques from the sociology or psychology fields since these approaches rely on observation. The purpose of the Law & Management is nevertheless specific and consistent with management sciences, as it try to understand how Law can be used by and within companies to achieve their assigned goals that are mainly economic. The results of Law & Management studies can be used to base recommendations that are addressed primarily not to normative or judicial authorities as in the Law & Economic but to the economic actors.

Currently, the Law & Management approach refers to the legal work of authors such as, in the United States, Constance Bagley Yale School of Management, Robert Bird University of Connecticut, George Siedel Michigan Business School, in Scandinavia around the "proactive law” movement Haapio Helena University of Vaasa, or in France, Christophe Roquilly EDHEC, Christophe Collard EDHEC, Antoine Masson ESSEC ou Hugues Bouthinon-Dumas ESSEC.