Centre for Leadership & Effective Organisations


The Centre offers programs designed to provide the latest knowledge and practices on leadership, agility, and collaboration. We strive to increase dialogue and learning among leaders, managers, and practitioners in France and our global network. Our webinars and breakfast seminars provide an opportunity to share and learn about the latest challenges and solutions for sustaining organisation performance.

Evening Seminars


Evening Seminar

The Agility Index 2017: Helping EU Organizations Meet the Flexibility Challenge

Date : Thursday, October 26, 6:30pm. - 8:00pm
Location : Paris Campus - 9 rue d’Athènes, 75009 Paris
Subject : « The Agility Index 2017: Helping EU Organizations Meet the Flexibility Challenge »
Speaker : Dr. Chris Worley, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Strategy Director, Centre for Leadership and Effective Organisations
Languages : Seminar in English and French


18.30: Welcome reception
19.00: Presentation by speakers
19.45: Discussion with audience
20.00: Refreshments and networking

Agility has emerged as a critical capability for organizations facing digital, social, competitive, or regulatory disruption. Agility proactively shapes an organization’s environment and reactively adapts to challenges to create sustained levels of high performance.

The 2017 NEOMA Business School/goetzpartners Agility Index describes the progress of European firms in achieving this capability and provides concrete examples of how any organization can become more agile. Executive presentations from well-known organizations will make these recommendations come alive.

Speaker :

Frédéric Faure, VP Human Resources Unilever France, Unilever

Frédéric Faure joined Unilever in 1996 as Human Resources Manager for the head office & sales force at Astra-Calvé (Foods Company). In 1998, he was appointed Foods Operations Director, Customer Development Department, responsible for change management, the implementation of a new sales organisation following the Astra/Fralib/Bestfoods and Amora Maille merger, and leading projects to improve customer service efficiency.

In 2000, he was designated Human Resources Director at Lever Fabergé France (HPC Company) where he led a company reorganisation aligned with the new European organisation model that emphasized management structure simplification, achieved business and tools synergies, decreased indirect expense, and factory restructuring. In 2005, he was named to his current role of Vice President Human Resources Unilever France.

Beyond HR policy development and implementation aligned with Global Strategic Business Goals, his main activities include :

  • Talent development aligned with global and European policies and focused on diversity, management internationalization, and stronger attention to succession plans in key functions and roles.
  • Support and coaching of executive managers (3 VP Country leaders since 2005 and full Country Leadership Management changes) to build strong engagement, team spirit, and a winning mindset.
  • Active support of European projects and service as a member of the European Works Council.

Dr. Chris Worley, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Chris WORLEY is a recognized leader in the field of organization development, agility, and organization design. Dr. Worley’s most recent books include The Agility Factor, Becoming Agile, Management Reset, and Built to Change. He co-authors Organization Development and Change, the leading textbook in the field. His articles have appeared in the Sloan Management Review, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Strategy+Business, Organizational Dynamics, and the Journal of Organization Behavior. Dr. Worley regularly works with senior executives in the technology, energy, retail, healthcare, and financial services on issues of strategy clarification, implementation, and organization design.



The Impact of Context on Leadership Ethics: The Problem of Dirty Hands

Date : Thursday, November 30
Time : 6pm. – 7pm. (CET Paris)
Location : Online Webinar
Subject : « The Impact of Context on Leadership Ethics: The Problem of Dirty Hands »
Speaker :Dr. Paul Sanders, Professor in Leadership, Department of Economics, Culture, and International Affairs, NEOMA Business School
Language : Webinar in English

In this webinar, Dr. Paul Sanders will share his research on historical perspectives in leadership ethics and outline how this relates to today’s business challenges. He will talk about past and current case studies in order to provide an insightful look at the ethical dilemmas of leaders. Join us for this webinar to learn and discuss how history can inform and shape current and future leadership ethics.

Speaker :

Dr. Paul SANDERS, Professor of Leadership Ethics

Paul SANDERS is an historian and a management scholar with a special interest in leadership and ethics.
He earned his Doctorate in History at Cambridge University and then served as lecturer in history and international relations, deputy director of the Central Registry of Information on Looted Cultural Property 1933-1945 and official historian of the island of Jersey, Channel Islands. In 2006 he moved into management education and in 2008 he was elected to the fellowship of the Royal Historical Society (London). In 2010 he was advisor to the UK Department of Communities and Local Government (Cabinet Office), in conjunction with the British Heroes of the Holocaust award. Since 2012 he is Associate Professor at NEOMA Business School (Reims, France), where he is pioneering historical perspectives in the teaching of Leadership and Ethics.
His monographs are "History of the Black Market 1940–1946" (in French, 2001), "The British Channel Islands under German Occupation 1940–1945" (2005), "Protest, Defiance and Resistance in the Channel Islands 1940-1945" (co-published, 2014), and "The Ultimate Sacrifice" (2018, third edition).