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Patrice Houdayer

Patrice Houdayer

Vice-Dean, SKEMA Business School



Jan. 2015 / to date: SKEMA Business School (Europe, Asia & Americas)

Jan. 2015/to date: Vice Dean of Programs, International and Student Life.

Main responsibilities: Consistency of SKEMA’s program portfolio, the academic excellence of SKEMA’s six campuses and the qualitative development of international partnerships, accreditation of the school’s programs, and the development of services dedicated to student life on all campuses.

Sept. 2004/ Sept. 2014: EMLYON Business School (Europe & Asia) / AACSB – EQUIS – AMBA accredited

Jan. 2008/Sept. 2014: Vice‐president, Graduate Programmes.

Sept. 2005/ Sept. 2014: Dean, EMLYON Grande Ecole.

Sept. 2004/Sept. 2005: Dean of Academic Programmes.

Main achievements: Strategic leadership of all activities along the graduate programmes value chain (from communication to career & placement) and a team of 80 people. Strong internationalization of EMLYON’s portfolio of graduate programmes (20 programmes, 3.200 students, two campuses in Europe/France & Asia/China), including the launch of 7 new programmes. Redesign of the MSc in Management (5th, FT 2011), including the introduction of a semester in Shanghai for 500 students. Increase of the turnover from €13m (2004‐2005) to €36m (2014‐2015).

Sept. 2001/Aug. 2004: Audencia – School of Management (France) / AACSB – EQUIS – AMBA accredited

Sept. 2003/Aug. 2004: Associate Dean for International Development.

Sept. 2001/Aug. 2004: Professor of Strategy and Innovation Management.

Sept. 2001/Aug. 2003: Programme Head for the New Technologies Management Programme.

Main achievements: Ensure the strategic coherence of Audencia’s European activities and portfolio of programmes (EMP MBA, Euro*MBA, European Summer School and other programmes under current developments). Master Level Programme management: curriculum design, recruitment, research project follow‐up, etc.

Sept. 1998/Sept. 2001: ESCEM, Tours (France) / AACSB accredited

Associate Professor & Interim Head of the Management Department.

Main achievements: International Modules, Programmes definition, Recruitment (80 Visiting Faculty Members in 2001), etc.

Sept. 1996/Aug. 1998: IPAG‐Paris (France)

Assistant Professor and Programme Head.

Main achievements: Programmes definition, recruitment (100 professionals, 1300 teaching hours), educational follow‐up (200 students), research project follow‐up, internship follow‐up, budget follow‐up.

Sept. 1994/Aug. 1996: University of Paris X – Nanterre (France)

Sept. 1994/Aug. 1996: Research Assistant in Management.

Sept. 1992/Aug. 1994: Teaching Assistant in Management.

1990/1992: University of Versailles ‐ Saint‐Quentin‐en‐Yvelines (France)

Teaching Assistant in Computer Science.


Expert for the French Evaluation Committee of Management Degrees (CEFDG), 2006‐.

Member of the Accreditation Commission (CGE ‐ French Grande Ecole Association), 2009‐.

Member of the Membership Committee, GMAC, 2009‐.

Member of Peer Review Teams, EQUIS, 2007‐.

Member of Peer Review Teams, AMBA, 2005‐.

Programme Evaluation Coordinator, Academy of Management, MED Division, 2001‐2004.

Executive Committee, Academy of Management, MED Division, 1999‐2005.


2003: Management Development Programme (MDP), Harvard University.

1998: Ph.D. in Strategy, ESSEC Business School – AACSB & EQUIS accredited – & University Paris X.

1992: DEA (Pre‐Doctoral Diploma), Strategy and Management, University Paris X, HEC Paris and ESSEC.

1990: Maîtrise (M.A.), Managerial Economics, University Paris X.

1989: Licence (License), Managerial Economics, University Paris X.

1988: DEUG (B.A.), Economics, University Paris X.


Honors for Outstanding Service to Academy of Management, MED Division, 2005.

European Community Research Grant, Socrates Programme, 2001.

