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Our values and commitment are European

We cultivate the values of academic Excellence inherited from European university culture.
Through our research, we develop a Singular concept to management disciplines based on a multicultural, interdisciplinary and open approach to the major challenges of tomorrow's world.
In our School, set up by entrepreneurs 200 years ago, we develop Creativity by cultivating curiosity, boldness and encouraging the contribution of all disciplines to economic dynamism.
Our community is committed to promoting Pluralism through respect for cultures and all forms of diversity.

With these values in mind, ESCP is committed to:

  • Promote our European approach to management in order to meet tomorrow's challenges and opportunities
  • Contribute to the consolidation of a thriving European economic area, that is both open and connected and able to shine in the world.

Educating Leaders of Tomorrow

Prof. Frank Bournois
            Executive President & Dean of ESCP
In the past 30 years, I have trained and prepared high-potential managers through teaching and research on the one hand, and support to companies on the other. From this long-term experience, and as Dean of ESCP Business School, the world’s first Business School celebrating today its bicentenary, I have drawn three challenges that I consider to be priorities for business schools.
Prof. Frank Bournois
Executive President & Dean of ESCP

ESCP in a Plural World

Far from the promise of a “flat world”, we now operate in a world where globalized companies face very different cultural realities: the political, legal, cultural, and social playing fields of these global companies have remained segmented.

In this context, the ability to know two or three cultures in depth and to have the mindset to discover other cultures throughout one’s life is a distinctive feature of tomorrow’s leaders and entrepreneurs. This is the very mission of ESCP: offering students rotational curricula on 6 different European campuses in Berlin, London, Paris, Madrid, Turin and Warsaw.

ESCP with the technological revolution

The technological revolution that started more than 20 years ago has disrupted all our activities: trade, information, training. Today, digital is no longer a world apart; the frontier between the real world and the digital world has been abolished.

Responsiveness commands professionals to be able to think and work in project mode rather than in established processes. In this context, interdisciplinarity prevails and everyone must master an expertise while being able to dialogue with other specialists. At ESCP, the multidisciplinary approach was theorized by our founders – a group of economic scholars and businessmen, including the famous economist Jean-Baptiste Say: lawyers cannot elaborate rules without a solid digital culture; engineers and developers will see their innovative products doomed to failure if the designer and the marketer are not, and so on.

ESCP and Leaders of Tomorrow

Finally, these incessant transformations are only meaningless pictograms if one remains with their nose pressed to a small part of the canvas. The leader must connect information, detect weak signals, embrace a long- term perspective ... in short, stand back as if looking at an impressionist full picture.

ESCP’s programmes provide tomorrow’s leaders with broad knowledge to help them go beyond the mere technical approach or exclusively economic purpose of a company, providing a solid grasp of the economy, politics, societal, and environmental issues.

These three dimensions—multicultural, multidisciplinary, and humanistic—constitute the historical foundation of the European education. If companies legitimately expect young graduates to be experts as soon as they enter the professional world, it is up to the higher education institutions to plant this seed that will help them evolve quickly and over time.

The world without borders will probably never exist, whether these borders are geographical, cultural, or disciplinary. It is up to us to train the next leaders who will be able to successfully bridge borders. This is why today, more than ever, an integrated multi-campus Business School is the best answer to global challenges.

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