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ESMT Professor Francis Bidault

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Professor Emeritus, ESMT Berlin

Francis Bidault is a professor emeritus at ESMT European School of Management and Technology. He is the founding director of ESMT's full-time MBA Program, which he directed from September 2005 to January 2010. 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 program. His special area of expertise covers industry analysis, the management of alliances and the management of innovation.

He has published extensively. His latest books are Managing joint innovation: How to balance trust and control in strategic alliances, 2012, and Leveraged innovation: Unlocking the innovation potential of strategic supply, 2006. His articles appear in journals such as Research Policy, Sloan Management Review, or R&D Management. He is the author of several award winning case studies (CEEMAN, EFMD, CCMP). Several of his research findings have been presented in the Financial Times.

Professor Bidault has been a consultant to numerous organizations 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 organization 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 programs 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 program 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 Program, at Lyon Graduate School of Business (Groupe ESC Lyon, now EM Lyon) where he is also a member of the board since January 2014.

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).

Research

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.

Education

  • Doctorat d’Etat (University of Montpellier-I)
  • Doctorat de 3ème Cycle (University of Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Diploma (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris)
  • MSc (University of Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • BSc (University of Amiens)

Expertise

Topics

case study method, collaboration, competition (analysis), creativity, cross-functional teams, industry analysis, innovation (incl. strategic innovation, technology-enabled innovation), joint ventures, management of alliances, networks, new product development, product development processes, strategy

Industries

aircraft, automotive, telecommunications

Areas

Americas, Europe

Languages

French, English

Publications

Journal Article Forthcoming Willingness to rely on trust in global business collaborations: Context vs. demography Journal of World Business Francis Bidault, José de la Torre, Stelios H. Zanakis, Peter Smith Ring

Journal Article The distribution of partnerships benefits: Evidence from co-authorships in economics journals Research Policy 43 (6): 1002–1013 Francis Bidault, Thomas Hildebrand (2014)

Journal Article A framework for monitoring relational quality in B2B technology partnerships Business Management Review 1 (1): 34–43 Francis Bidault, Manfred Lüth, Olaf Plötner (2011)

Journal Article Why too much trust is death to innovation Sloan Management Review 51 (4): 33–38 Francis Bidault, Alessio Castello (2010)

Journal Article Trust and creativity: Understanding the role of trust in creativity-oriented joint developments R&D Management 39 (3): 259–270 Francis Bidault, Alessio Castello (2009)

Journal Article What makes executives trust each other? The determinants of the willingness to rely on trust in business partnerships Creativity and Innovation Management 16 (3): 317–329 Francis Bidault, José de la Torre, Casimir de Rham, Michelle Sisto (2007)

Journal Article Sitting pretty: Managing customer-driven innovation at Faurecia car seating International Journal of Technology and Innovation Management Education 2: 1–20 Francis Bidault (2007)

Journal Article Global licensing strategies and technology pricing International Journal of Technology Management 27 (2–3): 295–305 Francis Bidault (2004)

Journal Article Stability and complexity of inter-firm co-operation: The case of multi-points alliances European Management Journal 19 (6): 619–628 Francis Bidault, Melchior Salgado (2001)

Journal Article The drivers of cooperation between buyers and suppliers for product innovation Research Policy 26 (7–8): 719–732 Francis Bidault, Charles Despres, Christina Butler (1998)

Journal Article Comprendre la confiance: La nécessité d'une nouvelle problématique Revue Sciences de Gestion 8/9: 33–46 Francis Bidault (1998)

Journal Article New product development and early supplier involvement (ESI): The drivers of ESI adoption International Journal of Technology Management 15 (1–2): 49–69 Francis Bidault, Charles Despres, Christina Butler (1998)

Journal Article Early supplier involvement: Leveraging knowhow for better product development Target 12 (1): 20–27 Francis Bidault, Christina Butler (1996)

Journal Article Technology transactions: Networks over markets R&D Management 24 (4): 373–386 Francis Bidault, William A. Fischer (1994)

Journal Article Innovating through alliances: Expectations and limitations R&D Management 24 (1): 33–45 Francis Bidault, Thomas Cummings (1994)

Book Managing joint innovation: How to balance trust and control in strategic alliances Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Francis Bidault (2012)

Book Leveraged innovation: Unlocking the innovation potential of strategic supply Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Francis Bidault, Christina Butler, Charles Despres (2006)

Book Trust: Firm and society, Essays in honour of Dr Roger Delay Termoz London: Macmillan Business Francis Bidault, Pierre-Yves Gomez, Gilles Marion (1997)

