Fabrice CAVARRETTA

Associate Professor
department: Management
Campus de Cergy
Entrepreneurship – Organizational Behavior – Management of Information Systems – Management
Biography

Fabrice Cavarretta is a professor of Leadership and Intrapreneurship at ESSEC Business School. He was trained at Ecole Polytechnique (BA Math), Stanford/ENSTA (Ms CS), Harvard (MBA) and INSEAD (PhD). He teaches mainly the Leadership and Entrepreneurial Manager course in master programs, coordinates the PhD Entrepreneurship seminar, and recently developed Corporate Venturing course for executives. Prof. Cavarretta's research focuses on the various paradigms Entrepreneurs and Managers use to develop new ventures. He has 12 years of operational management experience, including stints as division General Manager in a large media/telecom firm and founder of a social network start-up.

Diplomas

  • 2021: Habilitation to Supervise Research (HDR) in Management (Université de Lille France)
  • 2008: Ph.D. in Management (Organizational Behavior) (INSEAD France)
  • 2008: Doctorat, Management (DMSP) (Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL France)
  • 1996: Master of Business Administration (Harvard Business School United States of America)
  • 1991: Master of Science in Computer Science (École Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) France)
  • 1989: MS Computer Sciences: courses Non Credit, recorded as 1/2 of MS ENSTA (Stanford University United States of America)
  • 1988: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (École Polytechnique France)

Certificates

  • 2000: Sky diver certification (Aube Parachutisme France)
  • 1989: National War College (reserve) (École de Guerre France)
  • 1986: Private Pilot License (AéroClub – Air France France)
  • 1985: Officer Commission : Infantery Platoon Leader (Académie Militaire de Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan France)
Career
Full-time academic appointments
    • 2014 – Now : Associate Professor (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2008 – 2014 : Assistant Professor (ESSEC Business School France)
Professional appointments
    • 2001 – 2003 : Founder/CEO (IPROPI.COM France)
    • 1998 – 2000 : Managing Director BOL FRANCE (Joint-Venture with BERTELSMANN A.G.) (Vivendi Universal France)
    • 1996 – 1997 : Division Director, Consumer Internet Access (CEGETEL) (Vivendi Universal France)
    • 1992 – 1994 : Production Manager (Schneider Electric France)
    • 1991 – 1992 : Technology Department Director (Schneider Electric France)
    • 1988 – 1989 : Software Engineer (Oracle Corp. United States of America)
Other Academic Appointments
    • 1990 – 1991 : Instructor Computer Science (Lycée Buffon France)
    • 1987 – 1988 : Instructor Mathematics (École Polytechnique Féminine (EPF) France)
Other appointments
    • 1986 : Platoon Leader (Armée de Terre France)

Grants

  • 2023 : CY Initiative project on an AI exploration of “The uncertainty of knowledge” [participant] (CY Cergy Paris Université, France)
  • 2018 : Excellence Initiative Paris//Seine 2018: full funding for a postdoc in AI on Entrepreneurial Beliefs [co-Principal Investigator] (CY Cergy Paris Université, France)
  • 2006 : Fellowship to the Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe Institute
  • 1994 : Arthur Sachs Scholarship for Harvard Business School

Awards

  • 2014 : Outstanding Contribution by an Early Career Academic award, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE), Research Exchange Conference 2014, for the paper “Too Much of a Good Thing? Resource Effects in New Ventures”
  • 2011 : BPS (Business Policy and Strategy) Distinguished Paper Award at the 2011 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, for his article, “The Dangers of Deep Knowledge: New Ventures in the U.S. Solar Industry” (co-written with N. Furr and S. Garg).
  • 2011 : Excellent Paper Award at the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference (AIE 2011) for his article entitled, “Too Much of a Good Thing? Contradictory Resource Effects in New Ventures.”
  • 2010 : Kauffman Firm Survey Best Paper Award at the 2010 Academy of Management Conference (Montreal, Canada, 6-10 August 2010), for his paper, “Too Much of a Good Thing?: Resource Effects In New Ventures,” (co-written with N. Furr, 2009).
  • 2001 : Le Nouvel Economiste, 2001: selected among “the 50 leaders of tomorrow”
  • 1999 : TASA (Headhunter), Finalist for the “Best Manager of the Year” award
  • 1985 : Competitive Examination Entrance ENS Ulm Mathematics: ranked 11th Nationwide (École Nationale Supérieur (ENS), France)

