Corporate | 24 November 2017

Intercultural management: Groupe Renault and ESCP Europe co-found a new chair

2017 - Mouna Sepehri - Directrice déléguée à la présidence - Groupe Renault
On November 14 2017, Groupe Renault and ESCP Europe announced the creation of a new chair in Intercultural Management. Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Groupe Renault and Mouna Sepehri, Executive Committee member and Executive Vice President of Groupe Renault, attended the inauguration on the ESCP Europe campus.
by Charisse Babouche

Groupe Renault and ESCP Europe: diversity as a factor of success

ESCP Europe and Groupe Renault place diversity and intercultural management at the center of their commitments.

Groupe Renault has the experience of an international group with a workforce of 120,000 spanning 127 countries. Renault’s alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi reflects the capacity of Groupe Renault to reconcile strong national identities with a global perspective.

Founded in 1819, ESCP Europe is a business school with a global outlook, particularly focused on Europe. Through its programs in intercultural management, ESCP Europe trains the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs in the management of the future.

“One of the secrets of Groupe Renault’s success is the diversity of our workforce and the respect afforded to each individual’s culture and identity. We’re very enthusiastic about this new chair, which will be making a valuable contribution to the promotion of diversity and intercultural management in business”. Mouna Sepehri, Executive Committee member and Executive Vice President of Groupe Renault.

Full text of Mouna Sepehri’s editorial: click here


MBA in International Management: a multicultural educational model

The chair aims to advance knowledge of intercultural managerial practices and to promote the development of research related to multicultural organization and management. The school’s faculty, as well as its students -- hailing from 32 countries -- reflects a diversity of cultures.

The new MBA is based on three pillars. It will provide expertise through the research and operational projects undertaken. It will focus on education by developing the capacity of students and professors to adapt to different cultures and by training employees of Groupe Renault based on the research conducted. It will enable the formation of a community through the organization of conferences and workshops with researchers specialized in intercultural management.

“In today’s multipolar world, questions of cultural diversity and social responsibility have an increasingly direct impact on business. The purpose of a school like ESCP Europe is to prepare the coming generations of transnational leaders. On this important mission we’re delighted to have a partner like Groupe Renault along with us.” Frank Bournois, Dean of ESCP Europe.


An inspiring dialog between Carlos Ghosn and the students 

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Groupe Renault, also sponsors the first class of ESCP Europe’s MBA in International Management.
After the signing of the chair convention by Mouna Sepehri, Carlos Ghosn met ESCP Europe students and answered their questions. Drawing on his experience in an international group, Carlos Ghosn insisted on the advantages of interculturalism at all levels of an organization. He is both a sponsor and a source of inspiration to the first class of the MBA.

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