Book Confiance entreprise et société: Mélanges en l'honneur de Roger Delay Termoz [Trust: Firm and society - Essays in honour of Dr Roger Delay Termoz] Paris: Editions ESKA Francis Bidault, Gilles Marion, Pierre-Yves Gomez (1995)

Book Technology pricing: From principles to strategy Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Francis Bidault (1989)

Book Le champ stratégique de l'entreprise [Field strategy in business] Paris: Economica Francis Bidault (1988)

Book Economie industrielle: Problématique et méthodologie [Industrial economics: Problems and methodology] Paris: Economica Francis Bidault (1983)

Book Rente et structures des industries de l'energie [Rents and structures of the energy industry] Grenoble: Presses Universitaires de Grenoble Jean-Pierre Angelier, Laurent Benzoni, Francis Bidault, Christian Christeller, Gérard Gaudet, Jean-Claude Werrebouck (1983)

Book Chapter Sitting pretty: Managing customer-driven innovation at Faurecia car seating In Strategic marketing: Creating competitive advantage, ed. Douglas West, John Ford, Essam Ibrahim, 535–556. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Francis Bidault, Alessio Castello (2010)

Book Chapter FIAT-Peugeot Sevelnord Ventures (A): Laying the foundations for a second success In Managing the global corporation: Case studies in strategy and management, ed. José de la Torre, Yves L. Doz, Timothy Devinney, 271–281. New York: McGraw-Hill. Francis Bidault (2001)

Book Chapter Salomon: Strategic entry into the world snowboard market In Managing the global corporation: Case studies in strategy and management, ed. José de la Torre, Yves L. Doz, Timothy Devinney, 443–461. New York: McGraw-Hill. Francis Bidault, Jukka Nihtila (2001)

Book Chapter Trust in economic transactions In Trust: Firm and society – essays in honour of Dr Roger Delay Termoz, ed. Francis Bidault, Pierre-Yves Gomez, Gilles Marion, 81–94. London: Macmillan Business. Francis Bidault, J. Carlos Jarillo (1997)

Book Chapter La confiance dans les transactions économiques In Confiance entreprise et société: Mélanges en l'honneur de roger delay termoz, ed. Francis Bidault, Pierre-Yves Gomez, Gilles Marion, 109–123. Paris: Editions ESKA. Francis Bidault, J. Carlos Jarillo (1995)

ESMT Case Study Dealing with low-cost competition in the airline industry (A): The case of Lufthansa ESMT Case Study No. ESMT–315–0165–1 Urs Müller, Francis Bidault (2015)

Case Dealing with low-cost competition in the airline industry (B): The foundation of Germanwings No. ESMT–315–0166–1 Urs Müller, Francis Bidault (2015)

Case Dealing with low-cost competition in the airline industry (C): Germanwings' repositioning No. ESMT–315–0167–1 Urs Müller, Francis Bidault (2015)

Case Mobile operators in 2010: The smartphone challenge (A) No. ESMT–312–0127–1 Francis Bidault, Ghim Meng Low (2012)

Case Mobile operators in 2010: The smartphone challenge (B) No. ESMT–312–0128–1 Francis Bidault, Ghim Meng Low (2012)

Case Team France: Chronicle of a disaster foretold No. ESMT–411–0124–1 Ulf Schäfer, Francis Bidault (2011)

Case A350 XWB: Airbus' answer to Boeing's Dreamliner No. ESMT–310–0114–1 Francis Bidault, Bülent Gögdün (2010)

Case Auchan in Syldavia: Formulating a strategy for the new subsidiary No. ESMT–309–0091–1 2009 CEEMAN Case Writing Award Francis Bidault, Geneviève Féraud (2010)

Case Sitting pretty: Customer-driven innovation at Faurecia car seating No. ESMT–606–0057–1 2006 EFMD Case Writing Award Marketing Alessio Castello, Francis Bidault (2007)

Case The semiconductors industry in 2001 Francis Bidault, J. Famuyide (2002)

Case The merger between Philips Semiconductors and VLSI Francis Bidault, P. Very (2001)

Case The future of third generation mobile telecommunication Francis Bidault, A. Gervais (2000)

Case Le Moulin de Mougins No. Case: 399-055-1, Teaching Note: 399-055-8 Francis Bidault, Tatsuyuki Naka (1999)

Case Baxter Ireland: Business drivers, strategic response and implications on business processes No. Case: 398-089-1, Teaching Note: 398-089-8 Francis Bidault, Jukka Nihtila (1998)

Case Early supplier involvement at Fuji Xerox, Ebina plant No. 697-048-1 Francis Bidault, Hirokazu Kono (1997)

