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Bernard RAMANANTSOA

Distinguished Emeritus Professor

Strategy and 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

Compétition et solidarité revendiquées à HEC

Les Cahiers de l'ENSPTT, October 1999, n° 11, pp 45-48,

Another Look at Strategy-Structure Relationships: The Resource-based View

European Management Journal, 1998, vol. 16, n° 3, pp 297-305, (in coll. with B. MOINGEON, E. Métais, D. Orton)

The Cognitive and Behavioural Dimensions of Organizational Learning in a Merger: An Empirical Study

Journal of Management Studies, November 1997, vol. 34, n° 6, pp 871-894, (in coll. with F. LEROY)

Understanding Corporate Identity: The French School of Thought

European Journal of Marketing, 1997, vol. 31, n° 5/6, pp 383-395, (in coll. with B. MOINGEON)

Un dirigeant-séducteur pour gérer le changement

Revue Française de Gestion, November-December 1996, n° 111, pp 143-151, (in coll. with V. Perret)

A quoi servent les consultants ?

Sciences Humaines - Les Cahiers de l'ANVIE, May 1996, n° 61, pp 32-35,

Uncovering Strategic Assumptions: Understanding Managers' Ability to Build Representations

European Management Journal, August 1996, vol. 14, n° 4, pp 389-398, (in coll. with E. Mounoud, T. Durand)

Conseil et éthique : la primauté des valeurs économiques

Ethique des Affaires, May 1996, n° 4/5, pp 23-29, (in coll. with Y. PESQUEUX)

La situation de l'éthique des affaires en France

Ethique des Affaires, January 1995, n° 1, pp 15-26, (in coll. with Y. PESQUEUX)

Une année sabbatique (?) chez McKinsey

Annales des Mines, Gérer et Comprendre, December 1994, n° 37, pp 21-30,

Books

Pouvoir et Politique

McGraw-Hill

Nationalization, managerial power and societal change

Harvard Business School, 75th Anniversary Colloquium

Stratégie de l'entreprise et diversification

Nathan, Paris

Exercices et problèmes, Mécanique générale

Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace

Chapters edited in books

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

Apprendre à changer et changer pour apprendre

L'Art Du Management, Village Mondial, Financial Times, Les Echos, 608-61

Comment rendre compte de la formation de la stratégie d'entreprise : carte cognitive VS représentation sociale

Economie De La Connaissance Et Organisations, B. Guilhon, P. Huard, M. Orillard, J. B. Zimmermann (Eds.), Editions L'Harmattan, 132-150

Confiance et recherche-intervention

Pour Une Nouvelle Approche Du Management Public - Réflexions Autour De Michel Crozier, M. Finger, B. Ruchat (Eds.), Seli Arslan, 131-15

Stratégie

Encyclopédie De Gestion, Y. Simon, P. Joffre (Eds.), Economica, 3

An Identity Study of Firm Mergers: The Case of a French Savings Bank

Case Method Research And Application, H. E. Klein (Ed.), Needham MA., WACRA, 7

Approche socio-économique du management stratégique

Management Stratégique Et Compétitivité, M. Ingham (Ed.), Editions De Boeck, Bruxelles

L'apprentissage organisationnel : Eléments pour une discussion

Savoir Pour Agir. Comment Surmonter Les Obstacles À L'Apprentissage Organisationnel, C. Argyris, InterEditions, Paris

L'évolution identitaire des entreprises

Identité Et Culture En Entreprise, P. Denoun (Ed.), Publications de l'Université Paris 7 - Denis Diderot, 129-140

Proceedings

La notion de modèle

Actes du Colloque 'L'évidence éthique' - Groupe HEC / Collège International de Philosophie, Ethique des Affaires , 1997

L'enjeu stratégique de l'internationalisation

Proceedings, Colloque 'Formation, expatriation, mondialisation' , 1997 , Paris

Mondialisation : nouvelles stratégies ou nouvelles utopies? le cas de l'industrie automobile

Proceedings, Colloque International "Entreprise et sociétés - enracinement, mutations et mondialisation" , 1997 , HEC Montréal

La fusion comme source d'évolution organisationnelle : analyse du processus de variation-sélection-rétention de nouvelles pratiques dans la mise en oeuvre d'une fusion

Proceedings, Ve Conférence Internationale de Management Stratégique , 1996 , Lille (F. Leroy)

Working papers

Scientific articles

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)

L'enseignement supérieur : une nouvelle guerre des étoiles

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

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)

Books

Perspectives philosophiques sur l'entreprise

Ellipses

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

Dunod

Strategic Technology Management

John Wiley & Sons US

Organisations et fédérations sportives : sociologie et management

Presses Universitaires de France (PUF)

Chapters edited in books

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

Entreprises, arrêtez de vous dire responsables... de tout !

La Responsabilité Sociale De L'Entreprise - Mélanges En L'Honneur Du Professeur Roland Pérez, F. Le Roy, M. Marchesnay, EMS Management et Sociétés

Le management, une question de leadership

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

Proceedings

La notion de modèle

Actes du Colloque 'L'évidence éthique' - Groupe HEC / Collège International de Philosophie, Ethique des Affaires , 1997

L'enjeu stratégique de l'internationalisation

Proceedings, Colloque 'Formation, expatriation, mondialisation' , 1997 , Paris

Mondialisation : nouvelles stratégies ou nouvelles utopies? le cas de l'industrie automobile

Proceedings, Colloque International "Entreprise et sociétés - enracinement, mutations et mondialisation" , 1997 , HEC Montréal

La fusion comme source d'évolution organisationnelle : analyse du processus de variation-sélection-rétention de nouvelles pratiques dans la mise en oeuvre d'une fusion

Proceedings, Ve Conférence Internationale de Management Stratégique , 1996 , Lille (F. Leroy)

Working papers

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
  • Diplome du MBA d'HEC - Major de promotion, HEC Paris - 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

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

Editorial activities

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

  • Awards & honors

    • 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