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.


Breakfast Seminars


"Digital" Digitalization: A Way to Empower the Final Consumer within Supply Chains?

Date : Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time : 6pm – 7pm (CET Paris)
Subject : « "Digital" Digitalization: A Way to Empower the Final Consumer within Supply Chains ? »
Language : French

The internet revolution has passed and we now find ourselves in the digital era where we are all hyper-connected. But as consumers, this hyper-connectivity has a major impact on logistics and supply chain processes, which now more than ever must be addressed and anticipated.

Speaker :

Dr. Aurélien Rouquet
Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, NEOMA Business School

Graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Lille, holder of a M.Sc. from Cranfield University, Aurélien Rouquet earned a doctorate in Management Sciences at the Research Centre on Transport and Logistics (CRET-LOG) at Université Aix-Marseille before joining NEMOA Business School in 2008 to continue his research on supply chain piloting, logistics deployed by individuals during their consumption and the deviant customer behaviours.

Aurélien Rouquet’s research work has been published in many international academic journals such as Recherche et Application en Marketing, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.

Aurélien is also a member of AIRL-SCM (International Association for Research in Logistics and Supply Chain Management), EurOMA (European Operations Management Association) and CRET-LOG


The Dark Side : Destructive and Abusive leadership

Date : Thursday, April 20, 2017
Subject : « The Dark Side : Destructive and Abusive leadership  »
Language : English

Often, when we talk about – and train – leadership, we focus on the positive sides. The quest is to find out what makes leaders particular effective. Only more recently has academia caught up with what we all know from our daily work lives: Leaders and leadership can be highly problematic. In this webinar, we will look at destructive leadership and its impact on followers as well as touch on dark personality traits that make leaders less likely to successfully interact with their followers – although they might seem highly desirable at first glance.

Speaker :

Birgit SCHYNS,
PhD Research Director - Professor, Organisational Behavior and Leadership, NEOMA Business School

Birgit is an expert in leadership and followership, specifically, perceptions and attributions, as well as leader-follower relations. Her latest research focuses on destructive leadership and dark personality traits. Her work has been published in academic journals. She has edited several books as well as special issues in journals. She is also on several editorial boards.

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Breakfast Seminars

Making Learning a Competitive Advantage for your Organization

Date : Friday, March 17, 2017
Time : 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Location : Paris Campus - 9 rue d’Athènes, 75009 Paris
Subject : « Making Learning a Competitive Advantage for your Organization »
Language : English and French

In a constantly changing business environment, leaders and managers are confronted with the need to master new knowledge and competencies in order to achieve organizational performance and business results. How can organizations optimize learning and new technologies in order to create a competitive advantage? What are the learning strategies and practices that can be applied? In the March breakfast seminar, we will explore these questions and learn new insights from our two guest speakers who will present their experience at Saint Gobain, in addition to our host speaker who will share the executive education experience at NEOMA Business School.

Host Speaker :

Svetlana Serdukov,
Professor of Management and Strategy and Director of the Executive MBA, NEOMA Business School

Svetlana Serdyukov is professor at NEOMA Business School (France) in the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Graduated with an MBA diploma in Kazakhstan and a PhD in HEC (Paris), she teaches Strategic Management at different executive programmes in France, but also at the Baltic Management Institute (Vilnius, Lituania), at the International Academy of Business (Almaty, Kazakhstan), at the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (Beirut, Libanon) and at the International University of Business and Economics of Beijing. She is actively involved in the consulting and training within European companies (for some examples: Crédit Agricole and Index Bank in Ukraine, Aluplast in Germany). Her research topics are: Managing Professional Service Organizations; Transition from professional to managerial position; Social Innovation.

Guest Speakers :

Bart Schutte,
Directeur Digital Learning, Saint-Gobain

Bart Schutte is the Director of Digital Learning at Saint-Gobain. Following a long career in consulting on New Technology at Accenture, he joined Saint-Gobain in their IT group to deploy cross-business collaboration solutions before taking on his current role in 2011 in Learning & Development. He is an ardent believer in the need for self-directed, life-long learning, and in the critical role of a learning and collaborative culture to business performance.

Éric Portut,
responsable Global Learning and Development, Saint-Gobain

Eric Portut is the Learning & Development Manager at Saint-Gobain in charge of Finance, HR and Leadership topics. Following a career in consulting in HR Transformation at EY then CSC (formerly Peat Marwick consulting), he joined the Lapeyre Group in 2006 to transform the HR organization. In 2013 he joined the Learning & Development Corporate team working on Marketing, Audit, IT, Tax & legal, Industrial risk prevention and Business continuity planning development before taking on his current role in 2016. He strongly believes in human capital and learning to enhance business performance.

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Careers, the Essential Key for the Development of Organisational Agility

Date : Friday, May 19, 2017
Time : 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location : Paris Campus - 9 rue d’Athènes, 75009 Paris
Subject : « Careers, the Essential Key for the Development of Organisational Agility »
Language : French

Organisations are being confronted with qualitative changes: transformations in professions, the development of new behaviours and accountability. With the emergence of these new contexts what place should be given to the concept of a career? Does the increase in turnover represent an opportunity? Can the concept of a career be reconciled with the expectations of individuals, the new needs of organisations and performance challenges? In short, is the concept of a career an obsolete one or rather is it the keystone to HR practices?

Speaker :

Jean Pralong, PHD,
Professor, Human Resources Management, NEOMA Business School

Jean Pralong is a psychologist and has a Ph.D. in Management Science. He has held the “New Careers” Chair at NEOMA Business School since 2009.

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