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Microsoft Chair

The 3-year Strategic Partnership between Microsoft and SKEMA Business School

The partnership between SKEMA Business School and Microsoft, signed in June 2010, is a strategic partnership between the two international organizations.
This partnership covers the most relevant fields for business schools and corporations alike, namely education and research, entrepreneurship, recruitment and technological innovation.
The use of new internet technologies is thus considered a crucial means to allow for international, multi-site management education of excellence. The partnership is shaped to facilitate access to resources and additional services, and also covers social interactions and distance collaboration consistent with the needs and habits of the international manager today.


Microsoft and SKEMA Business School share common values that merge for the advancement of management education, educational innovation and entrepreneurship.
The partnership therefore includes a Research Chair, encompassing the expertise of both organizations in intra-firm social networking.  The chair’s activities include academic and practitioner-oriented research, workshops and a post-doctoral scholarship. This Chair is currently held by Stefano Borzillo
The Teaching and Research activities of this partnership also include collaborations in the class-room, and in the context of pedagogical projects. Microsoft also supports SKEMA’s Entrepreneurship activity, by means of software and technology for project leaders of SKEMA incubators. The company also proposes its BizSpark program to startups through SKEMA entities. It is organizer of events for entrepreneurs/developers on SKEMA campuses:  Indeed, the first "BizSparkCamp" was held in September 2010 in Lille.
SKEMA Business School associates Microsoft in its initiatives related to local entrepreneurship support (Sophia Business Angels, City of Lille...) and in its ambition to become the most welcoming French Business School for entrepreneurs and startups involved in web activities.
For Recruitment, in addition to participating in school forums, Microsoft continues to strengthen its young talent- recruitment from SKEMA through offers of internships and jobs. Amongst the many activities of this partnership, Microsoft also promotes its MACH program (Microsoft Academy for CollegeHires) at SKEMA Business School.
All stakeholders also benefit from Technological Innovation, including Live@edu, Office 2010 and Sharepoint Online, amongst other innovative activities. In this, the Microsoft collaborative platform enables 6,250 students, 500 administrative staff, and the 138 permanent teachers, professors and nearly 1,000 contractors to use the many shared services and online collaborative tools that include workspace and document sharing, a personal shared online secured storage of 25GB, the synchronization of files on computers, and much more.
Microsoft chair Strategic Partnership between Microsoft and SKEMA Business School
Faculty and Research Microsoft chair
Franck Moreau,  Corporate Relations Director, SKEMA
Hélène Barbarossa, Campus Manager,  Futurestep for Microsoft France
Gabriele Suder, Microsoft Partnership Director (until 2012), SKEMA
Mathieu Proust, Microsoft Education.

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