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Loïc Cadin is an Emeritus professor in the Strategy, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources department at ESCP Europe Paris campus. His area of expertise is Human Resources Management (HRM).
He is a graduate of ESSEC Business School. He began in his professional life working for several companies, where he held positions in the Human Resources function.
He holds a Doctorate from University Paris Dauphine. His dissertation deals with careers and the management of R&D professionals. He has also undertaken research into the shift from job-based to skill-based Human Resources Management. His most recent research is focused on new career patterns in management. He has also been involved in research into what it is a manager actually does on the job.
Professor Cadin is a Research Fellow at the Centre de Sociologie du Travail et des Arts (EHESS-CNRS).
He is responsible for the HRM core course in the Master’s programme of ESCP-EAP. With F.Guérin and F.Pigeyre he co-authored an HRM textbook: Gestion des Ressources Humaines, pratiques et éléments de théorie, 3ème édition, 2007, Dunod.
He is involved in the ESCP Europe Ph.D. programme and in the Doctoral School of Paris X-Nanterre.
Professor Cadin is Vice President for International Development of AGRH (Association Francophone de Gestion des Ressources Humaines), the Francophone academic association of HRM experts.
In association with colleagues from different countries, for nearly ten years Loïc Cadin has been developing research into new patterns of careers. He replicated in France (with A-F. Bender and V. de Saint Giniez) a study initiated in New Zealand by M.Arthur, K.Inkson and J.Pringle. Focused on the career trajectories of participants from a large span of occupations, the survey has enabled to elaborate a typology of careers. The comparison of both studies has been published in 2003 : Carrières nomades : les enseignements d'une comparaison internationale, Coll. Institut Vital Roux, Vuibert,
A specific sector has been chosen to further study emerging new careers: the video game development industry. This case is interesting, because its features amplify or anticipate evolutions that might occur in many other industries. Easier delimited than many industries of ICT, it has a rapid growth, is exposed to swift technological evolutions and drastic life cycles. It gathers artists and software developers. Through international comparisons it enables to test hypothesis about the specificity of labor markets. A comparison of HRM practices in videogame studios from US and France was made with F.Guérin and R.De Fillippi. It has been published in a special issue of European Management Journal about the Video Games Sector (Volume 24, Number 4, August 2006).
The next step of this research concerns the individual trajectories of members of different French Video Games Studios.