Dr Jean-Michel VIOLA

Associate Professor

Department : Strategy and Innovation

Nationalities :


  • Strategic Management.
  • Knowledge Management
  • Technology Management


  • Postdoctoral research in knowledge management partnerships, HEC Montréal
  • Ph.D., Strategic Management, HEC Montréal (2000)
  • MBA, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Licence, Economics, Université Paris 2


Research Interests

  • Growth options : M&A and alliances
  • Technological models in high tech industries
  • Knowledge audit
  • Knowledge creation

Work Experience


  • Senior Advisor, Strategic Partners, Rennes School of Business (April 2019 – Present)
  • Associate Professor, Strategy & Innovation Academic area, Rennes School of Business (2010 – Present)
  • Acting Dean, Rennes School of Business (July 2017 – December 2017)
  • Associate Professor, CEU (2008 – 2010)
  • Affiliate professor, ESC Rennes School of Business (2008 – 2010)
  • Assistant Professor, HEC Montréal (2000 – 2007)

Non Academic

  • Treasury Support Group, JP MORGAN (1988-1991)



Service to the institution

College Assignments


  • 2013-2014: AOL
  • 2013-2014: Academic Board
  • 2013-2014: Management Committee
  • 2011-2014: Dean’s Council

Intellectual contributions

Refereed Articles Contribution to Practice

Public-Private partnership: elements for a project-based management typology

Authors:Mazouz, B., Facal, J., & Viola, J Published in:Project Management Journal Date:2008

Discipline-Based Scholarship

Alliances stratégiques et gestion des connaissances

Authors:Viola, J Published in:Studia Negotia Review (2), 3-22. Date:2010

Refereed Proceedings Discipline-Based Scholarship

Putting a price on the invisible: how financial market are valuing the drug development process

Authors:Viola, J. & Yankova, D Published in:4 ème Congrès sur la chaîne des médicaments Date:2011

Assessing the European Union technological integration: how new members and candidates are doing?

Authors:Viola, J Published in:The 8th International Scientific Conference, Investmens in the future Date:2011

Radiographie de l'activité inventive des pays émergents : le cas des brevets

Authors:Viola, J Published in:Colloque du CEDIMES Date:2010

Pathways to the knowledge economy in CEE

Authors:Viola, J. Published in:International conference, Economies of Central and Eastern Europe: Convergences, Opportunities and Challenges Date:2009

Toward a better ft between stage of growth, business model and board's composition; Evidence of various governance configurations in the North American biotech industry

Authors:Viola, J. & Legrand, C Published in:8th International Conference on Governance, Florence, Italy, June 18-19 Date:2009

Books, Monographs, Compilations, Manuals Book

Gestion stratégique des relations duales, Sarrebruck, Germany

Authors:Viola, J. Published in:Editions Universitaires Européennes Date:2010

Management des grandes entreprises dans l'économie du savoir, Montréal, Canada

Authors:Viola, J. Published in:Chenelière Education - McGraw-Hill Date:2006

Chapters, Cases, Readings, Supplements Chapter

La gestion des connaissances dans un organisme public

Authors:Viola, J. & Morin, H Published in:Hermes Science Publications Date:2007

Learning-by-doing knowledge externalization: from boundary objects to the emergence of tacit knowledge

Authors:Viola, J. & Jacob, R Published in:Wiley-ISTE Date:2006