Francis Bidault has been a full professor at ESMT European School of Management and Technology since September 2005. From September 2005 to January 2010 he was, as well, the founding director of ESMT’s Full-time MBA Programme. Before joining ESMT he was a professor of Strategy and Innovation Management at Theseus Institute and EDHEC Business School and the dean of the Theseus MBA programme. His special area of expertise covers industry analysis, the management of alliances and the management of innovation.
He has published extensively. His most recent books are Leveraged Innovation, Macmillan, 1998, Trust: Firm and Society, Macmillan, 1997, Technology Pricing: From Principles to Strategy, Macmillan, 1989 and Le Champ Stratégique de l’Entreprise, Economica, 1988. He is the author of several case studies, four of which received an award (CEEMAN 2009; EFMD 1995, 1991; CCMP Paris 1987). Several of his research findings have been presented in the Financial Times.
Professor Bidault has been a consultant to numerous organisations including, IBM Services, Philips Semiconductors, Bosch Power Tools, Baxter Renal, France Télécom, Electricité de France, ST Microelectronics, EADS, Volvo, TCL, etc. in such areas as strategy formulation and organisation structure, industry analysis and forecasting, and product innovation. Francis Bidault was recruited as a member of the jury on the international Innovation award at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in January 2000.
His research interests are currently focused on how companies develop and exploit their technology base, especially through strategic alliances and how they improve new product development processes. His research on Technology Pricing was awarded the 1986 Crédit National Prize.
Professor Bidault has been closely involved in executive education for many years. He is regularly invited to teach in executive programmes in China as Visiting Professor at CEIBS (China’s most famous business school). He taught Technology Management and Strategy at IMD, Lausanne, from 1988 to 1996. He was appointed Director of IMD’s MBA programme in 1990 and held this responsibility until December 1992. Previously, he was Professor of Industry Analysis and Technology Management (1977-1988), and Vice Director of the Doctoral Programme, at Lyon Graduate School of Business (Groupe ESC Lyon, now EM Lyon).
Professor Bidault is French. He studied economics and finance at the University of Amiens and Institut d’études politiques de Paris, gained his Doctorat de 3ème Cycle in economics at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and his Doctorat d’État in Business Administration at the University of Montpellier. He holds the “habilitation” (accreditation to supervise PhD students).