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Dean of Programs, EM Lyon Business School

Mark Smith is a proven academic leader in triple accredited business schools in Europe and Africa. Having worked at emlyon business school (FR), Stellenbosch Business School (SA), Grenoble Ecole de Management (FR), and Manchester Business School (UK) he has demonstrated an ability to develop and implement School strategy, lead faculty and schools through key accreditation (EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA, etc.), and innovate programme content and delivery.

His research interests focus on careers, labour market policy and outcomes for women and men including working conditions, working-time, and work-life integration. He has carried out research work for a number of European and National institutions. He has authored or co-authored over 60 books, book chapters and journal articles. He publishes regularly in the media about his research and management education.


  • 2020–2023
    Director, Stellenbosch Business School
  • 2013–2020
    Professor, Grenoble École de Management (GEM)
  • 1993–2020
    Research Associate, Manchester School of Management (UMIST)
  • 2016–2020
    Dean of Faculty, Grenoble École de Management (GEM)
  • 2013–2016
    Director of Doctoral School, Grenoble École de Management (GEM)
  • 2007–2013
    Associate Professor, Grenoble École de Management (GEM)
  • 2000–2007
    Lecturer, Manchester Business School