Mark Thomas is Associate Dean for International Graduate Programmes at Grenoble EM.
He began his career in the banking and insurance industry in the United Kingdom. He has worked in higher education in France for the past 20 years as professor, course director, director of business school programs and director of international affairs. He has worked extensively on a variety of international projects in some 50 different countries. He has also created and managed off-site campuses in China, the USA, the UK and Canada. He has also established and developed alliance networks for international recruitment. He has also worked extensively with international accreditation agencies (AACSB, EFMD, CEFDG etc.) and has audited and consulted for more than 20 business schools across 3 continents. He has worked for the regional council of the Rhône-Alpes Region, France, as President of the International Commission for the Alliance of the 34 Grandes Ecoles of the region, AGERA He is currently serves as treasurer for this same organisation. He has also participated in international advisory groups for the French Ministry of Higher Education and is an EFMD EPAS Board Member.
He has taught at Executive Education, Masters and Undergraduate level. He has worked extensively with senior executives in industries such as semi-conductors, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and aviation industry. He has done research in the retailing & transport industries as well as professional service firms. He has had visiting professorship at the University of Cambridge and Aston Business School, UK, the University of Maryland, USA, Tongji Business School & Beihang University, China. He has published articles on a variety of strategic management issues including value creation within firms, stakeholder expectation, change management and the creation and management of strategic alliances as well as mergers and acquisitions.