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KAFP 4035 - Leading, making decisions and managing in the digital economy

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


This course is intended for students who already have a first level of knowledge of digital issues and who wish to get better acquainted with more practical and pragmatic approaches of working, relying in particular on design tools. Reading The Lean Startup by Eric Ries is not compulsory but recommended.

Course Description

The Sciences Po spirit: a clever mix of general knowledge, analytical skills and the ability to make connections between different topics, subjects and cultures. It is ideally suited to navigate an era marked by uncertainty and rapid change. However, it must include a better understanding of existing models, overcome the fantasies cultivated by the startup/major companies, public/private, GAFAM/not GAFAM oppositions, and lay the foundations for uninterrupted dialogue between complex thinking and practical know-how. The purpose of this course is to help the next generation of our public and private institutions acquiring the fundamentals of technology and design, two key skills in the digital economy. Having a technological and design culture is essential today to understand the issues and changes to our societies, to raise the (right) questions without forgetting any details, and to introduce greater clarity to answer them. 3 major issues will be addressed during the semester: each issue will be addressed in 4 sessions. Problem 1 : One in three young people entering higher education drops out of school or changes orientation at the end of the first year of their bachelor's degree. What solutions can be found to the problem of academic and vocational orientation, a powerful driver for the reproduction of social inequality? Problem 2 : 32% of companies in France (particularly VSEs and SMEs) suffer from late payments, which is the reason behind one in three business failures. How can we decrease the number of business failures and their impact on the French economy? Problem 3 : According to a study by the National Agency for Secure Securities, over 90% of respondents stated that administrative procedures were not in line with new technologies. Although the will to create new uses does exist, it often remains superficial and is not shared by all stakeholders. How can this will be translated into action?


PHAM, Pauline J. (Partner and VP of Strategy and Growth)

Pedagogical format

Each session will be a mix of lesson, guest experience and group work/workshop

Course validation

Mid-term exam: essay or analytical book synopsis - 40% of the final grade Final project - 60% of the final grade


This course might be more practical than regular classes. Some work will be needed between each session ie : user research, desk research. Depending on your interest for the class and the discipline of design you might be willing to read additional books to better master the philosophy of design as well as its tools.

Required reading

  • Baird Ross, The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas — and What to Do About It, BenBella Books, 2017
  • Andreessen Marc, Why Software Is Eating the World, 2011 -
  • Lencioni Patrick, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, USA, Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated, 2002
  • Ries Eric, The Lean Startup, USA, Crown Publishing Group, 2011
  • Maurya Ash, Running Lean - Iterate From Plan A To A Plan That Works, USA, Diateino, 2014