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RAMANANTSOA Bernard

Bernard RAMANANTSOA

Emeritus Professor

Strategy and Business Policy

Dean, HEC Paris


Bernard Ramanantsoa holds an Engineering degree from the "Ecole Supérieure d'Aéronautique de Toulouse", valedictorian of the Class of 1971. Valedictorian of the MBA graduating class of HEC in 1976, he obtained a Post-graduate DEA degree in sociology in 1987 and also a Ph.D. in management sciences from Paris-Dauphine University in 1991, and a further DEA in the history of philosophy from Paris-1 University in 1993. He is Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

Initially lecturer at the "Ecole Supérieure d'Aéronautique" in 1971 and 1972, he became head of the Marketing Division, "Grandes Lignes" for the SNCF in 1972. A specialist on ethics and culture in the business place and himself advocate of an open-minded approach and a multi-cultural scope in the corporate world, he joined the HEC faculty in 1979 as professor of Business Strategy. He was head of HEC Paris from 1995 to 2015. He has lead the institution in their strides towards a decidedly international dimension, as well as added the CPA to the HEC label.

Very active in the scientific and professional community, Bernard Ramanantsoa was:

- Member of the Committee of the "Conférence des Grandes Ecoles"
- Member of the Board of the "Ecole de Paris"
- Member of the Evaluation Committee of Management Programs and Degrees for the French Ministry of Education
- Member of the Board of the HEC Foundation
- CEMS Chairman
- Vice-President of the European Foundation for Management Development
- Former Member of the Board of the APM (Association for Progress in Management)
- Member of the "Société Française de Management"
- Member of the Board of the "Ecole Nationale d'Administration Pénitentiaire" (ENAP)
- Member of the Board of the "Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Aéronautique"

He is currently:

- Administrator of ANVIE
- Member of the AASCB International Committee
- Member of the Advisory Board, ESADE  in Barcelona
- Member of the Advisory Board, University of St-Gallen in Switzerland
- Member of the Advisory Board, School of Management of the University of Zhejiang in China

He is the author of numerous communications and publications in the field of business management. In particular, he received the Harvard Expansion Prize in 1989 for "Technologie et Stratégie d'entreprise" and the Prize from the "Académie des Sciences Commerciales" in 1983 for "Stratégie de l'Entreprise et Diversification". His latest published work, in collaboration with Y. Pesqueux, A. Saudan and J.C. Tournand, "Perspectives Philosophiques sur l'entreprise", appeared in 1999.

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