Denise Rousseau, who gained degrees in psychology and anthropology from the University of California, has served on panels for the Institute of Medicine, National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Education. Currently she is on the editorial boards of five scholarly journals.
She has been a visiting professor at universities in the UK, Singapore, Thailand and China, as well as an international visiting fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management in the UK, Dublin City University's School of Business and the University of Cardiff Business School.
Rousseau founded the Evidence-Based Management Collaborative, a network of scholars, consultants and practising managers to promote evidence-informed organisational practices and decision-making. The two-time winner of the Academy of Management's George Terry Award for best management book, Rousseau’s most recent book is 2006's I-Deals: Idiosyncratic Deals Employees Bargain for Themselves.
Rousseau is an elected fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, and the British Academy of Management. Her research received the first annual National Institute for Health Care Management Research Award (1994), among others, and in 2009 she was given the Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management. In 2013, she received an honorary doctorate from the Athens University of Economics and Business.
Rousseau's research focuses on the impact workers have on the employment relationship and the firms that employ them. It informs critical concerns such as worker wellbeing and career development, organisational effectiveness, the management of change, firm ownership and governance, and industrial relations. She is recognised in particular for developing the theory of the psychological contract, (Great Minds in Management).
She has written for various journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, the Journal of Organizational Behavior and the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and is an advisor to numerous social enterprises, professional associations, governmental organisations and corporations.
Evidence-based practice: keeping health and performance in our line of sight
Changes in the psychological employment contract