Laurence Breton-Kueny

Director of Human Resources, AFNOR group

For someone with a PhD, what is important is situational intelligence and the ability to view things from different angles. When they are presented with any given topic, they must be able to draw correlations immediately with other subject areas. Those mental gymnastics give a broader perspective. The systemic approach involves viewing an enterprise as a whole and considering the subject from a wider angle. PhD holders have this thirst for knowledge and intellectual curiosity in their DNA. 

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Karine Berthonnet

Chief of staff, EDF Research & Development

People with PhDs in the Social Sciences bring a systemic approach to R&D projects. This allows the problem to be considered from every angle and facilitates public acceptance of the solution.


Jean-François Minster

Scientific Director, Total

A PhD-holder is someone who has learned to work in an uncharted field, and being able to work in unknown territory is vital to being a manager. It is also someone who...


Ivan Behaghel

Consultant in innovation, Novalice

There is no “standard” doctoral profile. Some researchers will be attached to the academic way of doing things, others will feel more comfortable in the context of private