Research & Teaching Certification, French Universities National Committee (CNU), 2000.

Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education Grant, 2000.

Dissertation award: summa cum laude, nomination for a French national dissertation prize, 1998.

European Community Research Grant, Socrates Programme, 1998.

Research Scholarship, French Ministry of Research and Technology, 1993‐1994.

Postgraduate Scholarship, University Paris X, 1992.


Sept. 2001/Aug. 2004: Strategy and Management, Audencia, MBA Level Course.

Innovation Management, Audencia, Graduate Level Course.

Apr. to May 2002: Visiting position, Växjö University (Sweden). European Strategies, Graduate Level Course.

Sept. 1998/Aug. 2001: Strategy and Management, ESCEM, Graduate Level Course.

Strategic Analysis, ESCEM, Graduate Level Course.

Business Game, ESCEM, Graduate Level.

Feb. to May 2001: Visiting position, Växjö University (Sweden). European Strategies, Graduate Level Course.

Feb. to Apr. 2000: Visiting position, Växjö University (Sweden). Corporate Strategy, Graduate Level Course.

July 1999 & Sept. 2000: Corporate Strategy, Athens (Greece), Executive MBA program.

Sept. 1996/Aug. 1998: Corporate Strategy, IPAG, Undergraduate Level Course.

Feb. to May 1998: Visiting position, Växjö University (Sweden). Strategic Marketing & Corporate Strategy, Undergraduate Level Course.

Sept. 1994/Aug. 1996: Marketing Research / Information Systems, University Paris X, Undergraduate Level Course.

Sept. 1992/Aug. 1994: Database Management, University Paris X, Undergraduate Level Course.


1995/1998: Consultant in Organization, Strategy, Management and Information Systems, CSP Consulting Group.

1993/1994: Strategic Analyst (sector and industrial Group analysis), TEV Consulting Group.

Feb. 1992 ‐ Oct. 1992: Military Service, French Air Force.

May 1991 ‐ Jan. 1992: Training in Data Processing Management.


1. The Bologna effect: the new European Masters are ready to compete globally (in French), co‐authored with Gordon Shenton, in Revue Française de Gestion, N°178‐179, February 2008.

2. The Bologna effect: the emerging European masters market, co‐authored with Gordon Shenton, in Global Focus, Volume 1, Issue 2, 2007.

3. International Location of Research & Development: Which Dimensions Lead to the Decision?, co‐authored with Frédéric Fontane, in The Global Enterprise: Entrepreneurship and Value Creation, Riad A. Ajami and Marca Marie Bear (eds.), Haworth Press, Inc., 2007.

4. Bologna, an opportunity for the French Grandes Ecoles (in French), co‐authored with Gordon Shenton, in Expansion Management Review, N°117, June 2005.

5. Creating Competencies: A Specific Project Management: Evidence from the Telecommunications Sector, co‐authored with Frédéric Fontane & Hervé Mathe, in The Story of Managing Projects: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Elias G. Carayannis, Young H. Kwak & Frank T. Anbari (eds.), Greenwood Press, 2005.

6. “Knowledge café for Intellectual Entrepreneurship Through or Against Institutions”, edited by Stefan Kwiatkowski & Patrice Houdayer, UNESCO‐CEPES, LKAEM Publisher, 2004.

7. Are Multinationals Encouraging Intellectual Entrepreneurship? ‐ The Case of R&D Activity, co‐authored with Christine Hénon, in Knowledge café for Intellectual Entrepreneurship Through or Against Institutions, Stefan Kwiatkowski & Patrice Houdayer (eds.), UNESCO‐CEPES, LKAEM Publisher, 2004.

8. International Location Factors of Research & Development (in French), co‐authored with Frédéric Fontane & Pierre‐Guy Hourquet, in Hommage à Jean‐Claude Tarondeau, Pierre le Moal & Laurent Bourgeon (eds.), Vuibert, 2003.

9. International Strategy in Research & Development (in French), Ph.D. Dissertation, ESSEC Business School & University Paris X, 1998.