Article Philippe Silberzahn

This week in Contrepoints, an online journal, Philippe Silberzahn, CEDEP Fellow and Programme Director, and Professor at EM Lyon Business School, challenges our mental models and prompts us to focus on our actions today and now, rather than set a strategic vision in today’s fast-changing world. 

Philippe is co-designer and facilitator of the CEDEP’s upcoming programme on transformation and mental models “Sapiens 4.0” which will take place from 25-27 March 2019.

The intelligence of employees is the main obstacle to cooperation, but it can also be the key factor of success – by François Dupuy

Our renowned Academic Committee member, sociologist and author of the successful book ‘Lost in Management’, François Dupuy, published this week in the French magazine L’Usine Nouvelle.

He explains that “The intelligence of employees is the main obstacle to cooperation, but it can also be the key factor of success.” Click here to read more and let us know if you would like a translation in English.

François has been a part of the CEDEP community for over 30 years and taught principally Organisational Behaviour and sociology in both CEDEP’s CSP and OEP programmes, working closely with L’Oréal, Valeo and France Telecom.

CEDEP Faculty Day

On Friday 18 January, we held our annual CEDEP Faculty Day with 36 of our network attending the day which focused on a Visioneering Workshop with Christian Rauch and a session on how to make the most of international presence in the programmes, especially participants coming from China, led by Edith Coron. The group of faculty was made up of 12 different nationalities and 12 of our Programme Directors.

This day, which always take place in January, starts the new calendar year as we mean to go on – strengthening the links between our Academic Committee, Programme Directors, Fellows and Faculty with CEDEP, with insights on content, closely related to the business challenges for our members.

Thank you to everyone for coming, for your energy and continued support!

Dominique Moïsi has been awarded the Spinoza Prize 2018

Dominique Moïsi has been awarded the Spinozal Prize which is awarded every two years to an internationally renowned thinker on ethics and society.

His latest book La géopolitique des séries : ou le triomphe de la peur will be published in a Dutch translation at the occasion of the granting of the Spinoza Award in 2018.

Article from Les Echos in French



Andrew Sharman has been named President Elect of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

CEDEP is thrilled to announce that Andrew Sharman, Programme Director of our Leadership and Safety Culture Programme has been named President Elect of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. IOSH has more than 46,000 members from over 120 countries and acts as a champion, supporter, adviser, advocate and trainer for those who protect the safety, health and wellbeing of others. Andrew directs our Leadership and Safety Culture Programme and has written four books on Safety including, From Accidents to Zero: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Workplace Safety Culture, Safety Savvy and Mind Your Own Business: What Your MBA Should Have Taught You About Safety

Congratulations @Andrew Sharman #IOSH #CEDEProcks #safety #leadership

Ringtone by Yves Doz, CEDEP Academic Council member, wins the 2018 George R. Terry Book Award

CEDEP is delighted to announce that Yves Doz, member of the CEDEP Academic Council and CEDEP Professor, has been awarded the Prestigious Academy of Management’s 2018 George R Terry Book Award, for his book “Ringtone: Exploring the Rise and Fall of Nokia in Mobile Phones.”

Written with Keeley Wilson, INSEAD senior researcher, Ringtone was nominated the best management book over the past two years, and this was announced at the Academy of Management’s Annual Meeting in Chicago on 12 August. In selecting this book, the committee noted “the depth of the case study, the scholarly argument and the insightful account explaining the rise and fall of Nokia.” Reviewers have praised the content for the lessons put forward which are relevant to most companies today.

Robert Burgelman of Stanford University commented, “Their book will become an indispensable reference for the study of managerial responses to technological disruption”, while according to Ranjay Gulati of Harvard Business School, “By showcasing the enablers and disablers of this once powerful company, readers can perhaps learn to achieve the elusive goal of building organizations that last!”

In less than three decades, Nokia emerged from Finland to lead the mobile phone revolution. It grew to have one of the most recognisable and valuable brands in the world and then fell into decline, leading to the sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft. Ringtone explores and analyses that journey and distils observations and learning points for anyone keen to understand how the interplay between strategic insights, organisational choices, behaviour and emotional engagement can drive competitive outcomes both good and bad.

Ringtone opens the proverbial “black box” of why and how things actually happen at the top of organisations. It offers valuable lessons for managers, executives and corporate strategists.

Honorary Award for Luk Van Wassenhove

Luk has received in June  The Degree of Honorary Doctor of Mechanical Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in recognition of his profound and enduring contributions in the scientific domain of Management Science and Engineering.


New book, Fly Africa by Eric Kacou

The CEDEP Team is delighted to announce the new book Fly Africa by Eric Kacou and Hassa El-Houry.

We all know that Africa is brimming with potential and enthusiasm. With foresight and commitment from industry leaders and support from governments, aviation could become one of the continent’s great strengths. Yet today, Africa’s aviation industry lags behind much of the world, the disparity visible in its run-down airports and its airlines. But this discrepancy is not inevitable…

In Fly Africa, Kakou, CEDEP Speaker, and El-Houry, Group CEO of National Aviation Services (NAS), the fastest growing aviation services provider in emerging markets, explain how the continent reached its current state and they examine the huge disparities between Africa’s handful of hubs as well as its many underserved cities and countries.

They collectively map a route to transform the continent’s aviation, highlighting its existing champions and illustrating the effects aviation can have on other sectors.

The content of Fly Africa is based on solid research and combined with personal knowledge and experience.

This makes this book an honest picture of the aviation industry in Africa and its great potential. Aviation can revitalize African economies and contribute to development. Fly Africa is a must-read for anyone who believes in aviation in Africa!


Dean’s Dragon Slaying Quest – Please support Dean in his worthy cause

Dean’s Dragon Slaying Quest

Dean van Leeuwen, CEDEP speaker, author and entrepreneur, is taking on a remarkable venture.

Please help CEDEP support Dean in his 3-day 353km Dragon Tour of Wales to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Dean was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma and in memory and support of family and friends battling cancer, he has bravely signed up to ride across the Black Mountains in Wales.

We are supporting you Dean and wish you every success in your mission!

To sponsor Dean, please click here

New book by Philippe Silberzahn : Welcome to Incertitude!

CEDEP is proud to announce the new book of Philippe Silberzahn, CEDEP Faculty and Programme Director.

Bienvenue en Incertitude!

The bankruptcy of Lehmann Brothers, the 2008 crisis, Arab Spring, Greek crisis, emergence of Daesch, Fukushima accident, disappearance of Nokia, the surprise of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron – this list of unforeseeable events is endless, despite the number of concrete means and measures we have to prepare and anticipate the future.

In a world of wonders, radically changing and ever more uncertain, it is not possible to predict the future. Those who try will sooner or later expose themselves to a catastrophe. Yet the decision tools we use are all based on a predictive paradigm. They remain anchored in the civilization of the industrial revolution born 150 years ago. It is high time to reinvent them entirely for the new world. But in order to propose new tools, we must first rethink how we comprehend the environment.

Replete with anecdotes and based on numerous concrete cases in various fields, Philippe’s book redefines three fundamental dimensions of decision-making in uncertainty: the ontological dimension – What is the nature of our environment and how does it evolve? – the epistemological dimension – What information can we use to decide? – and the sociological dimension – How to integrate the interplay of the various actors involved in decision-making?

With these new conceptual bases, the book develops concrete principles of action to understand uncertainty and unprecedented events, to protect one’s organisation from such events and most importantly to benefit from them.

The book will prove indispensable to those who must make strategic decisions in uncertainty and those who advise them: managers, entrepreneurs, investors, insurers but also analysts, consultants and management students.