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Bernard RAMANANTSOA

Distinguished Emeritus Professor

Strategy & Business Policy

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Biography

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.

Scientific articles

L'Enseignement de la sociologie des organisations

Entreprises et Histoire, September 2016, vol. 84, n° 3, pp 123-142, (in coll. with Henri BERGERON, Erhard FRIEDBERG, Fabienne PAVIS, Jean-Claude THOENIG, Olivier TIRMARCHE, Gwenaële ROT, Denis SEGRESTIN)

La formation des élites : une question de leadership mais aussi de 'souci de l'autre'

AGIR, February 2009, n° 37, pp 53-56,

La reprise d'entreprise à l'aune de l'analyse du récit

Gestion 2000, May-June 2009, n° 3, (in coll. with E. Riot, E. Krieger)

Brand management pour les business schools - Une véritable arme stratégique

Revue Française de Gestion, November-December 2007, vol. 33, n° 178-179, pp 125-131,

L'enseignement supérieur : une nouvelle guerre des étoiles

Le Banquet, February 2007, n° 24, pp 67-78,

La reprise d'entreprise à l'aune de l'analyse du récit

Gestion 2000, May-June 2007, pp 125-140, (in coll. with E. Riot, E. Krieger)

Deux dirigeants-narrateurs et la mètis grecque Carlos Ghosn et Jean Therme

Revue Française de Gestion, November-December 2005, vol. 31, n° 159, pp 149-163, (in coll. with R. Micu, B. Kahane, R. Reitter)

Les élites managériales françaises dans la mondialisation : spécificités ou retard ?

Entreprises et Histoire, December 2005, n° 41, pp 103-113, (in coll. with M. Berry, C. Filippi, M. de Saint Martin, J. Thoenig, E. GODELIER, L. GASTALDI)

La mondialisation, une crise d'identité pour les écoles de commerce ?

Le Journal de l'Ecole de Paris, September-October 2003, n° 43, (in coll. with M. Berry)

Europe's Strong Suit

European Business Forum, Spring 2000, n° 1, pp 10-13, (in coll. with J.-P. LARÇON)

Books

Apprendre et oser

Au XXIème siècle, le business fait l'histoire- Albin Michel

Confiance et Défiance dans les Organisations

Economica

Réinventer l'entreprise - Repères pour une crise qui va durer (J.M. Le Roux, B. Ramanantsoa (Eds)

Pearson - Collection Village Mondial

Stratégie, structure, décision, identité : politique générale d'entreprise

Dunod, Paris

Perspectives philosophiques sur l'entreprise

Ellipses

Stratégie, structure, décision, identité : politique générale d'entreprise

Dunod, Paris

Strategic Technology Management

John Wiley & Sons

Organisations et fédérations sportives : sociologie et management

Presses Universitaires de France (PUF)

Technologie et stratégie d'entreprise

McGraw-Hill

Pour une nouvelle politique d'entreprise

Presses Universitaires de France (PUF)

Chapters edited in books

La notion de stratégie chez Michel Foucault et Pierre Bourdieu

Société Et Management, H. Colas (Ed.), Epure, 51-80

nouveau chapitre

Les Codir Du 3E Millénaire - De La Gouvernance Solitaire Au Leadership Collectif, E. Added, H. Saint-Aubert (Eds), Pearson

L'échappée belle. La créativité en management au prisme de l'imaginaire chez Sartre

Imagination, Création, Management : Regards Sartriens, H. Colas, G. Lemarié, E. Riot (Eds), Epure

Les dirigeants intègrent-ils vraiment le développement durable ?

Gouvernance Et Prise De Décision - Les Questions Qui Dérangent, E. Lamarque (Ed.), Eyrolles

The Cognitive and Behavioral Dimensions of Organizational Learning in a Merger: An Emprical Study (Journal of Management Studies, 34 (6), November, 1997, 871-94)

Organizational Learning And Knowledge Management Volume Ii, W. H. Starbuck, P. S. Whalen, Edward Elgar Publishing

Le management, une question de leadership

L'Art Du Management 3, HEC Paris, Dunod, Paris, 3-4

Le management est-il autre chose qu'un discours ?

Transdisciplinarité : Fondement De La Pensée Managériale Anglo-Saxonne ?, M. Péron (Ed.), Economica

Le risque au coeur de la relation entreprises-société

L'Art De La Gestion Des Risques, Les Echos, Financial Times, Village Mondial

Questions d'identité

Le Management Stratégique En Représentations, E. Mounoud (Ed.), Ellipses

Paradoxes and Dualities in Organizational Development

Readings In Organization Science - Organizational Change In A Changing Context, M. Pina e Cunha, C. Alves Marques (Eds), Instituto Superior de Psichologia Aplicada, Lisboa, 297-322

Proceedings

Universités et Grandes Ecoles : une question de compétitivité nationale

Quelle université française pour demain ?, Fondation Res Publica , 2010

Le dilemme du repreneuriat ou les structures élémentaires de la parenté

Colloque Georges Doriot , 2006 , Deauville (E. Riot, E. KRIEGER)

Between Catastrophism and Liberalism: How to Decide in a Climate of Moral Panic?

