> VIP ALUMNI: STÉPHANE TREPPOZ, CEO OF AOL FRANCE (1989 ALUMNI)
> CHRISTINE LEE CHAPMAN, HEC GRANDE ECOLE STUDENT FROM THE USA

> PORTRAIT OF FABIEN DE GEUSER, PH. D STUDENT AT HEC

 
 
1. Within the HEC School of Management, you have been successively a student, a Professor of Strategy, an Associate Dean… how do you account for such loyalty?

After graduating from HEC in 1969, I took a Ph. D from the University of Minnesota. I subsequently got offers to teach in many universities, and eventually chose HEC because I wanted to take part in the school’s development abroad: I was convinced it had great potential for competing with the world’s best institutions.

My commitment lies in the certainty that France has precious skills in management, thanks to our economic competitiveness and the tradition for social negotiation.

We also benefit from our belonging to Europe: the continent proves itself capable of significant and successful economic, financial and industrial achievements in partnership.

Over the years, on top of my Professorial position, I have been Associate Dean for Executive Education, and later on, Associate Dean of HEC MBA.
2. Which trends did you witness in high management teaching over the years?

As a result of the world economy’s globalization, management teaching has simultaneously become more homogeneous throughout the world. Research is now global, in terms of topics, publications, cooperation between universities and teams. Comparing institutions and faculties has become an easy task. This means that the quality of teachings must meet the highest international standards.

Business Schools and Universities are engaged in a new form of competition, and are striving to recruit the best Professors and attract the most talented students, wherever they come from.

HEC, once a French Business School, has become a top-ranked European and International institution in just a couple of years.

3. What are your consulting activities and how do they relate to your academic responsibilities?
Being a Professor implies conducting research activities. In my field, Strategy and Performance Management, working as a consultant, an executive coach or as an advisor provides special opportunities to observe, learn and analyze. As such, it's a necessary and exciting part of research.


Professor Ardoin’s page