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02 Jul 2012

Loïck Roche appointed as Dean of Grenoble Ecole de Management

As of 1st July 2012, Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) has a new governance structure: Loïck Roche is appointed as Dean whilst Thierry Grange, former Dean, becomes President of the Strategic Board of Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Established in 1984 by Grenoble’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Grenoble Ecole de Management is ranked in the top national and international business schools’ rankings. The School has based its development strategy on three major pillars: Management of Technology & Innovation, Geopolitics and Innovative Pedagogy.

A new governance

In order to continue its legacy and anticipate the changes that impact its environment and future, a new governance, based on a model of international schools similar to GEM, in terms of rankings and size, has been put in place.
The new governance is made of an existing Board of Directors and a new Strategic Board in order to associate operational and strategic planning and leadership. Both these boards are respectively led by Loïck Roche who becomes Dean of the School and Thierry Grange who has been appointed as President of the Strategic Board.

Loïck Roche: Profile of the new Dean of Grenoble Ecole de Management

Graduate of ESSEC, Loïck Roche holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a post-doctorate degree (HDR – Accreditation to supervise Research) in Management Sciences. He began his career as a Consultant in HR and Organizations in 1988. In 1995, he joins Grenoble Ecole de Management as a research faculty member. Since 1995, he also held the positions of Management and Technology Department Manager (1996 -2000); Faculty Dean (2001 - 2009); Associate Dean for Academics Research and Faculty (2002 - 2012); Associate Director (2004 - 2012); Director of the Doctoral School (2006 - 2011); Vice-Dean (2011 - 2012). Since the 1st July 2012, he is Dean of Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Loïck Roche is an expert in management; well-being at work, and in performance of businesses. He is also the author or co-author of over thirty books.

Loick Roche, new Dean of Grenoble Ecole de Management said: “Our environment is undergoing major transformations. International competition, and we must be thrilled about it, grows relentlessly every year. In France, new trends are changing the environment of Schools and Universities. A radical reform is taking place in terms of teaching methods and course contents.  Businesses, new generations, executive education participants are no longer accepting the faculty member as sole guardian of knowledge and the classroom as only place to learn.

“Whilst we have nearly 7000 students, 1200 employees, 130 academic partners worldwide, and an effective international positioning, we needed to, in order to maintain our efficiency and secure our future, innovate in terms of our governance.”

Thierry Grange, whilst continuing his commitment to the accreditation bodies AACSB and EFMD, becomes President of the Strategic Board of Grenoble Ecole de Management. The mission of this board is to measure the adequacy between the strategy of the School and its objectives, and to assess new strategic development opportunities in France and abroad.

Thierry Grange co-founded Grenoble Ecole de Management, known as “ESC Grenoble” at the time, in 1984. He held functions such as professor, visiting-faculty (USA, Europe, Russia, China and Africa), Director of Pedagogy and International Development, and Dean and Director from 2002 to 2012.