Case Fiat and Peugeot's SevelNord Venture (A): Laying the foundations for a second success No. Case: IMD-3-0644, Teaching Note: IMD-3-0644-T Francis Bidault, Mary Schweinsberg (1996)

Case Fiat and Peugeot's SevelNord Venture (B1): Peugeot's mandate for industrial investment negotiations No. Case: IMD-3-0645, Teaching Note: IMD-3-0644-T Francis Bidault, Mary Schweinsberg (1996)

Case Fiat and Peugeot's SevelNord Venture (B2): Fiat's guideline for the U60 negotiations No. Case: IMD-3-0646, Teaching Note: IMD-3-0644-T Francis Bidault, Mary Schweinsberg (1996)

Case Fiat and Peugeot's SevelNord Venture (C): The situation No. Case: IMD-3-0647, Teaching Note: IMD-3-0644-T Francis Bidault, Mary Schweinsberg (1996)

Case Kermel: A high-tech fiber in search of new markets No. Case: IMD-395-041-1, Teaching Note: IMD-395-041-8 Francis Bidault, Paul Millier, Francois Scheid, Christina Butler (1995)

Case Lexmark (A): A new printer development for a new company No. Case: IMD-6-0178/-T Francis Bidault, Christina Butler (1995)

Case Lexmark (B): The liberty printer development gets underway No. Case: IMD-6-0179/-T/V1/V2 Francis Bidault, Christina Butler (1995)

Case Lexmark (C): Prize-winning results No. Case: IMD-6-0180, Teaching Note: IMD-6-0179-T Francis Bidault, Christina Butler (1995)

Case Bosch power tools (A): The Delta Sander project No. Case: IMD-3-0570, Teaching Note: IMD-394-081-8 Francis Bidault (1994)

Case Bosch power tools (B): The Delta Sander project No. Case: IMD-3-0571, Teaching Note: IMD-394-081-8 Francis Bidault (1994)

Case Salomon: The Monocoque Ski No. Case: IMD-3-0575/V1/V2, Teaching Note: IMD-394-093-8 Francis Bidault (1994)

Case Eli Lilly and Insulin No. Case: 396-093-1 Francis Bidault, Georges Haour, Georges Tabet (1993)

Case Philips floor care: The triathlon project No. Case: 394-092-1, Teaching Note: 394-092-8, Video: 394-092-3, Video 395-052-3 Francis Bidault (1993)

Case High-definition television (A): The rocky road in Europe No. Case: 393-148-1, IMD Teching Note: 393-148-8 Francis Bidault, Kimberly Bechler (1993)

Case High-definition television (B): Philips and the HDTV conundrum No. Case: 393-149-1, IMD Teaching Note No. 393-149-8 Francis Bidault, Kimberly Bechler (1993)

Case Potain Sa No. Case: 392-029-1, Teaching Note: 392-029-8 Francis Bidault, Kimberly Bechler (1991)

Case Digital Equipment Corporation International: Competing through co-operation No. Case: 390-047-1, Teaching Note: 390-047-8, Video 390-047-3 Per Jenster, Francis Bidault, Thomas Cummings (1990)

Report The technology management agenda in Europe in 2010: Perspectives from Germany and France No. BB-210-003 Francis Bidault, Paul Jacobson (2010)

Reader The changing agenda of product innovation: Winning today's race to cheaper, faster, better product development Francis Bidault, Christina Butler, Charles Despres (1999)

Reader Managing trust: Can it be done? 8: 9–13 Francis Bidault, Pierre-Yves Gomez (1998)

Reader Innovation: The race to learn with partners 7: 13–17 Francis Bidault, Charles Despres (1997)

University publication Alliances can bring you hidden benefits 2: 1–4 Francis Bidault, Thomas Cummings (1994)

ESMT Working Paper The distribution of partnerships benefits: Evidence from co-authorships in economics journals ESMT Working Paper No. 12-08 Published in Research Policy 43 (6): 1002–1013. Francis Bidault, Thomas Hildebrand (2012)

ESMT Working Paper The dynamics of relational quality in co-development alliances ESMT Working Paper No. 12-07 Francis Bidault (2012)

ESMT Working Paper A framework for monitoring relational quality in B2B technology partnerships ESMT Working Paper No. 09-008 Francis Bidault, Manfred Lüth, Olaf Plötner (2009)

ESMT Working Paper Trust and creativity: Identifying the role of trust in creativity-oriented joint-developments ESMT Working Paper No. 08-010 Published in R&D Management 39 (3): 259–270. Francis Bidault, Alessio Castello (2008)

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