As he was drawn early on by the social sciences, Jean-Pierre Gruère studied at the Ecole de Psychologues Praticiens of the Paris Catholic Institute, of which he is a graduate. He then was granted a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the Sorbonne and obtained the Ph.D. course requirements from Institut de Psychologues Cliniciens (3ème cycle) of the Paris VII University.
After acting as a clinical psychologist, he was hired by the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (now ESCP Europe) as a teaching assistant in the Strategy, Organizational Behaviour and Human Ressources department (SHO) at the Paris campus and was ultimately promoted to the rank of full professor.
During his career, he developed various activities in addition to teaching OB and carrying research in the field. In particular, he was a partner in the firm Infraplan, where he conducted consulting missions, participated in corporate recruitment and in the detection of potential (assessment centers).
He is the author of a dozen management handbooks and of numerous articles in the specialized press.
Jean-Pierre Gruère had taught intermittently in many countries outside of France, in front of very varied audiences. In particular, he spent a full academic year at the School of Public administration of the Ottawa University. And, with one of his ESCP colleagues, he has carried out extensive research on the cultural specificities of the French management style by interviewing several hundred French expatriates in numerous countries of the world.
Now a professor emeritus, Jean-Pierre Gruère is in charge of the VAE scheme of the ESCP Europe Corporate Division, a program which leads to the “Cadre Dirigeant” degree.