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Loïck Roche has been promoted to dean at Grenoble Ecole de Management, a school he joined as a professor in 1995. He will replace Thierry Grange, who was one of the founders of the the school in 1984, and who has been dean since 2002. Under a new management structure Prof Grange will become president of the school’s strategic board.

Prof Roche is a graduate of Essec business school and has worked as an HR consultant as well as a professor specialising in management, well-being at work and the business performance. He is also a prolific writer, and is the author or co-author of more than 30 books.

Prof Roche says he is taking over the school at a a time of significant change in the industry as a whole. “In France, new trends are changing the environment of schools and universities. A radical reform is taking place in terms of teaching methods and course contents. (Programme participants) are no longer accepting the faculty member as sole guardian of knowledge and the classroom as (the) only place to learn.”

Neighbouring French business school EM Lyon also got a new dean this month. Philippe Courtier was formerly director of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), the engineering school in Paris. Prof Courtier replaced Patrick Molle, who announced in May 2011 that he would step down from the position after 16 years, to set up an entrepreneurial venture.

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