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KAFP 3725 - Digital Transition of Organisations (The)

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course builds on three years of collaboration between The Family's subsidiary Pathfinder and major corporate players. This course is designed to put into a comparative perspective, the digital transition of public and private organizations. The digital transition is not about transforming the organization (management); rather it's about repositioning within the industry value chain (strategy). You can see the transition as an exogenous perturbation that creates the opportunity for startups to enter the industry. Every industry follows the same pattern. As the transition progresses, value escapes the middle of the value chain and concentrates at the bottom, close to the end users, and marginally at the top, where certain players secure control of essential assets. There's a radical change in the nature of strategic assets. Each companies are taking over because they've learned to control other, now more strategic assets: a downstream bond forged with the multitude of connected users, and/or an upstream bond with those who control essential assets. ● Come if you would like to decipher the mindset, strategy and tactics of entrepreneurs and learn how to deploy this perspective in the fields of policy or corporations and if you want to build a relationship with us. We very much welcome the opportunity to supervise your master's thesis. Last year's students worked with Nicolas Colin and Laurène Tran on topics such as “China: the State and the Digital Economy”, “Capital Budgeting in the Digital Age”, and “La création d'une branche professionnelle pour les startups françaises”. ● If you want to be sure if this course is for you, feel free to get in touch with ● Don't take this course if you want to practice consulting case interviews.


  • COLIN, Nicolas Y. (The Family)
  • LEYENDECKER, Raphaele (Directrice des opérations)
  • RHARBAOUI, Younès (Lion)
  • suchet, Philippe (The Family)
  • Tran, Laurène (The Family)

Pedagogical format

Lectures with guest lectures from The Family and Pathfinder.

Course validation

- a 20 min. presentation from the public sector perspective (40%) - a short (700 words) essay to be turned into a Medium story with another student (50%) - your oral participation amounts to 10% of the final grade


Between 45 min and 1:30 hour per week. On top of the two assignments mentioned, you will be expected to read between 2 and 5 articles before each session (the articles will be sent via email at least one week in advance).

Required reading

  • Kiechel, W., 2010. Lords of strategy: The secret intellectual history of the new corporate world. Harvard Business Press.
  • Christensen, C., 2013. The innovator's dilemma: when new technologies cause great firms to fail. Harvard Business Review Press.
  • Christensen, C.M., Hall, T., Dillon, K. and Duncan, D.S., 2016. Know your customers'" jobs to be done". Harvard Business Review, 94(9), p.14.
  • Karo, E. and Kattel, R., 2018. Innovation and the State: Towards an evolutionary theory of policy capacity. In Policy Capacity and Governance (pp. 123-150). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.