Sabine Pitteloud



Sabine Pitteloud is specialized in the political history of capitalism. Her research investigates the political and institutional role of multinationals, their coordination efforts within business interest associations, and their ability to deal with political risks in historical perspective. Her new project focuses on the role of business interests in the implementation of environmental norms.

Sabine earned her PhD in social and economic history from the University of Geneva, where she is currently maître-assistante (lecturer). She has held visiting positions at the Humboldt Universität Berlin, Germany and at the New School for Social Research, New York. In 2021-2022 she was Harvard-Newcomen Fellow at Harvard Business School.


Research Interests

  • History of multinationals
  • Business-government relations
  • Political risks
  • Restructurings, labor relations
  • Activists, environmental regulations


Prix Universal 2020 - Meilleure thèse de l'année 2019 (ex-aequo)

Sabine Pitteloud: "«Les invisibles deviennent visibles» Le rôle politique des multinationales et les débats  sur l’internationalisation en Suisse[1942-1993]"

Teaching - Bachelor

Histoire économique contemporaine


Teaching - Master

État et société


Méthodologie de la recherche en histoire économique internationale




Journal Articles
Book Chapters
Working Papers
Cases and Teaching Materials
  • Jones, Geoffrey, and Sabine Pitteloud. "K.C. Li: The Tungsten King." Harvard Business School Teaching Plan 322-056, February 2022. View Details
  • Jones, Geoffrey G., and Sabine Pitteloud. "Nestlé, Shared Value and KitKat Diplomacy." Harvard Business School Case 323-018, July 2022. View Details