Journal articles

Conference Proceedings

Presentations at an Academic or Professional conference

Press article, video or other popular media

Management

  • 2020 – Now : Intrapreneurship / MiM (ESSEC Business School France)
  • 2013 – Now : Leadership / Executive Education (ESSEC Business School France)
  • 2012 – Now : Entrepreneurship Seminar (coord.) / PhD (ESSEC Business School France)
  • 2011 – Now : Intrapreneurship / Executive Education (ESSEC Business School France)
  • 2008 – Now : Organizational Behavior / MiM (ESSEC Business School France)
  • 2008 – 2020 : Entrepreneurship / MiM (ESSEC Business School France)
  • 2008 – 2017 : Organizational Behavior (coord.) / PhD (ESSEC Business School France)

Other Discipline

  • 2018 – Now : Theoretical and Computational Complexity (1 session in Complexity Course) / MiM (ESSEC Business School France)
  • 2014 – Now : Pedagogy Seminar / PhD (ESSEC Business School France)

Information Systems, Decision Sciences and Statistics

  • 1990 – 1991 : Computer Sciences / Mathématiques Supérieures (L2) (Lycée Buffon France)
  • 1987 – 1988 : Mathematics / B. Sc. (École Polytechnique Féminine (EPF) France)
Research activities
  • Participation in scientific commissions or reviewer for a conference
    • 2024 – Now: Representative of ESSEC at University Funding Committee (AAP CY Génération) (CY Cergy Paris Université France)
  • Role as an expert or appraisor in a research organization
    • 2011 – 2011: Ad-hoc reviewer for National Science Foundation (NFS)
  • Member of an academic association
    • 2004 – Now: Member of EGOS and Academy of Management (OMT, ENT, OB, BPS, RM)
  • Reviewer for a journal
    • Reviewer for Academy of Management Review; Administrative Science Quarterly; Journal of Organizational Behavior; Organization Science; Organization Studies
Services
    • 2023 – Now: HCERES Departmental Task Force (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2023 – Now: Task Force: Mangement of the Departement (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2020 – 2023: Senator, Faculty Senate (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2011 – Now: Juries: MiM/Grande Ecole (2014-…), MS CEE (2011-…), CPI (2009), MS SMIB (2010-14) (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2011 – Now: Library Committee (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2008 – Now: Faculty Recruitment Departmental Committee (ESSEC Business School France)
Professional activities
  • Member of a professional association, of an expert group or of a board of directors
    • 2020 – 2022: President, Orientation Committee (Entreprise et Progrès France)
    • 2018 – Now: Member Scientific CommitteeAssociation des Militaires Entrepreneurs (AME), Scientific Committee (Association des Militaires Entrepreneurs (AME) France)
    • 2017 – 2020: Engage (Social Entreprise Advocacy), Leadership training
    • 2016 – 2020: Educapital (Investment Fund in education), Advisory ( France)
    • 2012 – 2017: ExpertiseFrance (Fr. Gvt. foreign aid), Advisory on Entrepreneurship
    • 2010 – 2013: Deways, SetKeeper, etc, Advisory to various ESSEC spanned startups ( France)
    • 2010 – 2010: Voyager360 (Investment Fund), Advisory CommitteeParis ( France)
    • 2000 – 2000: Texas Pacific Group (Private Equity), Ad hoc advisor ( United Kingdom)
    • 1999 – 2000: Envol (Venture Capital), Ad hoc advisor ( France)
    • 1998 – 2000: Viventures (Venture Capital), Ad hoc advisor ( United Kingdom)
    • 1997 – 2002: G Partners (VC), Investment Committee ( Belgium)
    • 1991 – Now: Hexagone SA (Manufacturing), Advisor to the CEO ( France)
Theses
  • 2020 : ZIANI-FRANCLET Z. (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director, Networking behaviors under the microscope: examining networking actions from different perspectives