Graduate of Saint-Cyr French Military Academy, MSc in Mathematics & Decision Science, Ph.D. in Information Systems & Management (Paris-Dauphine University), Alain Bloch is Emeritus Professor at the French Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, where he was head of the Marketing & Negotiation Chair. He is also since 2004 an affiliate Faculty member (Entrepreneurship department) of HEC Paris School of Management, where he is Scientific Director of MSc X-HEC Entrepreneur and where he founded the Owner-President program and HEC Family Business Centre.
His experience as an entrepreneur (he was notably founder in 1990 and CEO until 1995 of « L’Annuaire Soleil », the first competitor with the Yellow Pages of France Telecom, now Orange group, after deregulation) and a family business expert (Dassault group, Promodes, Quilvest…), has lead him to focus his research on innovation, entrepreneurship, family enterprising and leadership : in these domains he published in 2011 “Innovation & Entrepreneurship. From the Idea to the Organization.” (with S. Morin-Delerm, ESKA Publishing), then in 2012 “La stratégie du propriétaire” (with N. Kachaner & S. Mignon, Pearson). The main themes of this book were taken up in a Harvard Business Review paper (with N. Kachaner et G. Stalk, Nov. 2012) « What You Can Learn from Family Business. Focus on Resilience, not Short-term Performance. ». His last book, written with Francois Moreau, « Entrepreneurs, magiciens et prophètes » is published in 2019.
Professor Bloch has interests also in the political and legal spheres: he remove thus the Special Advisor of the French Industry Secretary from 1986 to 1988, Judge (elected) then Chamber President of the Commercial Court of Paris from 1995 to 2014, and former Chairman of Scientific Board of Institut de Recherche Strategique de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM, a French government think tank and research centre on strategic and military affairs).