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News & Nominations July 2018

Latest news at GEM


GEM rewarded for the quality and innovation of its relationships with companies

Grenoble Ecole de Management was named 2nd best French business school in terms of the quality and innovation of its relationships with companies. The reward was part of the AGIRES*/SYNERGIE** Trophies. These trophies aim to highlight the impact, innovation and dynamic spirit that exists between higher education institutions and companies. During this first edition of the trophy, 105 companies voted to select the best higher education institutions in a variety of categories (“best business school”, “best engineering school”, “best university”,...). GEM was 2nd in the category “best business school”, just after EDHEC and ahead of L’ISEG.

** AGIRES DÉVELOPPEMENT is an association whose primary mission is to promote higher education, learning and relationships between economic and educational actors.
* SYNERGIE CAMPUS ENTREPRISES is an association that unites 29 campuses managed by major French and international corporations with the goal of fostering exchanges with higher education, universities, and business schools.

Global Business Outlook: new indicators suggest increased optimism

The Global Business Outlook study is carried out by Duke University, Grenoble Ecole de Management and Tilburg University. For the past 20 years it has measured the business outlook of CFOs around the world.

GEM Lab Studies reports on the business outlook of French CFOs and compares it to results in Europe and elsewhere in the world. We also evaluated potential risks for business and anticipated growth of key indicators.
Study data for the second quarter of 2018 was collected between May 13 and June 7, 2018.

Key points:

  • Europe continues to improve its outlook to reach 68.5 (versus 67 last quarter).
  • Optimism is highest in Germany (81) and France continues to be one of the more optimistic countries (67.5).
  • The anticipated increase in the cost of financing due to higher long term interest rates could lead companies to reduce their debt ratio.
  • In the U.S.A., the outlook remains positive despite a slight drop (71.1).
  • The protection of data has become a major concern for financial sectors and activities around the world.

Project manager: Philippe Dupuy, Project team: Philippe Dupuy (GEM), John Graham (Duke University), Luc Meunier (GEM), and Alain Scordel (DFCG-INP)


  • Marc Penaud, GEM MS MTI 2017, was named head of the Toulouse university hospital. He began his career as deputy director of the university hospital in Strasbourg (1996-2003). From 2003 to 2005, he was financial and information systems director for the Cannes hospital. From 2009 to 2016, he was deputy director of the Grenoble university hospital. He had been director of the regional hospital group in Mulhouse and Sud Alsace since 2016.
  • Marie Le Guével, GEM ESC 2004, became chief ad tech officer for the Dentsu Aegis Network group. She also continues as CEO of Amnet. She will provide Dentsu Aegis Network with guidance for projects tied to data and digital tech. She began her career at Ouest France Multimedia and Microsoft Emea before joining Advertising in 2005, which was bought by AOL to become Platform-A and then AOL Advertising. She worked as account manager, department director and sales director. In 2010, she joined Next Perf (now Rakuten) as general director, before founding Amnet in 2012, a subsidiary of the Dentsu Aegis Network.
  • Teresa Karrer, GEM ESC 2010, is now in charge of leading OuiCar’s new product department. OuiCar is a French car rental website for individuals. Teresa previously worked for FNAC and Photobox. OuiCar is a startup currently undergoing major growth through international development. Its primary stakeholder is SNCF.