Cédric Denis-Rémis & Armand Hatchuel / Deputy Director of Mines ParisTech (PSL Université Paris) & Professor at Mines Paristech, Chair of Design Theory and Methodes for Innovation

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Cédric Denis-Rémis holds a PhD in engineering sciences from Mines ParisTech. He began his career as a researcher at Mines ParisTech, before joining ParisTech in China, as the European dean of the China-EU Institute for Clean and Renewable Energy (Icare) in 2010.

He later served three years as Director and Dean of ParisTech Shanghai JiaoTong, where he played a major role in establishing ParisTech Review’s Chinese edition.

Since Dec. 2015, he is Deputy Director of Mines ParisTech (PSL Université Paris).

He is also the Founder and Director of the Institute for Higher Education in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IHEIE), an international Institute providing Executive Education and Research at PSL.

On the side, Cédric Denis-Rémis is a vice president of Europanova, a Paris based think tank dedicated to promoting public debate at European level.

Armand Hatchuel is a professor of management at Mines ParisTech (PSL Université Paris), former deputy director of the Center for Scientific Management (Centre de gestion scientifique, CGS). From 1999 to 2007, he a was visiting professor of the Fenix program for innovation in management at the Chalerms-University Institute in Göteborg (Sweden). One of the first researchers to take an interest in the production of knowledge in organizations, he endeavors to base the management sciences on a theory of collective action that escapes the restrictive assumptions of the traditional social sciences.

Since 1995, he and several colleagues have created a research and teaching program on design activities. In this context, he developed with Benoit Weil a theory of design (C-K theory) that offers a new rationality modeling and captures the different logics of expansion and creation in companies; In 2009, this work gave birth to the first Chair of Theory of Design created at MinesParistech with the support of several large companies.

In addition to numerous articles, he has published, among others, Design Theory (with Pascal Le Masson, Springer, 2017), Les Processus d'innovation (Innovation processes, with Benoit Weil and Pascal Le Masson, Hermès 2006), Les Nouveaux régimes de la conception (New Regimes of Design, with Benoit Weil, Hermann, 2009) and Refonder l’entreprise (Reinventing enterprise, with Blanche Segrestin, Seuil, 2012). A member of several national scientific bodies and editorial boards of French and international journals, he is the elected representative for France at EURAM (European Acadmy of Management). Armand Hatchuel is a member of the French Academy of Technology.


By Cédric Denis-Rémis & Armand Hatchuel on Paris Innovation Review

Le terme d'université recouvre aujourd'hui une grande variété de situations. Le temps aidant, cette situation pourrait se décanter avec l'émergence de plus en plus nette de deux grands types d'établissements universitaires : un modèle local, avec des Écoles et licences liées au développement régional ; et un modèle global, dont les prototypes se dessinent déjà avec des universités comme Harvard ou Oxford, mais aussi avec des acteurs émergents en Europe ou en Chine. Ce modèle global peut s'analyser comme un nouveau type de puissance universelle. L'hypothèse reste à vérifier, mais il est utile, dès aujourd'hui, d'en saisir les enjeux et les implications.
The term university covers a wide range of institutions. In time, this diversity could narrow down to two main types of universities: a local model, with institutes and Bachelor degrees related to regional development; a global model, including prototypes such as Harvard or Oxford, and emerging players in Europe or China. These world-class universities can be seen as a new type of universal power.


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