Philosophy of Management 05 , 2005 , Oxford , Proceedings (V. Battaglia)

The role of the Emotions in the Moral Debate on Major Risks: to the Sense of the Apocalyptic

SCOS Conference , 2004 (V. Battaglia)

Working papers

Confiance et recherche-intervention

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 1997

Paradoxes and Dualities in Organizational Development

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 1997

Understanding Corporate Identity: The French School of Thought

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 1997

A necessary taking into account of the Sameness and of the conflict in the definition of corporate culture and identity

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 1991

Scientific articles

L'Enseignement de la sociologie des organisations

Entreprises et Histoire, September 2016, vol. 84, n° 3, pp 123-142, (in coll. with Henri BERGERON, Erhard FRIEDBERG, Fabienne PAVIS, Jean-Claude THOENIG, Olivier TIRMARCHE, Gwenaële ROT, Denis SEGRESTIN)

La formation des élites : une question de leadership mais aussi de 'souci de l'autre'

AGIR, February 2009, n° 37, pp 53-56,

La reprise d'entreprise à l'aune de l'analyse du récit

Gestion 2000, May-June 2009, n° 3, (in coll. with E. Riot, E. Krieger)

Brand management pour les business schools - Une véritable arme stratégique

Revue Française de Gestion, November-December 2007, vol. 33, n° 178-179, pp 125-131,

Books

Apprendre et oser

Au XXIème siècle, le business fait l'histoire- Albin Michel

Confiance et Défiance dans les Organisations

Economica

Réinventer l'entreprise - Repères pour une crise qui va durer (J.M. Le Roux, B. Ramanantsoa (Eds)

Pearson - Collection Village Mondial

Stratégie, structure, décision, identité : politique générale d'entreprise

Dunod, Paris

Chapters edited in books

La notion de stratégie chez Michel Foucault et Pierre Bourdieu

Société Et Management, H. Colas (Ed.), Epure, 51-80

nouveau chapitre

Les Codir Du 3E Millénaire - De La Gouvernance Solitaire Au Leadership Collectif, E. Added, H. Saint-Aubert (Eds), Pearson

L'échappée belle. La créativité en management au prisme de l'imaginaire chez Sartre

Imagination, Création, Management : Regards Sartriens, H. Colas, G. Lemarié, E. Riot (Eds), Epure

Les dirigeants intègrent-ils vraiment le développement durable ?

Gouvernance Et Prise De Décision - Les Questions Qui Dérangent, E. Lamarque (Ed.), Eyrolles

Proceedings

Universités et Grandes Ecoles : une question de compétitivité nationale

Quelle université française pour demain ?, Fondation Res Publica , 2010

Le dilemme du repreneuriat ou les structures élémentaires de la parenté

Colloque Georges Doriot , 2006 , Deauville (E. Riot, E. KRIEGER)

Between Catastrophism and Liberalism: How to Decide in a Climate of Moral Panic?

Philosophy of Management 05 , 2005 , Oxford , Proceedings (V. Battaglia)

The role of the Emotions in the Moral Debate on Major Risks: to the Sense of the Apocalyptic

SCOS Conference , 2004 (V. Battaglia)

Working papers

Confiance et recherche-intervention

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 1997

Paradoxes and Dualities in Organizational Development

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 1997

Understanding Corporate Identity: The French School of Thought

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 1997

A necessary taking into account of the Sameness and of the conflict in the definition of corporate culture and identity

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 1991

Education

  • DEA d'Histoire de la Philosophie, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne - France
  • Doctorat en sciences de gestion (Ph.D. in Management), Université Paris Dauphine - France
  • DEA de Sociologie, Université Paris Diderot - France
  • Ingenieur de l'Ecole Nationale Superieure de l'Aeronautique - Major de Promotion, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique de Toulouse - France

Academic appointments

Academic responsabilities at HEC

  • 2015- Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Strategy and Business Policy HEC Paris
  • 2004-2015 Member, GREGHEC (CNRS) HEC Paris
  • 1995-2015 Dean, HEC Paris HEC Paris
  • 1979-2015 Professor, Strategy and Business Policy HEC Paris
  • 1993-1995 Dean of Faculty and Research HEC Paris
  • 1988-1990 Head, Strategy and Business Policy Department HEC Paris

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • Member of the Board of the HEC Foundation
  • Chairman, CEMS (Community of European Management Schools)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the University of St Gallen (HSG)
  • Member of the Board of EuropaNova
  • Member of the Committee of the Conference des Grandes Ecoles
  • Administrator of ANVIE
  • Member of the Societe Francaise de Management
  • Member of the Awarding Body of EQUIS Accreditation System
  • Membre du Conseil de Perfectionnement de l'Ecole Navale
  • Membre du Conseil de Perfectionnement de l'Ecole Speciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr (ESM)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the University of St Petersbourg
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Fondation Getulio Vargas
  • CEIBS Academic Council Member
  • President du groupe de travail anime par France Strategie sur loffre francaise denseignement superieur a letranger

Editorial activities

  • Chroniqueur au Figaro Entreprises depuis 2004
  • Membre du Comite editorial, ParisTech Review
  • Membre du Comite Scientifique de Sociologies Pratiques

  • Awards & honors

    Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

    • 1989 Prix Harvard l'Expansion pour Technologie et Strategie d'Entreprise 1989
    • 1983 Prix de l'Academie des Sciences Commerciales pour Strategie de l'entreprise et diversification 1983