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Olivier SIBONY

Affiliate Professor

Strategy and Business Policy

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Biography

Olivier Sibony is a writer, educator and consultant specializing in Strategy, strategic decision making and the organization of decision processes.

From 1991 to 2015, Olivier was a consultant, Partner and Director in the Paris, New York and Brussels offices of McKinsey & Company. Among other roles, he served as global leader of the Corporate Strategy Practice, as a European leader of the Consumer sector, and as a member of the Firm’s global Partner Review Committee. From an industry sector perspective, he has extensive experience in Consumer Packaged Goods, Luxury Goods, Retail, and Private Equity.

Olivier Sibony teaches Business Strategy and Corporate Strategy courses in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. He also leads the Problem Solving and Communications workshop for MBA participants and teaches the Behavioral Strategy elective in the MIF program.

In addition to his role as Affiliate Professor at HEC Paris, Olivier teaches in a number of other European institutions and advises business leaders as consultant or as Board member. 

Olivier’s research interests center on the effect of heuristics and biases in strategic decision making and procedures to improve the quality of decisions.

Olivier Sibony is a graduate of HEC Paris.

Scientific articles

A Structured Approach to Strategic Decisions

MIT Sloan Management Review, March 2019, vol. 60, n° 3, pp 67-+, (in coll. with D. KAHNEMAN, D. LOVALLO)

Broadening the Frame: How Behavioral Strategy Redefines Strategic Decisions

Strategy Science, December 2018, vol. 3, n° 4, pp 658-667, (in coll. with D. LOVALLO)

Decision Theory Made Relevant: Between the Software and the Shrink

Research in Economics, June 2018, vol. 72, n° 2, pp 240-250, (in coll. with I. GILBOA, M. ROUZIOU)

Behavioral Strategy and the Strategic Decision Architecture of the Firm

California Management Review, May 2017, vol. 59, n° 3, pp 5-21, (in coll. with D. LOVALLO, T. C. POWELL)

Evidence Doesn't Argue for Itself: The Value of Disinterested Dialogue in Strategic Decision-Making

Long Range Planning, December 2015, vol. 48, n° 6, pp 361-380, (in coll. with M. GARBUIO, D. LOVALLO)

Books

Vous allez commettre une terrible erreur !

Flammarion

Cracked it ! How to solve big problems and sell solutions like top strategy consultants

Palgrave Macmillan

Réapprendre à décider

Et si choisir les stratégies gagnantes était un vrai sport d'équipe...- Editions Nouveaux Débats Publics

Chapters edited in books

Redefine the Problem: The Design Thinking Path

Cracked It!, Palgrave Macmillan, 139-167

Sell the Solution: Core Message and Storyline

Cracked It!, Palgrave Macmillan, 197-221

Structure the Problem: Analytical Frameworks

Cracked It!, Palgrave Macmillan, 95-116

The Five Pitfalls of Problem Solving

Cracked It!, Palgrave Macmillan, 15-34

Before You Make That Big Decision...

Hbr'S 10 Must Reads, Harvard Business Review Press, 21-40

The case for behavioral strategy

Seeing Through Biases In Strategic Decisions, McKinsey & Company, McKinsey Quarterly Special Issue

Case Studies

As its single-serve coffee system grows in popularity, Nespresso France is under pressure from the media and environment-conscious opinion leaders to address the problem posed by its disposable aluminium capsules. Options range from ignoring the prob , 2017

Scientific articles

A Structured Approach to Strategic Decisions

MIT Sloan Management Review, March 2019, vol. 60, n° 3, pp 67-+, (in coll. with D. KAHNEMAN, D. LOVALLO)

Broadening the Frame: How Behavioral Strategy Redefines Strategic Decisions

Strategy Science, December 2018, vol. 3, n° 4, pp 658-667, (in coll. with D. LOVALLO)

Decision Theory Made Relevant: Between the Software and the Shrink

Research in Economics, June 2018, vol. 72, n° 2, pp 240-250, (in coll. with I. GILBOA, M. ROUZIOU)

Behavioral Strategy and the Strategic Decision Architecture of the Firm

California Management Review, May 2017, vol. 59, n° 3, pp 5-21, (in coll. with D. LOVALLO, T. C. POWELL)

Books

Vous allez commettre une terrible erreur !

Flammarion

Cracked it ! How to solve big problems and sell solutions like top strategy consultants

Palgrave Macmillan

Réapprendre à décider

Et si choisir les stratégies gagnantes était un vrai sport d'équipe...- Editions Nouveaux Débats Publics

Chapters edited in books

Redefine the Problem: The Design Thinking Path

Cracked It!, Palgrave Macmillan, 139-167

Sell the Solution: Core Message and Storyline

Cracked It!, Palgrave Macmillan, 197-221

Structure the Problem: Analytical Frameworks

Cracked It!, Palgrave Macmillan, 95-116

The Five Pitfalls of Problem Solving

Cracked It!, Palgrave Macmillan, 15-34

Case Studies

As its single-serve coffee system grows in popularity, Nespresso France is under pressure from the media and environment-conscious opinion leaders to address the problem posed by its disposable aluminium capsules. Options range from ignoring the prob , 2017

Education

  • Doctorate, Business Administration, Strategy and Business Policy, Université Paris Dauphine - France
  • Master of Science/Grande Ecole, Business Administration, Strategy and Management, HEC Paris - France

Academic appointments

Academic responsabilities at HEC

  • 2015- Affiliate Professor, Strategy and Business Policy HEC Paris