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BENEDICTE FAIVRE TAVIGNOT

Associate Professor (Education Track)

Strategy and Business Policy

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Biography

Benedicte Faivre-Tavignot is Associate Professor of Strategy (education track faculty).

She is co-founder and Executive Director of the S&O Institute (Society & Organizations Institute), aiming at developing at HEC a new way of thinking about the role of business in society, be it through teaching or research.

She co-founded the HEC Chair “Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty” (2008) and the Master in Sustainable Development (2003). She also co-founded the Action Social Business, an incubator of social innovation involving firms together with public institutions and civil society organizations.

She is board member of different foundations (Air Liquide Foundation, Schneider Electric Foundation, Bouygues Immobilier Foundation) and belongs to the Ethical Committee of La Croix Rouge

She is board member of a media company, and president of the board’s CSR committee. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of Standard&Poors Sustainable Finance, and also of the ESG club of IFA (‘Institut Français des administrateurs’).

Her research focus is on reverse innovation; she’s studying the processes through which social businesses and Base of the Pyramid business models can be a lever for innovation and strategic renewal. She received her PhD in Management Sciences in 2012 (University Lyon 3). She worked before 15 years in the consulting industry, in Eurequip Consulting Group, and in Philips as a controller.

She graduated from HEC (1988). 

Scientific articles

Reaching the Rich World's Poorest Consumers

Harvard Business Review, March 2015, vol. 93, n° 3, pp 46-53, (in coll. with M. YUNUS, F. DALSACE, D. MENASCE)

Le social business, laboratoire d'apprentissage des stratégies de rupture

Revue Française de Gestion, November 2010, vol. 36, n° 208-209, pp 175-189, (in coll. with L. LEHMANN-ORTEGA, B. MOINGEON)

Books

Social Business & Base of the Pyramid

John Wiley & Sons US

Social business et base de la pyramide

ISTE Editions

Risques & Management International, N° 3 : Autour du développement durable

Editions L'Harmattan (in coll. with F. BOURNOIS, P. CHAIGNEAU)

Risques & Management International, N° 2: Management & Développement Durable

Editions L'Harmattan (in coll. with B. LALO, H. PRADON, M. DJALILI)

Chapters in edited books

An Inclusive and Circular Value Chain: Armor

Progressive Business Models, Eleanor O'Higgins, László Zsolnai, Palgrave Macmillan, 143-171

Case Studies

Scientific articles

Reaching the Rich World's Poorest Consumers

Harvard Business Review, March 2015, vol. 93, n° 3, pp 46-53, (in coll. with M. YUNUS, F. DALSACE, D. MENASCE)

Le social business, laboratoire d'apprentissage des stratégies de rupture

Revue Française de Gestion, November 2010, vol. 36, n° 208-209, pp 175-189, (in coll. with L. LEHMANN-ORTEGA, B. MOINGEON)

Books

Social Business & Base of the Pyramid

John Wiley & Sons US

Social business et base de la pyramide

ISTE Editions

Risques & Management International, N° 3 : Autour du développement durable

Editions L'Harmattan (in coll. with F. BOURNOIS, P. CHAIGNEAU)

Risques & Management International, N° 2: Management & Développement Durable

Editions L'Harmattan (in coll. with B. LALO, H. PRADON, M. DJALILI)

Chapters in edited books

An Inclusive and Circular Value Chain: Armor

Progressive Business Models, Eleanor O'Higgins, László Zsolnai, Palgrave Macmillan, 143-171

Case Studies

Education

  • Ph.D., in Business Administration, Strategy and Management, Université Lyon III - France
  • Master of Science/Grande Ecole, HEC Paris - France

Academic appointments

Academic Responsibilities at HEC

  • 2020- Associate Professor (Education Track), Strategy and Business Policy HEC Paris
  • 2015-2019 Affiliate Professor in Strategy HEC Paris
  • 2003-2015 Co-founder of the Master of Science in Sustainable Development HEC Paris
  • 2013- Executive Director of the Society and Organizations Institute HEC Paris

External Academic Responsibilities

  • 2008- Co-founder of the “Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty” Chair, presided by Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, and Martin Hirsch, Head of the Assistance Publique / Hôpitaux de Paris HEC Paris

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • Board Member of the SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC FOUNDATION, France
  • Board Member of the BOUYGUES IMMOBILIER FOUNDATION, France
  • Board Member of the AIR LIQUIDE FOUNDATION, France
  • Member of the sustainable Development Council of EDF