Associate Dean & Director of International Graduate Programmes (MBA – MIB – MSc), Grenoble École de Management (GEM)

Mark Thomas is Associate Dean for International Graduate Programmes at Grenoble EM.

He attained his first degree in Economics at the University of York, UK, before completing 2 Masters Degrees in France (one in Strategic Management at EM Lyon, France and one in Linguistics at Lyon III). He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School having successfully completed the Executive Advanced Management Program and is a highly active member of the Harvard Alumnus Network. He is currently completing his PhD at Lancaster University Management School, UK. His research focuses on the temporal aspects of the change management process particularly within alliances and M&As.

He has taught Strategic Management at Executive Education, Masters and Undergraduate level. He has worked extensively with senior executives in high tech industries and in the aviation industry. He has done research in the retailing & transport industries as well as professional service firms. He has had visiting professorship at the University of Cambridge and Aston Business School, UK, the University of Maryland, USA, Tongji Business School & Beihang University, China.

He has published articles on a variety of strategic management issues including value creation within firms, stakeholder expectation, change management and the creation and management of strategic alliances as well as mergers and acquisitions. He has published more than 30 peer review articles, monographs and book chapters and has presented his research at some of the top academic conferences (EGOS, EURAM, CIBER etc.)

His research has been published in academic journals such as Strategic Direction, the Journal of Strategic Management Education, the International Leadership Journal and Development and Learning in Organisations. He has also written for the Financial Times, The Economist, Les Echos, etc. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards for Strategic Direction and the Journal of International Education in Business.

He began his career in the banking and insurance industry in the United Kingdom. He has worked in higher education in France for the past 20 years as professor, course director, director of business school programs and director of international affairs. He has worked extensively on a variety of international projects in some 50 different countries. He has also created and managed off-site campuses in China, the USA, the UK and Canada.

He has also established and developed alliance networks for international recruitment. He has also worked extensively with international accreditation agencies (AACSB, EFMD, CEFDG etc.) and has audited and consulted for more than 20 business schools across 3 continents. He has worked for the regional council of the Rhône-Alpes Region, France, as President of the International Commission for the Alliance of the 34 Grandes Ecoles of the region, AGERA He is currently serves as treasurer for this same organisation. He has also participated in international advisory groups for the French Ministry of Higher Education and is an EFMD EPAS Board Member.


  • –present
    Associate Dean & Director of International Affairs at Grenoble Ecole de Management // Specialties: Strategic alliances both from a conceptual and practical, profit generating level. Leadership across stakeholder boundaries; creative problem solving; AACSB, Grenoble École de Management (GEM)


  • 2013 
    Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Program (Finance; Strategy; Marketing; Management; Leadership; International Economics)