The Chairman of Xerfi Group received this prestigious award during the institution's annual Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) graduation ceremony for a programme that was founded in 2013. 

A prominent figure in the knowledge economy, but not only!

Professor Françoise Chevalier (HEC Paris) acted as laudator. Her presentation began by recalling the recipient's quality as an "innovator and bridge between the business and academic worlds", thus justifying the choice of Business Science Institute to grant Laurent Faibis the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, following on from last year's award to Professor Yves Pigneur.

Laurent Faibis has also had a major impact on the academic, economic and managerial world, by developing sectoral and competitive analysis methods through the Group he chairs, which is the leader in France in this sector. A great jazz enthusiast, he was invited to receive the doctorate during Business Science Institute's International Week, during which 28 DBA theses were successfully defended, including five by managers based in Luxembourg!

A certain vision of impact, shared with Business Science Institute

Laurent Faibis also runs Xerfi Canal, a leading web TV channel covering economics, strategy and business management, which has four specialised channels, namely: ‘Xerfi Canal Economie’, ‘Stratégie et Management’, ‘Xerfi Business’ and ‘Fenêtres ouvertes sur la gestion – IQSOG’ (An Open Window on Management).

Over the years, several faculty members and DBA graduates from Business Science Institute have been able to showcase their research on the Open Window on Management channel. With the help of this database of more than 10,000 videos, Laurent Faibis makes "the crucial link between knowledge production and knowledge dissemination for the purpose of value creation", added Professor Chevalier.

Xerfi Canal defends a certain vision of impact. By giving the floor to academics, but also to DBA graduates, the knowledge they produce transforms managerial practices through the medium of video. This demonstrates that managers can create actionable knowledge on the basis of their professional experience, which is what Business Science Institute is all about!

An atypical entrepreneur delighted to receive this recognition

A former business school student and holder of a DEA (MPhil), Laurent Faibis had already taught at universities before taking up a consulting position and then creating Xerfi.

Recalling an unconventional career path, punctuated by encounters with senior executives while remaining connected to the “real economy”, Laurent Faibis came to the conclusion that one day he might “go back to pursue a DBA”, after saying how “honoured and moved” he was that this distinction should be “awarded to him by the institution that has set itself the task of contributing to the structuring of theoretical and empirical knowledge”, as he had himself done.

Françoise Chevalier concluded earlier by thanking the "entrepreneur" for the "profound transformations in the area of knowledge production and dissemination" to which he has contributed, and for his contribution to the "development of transversality between the academic and business worlds, which focuses on the creation of not only academic but also managerial impacts, and for the values that coincide with those of Business Science Institute's DBA".

The two institutions come together on this point around and through the topic of impact, knowledge production, and the need for a close link between the academic and business worlds. The President of Business Science Institute acknowledged this institutional and personal interaction by emphasising his "pride in counting Laurent Faibis among the institution's Honorary Doctors".

About Laurent Faibis

Born in Paris on 16 June 1953, Laurent Faibis is a French economist and entrepreneur, as well as founder of the economic research institute Xerfi. He has developed competitive analysis methods in France and created a sectoral analysis method. He is the editor of the magazine Prévisis, along with the economic think tank Xerfi Canal and hosts the 'e-changes conferences'. He publishes articles in the economic press. He wrote for the Nouvel Économiste magazine for a number of years.

Publié le 11 novembre 2021