Law and management

The Law & Management approach is a term defined by Antoine Masson and Hugh Bouthinon-Dumas, researchers at ESSEC, to refer to an research works focusing on Law as a key factor for companies success.[1]

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),[2] Robert Bird (University of Connecticut),[3] George Siedel (Michigan Business School),[4] in Scandinavia (around the "proactive law” movement) Haapio Helena (University of Vaasa),[5] or in France, Christophe Roquilly (EDHEC),[6] Christophe Collard (EDHEC),[7] Antoine Masson (ESSEC) ou Hugues Bouthinon-Dumas (ESSEC).


  1. ^ A. Masson, H. Bouthinon-Dumas, L’approche Law and Management, RTD Com, janvier /mars 2011, p. 233 à 254.
  2. ^ , C. E. Bagley, Winning Legally: How to Use the Law to Create Value, Marshal Resources, and Manage Risk, Harvard Business School Press, 2005, spec. pp. 47–50.
  3. ^ , G. J. Siedel, Using Law for Competitive Advantage, Jossey Bass, 2002.
  4. ^ , H. Haapio, Introduction to Praoactive Law : A Business Lawyer's View, Scandinavian Studies in Law, vol. 49, 2010, p. 21.
  5. ^ , Ch. Roquilly, « Performance juridique et avantage concurrentiel », LPA, 30 avril 2007, n° 86, p. 7.
  6. ^ , C. Collard, C. Roquilly, La performance juridique : pour une vision stratégique du droit dans l'entreprise, L.G.D.J., 2010
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