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PAVIE Xavier

Department : Operations Management
Teaching Professor
Campus de Singapour



Xavier Pavie is Professor at ESSEC Business School, Academic Director Master in Management (Grande Ecole) Asia Pacific, Director of the iMagination Center, Director of Management of Responsible Innovation advanced program for executive and Research Associate at the IREPH (Research Institute in Philosophy) Paris-Nanterre University. He holds a Master in Management and Master in Philosophy, a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a Habilitation à la direction de recherches (Highest university-granted and higher education-sanctioned degree obtained post PhD). He graduated from the International Teachers Programme (HEC Paris).

After spending nearly fifteen years in various organizations (Nestlé, Unilever, Club Méditerranée) in marketing and innovation roles, he joins ESSEC Business School in 2008 as Director of the Institute for Strategic Innovation. In this context, he develops several Chairs including the Chair for Innovation in Services with CSC, Bouygues, BMW and EDF, the Sodexo Chair for Quality of Daily Life and the La Poste Chair for Management of Services.

In 2012, he creates the iMagination Center whose activities are centered on imagination, innovation and transdisciplinarity for responsible innovation. Through iMagination Week (for Bachelor, Master and Executive students), the center helps the managers of today and tomorrow to understand the world in motion while making them actors of the world to build. In 2015, iMagination Week receives the Prize for Pedagogical Excellence. In 2017 iMagination week is recognized as one of the most innovative pedagogical method across disciplines by AASCB and The Reimagine Education Awards, Wharton - QS Stars

His research activities have, since 2008, addressed the notion of responsible innovation with the lenses of philosophy and spiritual exercices. In 2011, he is in charge of defining responsible innovation with the support of an international network of universities (sponsored by the European Commission). In 2014, he is appointed President of the evaluation commission “Innovation-Regulation-Governance” of the French National Agency for Research as part of Horizon 2020. Xavier Pavie has published numerous books and articles in management and philosophy both academic and for a wider reading audience and regularly contributes to Harvard Business Review, Les Echos, La Tribune. Author of a thesis on the reception of spiritual exercises in contemporary philosophy, he continues to regularly publish on that topic. His book, « L’innovation à l’épreuve de la philosophie » (PUF 2018) won the Award Best Management book of the Year 2019. Last book: Critical Philosophy of Innovation and Innovator (Wiley 2020).

Visiting professor at Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) in 2015 and 2016, he regularly taught at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), the Hautes Etudes de Gestion in Geneva (Switzerland) and LaTrobe University (Australia).

Xavier Pavie is among LinkedIn Top Voices worldwide Education (n°5).


  • 2020 : Habilitation Direction Recherche (Highest university-granted and higher education-sanctioned degree obtained post PhD) (Université Paris-Nanterre, France )
  • 2011 : Doctorat in Philosophy (Université Paris-Nanterre, France )
  • 2010 : Master in Philosophy (Université Paris-Nanterre, France )
  • 2000 : BA in Philosophy (Université Paris-Nanterre, France )
  • 1998 : Master in International Marketing (ICD Business School, France )
  • 1996 : BA in Marketing & Commercial (Négocia, France )


  • 2012 : International Teacher Program (HEC Paris, France)


    Full-time academic appointments

    • 2003 - Present : Research Associate at the IREPH (Research Institute in Philosophy) (IREPH, France)
    • 2008 - Present : Teaching Professor (ESSEC Business School, Singapore)
    • 2014 - 2018 : Associate Teaching Professor (ESSEC Business School, Singapore)

    Other Academic Appointments

      • 2011 - Present : Director of iMagination Center (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2012 - Present : Director of Certificate Management of Responsible Innovation (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2016 - Present : Academic Director Grande Ecole Asia Pacific (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2016 - Present : Co-Chair Operation Management track Asia Pacific (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2008 - 2012 : Director of Institut Service Innovation & Strategy (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2014 - 2015 : Visiting Professor (Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania)

    Professional appointments

    • 2006 - 2008 : Worldwide Marketing Director (Club Méditerranée, France)
    • 1998 - 2006 : Brand Development Manager (UNILEVER France, France)
    • 1994 - 1998 : Category Manager Junior (Nestlé France, France)


  • 2019 : Best Management Book of the Year 2019 for “L’innovation à l’épreuve de la philosophie” by FNEGE (Fondation Nationale pour l’Enseignement de la Gestion des Entreprises)
  • 2018 : Prize for the best book in management awarded by Syntec (Professional Union of Consulting Companies in France) for his book "L'innovation à l'épreuve de la philosophie"
  • 2017 : Finalist of the The Wharton - QS Reimagine Education Award 2017 for iMagination Week
  • 2017 : Top Voices LinkedIn in Education 2017 (n°5 worldwide)
  • 2017 : iMagination Week rewarded “Innovations That Inspire” by AACSB 2017
  • 2015 : Prix Daniel Tixier de l’innovation pédagogique pour l’iMagination Week

Journal articles


Book editor

Book collection editor

Book chapters

Guest editor of a journal special issue

Conference Proceedings

Presentations at an Academic or Professional conference

Prefaces of a book

Prefaces of a journal

Working Papers

Technical reports, White papers

Published cases

Press article, video or other popular media

Interviews: radio, TV, press

Professional activities


  • 2010 - Present : Elaboration and deployment of innovation process; Creation of marketing strategies ; Commercial Agility improvement recommendations through innovation ; Business Model innovation policies recommendations (from product to service); Innovation process construction through design thinking

Research activities

    Editorial Board Membership

  • 2015 Procedia
  • Member of an academic association

  • 1973 - Present : Member of APPEP (Association Professeur de Philosophie)
  • 2010 - Present : Member of ONPHI (Organisation Non-Philosophique Internationale)
  • 2010 - Present : Member of SFP (Société Française de Philosophie)


  • 2011 : Castanie Julie (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director
  • 2010 : Docher Christine (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director
  • 2009 : Marroc Audrey (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director
  • 2009 : Verbrugghe Olivia (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director