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Ben M. Bensaou

Professor of Technology Management and Asian Business and Comparative Management

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Ben M. Bensaou is Professor of Technology Management and Professor of Asian Business and Comparative Management at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School for 1998-1999, a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School of Management for 2007-2008 and a Visiting Scholar at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley for 2013-2015.

He holds a PhD in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, USA, an MA in Management Science from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan, a Diplôme d’Ingénieur (MS) in Civil Engineering and a DEA in Mechanical Engineering from respectively the Ecole Nationale des TPE, Lyon and the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, two Grandes Ecoles in France.

His research and teaching activities focus on: (1) how to create innovating capabilities and competencies as a way to Build an Innovating Organization and Culture, (2) Blue Ocean Strategy and Value Innovation implementation and roll out processes across the whole organization, (3) how to build social capital within firms, (4) new forms of organizations, in particular networked corporations, strategic alliances, joint ventures and value-adding partnerships, and (5) the impact of information technology on innovation. Professor Bensaou addresses these issues from an international comparative perspective, with a special focus on Japanese organizations. Professor Bensaou's research on buyer-supplier relations in the U.S. and Japanese auto industries won him the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award in the field of information systems and a finalist award for the Free Press Award for outstanding dissertation research in the field of business policy and strategy. His cases on Innovation won the 2006, 2008 and 2009 ECCH Best Case Awards (with Kim & Mauborgne). His publications include papers in Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Information Systems Research, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, book chapters and conference proceedings. He has been a member of the Editorial Board of Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly and MISQ Executive. He has been listed in the Who’s Who in the World since 1998.
He has been consulting for Asian, European and US corporations since 1993. At INSEAD, Professor Bensaou developed two new MBA courses: “Managing Networked Organizations” and “Understanding Japanese Business.” He also teaches courses on Competitive Strategy, Innovation, Blue Ocean Strategy and Value Innovation, Information Technology and Comparative Management (in English and French). He was a Visiting Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo where he taught his course on “Information Technology and Corporate Transformation.” He has also been teaching (in Japanese) in Executive Programs at Keio Business School, Tokyo, Japan.
Professor Bensaou grew up in France. He has also lived and was educated in Japan. He and his wife Masako currently live in Fontainebleau. Their son Sophian works in San Francisco, Alexis in Paris and Lennon studies in Cambridge, MA.'

Research Areas

Building an Innovative Organisation; A Process View of Value Innovation/Blue Ocean Strategy; New Forms of Organisation; Networked Organisations; Strategic Alliances; Trust-Based Partnerships; Role/Impact of Information Technology on Organisations and Markets; Comparison with Japanese Management; IT and Mobility-driven Value Innovation.


Building an Innovative Organisation; Blue Ocean Strategy - A Process View; Value Innovation - A Process View; Strategy; Managing Networked Organisations; Managing Value-Adding Partnerships; Information Technology and Corporate Transformation; Understanding Japanese Business.


Aerospace & Defence; Automobiles; Banking and Insurance; Chemicals; Electronic & Electrical Equipment; Household Goods & Textiles; Information Technology; Telecommunication Services

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