A word from the Scientific Director

"With its strong international profile and profoundly European stature, ESCP Europe is the natural home for this kind of chair.
ESCP Europe is the world’s only major international business school to boast this degree of pan-European scope.
With its six integrated city-centre European campuses, in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Turin and Warsaw, it offers students a unique multicultural experience.

In today’s multipolar world, questions of cultural diversity and social responsibility have an increasingly direct impact on business.
The purpose of a school like ESCP Europe is to prepare the coming generations of transnational leaders, readying them to seize the opportunities opened by cultural diversity".

Marion Festing, ESCP Europe Professor and the chair’s scientific director

How does Groupe Renault view the new chair?

“While remaining true to its French origins and industrial, commercial and human values, Groupe Renault has become a global, multipolar and multicultural organization.
One of the secrets of our success is the diversity of our workforce and the respect afforded to each individual’s culture and identity.
We’re very enthusiastic about this new chair, which will be making a valuable contribution to the promotion of diversity and intercultural management in business”. 


Mouna Sepehri, Executive VP, CEO Office, Renault Group

Mouna Sepehri, Executive VP, CEO Office, Renault Group

Chair in Intercultural Management
A new feature in Renault’s inclusion policy

The new Renault Chair for Intercultural Management stems from the joint ambition of Groupe Renault and ESCP Europe to found a front-line centre of learning and expertise on intercultural management matters, the aim being to develop a fuller understanding of how cultural diversities interact with the structure and the operation of organizations.

What is the rationale behind Groupe Renault’s involvement in this initiative?

One major feature of recent automotive industry history is the trend toward large-scale partnership operations such as the unique alliance formed in 1999 by the French group Renault and the Japanese group Nissan. 

In a sector that is particularly vulnerable to changing economic, technological, social and environmental conditions, Renault, a prominent French company, has grown into a worldwide group with a workforce of 120,000 spanning 127 countries. Along with Nissan and Mitsubishi, it forms part of the world’s leading automotive alliance, which posted combined sales of 5.27 million vehicles for the first half of 2017. 

Intercultural management is an important organizational focus for Groupe Renault, and an instrumental factor in its success, progress, development and employee engagement.

What is the purpose of this chair?

The new chair seeks to develop a sound understanding of practices consistent with intercultural management, and to offer the academic world capabilities for research on the organization and implementation of these practices.

The chair has three focuses:

    • Enriching and developping courses on intercultural management, using "blended learning" in particular, and innovative media (e.g digital,...)
    • Fostering research production on the theme with a network of researchers in France, Europe and the international community, in order to strengthen the central position of France and Europe in this field. Research output will include the publication of research papers, contributions to conférences and seminars, articles in scientific journals, as as well as près articles
    • Organizing a series of events gathering Renault practitioners, students, research faculty and participants, and creating and animating a genuine community of professionals and students around the theme of intercultural management

Under the Intercultural Management Chair, the new MBA in International Management is sponsored by Carlos Ghosn, whose high-profile career and convictions will stand as a powerful source of inspiration for the 126 future managers graduating from this programme in its first year.
The MBA in International Management is inherently intercultural in scope, and takes in students of 32 different nationalities.