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Internet of Things Chair

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The “IoT (Internet of Things)” Chair aims to develop a better understanding of business and managerial issues related to digital evolution and the development of connected objects.

Automation, cities, health, transportation energy… The IoT is a reality that affects many sectors in B2B and B2C. This is a new step in the digital revolution and participates in the construction of a new society.

The IoT appears as a crucial component of digital transition: objects now have the ability to transmit contextual information and be networked to communicate.

The IoT Chair developed with Schneider Electric, Société Générale Assurances and Valeo is under the ESCP Foundation's aegis, and led by Sandrine Macé, Professor at ESCP.

IoT, Intert of Things, Logo

Sandrine Macé, PhD Business Administration,Professor at ESCP
A few words from
Sandrine Macé
Scientific Director

“The IoT is a new step in the digital revolution and participates in the construction of a new society. Here are my motivations for engaging in the creation of this research chair:

  • My first conviction is that a business school such as ESCP has the objective to train students to become future managers of IoT companies.
  • My second conviction is that a chair must be rooted in business reality: we are co-creating and moving forward together with our partners, Schneider Electric and Valeo. The themes of the classes, the priorities and areas of research, the projects to be carried out by students, the topics of meetings and conferences, are discussed and chosen by the steering committee.
  • Finally, my third conviction is that a diversity of viewpoints is always a source of wealth. Consequently, ESCP has decided to develop cross-functional discussions drawing on the expertise of several companies at the forefront of IoT and of its professors in several fields of expertise: strategy, information systems, innovation, legal marketing, etc.

I wish that students, companies and professors, will thus actively participate in the digital transition.”

Sandrine Macé, Professor at ESCP
and Scientific Director

Cyril Perducat, EVP IoT & Digital Offers at Schneider Electric
A few words from
Cyril Perducat
EVP, Digital Offers
Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric uses the ‘Internet of Things’ technology to address and solve customer challenges differently and efficiently. Some problems are old - like minimising downtime in a production process - while other challenges, such as addressing sustainability or regulatory compliance requirements, are emerging.
We rely on the connectivity of things, the resulting data and advanced insights from analytics and Big Data, as well as our active control capabilities, to unlock new customer value through our solutions and services.
While the changes in technology may be evolutionary, IoT is creating a revolution as much in our existing business models and management practices, as in our clients’.
We believe this research chair, along with Schneider Electric's collaboration with ESCP, will offer students an opportunity to both learn and shape these emerging practices and position themselves at the forefront of tomorrow's IoT- enabled workforce.

Cyril Perducat, EVP - IoT& Digital Transformation
Schneider Electric

Philippe Perret, CEO at Société Générale Insurance
A few words from
Philipe Perret
SG Assurances

Société Générale Assurances is proud to become involved in the ESCP Internet of Things Chair.
This commitment is in line with the approach to innovation and digital transformation within SGI, and strengthens its ties with the academic and industrial ecosystem surrounding the Internet of Things.

Philipe Perret, CEO
Société Générale Assurances

Patrick Sega,Innovation and Scientific Development Director at Valeo
A few words from
Patrick SEGA
Group R&D,

Valeo, global automobile supplier, has defined its strategy along the lines of clean autonomous and connected vehicles. Connectivity will be the heart of driverless cars and their use, (electric vehicles), in "smart cities".
Valeo is today a world leader in the design and manufacture of the driver assistance sensors ("ADAS sensors"), onboard telematic transmitters and connected human-machine interfaces ("HMI"). These components are central to the data generation and communication of the vehicle itself, the environment in which it moves, and also its use.
Connectivity also opens the way for many services, yet to be invented and disseminated: preventive maintenance, eCall, fleet management, car sharing, location of electric charging points or parking places, customised insurance solutions ...
The Valeo Research & Innovation and Marketing teams have been involved in the development of these new technology solutions - and their business models - for several years, all of which create high value.

Patrick Sega, Inovation & Scientific Development Director


Born from the desire to support students, businesses and research

This new ESCP Chair, under the auspices of the Foundation and with the support of Schneider Electric and Valeo, has been born from the desire to support students, businesses and research professors in the investigation and understanding of business and managerial issues related to digital evolution and the development of connected objects.

The partnership

Bringing together professors and students interested in IoT in the company of major IoT players such as Valeo, Schneider Electric and Société Générale Assurances is an exceptional opportunity. The students benefit from exchanges with Chair partner companies, which in turn can test their innovations on the new generation (proof of concept).


The IoT Chair is a place for the exchange of best practices, thought on new IoT prospects and the conceptualisation of business cases: the ability to produce and disseminate knowledge on a subject at the forefront of the concerns of companies.

In addition to teaching, the IoT Chair is a place for discussion and reflection on the economy of connected objects.

An annual conference, the writing of case studies, communication in the press or in conferences, the Best Student Thesis, theses in the ESCP doctoral programme etc. The activities of the Chair will be many!

Areas of research

The IoT Chair’s areas of research encompass a wide range of managerial challenges.

Issues related to the actors, strategies and organisations

New economic models, development of ecosystems and creation of value, etc.

Consequences for the individual

New behaviours and practices for the consumer, perception of connected objects, user and sharing experience, consent to reveal oneself and share personal data, multi-cultural differences, etc.

Marketing challenges

behavioural forecasts, refinement of the offer’s content, hyper-segmentation and risks, price and value optimisation, client relations management, new measures and performance monitoring, etc.

Innovation challenges

Industrial-digital duality specific to connected objects, open innovation, innovation adoption process (objects & related services), role of design, etc.

Ethical and legal issues

Data ownership, management of sensitive data, changing legal frameworks, etc.

Social issues

Social component of connected objects, impact on the definition of new functionalities in everyday life, etc.


Sandrine Macé, PhD Business Administration,Professor at ESCP


Scientific Director

Violette Bouveret, PhD, Associate Researcher at Chair IoT ESCP


Associate Researcher
at Chair IoT ESCP

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The IoT Chair goes to Stockholm

27 march 2019
52 ESCP MiM's students who attend the specialization course, that is a 120-hour path, launched in January, went to Stockholm.


Schneider Electric gets involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) Chair

The IoT (Internet of Things) Chair aims to develop a better understanding of business and managerial issues related to digital evolution and the development of connected objects. Testimonial of Cyril Perducat, EVP, IoT & Digital Transformation, Schneider Electric


Valeo gets involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) Chair

Testimonial of Patrick Reilhac, Director of Innovation and collaborative research[FR] and of Derek de Bono, Group Product Marketing Director, Valeo

Video [FR]

Societe Générale Assurances gets involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) Chair

Testimonial of Valérie Bompard, Director of Innovation and Digital Transformation[FR], Société Générale Assurances

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