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Thierry Picq professor associate dean for pedagogical innovation

Thierry PICQ

Professor, Director early makers development

He has a passion for collective human dynamics, in all the situations where different but complementary contributors have to learn how to work together to perform.


  1. 2005 HDR in Management Sciences: Ability to manage Ph.D. dissertation
  2. 1991 Ph.D. in Management Science - University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France
  3. 1988 DEA in Information Systems Management - University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France
  4. 1988 Magistère in Business Administration - University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France


  1. 2017-          Director, early makers development, emlyon Business School, Silex, Lyon, France 
  2. 2014 - 2017 Academic Dean, EMLYON Business School, Ecully ,France 
  3. 2008 - 2014 Associate Dean for Pedagogical Innovation - EMLYON Business School, Ecully ,France 
  4. 2003 - 2008 Head of the Human Resource Management department - EMLYON Business School, Ecully, France
  1. 2001 - 2004 Chief editor of MCS Review (Management & Conjoncture Sociale)
  2. 1994 - 1995 Senior Consultant - CSI (a human resources and training consultancy company), Geneva, Switzerland
  3. 1988 - 1993 Consultant in the largest French consultancy company - Bossard/Gemini Consulting, Paris, France
  4. 1999 Visiting Professor - San Francisco State University, College of Business Administration, and University of California Berkeley


  1. Organizational development, change management
  2. Project management, transversal teams
  3. New forms of organizations
  4. Knowledge management and Organizational learning
  5. Human Resource Management in high-tech firms

Social networks and collaborative communities

  1. Pedagogical innovation

Courses taughtTop

  1. Teaching activities: Bachelor, MSc, Specialized Masters
  2. Executive education: Design and delivery of various tailor-made programs for managers and executives, for big international and French companies : Suez, Hewlett-Packard, Bongrain, GIAT, EADS, Renault, Bouygues …
  3. Guest speaker in many public or private conferences
  4. Consulting missions for Corporate Universities to help them to design new management development programs and  initiatives.

Research InterestTop

Examples of recent research projects

  1. To what extend HR systems and practices can support sustainable performance in project-based organizations? The case of French Military Special Forces
  2. How managerial innovation can make a difference in the success of  a complex project? The example of the Swiss team victory in the America’s Cup
  3. How to maintain high-performance over time, in a context of high human turn-over? The case of the Handball French National Team
  4. How to develop collective competences from different individual contributions? Lessons from project teams and communities of practices
  5. How to foster collaboration in inter-organizational projects? The case of joint R&D project teams in French innovation clusters