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Coming big bang for French Business Schools

January 25, 2015


This post is a translation from an article written by Olivier Basso, Associate Professor at CNAM and Thomas Durand, Professor of Strategic Management at CNAM and published in Les Echos on 23/01/2015 and available here: All rights reserved by the author and the publisher. This translation is only aimed at non-French readers who would […]

Soft, Medium, Hard : Too many skills kill the skills

September 8, 2014


Last week, an article in the Financial Times written by a French-American professor working in a French business school ( ) created some waves in the Grandes Ecoles microcosm with at least 2 articles in the French press ( and ) and lots of rolling eyes in this usually hushed environment. Basically, the article […]

France Business School – What went wrong (so far)?

July 21, 2014


First, let’s start with disclaimers. I know that it is very easy to make judgments on past decisions, particularly when they look wrong and that the same people who criticize the strategic choices made by a business school, would be the same ones applauding them if they had been successful. Criticizing is easy, doing is […]

New Law in preparation for French BSchools : will it really help ?

July 16, 2014


Short answer is no. Long answer is below! The French assembly is about a new law aimed at supporting the development of a large portion of the best French Business Schools. Before we discuss it, I need to do (again) a brief history of the French Bschools system for those of you who are not […]

Why are French Bschools practicing cloning when hiring their Deans?

July 15, 2014


Last week, we had 2 interesting news: Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, one of the BSchools in South East Asia, hired the former Dean of Insead and Kellogg to become its next Dean. RMIT also announced that they hired an Aussie as their new VC, but who was previously the successful boss of the […]

Highered in France: one country, two systems

November 11, 2013


Recently, the president of the French Association of University Presidents (CPU) published an article in “Le Monde” where it stated that “Everyone knows, and students realize that when they enter into a school, in “Grandes Ecoles”, teaching is not very good.” As you may guess, this sparked lots of reactions. This is another of these […]

Are French BSchools the sleeping beauties of the international scene?

June 21, 2013


Having worked in many different parts of the world, I am still surprised by the almost inexistent presence of the French business schools on the international higher education scene. Hold on! You will certainly tell me, French business schools are very active. Indeed, they have sent and received students on exchange in many countries for […]