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Sylvain BUREAU
PhD in Business Administration

Associate Professor
Information & Operations Management
Campus : Paris


Sylvain Bureau is Associate Professor of the Information and Operations Management Department at ESCP Europe, scientific director of the Chair of Entrepreneurship, Normalien, PhD in management science from the Ecole Polytechnique. His research focuses on disruptive dynamics and the practice of gift giving in the sharing economy. Sylvain has developed his expertise through internationa collaborations (he was visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and the City University of New-York), immersions in entrepreneurial ecosystems (in Paris, Madrid, Shanghai, Silicin Valley...), and active engagement in the growth of startups and innovative projects managed by large corporations.


He is co-director of the entrepreneurship major of ESCP Europe and chair of the RFID European Lab. He has specialized in company creation, innovation, and new technologies. He has also set up many masters and executive education courses with Professor Jacqueline Fendt. In 2007 he launched a company creation seminar open to students in engineering (Centrale Paris) and design (Strate Collège Design). He is familiar with teaching in engineering schools, as he has been giving lectures at Ecole Polytechnique since 2003.


In entrepreneurship, his studies are centred around three core questions: (1) How do start-ups learn? (2) How should entrepreneurship education programs be designed? (3) How can entrepreneurship in the informal economy be characterized and understood? In information systems management, he works on the diffusion of RFID solutions and the emergence of the Internet of things, with particular focus on the issues of adoption, assimilation and appropriation of these new technologies.


Beyond his teaching and research activities, he is also involved in opening up French higher education establishments (Grandes Ecoles) to social diversity. He is involved in three programmes at ESCP Europe (Cordées de la Réussite, Double Ascension, and Collège Paris Factory).